Continuing with our study of Revelation chapter 10.
7Revelation 10:9 ‘So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”
John is then told to eat the scroll. We can never carry our commision as part of our outer baggage. We have to consume it so that it becomes part of our very being.
Paul knew this when he wrestled with his gifting.
Colossians 1:29 ‘To this end I labour, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.’
Eating the scroll will cause two quite different reactions: one of sourness and the other of honey.
Most who set out to fulfil God’s purposes will experience this range of taste.
The evangelist will weep uncontrollably at multitudes ignoring the gospel call but will do somersaults when one person is saved.
The prophet will be driven mad by the fire burning in his bones but will know the joy of the Lord when he takes courage and begins to speak.
And so on and so forth…
The message that John carried meant eternal salvation to those who believed but eternal damnation to those who despised it.
Revelation 10:11 ‘Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many people, nations, languages and kings.’
Right up until the very last moment before Christ Jesus returns, we will be called to preach the gospel throughout the world and prophecy over people from every level and strata of society.
Matthew 24:14 ‘And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations and then the end will come.
Tomorrow we start chapter 11!
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!