Today you should read: Revelation 10
Six of the seven trumpets have sounded and God’s judgement of the earth has begun. However, up until this point the judgement has been partial. In today’s reading we see a mighty angel of God who comes to announce the final judgements on the earth. With one foot planted on the land, one foot planted on the sea, and his right hand raised to heaven, the mighty angel’s words reveal that his pronouncement will deal with all of creation and that there will be no more delay to Christ Jesus’ Second Advent.
Verse 7 is a great verse of promise and hope for us as believers:  but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. We have hope that God’s perfect plan, past, present, and future will be fulfilled, everything will be made new and the dwelling place of God will be with us. We don’t have to doubt what the future holds in Christ because He is victorious in the end and our hope is perfectly placed in Jesus as Lord and Savior! This truth should be completely freeing for us today allowing us to live lives of joy and purpose to glorify the one who sits on the throne for all eternity.
John is instructed to take the little scroll and eat it just as the prophet Ezekiel did in his vision (Ezekiel 3:1-15). The scroll tasted as sweet as honey in his mouth but then turned bitter in his stomach. This is significant because the Word of God is not only what is best for us, but it is also sweet tasting as we consume it, chew on it, and ingest it. John experienced this sweet taste as he ate the scroll, literally tasting and seeing that The Lord is good. The bitterness comes when we are hardened to the Word of God we take in or the people we share God’s Word with are hardened to it. Ezekiel experienced this with the people of Israel in his day and John was told that he would prophesy again to many people from many nations and even kings who would reject the message of the gospel and not turn to God.
As believers we must be partaking of God’s sweet Holy Word each day so that we may live Godly lives that persevere in Christ. We must also feel the sense of urgency to reach our lost friends, family members, co-workers, etc. who face the imminent judgment of God we see revealed here by John. Practically speaking, it is not enough for any of us to sit back and wait for someone else to reach the people in our world with the gospel…that’s why they’re in our lives! Today, seriously pray about who God has placed in your life to invest in, pray for, share the gospel with, and invite to church. Then go and do what He’s called you to do!
Posted by: Matt Mofield