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“Revelation 10: 1-6”
by Art Sadlier   
November 18th, 2008

As we come to chapter 10, and we remind you that we are in a parenthesis, a pause in the story line. Chapter 10 is a declaration by God that He is now about to wind up the affairs of the godless nations and reposses the earth. Chapters 11-14 are also a parenthesis, they tell us what God has been doing and what Satan has been doing during the blowing of the trumpets.

Here in chapter 10, in the middle of the storm, the clouds open and the sunshine breaks through. Christ lays claim to the earth and declares that He is now about to quickly finish the final judgments on the earth and on men and retake total possession of the earth. Satan had temporarily been given a limited control over the earth. 2 Corinthians 4:4 says, "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

We are daily witnessing Satan's utter failure to govern the earth successfully. Our world is a chaotic mess and it is growing more chaotic with each passing day. By the time Christ returns to reign, our world will be in ashes, a vivid testimony to Satan's folly in thinking that he could ever rule this world in place of God.

Our world of men and women today say their is no God, the earth was not created by God, men are not accountable to God. Men believe the fate of the world is in their hands. God's word has no claim upon them, they can do as they please. Men in there rejection of God are left in confusion, frustration and deception. Here in chapter 10, in the midst of the judgment of God, Christ is about to assume His proper place at the center of His creation. He will restore this world to the condition God intended and do what Satan could never do.

In verse 1, we are introduced to the mighty angel, now in verse 2, we see the actions of the mighty angel. "And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth." We know that the earth and the sea stand for the sum total of the material universe. The Lord is here claiming the sea and the earth are His. Christ is proclaiming that He is abut to retake possession of that which is rightfully His. Satan has been usurping Christ's right to the earth for some 6000 years now. The earth is Christ's by right of creation in the same way that all men everywhere are God's by right of creation and are accountable to Him.

The little book that was open is the same sealed book we were introduced to in Revelation 5, that book represented the title deed to the earth. Now the seals are broken,  the contents of the book reveal the jugdments which return the earth to Christ.

In verses 3-4 we hear the assertion of the mighty angel and the Lion of the tribe of Judah as He roars. The roar is the warning of imminent judgment. "And when seven thunders had uttered their voices", evidently those seven thunders sounded forth an awesome message. John was forbiden to write the message, it is foolish and forbidden to speculate as to what this awesome message was, someday we will know. This is the only part of the Revelation that is sealed and not revealed to us.

THE MESSAGE OF THE MIGHTY ANGEL, verses 5-7. In verse 5-6, it says that the angel lifted up his hand to heaven and swore by him that liveth for ever and ever. This angel is speaking for God, what an awesome thought that men and angels can speak for God. Let us not misrepresent God when we speak for Him.Let our lives speak forth the truth about God.

Look at the message, "that their should be time no longer": or, that there should be delay no longer. Time would not end for another thousand years. Christ is saying that there will be one more series of judgments and they will be exercised quickly. Now the last half of the trbulation period will unfold quickly.

Time is an incident in the process of eternity, a bracket. There was a moment when time began, there shall be another moment at the conclusion of the millennial age when it shall cease, but God's people will live on forever.

However in our text sin's day is about to end! The final hour has struck to put an end to earth's long night. What a day that will be when the millennial kingdom begins.

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