John saw six trumpets of judgment. Last week we saw the intensity increase with the 5th and 6th judgment. God is just, He loves His Bride, and has been pouring out wrath on her enemies. If they still, even in the face of the sixth trumpet that brought death to a third of unbelievers, refuse to repent, there is no more hope for them.
The great glorious angel of Revelation 10 says: There will be no more delay!”
When the seventh trumpet blows, the time is up. It’s too late to repent. And God’s great Kingdom will come to earth for the believers.
This great good news follows the dark sorrow of the judgments. As life gets harder, we must never forget He is with us, we are sealed by His blood. Jesus made a way for us and no one can snatch us from His hand.
My dear friend Linda Strom of Discipleship Unlimited was with me this week and introduced me to this song, which I think you will love if you don’t already know it.
Revelation 10 is meant to give you a confident hope.
The confident hope, even in the midst of trial, is based on the vision of this great angel having one foot on the sea and one foot on the land. What does this mean? We are going to be hearing in Revelation 13 about a beast from the sea and a beast from the land, but God is sovereign over both.
Our purpose is that we are to be His witnesses now – and of course also, if we are alive during the end times. We are, so to speak, as Jeremiah did, “eat God’s Word, both the sweet and sour parts of it,” take it in, chew it, and live it!
This week is challenging, but I love the sermon I’m giving you, for truly I think it will help make it clear and oh so applicable. If you want to listen to it first, go ahead!
Would love your input on this:
I’m leaning toward, but not certain, about taking a break from Revelation when we get to the mid-point (chapter 12) and doing Paige Benton Brown’s 8 week study on Romans. Tim Keller calls her the best preacher in America and she streams her lectures live, beginning Labor Day week, leaving them up each week until Tues. night.
If we did this, I would post questions the Sunday following her Wednesday live lecture. On Sunday through Wednesday morning there would be questions on the lecture, and then you’d have a break to listen to the next lecture, though free to come on with comments! Then we could return to Revelation in mid November. Or, we can just keep on going through Revelation and finish by the end of the year. I’m seeking God but if you have a leading, please give me input. Her last study was the best I’d done in decades, and I’d love you to experience her teaching — but neither do I want to lose momentum in Revelation. So give me your prayerful thoughts.
A. John is being recommissioned to prophesy — what does this prophesy concern? Relationship between believers and unbelievers
B. Why might the relationship between believers and unbelievers grow more intense during this time?
4. Under John Recommissioned As A Prophet read up to “And the Angel” and see if you can then answer:
A. What are some of the ways this angel is closely linked to Christ?
B. What does the little scroll deal with (look particularly at last sentence in this paragraph)
C. What does the angel setting a foot on the sea and on the land signify? (Joshua 10:24-26 might help)
D. Name a trial you are facing right now and the hope God’s sovereignty gives you.
E. With what is thunder associated?
F. Did anything else stand out to you from this section?
Tuesday: No More Delay!
God has been so patient, giving men time to repent, but it will not always be so. Each person has the span of his life, but in the last days, that life may be surprisingly cut short. Though I don’t know how effective billboards are that warn the end is near, we know we are called to be witnesses, to have eyes to see whom God may be wooing, and to be prepared to give an answer for the hope within us. I do think it is getting harder, because of the hostility against us, but God still opens doors. The most fertile fields are children and those going through a crisis, and we need to sow our seeds!
5. When was the last time you bravely shared your faith? Hoping for some encouraging stories!
6. Read Revelation 10:5-8
A. In verse 6, what does the angel say?
B. What will happen, according to verse 7, when the 7th trumpet is blown?
C. What is John told to do in verse 8?
7. Read from the BOLD And the angel I saw standing to the vision resumes and share your thoughts.
Wednesday: Eat The Scroll
I loved Eugene Peterson’s book “Eat This Book,” for he gives ideas on how to do that, how to really chew and digest God’s Word. And he said:
8. Read Revelation 10: 9-11 and share what you see, learn, and how you could apply it.
9. 2 Corin. 2:15-16 adds light to why this Word is both sweet and bitter. What do you see?
10. Read the rest of Campbell’s section up to spiritual warfare during the church age and share any comments.
11. I found this chapter challenging until I listened to this sermon. Please watch Matt Menzel and share the main points and your thoughts.
12. What is your take-a-way and why?