Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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A Divine Parenthesis
Rev 10:1-11
NKJV 1 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. 2 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, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. 
4 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." 5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven 6 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, 7 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. 8 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." 9 And 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."   10 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. 11 And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." NKJV 
NASB 1 And I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire; 2 and he had in his hand a little book which was open. And he placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; 3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken, and do not write them." 
5 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, 6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there shall be delay no longer, 7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets. 8 And the voice which I heard from heaven, {I heard} again speaking with me, and saying, "Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land." 9 And I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, "Take it, and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey." 10 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. 11 And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings."   NAS

INTRODUCTION
A description of Jesus, The Church Age, The things here after The rapture of the Church, The Tribulation, Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets, Chapter ten Parenthetical.
 

1. Parenthesis for a. . Description of The Angel. v 1
    1 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.

A.    Who is this Angel?

        1.    Many say Jesus.
                The term "the Angel of the Lord"

        ANGEL -ONE OF THE HOLY TRINITY
            .Called ANGEL OF GOD
            .Called ANGEL OF THE LORD
            .Called ANGEL OF HIS PRESENCE (Nave's Topical Bible)

Gen 22:11-12 11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. (KJV)

Exod 3:2 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. KJV

Num. 22:23-27 23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. (KJV)

The term "The Angel of the Lord" not used after the Birth of Christ until now.

Other Places in Revelation.

        1)Rev 1:7; 1:15.

        2)A rainbow Rev. 4:3

    2.    Some say Michael or Another Mighty Angel.
        a. Michael means "one like God"
 
 

2.    Parenthesis for Some . . Distinctive Activity. v 2-6
    2 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, 3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 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." 5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven 6 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,

A.    The Scroll. v 2 a
    "He had a little book open in his hand. . . ."

B.    The Stance. v 2 b
    " And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,. . ."

Right foot on the Sea and left on the Land -- A custom of conquerors.

  1. Symbolizes His ownership of all creation.
  2. All land and Sea are rightfully His.
  3.     Col 1:16 By and for Him
C.    The Seven Thunders. v 3
    "and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.

        Jesus a Lion of the Tribe of Judah     Dan. 12:4

D.    The Sealing of the Thunders. v 4
    4 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."

    1.    Part of the revelation yet sealed up.
    2.    Paul was told not to utter certain words; 2 Cor. 12:4

E.    The Swearing of the Angel. v 5-6
    5 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven 6 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,

  1. Oaths forbidden for us today.
  2. They were not forbidden in the Old Testament.
  3. They evidently will not be forbidden during these days.
  4. Heb 6:13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, (KJV)
  5. Note the raised hand toward heaven.
    1.    Today one hand on the Bible and another raised toward heaven.
 
 
 

3.    Parenthesis for a. . Delay. v 6-7 (Time for it no more)
    6 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, 7 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.

A.    No more delay to the Mystery of God. Vs 6-7
    6 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, 7 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.

    1.    In the days of the seventh angel.
    2.    What is the mystery? We are not told.
    3.    Why has the kingdom been put off so long?
    4.    Why has evil seemed to have victory?
    5.    Why has the Devil seemed to be in control?
    6.    Why has suffering prevailed?
    7.    "Why" is God's Question to answer.
    8.    "How" is my question to answer in response to God.
 
 

4.    Parenthesis for a. . Dinner. v 8-10

A.    Eaten to give digestion. v 8-9 a
    8 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." 9 And I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it;. . ."

    1.    Feast on the word of God.

    2.    Personalize it.

    1. Food becomes us as we eat it.
    2. Don't eat and you become weak.
B.    Eaten to give Indigestion. v. 9 b - 10
    ". . . and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth." 10 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. NKJV
  1. Some of our favorite foods cause indigestion.
Illustration 2 Sam 12:1-7
12:1 Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him, and said to him: "There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. 3 But the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he had bought and nourished; and it grew up together with him and with his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup and lay in his bosom; and it was like a daughter to him. 4 And a traveler came to the rich man, who refused to take from his own flock and from his own herd to prepare one for the wayfaring man who had come to him; but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him." 5 So David's anger was greatly aroused against the man, and he said to Nathan, "As the LORD lives, the man who has done this shall surely die! 6 And he shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and because he had no pity." 7 Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! NKJV
 

Application

David responded positively to the preaching of the Prophet Nathan until it turned and brought judgment to him We may be just like that.
 
 

5.    Parenthesis for a. . Declaration. v 11
    11 And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." NKJV

Illustration Jer 20:8-9
8 For when I spoke, I cried out; I shouted, "Violence and plunder!" Because the word of the LORD was made to me A reproach and a derision daily. 9 Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name." But His word was in my heart like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not. NKJV

Application

John had a two fold experience with the word of God.
 

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