Bible Study: Revelation 10 – Mystery of God

Revelation is the only book that says we are blessed to read, hear and keep the things that are written, for the time is near. Hence, let us not be like hypocrites without discerning times and seasons. Here we will look into Revelation 10 and understand what it says.

(Rev 1:3) Blessed [is] he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time [is] near.  

(Luke 12:56) “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how [is it] you do not discern this time?

Sealed Seven Thunders

(Rev 10:1-4) I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow [was] on his head, his face [was] like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and [his] left [foot] on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as [when] a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”

What God had sealed, no man can unseal. What the 7 thunders uttered is known only to John and it is not revealed to us. This however, should not stop us from meditating or studying these verses.

(2Sam 22:14) “The LORD thundered from heaven, And the Most High uttered His voice. 

(John 12:28-29) “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, [saying,] “I have both glorified [it] and will glorify [it] again.” Therefore the people who stood by and heard [it] said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”

The 7 thunders could be the uttering of God the Father.

Mystery of God

(Rev 10:5-7) The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

The angel then said there should be delay no longer for what the 7 thunders uttered. Let us understand the context of the situation. This is a time when 200 million army had camped at Armageddon. Why did the angel said not to delay and for what?

(Rev 6:10-11) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both [the number of] their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they [were,] was completed.

God will delay no further to judge and avenge the blood of saints on those who dwell on the earth. 
What is the mystery of God declared to His servants?

(Dan 12:2-4) And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, Some to everlasting life, Some to shame [and] everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

This is the mystery of God declared to His servants.

(Dan 12:7-9) Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who [was] above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that [it shall be] for a time, times, and half [a time;] and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these [things] shall be finished. Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what [shall be] the end of these [things?”] And he said, “Go [your way,] Daniel, for the words [are] closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

What is this mystery anyway?

(Dan 12:11-12) “And from the time [that] the daily [sacrifice] is taken away, and the abomination of desolation is set up, [there shall be] one thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed [is] he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.

Prophecy about the abomination of desolation. This is why the next chapter Revelation 11 begins with measuring the temple of God, which means, it must have been built and must be standing in Temple Mount.

Trial of Jealousy

(Rev 10:8-11) Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.

This is exactly similar to what Ezekiel did:

(Ezek 3:1-3) Moreover He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

The passages in Ezekiel also explains what it means:

(Ezek 3:4-7) Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you [are] not sent to a people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, [but] to the house of Israel, not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel [are] impudent and hard-hearted.

This is the trial of jealousy as in the law.

(Num 5:23-24,27) ‘ Then the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall scrape [them] off into the bitter water. And he shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter her to become bitter. ….. When he has made her drink the water, then it shall be, if she has defiled herself and behaved unfaithfully toward her husband, that the water that brings a curse will enter her [and become] bitter, and her belly will swell, her thigh will rot, and the woman will become a curse among her people.

The book tasting sweet as honey refers to preaching to a familiar people who know Christ. But many of them will be unfaithful and bitterness will be found in them. Therefore, God says John to prophesy once again about many peoples, nations, tongues and kings.