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A Little Book with a Big Message (13 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
January 18, 2008
INTRODUCTION: We concluded chapter 9 last week, with the fifth and sixth trumpet judgments. This evening, we will pick up our study with chapter 10 and God's "little book." Chapter 10 is an interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgments. We will read about the seventh and final trumpet judgment later in 11:15-19.
Let me give you our outline from chapter 10:
I. A MIGHTY ANGEL WITH A LITTLE BOOK (VV. 1-7)
A. The Mighty Angel (vs. 1)
1. John describes this angel as a "mighty angel." Obviously, from his description, this is one of God's highest ranking angels. There are different ranks of angels in heaven. We know that Gabriel was a high-ranking angel. He was the one God sent to interpret Daniel's dream. He was also the angel God used to announce the birth of John the Baptist and our Lord Jesus Christ. Then there is Michael, the Archangel. Michael is the angel assigned to protect Israel. In Daniel 12:1, it says, "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." Again, you will remember, Michael was the one who disputed with Satan over the body of Moses. In Jude 1:9, it says, "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee."
2. John describes this angel from heaven as "clothed with a cloud and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire." Some feel that this description best represents the Lord Jesus. In chapter one, Jesus is described as havi ...
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