It would have caused John great strain to see the things that he describes in chapter 9. It was a terrible shock to know how cruelly those evil spirits would attack people. The people of the world will suffer greatly during the last few years before Christ’s return. John would probably consider it an even greater shock to see how wicked the people would become at that time.
John does not record his own feelings, but he probably felt very weak. So God sent a strong angel to him. The angels are God’s special servants in heaven; this one is called ‘a strong angel’, like the one that John saw in Revelation 5:2.
The description of this angel is extraordinary and wonderful. It astonishes us when we try to compare this description with the descriptions of the evil forces in chapter 9. Those evil forces came from the darkest, deepest part of hell (9:2); this strong angel’s face shines with the splendid light of heaven. The colours of those evil forces only express the cruelty of their attack (9:17). This strong angel has a rainbow upon his head; the rainbow is the sign that God will always carry out his promises to his people (Genesis 9:12-17). ~ From: usefulbible.com
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New Testament: Revelation 10:1-11
Summary: The Angel and the Little Scroll
Revelation Chapter 10
- 10:1 – A strong angel comes to John
- 10:2 – The angel with the little scroll
- 10:3 – The roar of the angel, and the voice of the 7 thunders
- 10:4 – How God directed John as he wrote
- 10:5-6 – The angel’s promise and declaration
- 10:7 – The days of the 7th trumpet
I couldn’t count how many people through the years have asked me why God allows sin to run wild, why God allows sinners to prosper and succeed, why God allows Satan and his demons to deceive and to destroy. That is an age-old question. It’s been asked since the very beginning.
And it is a puzzle, I think, that finds a spot in everyone’s heart, in everyone’s thoughts. If God is there and He is holy, why doesn’t He stop all the carnage, all the corruption, all the confusion? If God loves His people, why does He allow them to suffer?
When will God destroy the wicked? When will God halt Satan’s enterprise? When will Jesus come and make the world the way He wants it? When will the righteous be avenged and the wicked punished? To put it in the words of the prophet, “How long, O Lord, how long?”
Men have been crying and crying and crying for God to intervene. All the pain and all the horror and all the disease, the destruction, the lies, the deceptions of the world; and they accumulate and they get worse and worse and worse; and we continually ask, “When will God speak? When will God break His seeming silence?”
Well, the Lord has promised that the day will come when the mystery of His silence will be broken; and that day is connected to the seventh trumpet.
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