Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 19, 2021

“the mystery of God … it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey. … You must prophesy”

Today’s devotion comes from Revelation chapter 10.

“I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud;  and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;  and he had in his hand a little book which was open.  He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land;  and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars;  and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.  When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write;  and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”  Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT, that there will be delay no longer,  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.

Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.”  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.”  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.  And they *said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”  Revelation chapter 10.


It is difficult to understand the visions and prophecies in this Scripture and other Scriptures in Revelation.  There is “the mystery of God”.  Verse 7.

It is also difficult for the prophets to prophesy about the wrath of God.  People do not want to hear about the wrath of God;  they tend to blame the prophet.  We have seen prophets scourged and even killed in Scripture.  Thus, in a sense, prophecies make the prophets’ stomachs bitter.  Verse 9.  But, there is the command:  “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”  Verse 11.    

But, there is hope!

God gives understanding to the prophets that prophecies reveal the sovereignty of God and the righteous and just works of God.  Thus, prophecies taste sweet in the prophets’ mouths and make them glad in the LORD.  Verse 9.

“19 The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
20 Bless the LORD, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
22 Bless the LORD, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the LORD, O my soul!” Psalm 103:19-22.

“The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
Let the many islands be glad.
2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3 Fire goes before Him
And burns up His adversaries round about.
4 His lightnings lit up the world;
The earth saw and trembled.” Psalm 97:1-4.

“31 Let the glory of the LORD endure forever;
Let the LORD be glad in His works;
32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
33 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 Let my meditation be pleasing to Him;
As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD.
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth
And let the wicked be no more.
Bless the LORD, O my soul.
Praise the LORD!” Psalm 104:31-35.


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