Revelation Chapter 10
Q.: What does Revelation chapter ten mean? It means the following:
V 1."And I saw a mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow on his head, and his face as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.[KJV]
my comment: Jesus is said to come in a cloud of angels. The rainbow is God's promise that He will not destroy the earth by flood again. God's face is like the sun so Moses could not look into it. God was present in the earthly sanctuary made visible by a pillar of fire.
V 2. "And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth."
my comment: This little prophetic book [scroll] opened infers that it was at one time closed. Which little prophetic book? "Go thy way Daniel,: for thy words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."--Daniel 12:9. Not that it wasn't available for anyone to read, but it could not be fully understood until it was unsealed and we must always and always pray for God's help to understand the Bible before we open it as well as for any other guidance in our lives.
In fact the command to seal up his prophetic writings is also repeated in 12:4 with the added identifying mark that many shall run to and fro and knowledge would be increased.In the 1800's traffic went from horse and cart to the invention of the steam engine and biblical knowledge was so much increased by the understanding of the book of Daniel which unlocked the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the last book of the Bible.
Note, the only other place we find an angel stand with one foot upon the river and the other on earth or Land, is in Daniel. it was only a local affair. But in Revelation 10 the mighty angel has one foot on the ocean and the other on land indicating that it is now a worldwide proclamation. Therefore it is easy to conclude that the little book in the angel's hand is the prophetic book of Daniel unlocking symbols.
V 3. "And he cried with a loud voice, as a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voice."
my comment: A lion roar is heard throughout the jungle. the lion scares all other animal with its loudness.
V 4. "And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not."
V 5. "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven."
V 6. "And he sware by him that lives forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:"
The Creator GOD by whom the angel swears is non other than JESUS CHRIST [Heb 1:2] and prophetic time would end here, and as the next verse tells us, that we are in the time of the sixth trumpet.
V 7. "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to his servants the prophets."
V 8. "And the voice which I heard from heaven spoke unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which stands upon the sea and upon the earth."
Now we notice that Rev.9 closed with the events of the sixth trumpet. The sounding of the seventh trumpet is not introduced until we reach Rev.11:15. He had a little book open. We may infer from this language that this book was at some time closed.
We read in Daniel (the companion book of Revelation), "Thou O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."---Daniel 12:4 KJV
Since this book was closed only until the time of the end, it follows that at the time of the end, the book would be opened. But when would be the time of the end is the question. In Dan.8:17 we read: "Understand O son of man; for at the time of the end shall be the vision."
Protestantism had always maintained that the little horn power in Daniel is none other than the Papacy. Catholicism insist that the little horn of Daniel's prophecy is the small insignificant Persian ruler Antiochus Epiphanes.
But have a look for yourselves, Daniel in the vision calls the 'ram' great. He calls the 'goat' very great. But the' little horn' grew exceedingly great. If the goat that represents Alexander the Great, is called very great, then the Bishop of Rome, when placed on the throne of the Roman World Empire, is the man we are looking for "he grew exceedingly great".
V 9. "And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey."
V 10. "And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter."
The eating up of the book [or scroll] is also echoed in Jeremiah: "Thy words were found and I ate them, and thy words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart."---Jer. 15:16 RSV The prophet Jeremiah digested the divine message, he experinced its bitter effect: 'I have become a laughing stock all day long, everyone mocks me."-Jer.15:16 In the aftermath of the great disapointment of the great Advent movment in 1844 a.d., the mockings of the neighbours had no end. He did ot come after all, the mocked.
V 11. "And he said to me, Thou must prophecy again before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings."-Revelation (Apocalypse) 10:1-11 KJV
These eaten words are prophecy because the angel said that you must prophecy again before many nations, and also means that this prophecy was given before.
The only two times in the history of Christianity this happened on a large scale, was the great and bitter disappointment when the disciples thought they had lost JESUS forever and the other when the Millerite Movement of the early Adventists proclaimed the "advent" or "coming" of JESUS in 1844 A.D. anticipating with great joy the coming of their beloved Lord.
Miller had rightly calculated the 2300 days of years starting with 457 B.C. and ending in 1844 but mistakenly believed the earth to be the sanctuary with the rest of Christianity at that time. Since the earthly Sanctuary Temple was out of commission, it can only refer to the heavenly where JESUS CHRIST officiates as our great high Priest.
Note: In the original, there are no divisions! Chapter 10 flows into ch.11. It shows that this message sweet as honey but the bitter effect after it was digested, speaks of the heavenly Sanctuary.
"Unto 2300 days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed." was the message of Miller and Daniel 8:14. This annual cleansing was also understood to mean the day of judgment [Yom Kippur] or at-one-ment. And Revelation 11:1,2 speaks of "measuring" that worship there by faith. Measuring up, is a type of judgment later pronounced by the later Adventists, the Seventh Day Adventist announcing the first angel's message of Revelation 14:6-12 that the hour of GOD'S judgment had begun, also reflected by Revelation 11:18,19.
If Christ had not anticipated that there would be the true manifestation of the gift of prophecy at the same time that He warned of the false, He would no doubt have said something like this: “Beware of anyone who professes to be a prophet, for there will be no prophets in those days.” Jesus made no such statement as that; He simply issued a warning for all to be careful about the kind of prophets they heeded. The implication is clear that the true gift would coexist with the false, and that it would be necessary for the remnant people to choose between good and evil prophets.
So as we shall see in Revelation chapter 11 that it speaks of the heavenly Sanctuary Temple of GOD where the measuring is a type of judgment.
Dr. Walter Martin in his book the kingdom of cults came to our headquarters in Washington DC to personally read all our publications and found that we are not a cult or sect as our opponents falsely accused us of. Here is an excerpt from his book about the great Advent awakening which was like a second Protestant Reformation:
"Seventh day Adventism sprang from the "Great Second Advent Awakening" which shook the religious world about the middle of the 19th century when a re-emphasise about the second Advent of Jesus Christ was rampant in Britain (or England) and on the Continent of Europe. Before long, many of the old World views of prophetic interpretation crossed the Atlantic and penetrated American theological circles.
Based largely upon the apocalyptic books of Daniel and the Revelation (of Jesus Christ) the theology of the Advent Movement was discussed in the Newspapers as well as in theological journals.
The NT eschatology (i.e. the last day events) competed with stock market quotations for front-page space, and the 70 weeks and the 2300 days plus 'the abomination of desolation' were common subjects of conversation.
Following the chronology of Archbishop Ussher, and interpreting the 2300 days of Daniel as 2300 years, many Bible students of various denominations concluded that Christ would come back about the year 1843.
Of the studious number was one William Miller a Baptist Minister...the Great Advent Movement which swept the United States of America in the 1840's.
Source.- Walter Martin book the Kingdom of cults.23rd printing in 1977, p.631 [1st edition 1965].
The Abomination of Desolation
The abomination of desolation cannot be Antiochus Epiphanies IV as the clever Jesuits teach in the Counter Reformation because Jesus shows us that it was still in the future in His day on earth: “When you therefore see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the Holy Place, [Whoso readeth, let him understand].—Matthew 24:15.
The Holy Place of the temple in heaven is where Jesus Christ is officiating as our great High Priest interceding for our sins. Papal Rome exalts itself in claiming to forgive sin in place of Jesus.
Our Lord in Matthew 24 is referring us to Daniel 8:10-14. Casting down the sanctuary is where Rome exalts itself, which was over the ‘Prince’ of the host, Jesus Christ; and Paul teaches us that His sanctuary is in heaven.
Again, Daniel 11:30,31 “For ships of shittim shall come against him: therefore, shall he be grieved and return, and have indignation [the staff that chastise] against the holy covenant [see Hebrews chapters 8&10. God writes love for His holy law into our minds and hearts, but Rome says no, we want to do this] , so shall he do; he shall even return and have intelligence with them [priests and bishops] that forsake the holy covenant.
And arms [civil and religious] shall stand on his part, and they [Rome and fallen Protestants now called evangelicals] shall pollute the Sanctuary of strength.
What was that that Rome [Babylon and her daughters running the brothel] should jointly pollute? This combo was formed against the ‘holy covenant’ and it was the Sanctuary of that covenant they polluted; which they could do as well as to pollute the very name [character] of God.—Jer.34;16 Eze. 20; Mal 1:7.
Note, the character of God is reflected in His law of the Ten Commandments and because they fight Christ’s holy Seventh day Sabbath, they are guilty of all ten [James 2:10-12]. In this way, they pollute the character of God. Another way of mis- representing God’s character is the doctrine of eternal hell fire.
This was the same as profaning or blaspheming His name claiming authority over the “daily” ministry of the heavenly sanctuary. They say that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for our sins was finished, but the Bible declares otherwise. Why would Jesus intercede for our sins in heaven now if it was finished at the cross?
In this sense this “politico - religious” beast polluted the Sanctuary, [Rev. 13:6] and cast it down from its place in heaven [Dan.8:11; Hebrews 8:1,2.] when they called Rome the holy city [Revel.21:2]
and installed the Pope there with the titles “Lord God the Pope” and “Holy Father” “Head of the Church” etc., and there, in the counterfeit, “the temple of God,” he professes to do what Jesus actually does in His sanctuary above; 2.Thess.2:1-8 The Sanctuary temple or tabernacle has been trodden under foot [Daniel 8:13], the same as the Son of God has been.”
In the future they will cry that we must obey the government, which is very true and we do. But nowhere in the New Testament are we to obey a church state. A woman riding the beast is steering and directing it, re-establishing her former persecution of the dark ages when she kept people in spiritual darkness and ignorant of the holy Word of God. Jesus Himself separated church and the state when confronted with obedience to Caesar.