REVELATION - THE END
OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)
Revelation of Jesus Christ — as the
7 Thunders NOT REVEALED
Jesus claims the world as His
The 7th and last Seal
continues, containing the 7 Trumpets
This part of the book of Revelation is sometimes treated as an episode,
thrown between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgments, and having little
or no relation to either. We are still dealing with the blast of the sixth
trumpet. It is only in Revelation 11:14 (The second woe has passed; the
third woe is coming soon) that we find the note of indication that the
woe of the sixth trumpet is accomplished.
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."
(5) The angel whom I saw
standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven
(6) and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created
heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things
that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that
there should be delay no longer, (7) but in the days
of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound,
the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His
servants the prophets.
The manifestation of Jesus
Christ as the Mighty Angel [Revelation 10:1-11]
This angel amazes us, for he has some of the characteristics that belong
especially to the Lord Jesus. John has seen and heard a ‘strong
angel’ (Revelation 5:2), and the same Greek word is here translated “mighty.”
All angels excel in strength (Psalms 103:20 ‘Praise the Lord, you his
angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding’), but apparently some have
greater power and authority than others.
Three other characteristics would also suggest identifying the angel as
||The rainbow was God’s sign to mankind; this angel
has the authority of God’s throne given to him.
||The fact that the angel’s face is ‘as the sun’
corresponds to the description of Jesus Christ in;
And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like
the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.
He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a
sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun
shining in its strength.
||The angel's feet correspond to
||His voice like a lion suggests
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of
David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven
||The Theophanies (physical appearance
God), the Word [Jesus] often appeared in the Old Testament as ‘the
Angel of the Lord’
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of
fire from the midst of a bush.
So it was, when the Angel of the Lord spoke these words
to all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their
voices and wept.
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the
terebinth tree... Then the Angel of the Lord put out
the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the
meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock
and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the
Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. Now
Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So
Gideon said, "Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel
of the Lord face to face." Then the Lord said to
him, "Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die."
2 Samuel 24:16-17
And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to
destroy it, the Lord relented from the destruction, and said
to the angel who was destroying the people, "It is enough; now
restrain your hand." And the angel of the Lord was by
the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. Then David spoke
to the Lord when he saw the angel who was striking the people,
and said, "Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but
these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I
pray, be against me and against my father's house."
||The book in his hand — Since our Lord
was the only One worthy to take the scroll and break the seals
(Revelation 5:5), it only seems right that He is the only One worthy
to give His servant the message.
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of
David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven
||The awesome posture that he assumed —
The posture is of a conqueror taking possession of His territory. He
is claiming the whole world. Only the victorious Savior would make
such a claim.
And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the
||The oath that he took — He swore [omnuo] by Him Who
lives forever and ever, by the Creator
||swear — to take an oath
||swear — to take an oath
Old Testament it was common for men to swear an oath as
Abraham swore to Abimelech:
And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech...spoke to
Abraham, saying... swear [shaba] to me by God that you will not deal
falsely with me... And Abraham said, "I will swear
||However, in the New
Testament we are forbidden to swear an oath at all, first by
Jesus Himself, and also in James. As a child of God, our yes
or no should be all that is necessary.
But I say to you, do not swear [omnuo] at
all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the
earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is
the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head,
because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your
'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than
these is from the evil one.
But above all, my brethren, do not swear [omnuo], either by
heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes"
be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.
||In the New Testament
we find that God Himself is the only one allowed to swear an
For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could
swear [omnuo] by no one greater, He swore by
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of
promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an
oath [omnuo] , that by two immutable things, in
which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope
set before us.
||No where in the
Scriptures do we find an angel of any kind swearing an oath.
And finally, we have His own words in
chapter 11, verse 3: "And I will
grant the power of prophecy to My two witnesses." He would
not have claimed them as His if He were only an angel.
This was a fearsome manifestation of Jesus and the question may be asked,
how does this reveal a loving Savior Who would give His all for us? That
answer lies in Scripture itself:
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the
soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul
and body in hell.
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not
come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a
man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a
daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; and 'a man's
enemies will be those of his own household.' He who loves
father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who
loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he
who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy
of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses
his life for My sake will find it.
Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus,
he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me cannot be my
disciple unless he loves me more than he loves his father and
his mother, his wife and his children, his brothers and his
sisters, and himself as well. Whoever does not carry his own
cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. ... none of
you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has.
What was His oath?
To whom did He announce His oath?
||That there will be no more delay
||That God's mysterious plan will be finished
When would this be completed?
||To His servants, the prophets
||In the days of the seventh angel, when he is about
to sound his trumpet
chapter 11, just before the seventh trumpet
sounds, we find the two witnesses appear, are killed, and are
Why was there a "delay" in the first place?
|The heavens and earth and the sea have already felt various judgments;
and more judgments are to come. God has been delaying His judgments
so that lost sinners will have time to repent (2 Peter 3:1-9); now,
however, He will accelerate His judgments and accomplish His purposes.
2 Peter 3:1-9
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir
up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the
words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the
commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this
first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to
their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For
since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of creation." For this they willfully forget: that by the word
of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in
the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded
with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the
same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition
of ungodly men.
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day
is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not
slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is
longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all
should come to repentance.
The Seven Thunders
They roared like thunder (bronte - thunder, used for a powerful
They spoke (laleo - to talk, i.e. utter words).
Just as with the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets, and the Seven
Vials, when the Seven Thunders delivered their message, John began to
write it down. But a voice from heaven called to John: "Don't do it.
Their words are not to be revealed." (TLB)
This adds to God's mystery —
Will He ever reveal to us the message of the Seven Thunders?
||We know there were 7 Thunders
||We know they each spoke a distinct message
||We know that John was about to write it all down
||We know that God stopped him from writing it down
||We can possibly hope that some day He does reveal
it to us.
||Or maybe it is something beyond our comprehension
(at least in this life).
||As we see in the discussion Job has with God:
But the thunder of His power who can understand?
"At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. Hear attentively the
thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth.
He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.
God thunders marvelously with His voice;
He does great things which we cannot comprehend.
God has still reserved some prophetical surprises, not revealing all that
will come to pass. So, as Jesus counseled us, we need to be ready for
anything at any time.
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted
worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and
to stand before the Son of Man.
(8) Then the
voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go,
take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who
stands on the sea and on the earth."
(9) So I went to the
angel and said to him, "Give me the little book."
And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach
bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."
(10) Then I took the little
book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as
honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became
bitter. (11) And he said
to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations,
tongues, and kings."
The Little Book (Scroll)
Some think the little book is the scroll of
while some think it is the Scriptures in general. In any case, it is safe
to say that it represents the Word of God in some sense.
||As the scroll with the 7 seals:
|The provision for those who choose to follow
Christ Jesus is sweet.
|But the wrath of God that will be poured out
on an unbelieving and wicked world is bitterness.
you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that
rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you. Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold,
scroll of a book was in it. Then He spread it before me; and there was
writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were
lamentations and mourning and woe.
||As the Scriptures containing the plan and purposes
of God, including the prophesies:
|The Word of God is the power of God to those
|But reveals the wrath of God to unrighteous
Moreover He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat
this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel."
opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. ... and
it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness. ... Moreover He
said to me: "Son of man, receive into your heart all My words
that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. And go, get to
the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to
them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord God,' whether they
hear, or whether they refuse."
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the
power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for
the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the
righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is
written, "The just shall live by faith."
|For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in
unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest
in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation
of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even His
eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him
as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their
thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.