The Little Book and The Two Witnesses: Revelation 10:1- 11:19

The Little Book

Revelation 10:1-4 “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. 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, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices. 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.””

I believe that this mighty angel is probably Michael however he is described as being, "another mighty angel," insinuating that their is more than one mighty angel in heaven. The little book is usually associated with the book of Daniel which was to be sealed until the time of the end. In Daniel 12:1-13, Daniel is told what would happen to his people. Daniel was also told that he would, ".... rest, and will rise to your inheritance at the end of the days." This is the end of the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days mentioned in Daniel 12:12.

Revelation 10:5-6 "The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hands to heaven 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."

Here we have the angel declaring that there should be delay no longer. The Israelites have been sealed and the first resurrection can now commence. This angel does the same actions as the man Daniel sees in Daniel 12.

Daniel 12:7 “Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished.”

Revelation 10:7-11 “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. 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." So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the 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." 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. And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings."

The little book is open because it is being read to see what is written in it. Honey is well represented in scripture and in Jewish tradition honey is linked with God’s word and His judgment, (Psalm 19:9-10). During the holiday of Shavout there is a Jewish custom which involves honey. A slate is presented which has written on it “Moses commanded us the Torah”(Deut. 33:4), “may the Torah be my occupation”, and “The Lord called to Moses”(Lev. 1:1). The rabbi then puts a little honey on the slate and the child licks the honey from the letters with his tongue. And then they bring the honey cake upon which is inscribed “The Lord God gave me a skilled tongue to know,” (Isaiah 50: 4-5), and the rabbi reads every word of these verses and the child repeats after him. And then they bring a peeled hard-boiled egg upon which is written “Mortal, feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll” and I ate it and it tasted as sweet as honey to me (Ezekiel 3:3). And the rabbi reads every word and the child repeats after him. And they feed the child the cake and the egg, for they open the mind.1 In Ezekiel the honey that Ezekiel ate also represented the word of God.

The little book is generally identified as the book of Daniel amongst SDA’s, but most fail to identify the bitter after taste. Seth J. Pierce in his book “What We Believe for Teens,” identifies the bitter taste with the 1844 bitter disappointment after which the Adventists were to prophesy again. The bitter after taste is actually a result of what Daniel’s little book contains. The answer lies in the identification of the book it is not Daniel’s little book, but instead it is the Book of Life. The little book was as sweet as honey in John's mouth because it contained the many names of those who would be saved in the first resurrection. But it left a bitter after taste because of the many names that were not written in it.

Daniel 12:1-2 ““At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

John is then told that he must prophesy about the rest of us and kings. In other words this is not the final resurrection and John must prophesy about the rest of the people on the earth and their kingdoms.


The Two Witnesses

Revelation 11:1-3 “Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Seth J. Pierce says in his book “What We Believe,” that the measuring of the temple is the start of the investigative judgment, but the scriptures do not mention any investigative judgment at this time.2

John is given a measuring rod and the angel tells John to measure the temple, the altar and those who worship there. "those," being; the 24 elders, the four cherubim, the angels and the spiritual souls of the saints under the altar. The temple area is measured because the number of the one hundred and forty-four thousand Israelites is now complete and it is being prepared for them. The court outside the temple is not measured because it belongs to the Gentiles and it will be measured and prepared at the end of days.

Revelation 11:4-6 “These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.”

The dark ages for the church began when the church started by Jesus and the Apostles became influenced by pagan Rome, c.100 AD.

100 + 1260 = 1360 AD

This is the same date that Michael stood up to protect Israel, (Daniel 12:1 and 12:11). The two witnesses are generally held to be the Old Testament and the New Testament both being a witness to the Messiah, His foretold coming and His actual arrival and testimony.

Revelation 11:7-10 “When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.”

This prophecy foretells the future eradication of the Bible to the majority. During the dark ages of the church the Bible was only read by those who could afford to have a copy made and by those in prominent positions within the Roman Catholic Church. The beast in the first instance is the Roman Empire. The prophecy predicts that the Bible will be eradicated from daily life when Satan is released. By then most Christians will be fed up with the atrocities of the Roman Catholic Church and all churches will suffer as a consequence of their abominations, their doctrinal fraud, their unfaithfulness and their blasphemies.

Revelation 11:11-14 “Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.”

SDA Commentators like Uriah Smith argue that this prophecy was fulfilled by the French, but that theology is based on Christ returning in 1844. As with all SDA theology it is geared towards the 1843-44 arrival of Christ. Which we all know didn’t happen. This is why this must be a future event when everyone, not just one nation, will burn their Bibles and they will be outlawed. Then after three and half years the Bible will be brought back to life, possibly by Christ Himself.

Revelation 11:15-19 "Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, "We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, The One who is and who was and who is to come, Because You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth." Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail."

At the sounding of the seventh trumpet the one hundred and forty-four thousand children of Israel were raised and God revealed Himself to them. It does not signal the end of humanity or His second coming, because after the sounding of the trumpet and after the twenty-four elders declare that God and His Christ will reign forever, they still say, ".... and who is to come ...." Therefore the seventh trumpet signals the start of the thousand year reign at which God and His Christ began their reign which lasts forever and ever. I believe this event occurred here on earth in the time of Saladin, c.1193 AD. (hint: add 1000 years for the arrival of Satan)

The people on earth have been judged, by the one hundred and forty-four thousand Israelites, since the start of the thousand year reign. The one hundred and forty-four thousand Israelites received their reward by being able to reign in heaven with Christ during the thousand year reign, (Revelation 20:6). The Investigative judgment is reserved for only the 144,000 Israelites who judge our everyday activities which we are accountable for at the final judgment.

God and His Christ have been destroying those who destroy the earth with the seven trumpets, the seven thunders and the seven bowls of wrath, from c.31 AD onwards. Most countries are destroying the earth by extracting timber, oil, ore, uranium, coal, and other resources. These were put there by God for a reason. The more resources we remove the more unstable the earth will be become.


References

1. Shavuot: "Torah as Sweet as Honey" by Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, About Religion, judaism.about.com, 2015

2. What We Believe for Teens, Seth J. Pierce, 2015