Revelation Chapter Ten
"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:"
Leaving chapter nine we put six angels behind us to open chapter ten with number seven. Remember that an "angel" is a messenger; not a winged creature flying around. The number of each messenger is connected to the growth and development of our coming into the understanding of Christ in us. John uses Old Testament symbolism to describe the process of what our body, soul, and spirit go through to be transformed from children of God into His sons.
The true spirit of prophecy is a message lifting up Jesus Christ; not just one of predicting the future. The Old Testament told us of a coming King. The New Testament tells us that the King has come and is uniting His Kingdom.
Each of the chapters in Revelation builds upon one another. We take key words that John wrote and use the Scriptures to see how they were used.
Verse 1: "another mighty angel" would be the seventh messenger. The number seven in Scripture is the number of completion. It refers to resting in God. We can not rest in God if our mind is not at peace. It doesn't mean that there is peace around us, but peace within us. This resting place requires more than an individual relationship with God. We can not have "peace that surpasses our understanding" just for ourselves. We may justify to ourselves that this is the peace of God, but it is not. To come into rest with God, we must see the corporate realm. This "mighty angel" is the Christ who is one body.
Jesus Christ is the head of a many member body, but it is still only one body. Let's consider our natural body as an illustration: If some portion of our natural flesh is hurting, can the rest of the body declare 100% wellness? Of course not! If you stubbed your toe and said, "I'm doing great" that toe would start to let you know that you're not doing so great and will force you to hobble because of its pain.
The same thing goes with the corporate body of Christ. If we are seeing ourselves as "sons of God" but looking upon another person as a "sinner saved by grace" we are not yet truly qualified to do the Father's business.
This corporate body, or seventh angel, is coming down from heaven. So our next question would be where is heaven? Scripture does not tell us it is out in space somewhere; but where God is:
Luke 17:20-21, "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you."
Romans 14:17, "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
1 Corinthians 4:20-21, "For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power (unconditional love.) What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?"
The corporate body of Christ is "descending" or manifesting individually the revelation of Jesus Christ as the Holy Spirit reveals to them that it is Christ in them. This is not going to be some kind of an array of fire works displayed in the sky that we are supposed to watch with people riding on white horses following Jesus as he carries a flaming sword and does hurdles from one cloud to another. We might see this image on the movie screen, but John is not talking about movies. The word "descend" is not literally "coming out of the sky," but coming out from within ourselves. A son of God is one who has experienced the mercy seat of God, and now has mercy to give away to others.
The cloud is symbolic of the Spirit of God. The corporate body of Christ being manifested on the earth will be clothed with the Holy Spirit. Again, this is not literal white linen floating around in the sky or a literal cloud which happens to descend on someone transforming their image. The Spirit of God is within us, but many people are so self oriented that His Spirit is veiled from revealing the fullness of the Father's glory we each already possess.
The rainbow upon the angel's head tells us that this corporate man is in covenant with God. This revelation builds upon the verses found in chapters 4:3 and 6:2 where the sons of God understood the message of the throne of God. This would be different from the perception of those in the body of Christ that have a relationship with God from an outer or middle court experience. These are "first fruits" or "star company people" whose lives are reflecting the mind of Christ.
Paul teaches us this message in 1 Corinthians 2:12-16, "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
This covenant was made between God and all men before the foundations of the world. God sealed it within each of our hearts and will release the revelation of this understanding to His glory; not ours. Each one of us has a different portion of the glory of God. No one person has all the glory, but each person must release his portion of glory that God gave to bring unity to the body of Christ.
The corporate body of Christ is designed to individually reflect the raiment of Jesus Christ, the son of God. This is the "face that was as the sun" John tells us about that will radiate with light and warmth as the natural sun. When others see a son of God they should see their Heavenly Father; not the individual.
Pillars describe a connection to the foundation (Jesus Christ) with the rest of the temple (body of Christ). These are the people that support, encourage, intercede, and love one another unconditionally so that others can move in the call that God has given them for their life. The strength for "pillars" comes directly from their relationship with God. They know Him with the intimacy of His love, mercy, and grace even while going through personal trials and turmoil. Pillars have to be tested to make sure they can carry the weight for others who are not as strong. These people have gone through trials making choices to ascend into an intimacy with God instead of settling in the bottomless pit of their imagination. They now have power and authority to be a parent (descending) to others. John's choice of using the word "pillar" allows us to be teachable to more than just one pillar of the body such as: the neck, raised arms, legs, feet, shoulders, and spine. Each of these body parts contains significant spirit wisdom we could reflect upon to encourage and support the body.
The "feet as pillars of fire" are symbolic of the Holy Spirit's anointing affecting the places that we travel. They are the means of supporting and transporting the body which carry each of us through our lifestyles. They are also discussed in the foot washing account found in John 13. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples preparing them for the fullness of the call upon their lives to be sons of God.
"So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him." (John 13:12-16)
Pillars are the picture of "Jacob's ladder" in Genesis where he dreams of angels ascending and descending connecting heaven and earth.
"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shall spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goes, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of." Genesis 28:12-15.
(Oh by the way: notice that God said "all the families of the earth would be blessed through Jacob" This is one of those places where we have to do a double check about our Christian beliefs.)
Verse 2: "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,"
The "right" side of anything in Scripture speaks of the power and authority of God. The "left" side is not excluded from God but functions in a different realm. Remember in our previous chapters we discussed the three realms of the temple of God: the outer court (dust), the middle court (sand), and the inner court (star)? These were based on the covenant God made with Abraham.
The picture that John gives us is a corporate body of Christ (star company) coming out of the heavenly realm manifesting their god identity in the flesh. They are reflecting the power and authority of God to the middle court (Pentecostal realm), and the carnal man (outer court). What is this power and authority? THE MERCY SEAT OF GOD.
The foundation of the "angel" or corporate body is in the sand (sea) and in the dust (earth). God is not eliminating people, but incorporating them because the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was not for a few willing to receive, but for all mankind. God placed eternity (Himself) within each of us (Eccl. 3:11).
The seventh angel in this chapter has a message "upon" or at a higher realm of understanding than the carnal Christian (earth), and the double-minded Pentecostal (sea) declaring from heaven we have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). Today, we are new creatures in Christ and the old Adam does not exist anywhere or in any person (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The word "blessing" that Paul used in Ephesians 1:3 is the Greek word "Eulogia" meaning "to declare as indwelt by God and thereby fully satisfied." It is NOT the Greek word "makarismos" which means "the action of becoming blessed." The blessing Paul is telling us about is the inheritance we have now because of the death of Jesus Christ; not a blessing we will receive someday when we die.
A "eulogy" is said over someone that is dead. The Holy Spirit is telling us that we were dead in sin, but today we are alive in Christ. People like the idea of "dying daily" because it gives them a back door of excuses to keep missing the mark from being who they really are as a son of God and the responsibility required with this revelation. Unconditional love, mercy, and grace come up against religious justification. This process will force us to rest in heavenly places and live by faith (Hebrews 4:3).
The "little book" is the same book we discussed in Revelation chapter five that was in the right hand of Jesus Christ while he sat on the throne. It is the Holy Bible; it is the Revelation of Jesus Christ; it is Christ in you the hope of glory. John is the same author who wrote in John 21:25, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written."
In Chapter Five the book was sealed and only the Lamb of God was worthy to break the seals. Remember, Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. What He accomplished and finished for you and me was also done for all mankind (Hebrews 10:10). We have established that the Book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev. 1:1); however, it is not just about the man Jesus who walked on this earth but also about the corporate body of Christ being unveiled as the Lamb breaks the seals so that Christ would be manifested all in ALL (Colossians 3:11). As we go through each chapter we see each layer of the unveiling of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). We are a house of God being built. The seals are only temporary until we reach a certain place of growth in Christ so that each particular seal can be broken off and we can move into each new realm of relationship with God.
Verse 3: "And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices."
This "angel" or corporate body of Christ is declaring a message. It is one message (a loud voice) that is being heard through many that are manifesting the mind of Christ. The "lion" is symbolic of power in this message. The number seven is given as a complete message; and the word "thunders" tells us that this message is being released in the earth.
Verse 4: "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."
Reading this verse may sound confusing because if this is a message for all mankind to be set free then why isn't John allowed to write about it? The message of "Christ in you, the hope of glory" has been released to mankind since the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The wisdom for us to know that mankind was created as a son of God has been written since the Book of Genesis. So why have we been subjected to years of double-minded doctrine calling it Christianity?
The perfection of all that God had created was completed before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them (all of creation). And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day (completed work), and sanctified it (made it perfect): because that in it (all creation) he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (Genesis 2:1-3.) This is what John was about to write in Rev. Chapter 10, but could not because the plan of God for manifesting this perfection fullness is for us to go through a process of growth and development.
The ways of God are not man's ways. How could we understand a father's love for his children who gives them a serpent to play with? We would not have even created it to begin with let alone have it in our backyard. Yet, God placed the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil right in the middle of the garden knowing that man would be tempted. We know that God is love and in Him there is no darkness. He is not a vindictive Father, so we must conclude that this whole picture has a greater blessing than we can comprehend with our natural understanding. Therefore, our rest comes by trusting and walking in faith by the example that Jesus gave us as He reveals that we have the mind of Christ to live and be as He is (1 John 4:17).
John tells us in this verse that he heard the message but was not allowed to write it. The name "John" means "gracious." We each must come through an understanding revealed to us as the seals are broken from the hardness of our hearts by the Holy Spirit that the free gift of our salvation is only by the grace and mercy of God which He gave to us. We did nothing! Whether we receive this gift or not doesn't matter to God or change His perfect and completed work. However, we must remember that the laws of nature reveal that everything goes through seasons of growth to come into maturity. This is why a grandmother can be at peace when she sees mischievousness in her grandchildren, yet mom is going through the frustration of how to be a parent to her children.
In Mark 9, Jesus is confronted with a young boy who could not speak. The disciples tried to cast out the spirit that was causing the problem, but could not. Jesus told them this required fasting from the disciples, not the young boy. Remember in Rev. 6:9 where we talked about the souls under the altar? These souls had gone through the process of crucifying their natural understanding and are now living and manifesting the mind of Christ. A "dumb spirit" is symbolic of our understanding. When we try to discuss things about our Heavenly Father with our carnal understanding we bring a strange spirit into our thoughts for the purpose of justifying ourselves in something that is not God. Understanding comes to us individually line upon line, precept upon precept as we grow and develop in Christ. We don't all need to experience the same processing at the same time.
Illustration: There was a generation of the children of God that was born in Egypt. These people had to go through "processing" an understanding of the ways of God. The church has been birthing in the wilderness for over 2000 years "processing" their understanding and development in Christ. We now have a generation that is being birthed in Zion. Those in Zion don't need to experience Egypt or the wilderness to know who they are in Christ. They don't need to rehash what the old Adam did, but build upon the fact that today they are a new creation in Christ.
The processing of 40 years was necessary for the children coming out of Egypt, but was not necessary for Joshua and the generations after that. The times of Luther, Wesley, Calvin, and the many other time markers in history have been necessary for us to learn from, but were not meant for placing an understanding of the ways of God in a box. We mistakenly try to force children to grow the same way we did in Christ when they already have the DNA of the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Think about what we see in the natural with the current generation of high school students. They are not required to spend time understanding math skills that a calculator can do. They are required to know how to use the calculator. They don't know how to cook on a wood burning stove, but they do know how to use a microwave. Many have no understanding of writing letters because of voice mail and e-mails being available. For the older generations that have camped out in their old way of life it is frustrating because they don't want to learn new things; but for this generation, it is an accepted way of life, not a luxury. Today, it is common for college students to have a computer and know how to use it. This generation would compare taking a computer course a class in learning how to eat or tie your shoes. However, if we go back just one or two generations we will find many people who don't even know how to turn the machine on.
Many of us want to "smite the rock" a second time by justifying ourselves with our way rather than "speaking the word" and believing by faith (Numbers 20). The children in the wilderness went round and round for forty years trying to process the ways of God, yet a harlot in Jericho processed an understanding in one night. She not only understood God's way, but by her understanding she saved the lives of her whole family, even though they may not have understood what was happening.
Not everything that we have been taught by theologians in the past is the whole truth. Remember, it was Moses who smote the rock a second time instead of obeying God to speak to it. Moses went by past experiences to bring forth water (the word) instead of the new way that God was telling him. We do this today to the body of Christ and justify to ourselves that it was good enough for us so it will be good enough for the next generation instead of building upon what each generation births. The next generation shouldn't have to suffer the same processing that the previous generation brought forth.
What saves us from pain is getting a "rainbow" on our head. There is a whole lot of "stuff" that we are putting in ourselves and others that is not God. Three million children of God considered Joshua and Caleb heretics to cross the Jordon into the Promised Land. It took the next generation to do what was given to the first because they wouldn't stop trying to reason with the ways of God.
Jesus paid a debt He did not owe. I owed a debt I could not pay. My dying to sin is not redemptive. The death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ paid all debts in full. Today, I am seated in heavenly places ruling and reigning with Him. How about you?
In Matthew 24:45, Jesus tells those who have been placed in authority how they should rule. The first thing to know is how to be a wise and faithful servant to God through Jesus Christ who is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Rulership should only be portrayed as those operating in the mind of Christ.
The second thing to comprehend is that it was God who gave us understanding of our identity as sons of God. We did not work for it. In His timing He had the Holy Spirit pull back the veil allowing us to enter into this identity. The purpose of the unveiling is to bring unity in His household. We are to feed and nurture others with the wisdom and love of the Father in accordance to the season they are in. We do not put ourselves on a pedestal, or force feed children into the understanding that God gave us.
If we consider the ark of the covenant we have the ability to receive a rainbow on our head as e receive the message of how much God loves us: There is a new beginning (life) from a dead tree; legalism (ten commandments) buried in a coffin with mercy and love upon it; bread (supernatural manna) that feeds us in supernatural ways. Our spirit, soul, and body can receive life, life, and life; a three bonded scarlet cord in our hearts shining out through the windows of our lives to display just how much God loves us. It is not by our power or our might, but by the word of God within that enables us to give love to others. This love will in turn cause transformation in them.
John challenges us to come up to a higher place; to leave behind illusions, falsehoods, and fears pertaining to the ways of God. This is not a new message, but one that was known from the beginning when Moses wrote the first five books of the Bibles. We read in Deuteronomy 30:11-14, "Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, "Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, "Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?" No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it." NIV
"But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof" (Romans 13:14). We must feed on Lamb to be able to follow the example that Jesus gave us on how to be in the world, but not of it.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 God said, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." Most theologians use this verse to justify how bad people are. God is not elaborating on how wicked man is, but declaring that there is an identity in us that needs to come out so that we can have full fellowship with Him as His family. God desires to hear the words that we speak from our mouths to be His realm of wisdom and understanding that can only be found in the inner court where the mercy seat is located. We can not enter this domain with any "self-ego" or we would instantly be destroyed. In order for God to commune with His own identity, His sons, He must hear a heavenly mindset coming from our hearts and mouths. Anything less and we are like children being tossed to and fro.
When we talk from heaven we are declaring to the natural how it already is "in Christ." When we pray "if it be thy will" we are speaking from an earthly understanding determined by the "woes" around us. Paul says that we have been blessed by God "with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). It is not something we receive someday when we die. It is up to us to appropriate these blessings into our lives.
Verse 5: "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven"
This is a beautiful picture for us to remember. The corporate sons of God are in a position of worshipping to the Father. By knowing their identity in Christ, they have received from Father God the ability to give unconditional love to those with Pentecostal understanding (sea), and those with carnal (earth) mindsets. They are likened to pipe vessels which direct the love, hope, and encouragement of God to all those who cross their path.
Love, joy, and peace are spiritual realities; not emotional highs. They are the outward manifestation of the mind of Christ; not the result of information accumulated by the senses. In the book of James we are told, "My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord." (James 1:2-7). Counting it ALL joy in diverse temptations cannot be obtained with our natural understanding. It takes faith! We have to draw on the resurrection power of Jesus Christ: "That I may know him and the power of his resurrection" (Philippians 3:10).
Verse 6: "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:"
This corporate company of firstfruits is declaring the message about the mediator between heaven and earth. It is God who created all things and is in all things that He created. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." (1 Timothy 2:5-6). God establishes the perfect timing to reveal the greatness of His love and mercy for the purpose of manifesting Christ in us: "When it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen;" (Galatians 1:15-16).
The revelation of Jesus Christ in me is not about me or about my salvation. It is about the unveiling of Christ in all mankind including me. "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ (Jesus) the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's (manifesting their identity as a son of God) at his coming (when the Holy Spirit reveals to them, Christ in you). Then cometh the end (not the end of the world, but the end of time controlling us), when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God (the realm around us radiates with His identity), even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power (religion; legalism; justification through the misuse of the Father's words). For he (Jesus Christ is the head) must reign, till he (the corporate body of Christ) hath put all enemies (antichrist spirit) under his (Christ) feet" (1 Corinthians 15:22-25).
Verse 7: "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."
The word "days" is not a literal 24 hour time period, but a time in each of our lives when we come into the DAY OF THE LORD. It will be a different time for each of us, but we will all come into it. It is a corporate word, but we hear it individually. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:21-23, "For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming."
The mystery of God was no longer hidden behind a veil after Jesus said "It is finished" on the cross (John 19:30). What did Jesus finish that was known by all the prophets? He removed the bondage that hindered us from knowing "It is Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27) which has been place in seed form by God in all mankind and can now be manifested. It is not a message for just the Jewish nation, and it is not a message for someday when we die and go to be with the Lord. We are already in His presence NOW with access to the fullness of our inheritance.
Jesus sounded this message to the world while he was stretched out on a cross connecting the gap that separated heaven and earth so that all mankind would come into the understanding of their true identity as sons of God. He (our mediator) finished what He was responsible for in bringing salvation to God's family. He gave us the power and authority as a corporate company of people throughout each generation to do the same by declaring this message.
Verse 8: "And the voice which I heard from heaven spoke 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."
This voice that John is hearing from heaven is coming from the Holy Spirit within him, not the sky. The book is the same one that was sealed in the previous chapters, but is now open: John is not talking about a literal opening the pages of the Bible and reading the Scriptures, but a quickening of our spirits as love and life transforms us into His image as His sons. The corporate firstfruits of each generation have been carrying this message since the Apostles, but the opposition of receiving it has been from those that have camped in Pentecost (sea) and Passover (earth) realms. They need revelation to see that God already ripped apart the veil which separated them from the throne and mercy of their Father. The New Testament covenant cannot be mixed with the legalism of the Old Testament because this would give us a double-minded understanding of the ways of God. In James 1:8 we are told "that a double-minded person is unstable in ALL his ways."
This corporate man has taken the Scriptures and received the understanding that when the crucifixion took place over 2000 years ago it wasn't just Jesus on the cross, but their lives also; and it wasn't just Jesus who rose from the grave, but they did also. They have already experienced the second death and don't need to die again. "Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh."
(2 Corinthians 4:10-11).
Hebrews 2:9-10, "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
Just as John had to take the book, we must each come to an understanding that the blessings of our inheritance are not for a someday when we die, but available to us today so that we can raise up others in the unity of being sons of God by the power and authority of His unconditional love that He has given us.
Verse 9: "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."
When we believe the message declared by the seventh angel, or corporate body of Christ, opposition will come to everything in our natural understanding. The old mind will fight with justification and tradition trying to overrule what the Spirit of God is declaring in us. If that isn't enough, we can also anticipate from those around us to separate themselves from us as we declare this message because they will see it as a threat to their misinformed teachings about heaven, hell, and "freewill." They will challenge our soul by calling us "heretics" and "new age" using doctrines and theological hierarchy to justify their position. For those that know they are sons of God, they will find themselves many times isolated and baffled as to why others don't want to receive the unconditional love of God. The reality of "hell" will become open to their soul and they will learn that it is not about going some place with demons and dragons, but living our lives today as Paul taught us in Galatians, "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ (freewill theology), we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law (religious understanding of Scripture), that I might live unto God. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God (with the doctrine of freewill or works): for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." (Galatians 2:17-21).
Verse 10: "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."
As the bitterness of turmoil and confusion challenges our minds; our hearts will speak forth the sweetness of His mercy and love bringing us the peace that surpasses our understanding knowing that His word will not return unto Him void. Our words will become sweet as honey to those that God has prepared to receive their inheritance.
Verse 11: "And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings."
The word "prophesy" has been frequently misused by theologians. It literally means to "speak under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit." Whenever we speak the word of God, with the character and nature of our Heavenly Father, we speak under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Jesus was called the prophet, the priest, and the king, but he never went anywhere saying "thus saith the Lord" because he knew his identity in God. This is the example we are supposed to follow in BEING the light where the Holy Spirit takes us. Our words become His words so that when others see us, they see their Heavenly Father.
When we speak the word of the Lord in His character and nature, it tears down some things and brings up other things. Controversy should not be a surprise to us because the word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword dividing and piercing the soul and spirit. The only thing that can enter the Holy of Holies is SPIRIT which means the soul has to be separated so that it will no longer control and be the justifier of our being. This can only be done by the WORD of God. John is writing the fulfillment of what Ezekiel was given:
"And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. And when I looked, behold, a hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe. Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them."