Just like Revelation 7 serves as an interlude between the sixth and seventh seals, Revelation 10 serves as an interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets. The interlude suggests four points:
- The “powerful angel” is described in such a way to be awe inspiring. He should cause us to ponder the glory of the God we serve.
- The sealing up of the seven thunders reminds us that there are some things only God knows, and that there are some things we don’t need to know.
- God, who is patient (2 Peter 3:9), will eventually run out of patience. “There will be no more delay!” God will one day bring judgment on sinful humanity and avenge the blood of the saints (6:10).
- John is given a message. It is a privilege and a blessing to be able to communicate the words of God! However, the message is about God’s coming judgment. It is “sweet as honey” in his mouth, but it was bitter in his stomach. In many ways this parallels the message we bring with the gospel. The message of good news is always sweet when we share it, but it seems bitter when people don’t believe because it becomes a message of judgment.