Yesterday, in chapter 9, we read about two horrible judgments: 1) locusts from the bottomless pit and 2) a 200 million horseman army. These correspond to the 5th and 6th (of 7) trumpets, and the 1st and 2nd (of 3) “woes”. The 7th and final trumpet is yet to sound.
In chapter 10 John records how he saw a mighty angel with a little book that is open, containing 7 thunders.
John began to write, but then was told not to. It was told to him that in the sounding of the 7th trumpet “the mystery of God would be finished”.
Instead of writing John is instructed to eat the book which he does and which he found to be sweet at first, then bitter.
Finally, the chapter closes with a recommissioning of John to prophecy again.
If someone eats a book and finds it to be sweet, then bitter….what is that image suggesting?
An intriguing part of this chapter is verse 6 and 7, where the angel declared “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”.
When the 7th trumpet sounds, “The mystery of God, would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.” What do you think of when you hear that phrase? What are some possible meanings?
The chapter leaves us with a feeling of anticipation: When will the 7th trumpet sound so we can know what is about to happen? We will see this in the next chapter.