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Revelation 10

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The Small Open Scroll in the Hand of a Strong Angel

Revelation 10

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Lesson Number 11

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The details of God’s future judgments are not fully revealed.
  2. The details of God’s future judgments are sweet and bitter.

Practical Application

  1. Praise the Lord! There will be no evolutionists in the kingdom.

Questions

  1. Review the presentation of the scroll sealed up with seven seals from Revelation 5.
  2. Who is the strong angel described in Revelation 10:1?
  3. What important transition occurs in this chapter
  4. What is the mystery of God in verse 7?

Answers

  1. This scroll was a book describing the coming judgments of the future Tribulation Period. As each seal was opened, different judgments and conditions of the Tribulation Period were described in detail.
  2. This strong angel may be the Lord Himself appearing as an angel in John’s vision.
  3. The sounding of the seventh trumpet of judgment brings us close to the end of the Tribulation Period. Even though the bowl judgments follow, they are rapid in succession or they may even overlap with the Trumpet Judgments.
  4. The mystery of God concerns all the truth about God and His glorious kingdom on earth with Christ as King. This truth was largely communicated to the Old Testament prophets, but they did not completely comprehend all that they wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:10-12).
  5. That God keeps His covenants with His people forever.

Discuss/Consider

  1. As we study apocalyptic literature, such as John’s Revelation, it is important to remember, “The details of God’s future judgments are not fully revealed.” Discuss the implications of this. Refer to Daniel 12:1,4,9; Deuteronomy 29:29; and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
  2. Discuss how the study of prophecy can be sweet and bitter.

Challenge

  1. When you study prophecy, do you find a balance between excitement and fascination and the sober reality of God ’s judgment?

Key Verses

  • “In the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished.” Revelation 10:7
  • “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.” Revelation 10:10

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