4 thoughts on “Sermon: Revelation 10-11”

  1. I appreciated your comments on the little book being “sweet in the mouth” but “making the belly bitter”. Indeed, I think any sincere Christian who lives through the future will have plenty of reason to be a follower of Jeremiah, the “weeping” prophet.

    Just two comments.

    1. I thought the “little book” (Rev. 10:2,8-10) which was “sealed” was the book of Daniel. It is the only Old Testament book (as far as I know) that is said to be sealed (Dan. 12:9). It is also a “little” book, compared with most of the other OT books. And it especially applies to the “time of the end” (Dan. 12:9 again).

    If that is the case, then it is introduced at this point because a proper grounding in the prophecies of Daniel is essential to understanding the rest of Revelation (from ch. 11 onwards).

    And indeed, so it is, and right away. Rev. 11:2 mentions “42 months” which is equivalent to the “time, times, and half a time” mentioned twice in the book of Daniel (or the “1260 days” of Rev. 12:6…see the 14th verse to prove the connection). Then there is the composite beast in the start of Rev. 13 (also reigning for “42 months” – vs 5), which is drawn from the imagery of the four beasts of Daniel 7 (and therefore comes after them). Compare this beast of Rev. 13 to the little horn of Dan. 7…many parallels. Then there is the “hour of his judgment” in Rev. 14:7 compared to Daniel 7’s judgment scene. There are more parallels yet, but you get the idea.

    2. The “mystery of God should be finished” (Rev. 10:7). I thought for sure you would link this to the gospel “mystery”? Christ in you, the hope of glory, or the mystery of godliness: that God should dwell in human flesh (Christ’s, and ours). Esp. since you once told me that you thought the duty of the church was to “grow up into Christ”.

    Stacked against it is the “mystery of iniquity” (2 Thess. 2), or “Mystery, Babylon” (Rev. 17:5), which is Satan’s counterfeit system of religion, putting himself in the place of Christ to the people. You see this very clearly at the end of Dan. 11. He puts himself “between the seas” (people), and the “glorious holy mountain” (God’s kingdom). In Rev. 18, she says, “I sit a queen and am no widow”. Her true husband, Christ, she is no longer married to, and now she marries the “kings of the earth” and pretends to reign for God over the world.

  2. The Little Book is never named so I will refrain from naming it as well.

    I think the Mystery is referring to the completion of all biblical prophecy. I don’t see how the Gospel, growing into Christ, etc, fits the context in any way, other than the Gospel being the vehicle by which all prophecies can be fulfilled. I think it’s a general statement that the Kingdom is about to come, the only bit of prophecy left to be fulfilled.

  3. 1. The little book: I noticed one more very convincing parallel:

    Daniel 12
    7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
    8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
    9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

    Revelation 10
    5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
    6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever…that there should be time no longer:

    Now notice. The man in linen from Daniel 12, and the angel in Revelation 10:
    1. Hold up hands to heaven
    2. Swear by Him who lives for ever (practically the exact same expression!)
    3. One seals the words of Daniel, the other has a book that is open.
    4. In Daniel, the words are closed until the “time of the end”, and in Revelation, there is “time no longer”, that is, the “time of the end” has come, and the book is now open.

    I don’t know how much plainer it can be. Pray about it! You must not expect prophecy to be spelled out so simply that even the wicked can interpret it. “The wise shall understand” (Dan. 12:10), “Blessed is he that reads, hears, and keeps those things written therein” (Rev. 1:3).

    Where would we have been in Christ’s day if we would have rejected him because there was nobody in Old Testament prophecy named “Jesus Christ”?

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