Revelation 10:1-11:19 Comments by Stephen Ricker
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The Little Scroll, Two Witnesses, and the Seventh Trumpet
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Revelation 10:1-11:19
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I. The Angel with the Little Scroll (10:1-10)

>1. After the first six trumpets, what did John see? (1-3)

* Revelation 10:1-3 "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke."

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>Why might what was said be sealed up? (4)

* Revelation 10:4 "And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down."

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>Why might there be a delay? (5-6)

* Revelation 10:5-6 "Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay!"

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>2. What will happen when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet? (7)

* Revelation 10:7 "But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets."

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>What mystery of God did the prophets announce? (Rom. 16:25-27; 1 Cor. 15:50-52; Eph. 1:9-10, 3:4-6, 5:31-32; Col. 1:25-27, 2:1-3, 4:3; and 1 Tim. 3:16)

* Romans 16:25-27 "Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him-- to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen."

* 1 Corinthians 15:50-52 "I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."

* Ephesians 1:9-10 "And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ."

* Ephesians 3:4-6 "In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets. This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus."

* Ephesians 5:31-32 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church."

* Colossians 1:25-27 "I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness-- the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

* Colossians 2:1-3 "I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."

* Colossians 4:3 "And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains."

* 1 Timothy 3:16 "Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory."

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>3. What was John told to do? (8-10)

* Revelation 10:8-10 "Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour."

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>Why does the scroll represent?

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>What command was he given? (11)

* Revelation 10:11 "Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings."

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II. The Two Witnesses (11:1-14)

>4. Who was worshiping in the temple of God? (1-2)

* Revelation 11:1-2 "I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months."

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>How long will the Gentiles trample on the Holy City?

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>When is this taking place?

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>5. Whose witnesses are they? (3-4)

* Revelation 11:3-4 "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth."

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>Who is the Lord of the earth?

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>Why prophesy in sackcloth?

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>What protections are given them? (5)

* Revelation 11:5 "If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die."

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>Why is the kind of power mentioned in verse 6 given them?

* Revelation 11:6 "These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want."

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>6. Who or what is a beast that can come up from the Abyss? (7)

* Revelation 11:7 "Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them."

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>When is he allowed to slay the two prophets?

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>What city are they slain in? (8)

* Revelation 11:8 "Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified."

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>What does it mean by having those figurative names?

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>7. What does it say about the people when they do what is described in verses 9 and 10?

* Revelation 11:9-10 "For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth."

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>Why was their resurrection made visible to all? (11-12)

* Revelation 11:11-12 "But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on."

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>Then what happened? (13-14)

* Revelation 11:13 "At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon."

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>What does it say about people who still do not repent?

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III. The Seventh Trumpet -Judgement and Reward (11:15-19)

>8. What was stated after the seventh trumpet sounded? (15)

* Revelation 11:15 "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."

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>How has this been the hope of all of God's people?

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>How is this displayed in the act of the twenty-four elders? (16)

* Revelation 11:16 "And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,"

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>What hope do you have in these uncertain times?

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>9. Who will begin to reign at this time? (17)

* Revelation 11:17 "saying: "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign."

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>What can we learn about Jesus from this?

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>10. Does and will all people react the same? (18)

* Revelation 11:18 "The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth."

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>What is the ark of God's covenant? (19)

* Revelation 11:19 "Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm."

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>Why is it displayed now?

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