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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Eat the Scroll (Revelation 10)

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

Revelation 9 tells us about the 5th and 6th trumpet judgments. So we would expect Revelation 10 to tell us about the 7th trumpet judgment. Instead, there is a break in the action.

Suddenly in Revelation 10, John sees this larger than life angel who has a little book (a scroll). John is told to take the scroll from the angel's hand and eat it.

The scroll tasted like honey to his mouth but was bitter to his stomach.

Then of course, we sit back and say, "what in the world does that mean?"

Here's how we find out:

  1. First we need to know that Jewish thought is filled with visualizations. When the Old Testament prophets received a message from God, they were to communicate that message by acting something out.

  2. Is there any other place in Scripture where someone was told to eat a scroll and if so what does it mean? Yes in Ezekiel 3:1-4, Ezekiel was also told to eat a scroll and it would be honey to his mouth and bitter to his stomach. In Ezekiel we are told the scroll contained the Word of God.

  3. Third, what does the word "eat" mean in the original text? It means to devour, leaving nothing.

We can't share God's Word with others unless we are thoroughly devouring God's Word ourselves.

That's exactly what John did. First he devoured God's Word. Then he shared it with others in the way God directed him by writing Revelation.

This command to thoroughly digest God's Word and share it with others was not just given to the prophets and Jesus' apostles. In fact, it's not a command just given to pastors.

Jesus gave this command to every one of his followers, including us today.

But we cannot share the Word of God if we are not spending time in it daily, digesting and internalizing it.

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make

disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

Dear Lord, Thank you for the reminder in the middle of the trumpet judgements of Revelation that You have put us here at this time for a purpose, to go and share Your Word with those who are close to us and far from You, Lord. And while Your Word is like honey to our mouth as we study it and Your Holy Spirit reveals the meaning of Your Word to us, we tend to fear sharing it because we know it is often received with bitterness. But if we truly love those around us, we must share Your message of salvation, including Your warnings and Your woes of what is yet to come. Lord, put a fire in us to boldly share as You direct us. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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