Revelation 10 … Consider Him Who Will Finish His Mystery Preached to His Prophets

but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets, (10:7).

We are between the sixth and seventh trumpet, the second and third woe.

Then I looked, and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!” (Revelations 8:13).

Then the fifth angel sounded… 12 The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things. 13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates,”  (Revelations 9:1, 13-14).

Did you have a lot of unanswered questions? I sure did.

Today we encounter a massive, magnificent angel, so immense in size that one foot stands on the sea and the other on land. Some say He is Jesus.

The angel holds a little book that is opened, not sealed. Some say its contents contain what Jesus alone was worthy to open, revealing what is surely coming.

Seven peals of thunder rumble with an intelligible message that John is able to understand, but when he is ready to record what he has heard, he is forbidden to do so by the voice from heaven. As thunder is often equated with God’s judgment from on high, the seven peals of thunder would point to the perfect completion of His judgment.

And although John is not allowed to write it down, he will be told later that he, “must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings,” (10:11).

But before the thunder, the angel raised his right hand and took an oath in the Name of the Eternal Creator of the Universe, swearing there will be no more delays, that the time has come for That Day When He Will Finish His Mystery Preached to His Prophets.

I thought about our culture’s fascination with mysteries, (not mine). And although I am not a big fan of mysteries, I do understand that a large part of the attraction to this genre of literature and film is in trying to figure out the solution, the “who done it,”  before it is disclosed. And some like the suspense, (again, not me).

And though we already know the ending of our story, there are key elements that have yet to transpire. And there are definitely some things that are secret because they belong to the Lord alone.

“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law,” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

But His message has never changed, and if we listen to the words of His Prophets, then what has been revealed in their prophecy is ours forever.

And the Finished Mystery the angel speaks of was Preached to His Prophets, so it is no secret.

Consider Him Who Will Finish His Mystery Preached to His Prophets

 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets, (10:7).

Consider the definition of Mystery and Finished from the original language:

From  Louw- Nida Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament:

Mystery: 28.77 μυστήριον, ου n: the content of that which has not been known before but which has been revealed to an in-group or restricted constituency—‘secret, mystery.’… There is a serious problem involved in translating μυστήριον by a word which is equivalent to the English expression ‘mystery,’ for this term in English refers to a secret which people have tried to uncover but which they have failed to understand. In many instances μυστήριον is translated by a phrase meaning ‘that which was not known before,’ with the implication of its being revealed at least to some persons.”

Finished: 68.22 τελέωa; ἐκτελέω; ἀποτελέω; ἐπιτελέωa; συντελέωa; τελειόωc: to bring an activity to a successful finish—‘to complete, to finish, to end, to accomplish.’”

When “the mystery of God is finished,” what had been previously revealed to His Prophets and those who have ears to hear, would now be uncovered before the entire human race as God’s predetermined plan for all of history will be accomplished.

And while we may have questions about all the details of how He Finishes His Mystery, His final solution has been Preached to His Prophets and He Will Finish What He Preached.

How do we respond to Him Who Will Finish His Mystery Preached to His Prophets?

The little book the angel holds in his hand is open, and John is told to eat it and is then prepared for what to expect.

So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey,” (10:9).

And just as the angel had said, John finds it sweet to the taste, but oh so bitter to his gut.

I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter, (10:10).

If we have trusted Christ for our salvation then surely we too will find His Word sweeter than honey; but to those who refuse His Grace, the message of hell and condemnation is a bitter pill to swallow.

And as believers, we mustn’t neglect the Word He opens to us that Reveals His Mystery, even when we find it unpalatable and agonizingly difficult to digest.

For He has prepared us, He has told us, for He Preached His Mystery to His Prophets. Oh, may we have ears to hear and hearts to obey. For the day is coming when there will be no further delay and the seventh trumpet will sound, and the seven peals of His judgment will be perfectly completed.

As His children by faith, we too are called to Preach Him Who Will Finish His Mystery, that “many peoples and nations and tongues and kings” (10:11) will hear and have an opportunity to repent before there will be delay no longer” (10:6).

Oh, let us not be content to simply satisfy our spiritual taste buds with His sweet Truth, but that we would be so moved by the bitter reality of His judgment that is coming that we wouldn’t be able to help but take the message of the gospel to all people. Let us Preach Him Who Will Finish His Mystery Preached to His Prophets as we pray in faith and humility that He will cause ears to hear and hearts to answer His Call to Repent and Come Into His Refuge before the end comes.

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come,”  (Matthew 24:14).

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