Wednesday, December 12, 2012
260 in 2012 DEVOS - Day 248 - Revelation 10: “No More Delay”
No, I’m not talking about the guilty republican (ha,ha), I’m speaking of what the swearing angels says in verse 6. (good swearing) The content of 10:1-11:14 act as an interlude and the second of two “parenthesis” in Revelation. This one occurs before the 7th trumpet (3rd woe) sounds. This section is preparation for the final trumpet and focuses on God being in control. It’s an announcement of the end to come, a preparation for the future. The Angel’s Announcement (1-7): “Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven.” – the scene again shifts from heaven to earth. This could be Michael or Gabriel but doesn’t have to be. And the description……..amazingly angelic: “robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.” Have your Sunday school students draw & color this one! Then as the angel is about to speak and John is grabbing his pen to write it down, he is told “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” Ya’ know, sometimes even though you don’t understand, ya’ just obey. The angel raises his right hand & swears to God (really!), “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.” John Told to Prophecy (8-11): So then the angel tells John to “take the scroll and eat it.” It’s gonna’ make you sick but do it any way! And no, John was not in need of some fiber for his diet! I believe that the bitterness of eating that scroll paralleled the bitterness of the trumpet judgment to soon come. And the sweetness is paralleled with the joy of God fulfilling His plan! “Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” SO WHAT?! *It’s hard to imagine the worldwide devastation that has already occurred and be told it will get worse. Panic & fear will be the daily norm and the psychological consequences of that alone will be huge as well. TODAY is the day to get right with God. Lord forgive me and thank you for paying the price for MY sin so that I could be brought into a right relationship with you! Your love is amazing!!!