THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST
CHAPTER 10:1-3 PART IV-21 Koshy Zachariah
Chapters 10 to 11:14 are paranthetics-between the sixth and the seventh trumpets. Just to refresh our memories: the seventh seal introduced the trumpet series. Chapter 8 brought to our attention the first four trumpets-Vs.7, the first trumpet, Vs.8,9 the second trumpet; Vs.10,11 the third trumpet, Vs.12,13-the fourth trumpet. Chapter nine introduces the next two trumpets: Vs.1-12, the fifth trumpet; Vs.13-21, the sixth trumpet. The seventh trumpet is brought to us in chapter 11:15-19. The fifth trumpet is known also as the first woe and the sixth trumpet the second woe. When we considered the fifth and the sixth trumpet we saw the horrendous scenario brought by the first and second woe. The seventh trumpet we shall consider later as now between the sixth and the seventh trumpet there is a parenthesis-chapter 10:1-11:14, as we mentioned in the beginning.
Vs. 1-3. “I SAW STILL ANOTHER MIGHTY ANGEL COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN, CLOTHED WITH A CLOUD. AND A RAINBOW WAS ON HIS HEAD, HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE SUN, AND HIS FEET LIKE PILLARS OF FIRE.
2 HE HAD A LITTLE BOOK OPEN IN HIS HAND. AND HE SET HIS RIGHT FOOT ON THE SEA AND HIS LEFT FOOT ON THE LAND,
3 AND CRIED WITH A LOUD VOICE, AS WHEN A LION ROARS. WHEN HE CRIED OUT, SEVEN THUNDERS UTTERED THEIR VOICES.
Of the seven year period (70th Week of Daniel), the first half of it, that is three years and half is drawing to a close with the afflictions of the woes and sorrows of the sixth trumpet and seventh trumpet-the first and second woe. Its last hours reveal the world in mad and open rebellion against God, with the Beast and the Antichrist wreaking their fury on the Lord’s saints (not the church). The Gentile and Jewish apostates drunk with rebellion against God are on the rampage. However, as we read vs.1-3, “it is a stern reminder to the world that inspite of the raging of the wicked, the government of the earth is the just claim of the creator and one about to be made good in power” (WS). The suffering saints are not forsaken.
In vs.1 we read, “another strong angel”. This expression takes us back to chapter 5:2. The thing common to both is the epithet “strong”. But the angels are not the same. In chapter 5:2, Walter Scot writes, “In the earlier text a created being endowed with might is referred to; whereas in the passage before us, an uncreated being of divine majesty and power is witnessed. It is the Lord Himself. We have had already a vision of the Lord in angelic priestly intercession. (8:3). Here He asserts in angelic power His undisputed claim to the dominion of the earth.” The term “coming down from heaven” indicates that, the Lord is coming out of His place, the heaven, the native home. (ICor.15:47; Jn.3:13), to establish His worldwide Kingdom on earth. Thus here the scene of operation is openly shown to be on earth. The mention “clothed with a cloud” points to the fact of His majesty as in the Old Testament, the cloud figures largely as representing the presence and majesty of Jehovah. Dr. H.A Ironside observes, “The cloud is the chariot in which God led His people of old through the wilderness all the way from Egypt to the land of promise. We are expressly told that in that cloud was the Angel of the covenant. It is the uncreated cloud of glory that dwelt between the cherubim, in the tabernacle, above the mercy seat. When Solomon built the temple and dedicated it to Jehovah, He came in the cloud dwelling in it as His house. When nearly five centuries afterward, Ezekiel was called upon to declare the desolation of that once holy house, he beheld the cloud lifted up from the most holy place, tarrying a moment over the door of the sanctuary, then departing and hanging above the city wall, as though loath, to give up the place where His glory had so long been manifested. Slowly the cloud moved over to the adjoining mountain on the east, that is mount of Olives and then upto the heaven. Thus the visible manifestation of Jehovah’s presence has disappeared from Israel because of their sins. That cloud never returned to the land of Palestine until our Lord Jesus Christ went up into the holy mount which we commonly call as the mount of Transfiguration, where Peter, James and John had a vision of the coming kingdom-”the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” There they saw Him transfigured and talking with Moses and Elijah; Moses representing the saints who had died and will be raised again at our Lord’s return; and Elijah picturing those who shall be caught up at Christ’s coming without dying. Peter overwhelmed by such an abundant revelation,