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Revelation 10 : The strong angel and the little book

v1 Then I saw another strong *angel who was coming down from *heaven. He had a cloud all round him, like clothes. There was a rainbow over his head. His face was like the sun and his legs were like tall fires. v2 He had a little book, which was open, in his hand. He put his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land. v3 Then he shouted with a loud voice like the sound that a *lion makes. When he shouted, the 7 loud noises answered him. They were like the sounds of a storm. v4 When the 7 loud noises spoke, I was ready to write. But I heard someone speak to me from *heaven. ‘Keep secret what the 7 loud noises have said. Do not write it down’, he said.

v5 Then I looked again at the *angel with one foot on the sea and the other foot on the land. He raised his right hand to *heaven. v6 And he promised something by the name of God, who will always be alive. God made *heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that is in them. The *angel promised that nobody would have to wait any longer. v7 God will finish his secret purposes, just as he told his servants the *prophets long ago. He will finish his purposes when the last (seventh) *angel with a *trumpet is ready. This *angel will make a sound with his *trumpet too.

v8 Then I heard the same person speak to me from *heaven again. ‘Go to the *angel who is standing with one foot on the sea and the other foot on the land’, he said. ‘Take the book that is open in his hand.’ v9 So I went to the *angel and I asked him for the little book. ‘Take it and eat it’, he said to me. ‘It will be as sweet as sugar in your mouth. But it will hurt your stomach.’ v10 So I took the little book from the *angel’s hand and I ate it. It was as sweet as sugar in my mouth. But when I had eaten the book, it hurt my stomach. v11 Then someone spoke to me. ‘You must tell God’s messages to people again’, he said. ‘You must tell about people from many countries, about people who speak many languages. And you must tell about many kings.’

Verses 8-11 Other verses in the Bible tell us about *prophets who ‘ate’ messages from God. Then those *prophets told the messages to other people. (See Ezekiel 2:8-3:3 and Jeremiah 15:16.) So perhaps the ‘little book’ is God’s message that he wants John to tell people.

When God’s people hear God’s message, they are happy. It is like when they eat something sweet. But later they may also feel sad for other people who do not like God’s message. And they may have a lot of trouble themselves because they are Christians. So, they will feel as sad as when their stomachs are painful.

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