Eat the scroll!

Scripture reading for December 19th: Revelation 10:1-11

John’s vision continues with the sight of a mighty angel robed in a cloud with a rainbow above his head.  This angel shone with the brilliance of the sun and planted his pillar-like legs on the land and sea of earth.  In his hand was a small scroll which was open.  When he shouted, the voices of the ‘seven thunders’ spoke.  John was told not to write what they said.  (Revelation 10:1-4)

The angel then announced on God’s behalf, “There will be no more delay!  But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:6b-7)  There was evidently a delay between the trumpet judgments.  God had laid out His plans for judgment, warning His people by His servants the prophets!  (Amos 3:6-7)  God’s word was true and although it seemed mysterious to those without faith, it would come to fulfillment.

“Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more:  “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”  So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll.  He said to me, “Take it and eat it.  It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.””  (Revelation 10:8-9)  John took the scroll and ate it.  He might have remembered Ezekiel’s encounter of the same sort.  (Ezekiel 3:1-9)  This scroll represents the truth of God’s prophetic words.  They are sweet to those who obediently give them and receive them, but cause trouble as they are digested.  The judgment of God is not joyful for those who are receiving it or witnessing it!

Ezekiel was told he must speak to the nation of Israel.  (Ezekiel 1:4)  John was sent to speak about “many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” (Revelation 10:11)  God’s program of judgment begins with His people and ends with those refusing to be His people!  In His love, God wants none to perish but all to repent.  As His prophets warn the people, they are then accountable for their response.  Those who hear and heed will be saved and those who refuse will be lost!  Are you willing to ‘eat the scroll’?

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