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The Little Book of Revelation 10 [message #642] Tue, 08 December 2015 19:55
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What is the Little Book of Revelation 10?
"And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

And sware by him that liveth for ever 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:

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 hath declared to his servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. 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. 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. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:5-11.

Let us examine what the little book of Revelation 10 is with the Scriptures. Let us remember 2 Peter 1:20 "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." We are to let the Bible define itself when it comes to prophetic symbols and figures.

Are there any other passages similar to Revelation 10:5-11 in the Bible?

"And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe." Ezekiel 2:6-10.

"Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;

Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee. But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. As an adamant harder than flint have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house." Ezekiel 3:1-9.

----Here we see similarities between Ezekiel and Revelation. We have here a few words of the Bible on the matter of the little book, and the effects of eating it.

God says that Israel is "most rebellious," "a rebellious house." The Israel here mentioned is not obedient to the Lord. Ezekiel is called to "be not" "rebellious" like Israel, and to "eat" a book which contained writings of "lamentations, and mourning, and woe."

So Ezekiel eats the book, "and it was in [his] mouth as honey for sweetness." He is told that Israel will not listen to him, but that his face was to be made "strong against their faces," and that he should not fear them "though they be a rebellious house."

What is the Message Here?

----To find out the message here, we have to interpret the symbols in this prophecy, such as the eating of the book, the sweetness of the book, and what Israel is.

Israel ---- 1. a symbol of Christians.
1. "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29.
"...they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." Romans 9:6-8.
See http://remnantofgod.org/israel.htm for an in-depth study on this issue.

Eat ---- 1. Symbolically, to accept
1. "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16
See John 6:24-66, specifically verses 53 and 58 (specifically where it says in 58, "not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead." This shows the symbolic nature of Jesus' request to eat His flesh and blood, and that it means rather to accept His flesh and blood).

Honey ---- 1. a symbol of desirability or 2. goodness

1. "More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb." Psalm 19:10.

2. "My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste." Proverbs 24:13 (see also 16:24).

The Strengthening of Ezekiel's Face ---- 1. see Jeremiah 1:17-19 and Zechariah 7:12. This is a symbol of gaining strength to overcome those who refuse to hear the truth, or accept it.

Book ---- 1. used to refer to the Bible as a whole or to certain parts of it

(See Genesis 5:1; Exodus 17:14, 24:7; Numbers 21:14; Deuteronomy 17:18, 28:58, 61, 29:20-21, 27, 30:10, 31:24, 26; Joshua 1:8)

The Message of Ezekiel 2:6--3:9 in Light of Revelation 10

We see that here a message is given to be told to Israel (Christians), which is (are) "rebellious" (disobedient). Once the book (a certain part of the Bible) was eaten (accepted), which was as sweet as honey (good and desirable to the eater), the message was given strength and boldness (Ezekiel's face was strengthened).

So, at the time of Revelation 10's fulfillment, most Christians were to be disobedient. There was to be a select few, however, (symbolized by Ezekiel, one prophet, against the majority or all of Israel) who would preach a message against most Christians which would not be accepted. This message would be given strength after accepting a certain part of the Bible, and, despite a widespread resistance to this message, would still overcome the resistance.

The Symbols of Revelation 10

Sea ---- 1. a symbol of "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17:15

Earth ---- 1. a lack of sea; a small amount of "peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
(Because land has a few bodies of water, there is a small amount of the prophetic definition of sea)

Stand Upon ---- 1. a symbol of location
1. "And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock." Exodus 33:21 (see also Deuteronomy 27:12-13 and 1 Kings 19:11)

Angel ---- 1. "spirits." Hebrews 1:7. 2. ministers. 3. A messenger of God. "Messenger" is what "angel" means; from Greek, angelos

2. "Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him." Matthew 4:11 (see also Mark 1:13 and Hebrews 1:14).

Time No Longer ---- 1. there is to be no more definite prophetic time. Revelation 10:7, which occurs directly after the verse in which this expression is used, proves that this expressions does not apply to time as we calculate it. It cannot refer to probationary time because that can only end when Christ finishes His work in the heavenly sanctuary, which occurs just before the seven last plagues and after the sounding of the seventh angel begins. See Revelation 11:15, 19; 15:5-8.

As When a Lion Roareth ---- 1. symbol of the wrath of a king. 2. God calling people out of the west.

1. "The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass." Proverbs 19:12.

2. "They shall walk after the Lord: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west." Hosea 11:10

----Not to go in-depth here, but the lion roaring is symbolic of Christ's coming. Before Christ comes, the Seven Last Plagues, from "the vials of the wrath of God," will be poured out on the world. Revelation 16. And when He comes, He will gather the saved from the "four winds"--North, South, East, and West--of the Earth. Matthew 24:30-31; see also Isaiah 11:11-16 and compare it with Hosea 11:10.

Bitter ---- 1. unpleasant; expressing pain

1. "And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceeding bitter cry, and said unto his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father." Genesis 27:34.

"And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour." Exodus 1:14.

Belly ---- 1. Where food goes after being digested.

1. "Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?" Matthew 15:17. It is worthy to note here that food goes into your stomach rather fast after you eat it.

Seventh Angel ---- 1. Prophetic events to happen soon before Christ's coming.

1. Revelation 11:15-19. For verse 18, see 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 (for both verses, the words that involve destruction).

The Message of Revelation 10 in Light of this Study so Far

We see that a message is to be given by a select few (symbolized by the selection of Ezekiel) to the professedly Christian world at large. This message is to be strengthened by the (happy; from the symbol of honey) acceptance of a part of the Bible (the word "little" shows that the book is not the entire Bible, but rather just a part of it). The message was to be rejected at large, but yet it would overcome its being rejected. However, soon after that book was accepted (symbolized by how fast food enters the belly, or the stomach), bitterness was what these select messengers felt. Yet, after the bitterness, the messengers were told, "Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:11. A prophet (for a prophet prophesies) and a bunch of other followers of Jesus were to give a message before the world. The servants of Jesus in this time, (because the rest of the Christian world was "rebellious," so "the" servants, not "some" servants,) were to have a prophet among them.

This was to take place in a period soon before Christ's coming, so this is an end time prophecy. Why is that fact important? Because it will help us define what is the little book of Revelation 10.

The Little Book Defined with the Bible and with Historical Facts

So, a "little book," or a certain part of the Bible, was to be joyfully accepted in the last days, and then suddenly cause the servants of Jesus to experience bitterness (unpleasant feelings). Is there any book in the Bible that emphasizes its being understood in the last days? (Because how can you accept something from the Bible if you do not understand it?) Yes!

The only book of the entire Bible that does this is the book of Daniel!

"But 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

A sealed thing, in the Bible, is a symbol of a lack of understanding.

"And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned." Isaiah 29:11-12.

The book of Daniel also contains prophecies about the end times, such as the tribulation Jesus prophesied of in Matthew 24, which is also mentioned in Revelation 12:13-16, and thus fulfills the "lamentations, and mourning, and woe" prediction of Ezekiel 2:10 as touching the contents of the little book.

So, in the time of the end--the last days--the servants of Jesus accepted the book of Daniel (which is the "little book" of Revelation 10) joyfully. Soon, however, their joy would be turned into bitterness, or unpleasant feelings.

Is there any group that accepted the book of Daniel, and began to use it to spread a message to the Christian world at large?

Yes. This group is called the Millerites. I will not get into details here, but a man in the early 1800s by the name of William Miller converted from deism to Christianity. (You can read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Miller.) As he studied the Bible, he began to place a particular emphasis on prophecy. He also began to believe, based on Daniel 8:14 and his interpretation of it, that Jesus was going to come again in 1843. By 1818 he was convinced of this, and he studied until 1823 to be sure that he had the truth. In the 1830s he began preaching about what he had learned, and he began making converts, especially from 1840 on. Some of his other views include that the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 are the Old and New Testaments. http://sacred-texts.com/chr/esc/index.htm. The mainstream churches did not agree with his preaching that the world would end very soon.

When 1843 came around, and the date of Miller's prediction of Jesus' Second Coming passed, Millerites suffered a series of disappointments. However, Miller always claimed that he had predicted the date wrong when his predictions failed. After some more calculations and other failed predictions, he made his final and most important prediction: On October 22, 1844, he said, Jesus was to come again.

Of course, Jesus did not come on that day. The Millerites were deeply disappointed (the date of October 22, 1844 is actually called the Great Disappointment), and this led to the destruction of Millerism, as many Millerites differed on why Jesus had not come on that day. One group of Millerites, however, was to be very important.

One of the Millerites who had been greatly disappointed was a woman named Ellen Harmon. (You can read more her about here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_G._White.) She began to experience visions that comforted fellow Millerites and that also shed light on why Jesus had not come in 1844. After marrying a man named James White, Ellen White began to play an instrumental role in organizing the Seventh-day Adventist church as both a pioneer, founder, and prophet. You can see the issue of her prophet-hood discussed here: http://remnantofgod.org/EGWfacts.htm.

The Fulfillment of Revelation 10

We see here parallels with Revelation 10. The Millerites became an important movement, both in the United States, and in fact outside of it as history attests. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millerism#A_national_movement. Thus the Millerite message was both in the sea and on the land. The Millerites experienced that bitter disappointment after accepting a message associated with the book of Daniel (especially about Daniel 8:14) which was represented by John eating the little book (so in other words, Revelation 10 predicted Miller's false prediction about October 22, 1844). The Millerites (the forerunners of the Seventh-day Adventists) soon had a prophet among them: Ellen White; and she and other Christians began to enjoy the prophetic gift, and to use it to prophesy to the world yet again. And to top it all off, the mainstream churches of the day were disobedient. They not only rejected Miller's true messages, such as regarding the Two Witnesses (http://remnantofgod.org/2witness.htm), but also were suffering from the same worldliness that both I and many other Christians struggle against today. In other words, those churches completely fulfill the prophesied disobedience of most of Israel in the time of Revelation 10's fulfillment.


"Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God." Isaiah 50:10.

[Updated on: Sun, 19 June 2016 06:09]

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