The parenthetical sections
The parenthetical sections of the book of Revelation are thought to be a rewind telling a parallel part of the story line that has been previously described. The parenthetical sections explain certain things that are transpiring in, and between, the main order of events such as the seals, trumpets and bowls.
The parenthetical section found in Revelation 10 and Revelation 11 are thought to have taken place during the first 6 trumpets, not sequential to the order of the trumpets themselves.
Review the parenthetical sections of the Book of Revelation
Parenthetical Section #1: Sealing for protection: physical and spiritual (Rev. 7:1-17)
Parenthetical Section #2: Prophetic Ministry: direction and power (Rev. 10:1-11:13)
Parenthetical Section #3: War in the Spirit: Antichrist and False Prophet (Rev. 12:1-14:20)
Parenthetical Section #4: Fall of Babylon (Rev. 17:1-19:10)
Parenthetical Section #5:Victory of the Bride (Rev. 21:9-22:5)
Mighty angel from heaven Revelation 10:1
Many scholars disagree on the identification of this angel. Some believe it is the post incarnate Christ others believe it is a mighty angel (Michael or Gabriel) as described.
I personally believe it is an angel and not the Christ. If this angel was the Christ it would be the only time in the new testament or post resurrection, that Jesus would appear as an angel and not as Christ himself.
See also Ezekiel 1:26-28
Descriptions of the Angel
- Clothed with a cloud –
- Rainbow on his head – Promise of Covenant
- face like the sun – Presence of God
- Feet like pillars of fire – Judgement
This angel in appearance and message is similar to the angel that appears in Daniel 10
The little book and the angel plants his feet Revelation 10:2
- The Angel has a little book open in his hand
- The Angel set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land
The book is open because it is being revealed and is available. I personally believe it is specifically being revealed to those who want it.
As believers, we should be prompted to ask the question. “What is in the book?” And I believe the Lord would say “I’m glad you asked.”
I personally believe what the angel is stating by holding the little scroll with one foot in the sea and one foot on land that the message has authority over the entire created order both land and sea, both man and beast, both the natural and spiritual realms.
Notice the beast comes out of the sea in Revelation 13 See more in Revelation 13:5
These two thoughts are speculative, we should not close our minds to the ideas the Holy Spirit would give us through study and prayer.
The Seven Thunders Revelation 10:3-4
Actions of the Angel
- Cried out with a voice like when a lion roars
- Utters Seven Thunders
John was commanded not to write down the what the Seven Thunders said. There is a lot of room to speculate, however we must remain cautious. What is important to note is that information was given to John specifically that he was not supposed to write down v4 “Seal up the things the Seven Thunders uttered and do not write them down”.
I personally believe The Lord wants us hungry for this information. Its compared to a movie series, where you have seen the first two movies but you are highly anticipating the 3rd movie. Or like a book series that you have read all the current books but are waiting for the author to finish the final book.
The point is the Lord wants us to anticipate with awe, wonder and excitement. There is more information available but it will not be revealed until the proper time. However, we can directly ask the Holy Spirit about these verses.
The Oath of the Angel Revelation 10:5-6
Mystery of God will be finished Revelation 10:7
In the days when the seventh angel is about to sound the trumpet the mystery of God will be finished as revealed to His servants the prophets.
What is the mystery? The mystery is 2 fold.
Check out this document on the mystery »
Isaiah 60-66, Zechariah 14, 1 Kings 9:5, Daniel 12, Acts 1:6-7., Romans 16:25,
John takes the book Revelation 10:8
- John is commanded to take the book from the angels hand.
I personally believe this is an invitation for us to take the message that God has delivered to us (the Bible). I’m not sure the book in the angels hand is the bible, however it is an important message. As believers we are to bear the same burden John does for the full council of scripture and eschatology.
John takes the book Revelation 10:9-10
- John says “Give me the book”.
Notice he does not ask for the book. He almost demands the book. He has bought into Gods purposes and is taking ownership of his part of the story.
- Angel says “Take and Eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth”.
Bitter in your stomach: John must bear the weight of the message and carry it with him. The message of Judgement, The wrath of God and the real agony of those who will be lost forever.
Sweet as honey in your mouth: The message that John was to carry was good news, so it was sweet on his lips and in his mouth. The message was hopeful and redemptive but the context of the message was to be fulfilled on the Lords terms, which is typically different from our own. Jesus was coming back to take full ownership of the earth and there are those who will reject him and the way he conducts himself, even in the church.
Ezekiel 2:8-10, Ezekiel 3:1-12, Jeremiah 15:16
John is commissioned Revelation 10:11
“You must prophesy again about many peoples, tongues, and kings.”
At this point John is no longer being told a story, he is a part of it. He is being commission again like in Revelation 1:11. He has eaten the scroll and is willing to carry the message regardless how bitter or burdensome the message is, and in the face of rejection and ridicule.
I personally believe in this chapter the Lord is asking every believer to put themselves in Johns place. Are we willing to consume this message and then bring it forth to the our neighbors, neighborhoods, cities and nations?
The book is open for those who are hungry for it.