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Revelation Chapter 10 – The Little Scroll

“Next I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was dressed in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, his legs like columns of fire; and he had a little scroll lying open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and shouted in a voice as loud as the roar of a lion; and when he shouted, seven thunderclaps sounded with voices that spoke. When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say,“Seal up the things the seven thunders said, do not write them down!” (Revelation 10:1-4).

A mighty messenger comes down from the heaven. The word ‘mighty’ in Hebrew is gibor. This is one of the names given to the ‘child who is born’ called the Mighty God or El Gibbor in Isaiah 9:6. It can also refer to an ‘angel’ like Gabriel or Michael who have great power. If the messenger is an ‘angel,’ I believe it is Michael who is the chief messenger that guards the people of Isra’el.

This messenger is covered in a cloud. As the Israelites traveled through the wilderness, the presence of Elohim protected them with a cloud by day. He also protected them with a pillar of fire by night. This Gibbor is enveloped in the glory of Elohim. Though his legs appear to be on fire, the Hebrew regalim is actually feet. Other references in Revelation say ‘burnished bronze’ rather than fire.

“Adonai went ahead of them in a column of cloud during the daytime to lead them on their way, and at night in a column of fire to give them light; thus they could travel both by day and by night” (Exodus 13:21).

There is also a rainbow in the cloud over the messenger’s head. This is not a halo which comes from the worship of the sun god, but a ‘bow in the cloud’ similar to the sign of the covenant given to Noach in Genesis 9:13. Again, the glory of Elohim is present and the evidence of His keeping a covenant promise originated in th heavenly realm.

The messenger’s right foot stands on the sea and the left foot on the land. This symbolizes his authority over the entire earth. Nothing that comes from the land or sea will have power over the messenger, most especially the rising beast from the sea.

The voice of the messenger sounds like the ‘roar of a lion.’ This is a direct reference to the Lion of Y’hudah. With all of these symbolic characteristics, the cloud, the fiery feet, the bow in the cloud, authority over the earth and sea, and the voice of the lion reveal the identity of this messenger – the Messiah Yeshua from the Tribe of Judah.

“They will go after Adonai, who will roar like a lion; for he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the west” (Hosea 11:10).

When the Messiah shouts, seven claps of thunder resound with voices that speak words. As Yochanan is about to write down the words, he is told to seal up the words and not write them down.

Yeshua holds an open, small scroll in his hands. The prophet Ezekiel was handed a scroll covered on the front and back with writing. He is told to not be afraid of the House of Isra’el for they will not listen, they will rebel. Still, no matter what happens to him, he is to preach the Word of Elohim because the people will know there is a prophet in their midst (Ezekiel 2).

Ezekiel is told to eat the scroll and fill his insides with it. To the prophet, the scroll tasted like honey (Ezekiel 3). Some scholars suggest the little scroll is the land deed to the earth. Others suggest it is the deed to the Promised Land, Isra’el. Whatever the scroll, the fact that it tastes like honey suggests there are righteous rulings inscribed on the parchment.

“The rulings of Adonai are true, they are righteous altogether, more desirable than gold, than much fine gold, also sweeter than honey or drippings from the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:9-10).

Some do not believe this angel is Yeshua because Yeshua is not an ‘angel.’ Yet, in his pre-flesh presences, he has appeared as the ‘angel of the ADONAI.’ This is the same ‘messenger’ who found Hagar in the desert and spoke with her, who wrestled with Ya’akov and changed his name to Isra’el, who Gid’eon saw and exclaimed that he had seen Elohim ‘face to face.’ The ‘angel of ADONAI‘ fought the enemies of Isra’el and stood before the throne of Elohim with the Accuser. Yeshua is the Word of Elohim which means every time there was a conversation with the ‘angel of ADONAI,’ it was Yeshua.

“Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted his right hand toward heaven and swore by the One who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will be no more delay; on the contrary, in the days of the sound from the seventh angel when he sounds his shofar, the hidden plan of God will be brought to completion, the Good News as he proclaimed it to his servants the prophets” (Revelation 10:5-7).

The ‘messenger’ stands on the sea and land and lifts his right hand toward heaven swearing by the One who created all things found in heaven, earth, and the seas. This could suggest that the ‘angel’ is not Yeshua, however, he always points the Way to His Father, the Creator of the Universe.

At this moment, Yeshua says there will be no more delay for it is time to reveal the hidden plan of Elohim. At the moment the seventh messenger sounds his shofar, the ‘good news’ will be completed, the ‘good news’ as proclaimed to the prophets.

Jewish rabbis utilize four different ways to interpret Scripture. The first is called pshat and means ‘surface.’ Pshat is the straight forward, literal interpretation of the text. For example, there is a day on which the Passover lamb was killed.

“Then came the day of matzah, on which the Passover lamb had to be killed” (Luke 22:7).

The remez is the second level and means ‘hint’. This is the symbolic meaning ‘hinted’ at with the Scripture. It could be likened to a prophetic ‘shadow’ or ‘paradigms.’ For example, the Passover lamb was a shadow of the body of Messiah, the lamb of Elohim.

“So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat. These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah” (Colossians 2:16-17).

The third way is called the drash and means ‘inquire.’ From this word comes midrash which involves discussion about the text to show its meaning and purpose. For example, midrash discusses the two women, Hagar and Sarah as representing two covenants: one of the slave woman and the other the free woman.

“Now, to make a midrash on these things: the two women are two covenants” (Galatians 4:24).

Finally, the last is called sod and means ‘secret’ or ‘mystery.’ The sod of Scripture is give through inspiration or the Spirit of Elohim. This is why the ‘hidden’ plan was given to the prophets. Sha’ul speaks of mysteries and secrets throughout his teachings – all given by inspiration of the Ruach haKodesh.

‘Look, I will tell you a secret [sod] — not all of us will die! But we will all be changed!” (1 Corinthians 15:51).

Though the word ‘salvation’ is used for what happened at the cross, that event was just the first step in the salvation process. Repenting and having individual sin taken away through the blood of Yeshua is definitely good news. This is called justification or the Way. Repentance and deliverance leads to the second step of ‘the good news,’ sanctification. The Spirit of Elohim has been poured into the hearts of Jews and non-Jews empowering them to obey the Torah which is the Truth. The completion of the salvation message, the real ‘good news’ is the Life: the resurrection of the holy ones to glory and the establishment of Messiah’s Kingdom eternally. This final deliverance of all Isra’el, the One New Man will be the proclamation of Messiah throughout all heaven and earth.

“Many of those sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken, some to everlasting life and some to everlasting shame and abhorrence. But those who can discern will shine like the brightness of heaven’s dome, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:2).

“He will swallow up death forever. Adonai Elohim will wipe away the tears from every face, and he will remove from all the earth the disgrace his people suffer. For Adonai has spoken” (Isaiah 25:8).

“Your dead will live, my corpses will rise; awake and sing, you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is like the morning dew, and the earth will bring the ghosts to life” (Isaiah 26:19).

“Then you will know that I am Adonai — when I have opened your graves and made you get up out of your graves, my people!” (Ezekiel 37:13).

“He has made known to us his secret plan, which by his own will he designed beforehand in connection with the Messiah and will put into effect when the time is ripe — his plan to place everything in heaven and on earth under the Messiah’s headship” (Ephesians 1:9-10).

“To them God wanted to make known how great among the Gentiles is the glorious richness of this secret. And the secret is this: the Messiah is united with you people! In that rests your hope of glory!” (Colossians 1:27).

“Now to God, who can strengthen you, according to my Good News, in harmony with the revelation of the secret truth which is the proclamation of Yeshua the Messiah, kept hidden in silence for ages and ages, but manifested now through prophetic writings …” (Romans 16:25-26).

“Next the voice which I had heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the scroll lying open in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land!” So I went over to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it; and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; but after I had swallowed it, my stomach turned bitter. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings” (Revelation 10:8-11).

Similar to the event that happened with Ezekiel, Yochanan takes the little scroll and eats it. It tastes like honey in his mouth, but turns his stomach bitter. This suggests that what the scroll contains has sweet promises, but in order to receive and digest them, there will be bitterness.

According to prophecy, Elohim’s plan is already in motion and many nations, the ones wielding power, will not want to give up that power. They will continue to claim power not only over other nations, but over the people in the nations. The world will become more and more unsettled as goat and sheep nations find their place in supporting or destroying the Land and people of Isra’el.

As seen in 2020 with an epidemic that has affected the world’s governments, economics, and religious systems, life has become more difficult and will continue on this path. Leaders who want more power and control will continue to remove peace from the earth by creating chaos between individuals. Those who want to depopulate the world will continue on the path of plagues, death, and destruction. The days will be tough to survive and many will not. But ultimately the bitter struggles will bring forth the sweetness of the return of King Messiah to set up his Kingdom in Jerusalem, the sweetness of the plan of Elohim being fulfilled.

With the last words of Revelation chapter 10, it becomes clear that this part of the Yochanan’s vision is an interlude. Many of the prophetic visions in Revelation are not linear, but give deeper revelations to the specific visions of the trumpets, bowls, and woes. This is why many find reading Revelation a bit confusing.

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