DEVOURS >Destroy: to destroy something rapidly and completely
As we continue to read of the two witness’s God sends to Jerusalem, Israel . we read that some of the power they have is to shut up heaven so that rain may not come in the days of their prophesy. They also have power over the waters to turn them to blood , and to strike the earth with all plagues as often as they desire .
Sounds very similar to the power Moses had in the book of Exodus , when the Pharaoh of Egypt would not let Gods people go >
HARM > To hurt, damage or injury: physical or mental damage or injury
Here we read in Revelation 11 verse 4-5 that God has appointed two witness’s , described here as lampstands and olive trees . These two witnesses will talk of the light of salvation , thus the reference to the lampstand , also of the olive tree which lives years and years and supplies needed food to many .
It is said here that these two witness’s will not be harmed , they will be armed with mighty power, fire from their mouths to destroy anything that comes near them to destroy them
1. ability or capacity to do something: the ability, skill, or capacity to do something
2. strength: physical force or strength
3. control and influence: control and influence over other people and their actions
4. political control: the political control of a country, exercised by its government or leader
5. authority to act: the authority to act or do something according to a law or rule
6. somebody with power: somebody who has political or financial power
8. persuasiveness: the ability to influence people’s judgment or emotions
9. skill: a faculty, skill, or ability
A lot of different meanings for Power we read here . These two witness’s God will send for one thousand two hundred and sixty days
( exactly 3 1/2 years ) will have mighty power and will witness nonstop to the lost of the Gospel of Our Lord God , creator of all things .
They will not be harmed as much as they people try to harm them , they will do their designated job without harm until it is completed . They will be in Jerusalem , Israel , during this period of time .
PROPHESY> Predict with divine authority: to reveal the will of a deity in predicting a future event
We now read that John took the little book from the angels hand and ate it as he was instructed to do , it was sweet in his mouth and bitter in his stomach as he was told it would be > he was then told to prophesy about what he had learned to many nations , tribes , and people .
We can only imagine how this scene played out ? The little book was eatable , that we know . The imagery here speaks to me as the word that is being revealed to John that cannot be written down , is sweet at first and then bitter when digested , sounds like things will be fine , yet a little later not so fine .
BITTER> Strong and sharp in taste: having a sharp strong unpleasant taste, for example, like that of orange peel
As we continue reading in chapter 10 , we are reading about the angel from heaven that stands on the sea and on the land . In these two verses we read that the angel has an open book in its hands
John is instructed to take the book from the angels hands .
A voice that John heard from heaven instructs him to go take the little book which is open and in the hands of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth . So John approached the angel and said ” Give me the little book, and he said to me “Take it and eat it ; it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth .
SWORE OR SWEAR > affirm truth of something: to declare solemnly or forcefully that what is said is true, sometimes calling somebody or something thought to be sacred as a witness.
Now we know why John was not to write down or record this part of his vision , as the mystery of God would be finished as He declared to His servants the prophets. God is not yet ready at this time to have John write down this mystery .
The angel on the sea and land here swears to Him who lives forever and ever ,who created Heaven and all things that are in it , the sea and all the things that are in it , and the earth and all the things that are in it . That there will be a delay no longer
That at the sound of the seventh angel that is about to sound the mystery of God would be revealed .
Surely John is wondering what Gods mystery is at this point >
SEAL > Tight or perfect closure: a closure that prevents the entrance or escape of something such as air or water, or a substance or device that forms such a closure
Thus far in chapter 10 we have been reading about this spectacular event :
The Mighty Angel with the Little Book
1 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.
4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them.”
Here John is instructed to NOT WRITE THESE THINGS DOWN , these particular events are to be SEALED for a time we do not know . In the privious 9 chapters we have been reading that John was instructed to write down everything he has been seeing in his vision , here clearly a voice from Heaven is telling him NOT TO RECORD THIS EVENT >
MIGHTY >1. strong and powerful: of great strength and power
2. big and impressive: very impressive in size, scope, or extent
As we enter chapter 10 verse one , we will get a reprieve from all the terrible events of the previous chapter .
Here we read of a MIGHTY ANGEL that will appear on the scene that is coming down from Heaven, clothed with a cloud with a rainbow over His head. His face was like the sun and His feet like pillars of fire.
John is describing something very magnificent and mighty here in this verse .