The Mighty Angel 

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 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,”  Revelation 10:1, 2.

We are now getting into some of the most exciting prophecies in the Bible! These things in chapters 10-11 are sort of ‘between woes’, they happen as the 6th trumpet is ending and the 7th is starting.

We know it is very important because look Who it is that appears here—we see clouds and a rainbow, and a face like the sun. Who is it? It is Jesus; just like in Rev. 1 and Daniel 10.  He has a ‘little book’ and it is OPEN. Now what little book do we know that was closed? Why, the book of Daniel’s prophecies. He was told, “seal the book” until “the time of the end”.

The ‘end’ of what? Well this means the end of the wonderful time prophecies found in Daniel. The 2300 days/years and the 1260 days/years. The 1260 ended in 1798, and the 2300 ended in 1844.

Do we see something happening in history that has to do with the book of Daniel in this time? Yes, we sure do! Towards the end of the 1700s many people all over the world began to study that very book and they began to understand the time prophecies in it. And the Holy Spirit led them to preach and write about the Coming of Jesus and His judgment of the earth.

“And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” Revelation 10:3, 4. 

Hear the ‘roar’ of the Lion of Judah, it is announcing something important. And then we hear ‘7 thunders’ speak through the earth. What did they say? John was told not to write it down. Then why did Jesus mention it at all?

Something was going to happen, and it was not written down, or it couldn’t have happened the way it needed to happen. We are now quite sure about what the 7 thunders said; they told of the Great Advent awakening, followed by the ‘Great Disappointment’ of Oct. 22, 1844. The happenings of 1843-1844 are clearly told about in different prophecies in Daniel, Revelation and the parables of Jesus.  

We also know that right at the final time just before the Close of Probation, the Seven Thunders are unsealed and their history is repeated as the 144,000 are gathered by God to do their work.

We also know that right at the final time just before the Close of Probation, the Seven Thunders are unsealed and their history is repeated as the 144,000 are gathered by God to do their work. This is the time when the events foretold in the  Parable of the Ten Virgins are also repeated.


 “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Revelation 10:5-7.

 Here is Jesus, making a legal announcement; He holds up his one hand to heaven, like we do in a court of law, and he ‘swares’ by Him who liveth for ever and ever and Who is the Creator. This is Jesus Himself; He swares by Himself as there is none greater! He stands on the Sea and the Earth which means this message is world-wide.

Then He says ‘time shall be no longer’. What ‘time’? Time for this earth? No, this earth lasted past 1844. Probation ‘time’? No, we still have probation time today, although it is soon going to end. It means the prophetic time in the time prophecies. Jesus is here telling us that all the time prophecies end by that 1844 time; there are no more time prophecies waiting to be fulfilled.

Jesus goes onto to tell us that in the days of the 7th angel, when he starts to sound his trumpet, the ‘Mystery of God should be finished’. What is this ‘Mystery’? It is the wonderful time prophecies of Daniel that for many years were only partly understood and then towards the end of the 1260 days/years began to open up to serious Bible students.

“And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” Revelation 10:8.

In all prophecies, the prophet receiving the vision, represents the people of God and they will do what we see the prophet in the vision doing. Here John takes the precious ‘little book’ from Jesus’ hands. This is what God’s people did at that time period, they took that book of Daniel as a special message from Jesus, which is just what it was.

There are people today that say there are more time prophecies to be fulfilled in the future: don’t listen to them, because Jesus Himself said ‘Time shall be no longer’; there will be no more time prophecies.

  “And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:9-11. 

He took the little book and ate it up! Here we see God’s people ‘eating up’ the book of Daniel. We use the expression, ‘he likes _____ so much that he just eats it up!’ Well, God’s people as they got into the prophecies of Daniel just ‘ate it up’.

They loved it; it was like honey to them. Why? Because they really believed that this prophecy was meaning that Jesus was coming back to earth on that day. Those who love Jesus and really belong to Him with their whole hearts, long to see Him come back and take them home to heaven with Him.  

But the prophecy says something happened after they ‘ate up’ that sweet message from Jesus. Their ‘belly was bitter’. What an amazing way to describe exactly what happened to God’s people at that time!

They were so happy thinking they were soon going home with Jesus. At first there was a mistake in the time they figured out because they thought the period ended in the spring of 1843, or 1844. So there was a small disappointment. But then, as they looked closer at history and the Great Day of Atonement in the Sanctuary services of the Jews, the found the exact day; October 22, 1844.  

Then the message seemed to go out like wildfire. The very words of the parable of Jesus were used; “Behold the Bridegroom Cometh! Go ye out to meet Him!” Everywhere throughout the world where there were any Christians at all, the message went.  

As the day grew close, the believers prayed and searched their hearts to make sure they had put away every sin and made right every wrong deed to their families and neighbors. With solemn joy they gathered to await His coming. The hours were spend in quietness and prayer. No one ever made ‘ascension robes’ as some say, nor did anyone climb up in trees or stuff either. These are false stories.

But the bitter belly came, they were disappointed, the time passed and Jesus did not appear. Most of the people then laughed at their former belief and went away, never again would these join with the true believers.

But the prophecy had a clue in it; “Thou must prophecy again!” This message is for us today also.

Jesus longs to have us come home to be with Him too; how sad He must feel when some of us would rather have the silly pleasures of the world, than have Him, who loves us so much.