PROPHECY HEADLINES: China’s military to join fight against ISIS | Netanyahu says Israel needs ‘reset’ in relations with EU | Russians fear war with U.S. in 2016
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Can It Get Any Worse? (Part 6)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
The Little Book
The “strong angel” is depicted holding a “little book” (scroll) in his hand when Revelation 10 opens. As noted earlier, this designation distinguishes the scroll from the one in chapter 5. This is not the sevensealed scroll that is the title deed to the universe. Rather, it is a smaller document that John is now told to “eat.”
Metzger notes that eating the scroll is a way of saying that he is to read it and devour its message, even as we speak of ‘devouring’ a good book. He observes that the “little scroll” is a “special message” from God to John. The scroll is sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach. Having assimilated the scroll, John is to make its message known by prophesying again “before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” This may imply that he would eventually be recalled from Patmos and released or that the Apocalypse would be widely read in many nations.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 22) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
The suddenness of the Lord’s second advent is a truth that should lead every professing Christian to great searchings of heart. It should lead him to serious thought, both about himself and about the world.