FOLLOWING the sixth trumpet, what did John see?
"And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun. . . . And he had in his hand a little book open." Revelation 10:1, 2.
NoTE.—The book of Daniel, which was "sealed," or closed, till the time of the end, is doubtless referred to here. (See Daniel 12:4, 9.)
What solemn announcement did this angel make?
"And the angel which I saw . . . sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, . . . that there should be time no longer." Revelation 10:5, 6.
NOTE.—Not literal nor probationary time, but prophetic time. The 2300- day period, which ended in 1844, must be alluded to here. (See page 228.) No prophetic period in the Bible reaches beyond this.
What is finished when the seventh trumpet begins?
"In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished." Verse 7.
NOTE.—The mystery of God is the gospel. (Ephesians 3:1-6; Galatians 1:11, 12.) The gospel, then, is to be finished as the seventh trumpet begins.
What was John's experience with the little book?
"Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel ... and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter." Verses 8-10.
NOTE.—In this is strikingly foretold the experience of those who proclaimed the Advent and the judgment-hour message of 1843-44. Joyous in the hope that Christ was coming then, they were bitterly disappointed, as were the early disciples regarding the setting up of an earthly kingdom by Christ. (Luke 24:21; Acts 1:6, 7.) They found that there was still a work on earth for them to do, as did the early disciples following the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
What shows that literal time was yet to continue and that God had a further message for the world?
"And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Verse 11.
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