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A STUDY IN REVELATION  (KJV)

A PROCLAMATION OF THE END

By James L Thornton

In view of the fact that the Bible does declare that the world will come to an end, and that the end will come suddenly and as surely as the Prophets and Apostles have foretold, we offer this study from Revelation chapter 10 to help us understand the surety of this declaration.

It will only come after long, repeated, and trying delay, if not on the part of God, yet in the estimates and expectations of his people. It has been many, many years since these prophecies went forth from the lips, and pens, of these men. 

There has been delay, and repeated delay; and time has intervened, and lengthened itself out to very suspicious proportions; but that, notwithstanding, as God lives, and has made and controls all things, when once the period of the Sixth Trumpet (Revelation 9:13-11:14) is reached, there shall be no more delay.

Follow with us as we look into this great period (of the Sixth Trumpet) which will bring about the consummation of all things.

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1. A PROCLAMATION OF THE END

2. A MIGHTY ANGEL

3. HE TAKES POSSESSION OF EARTH

4. HEAVEN’S RESPONSE TO THIS ANGEL

5. THE ANGEL ANNOUNCES THE END OF TIME

6. THE END WILL COME, WHEN?

7. THE END WILL COME TO FULFILL PROPHECIES

8. DO NOT DOUBT

9. LET US PRAY

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1. A PROCLAMATION OF THE END:

Revelation 10:1. 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 his feet as pillars of fire:

2. And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

3. And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

4. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

5. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6. And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

2. A MIGHTY ANGEL:

This Angel I take to be the Lord Jesus himself. He is called an angel, but there is nothing in that to prove him a created being. In the Old Testament the pre-incarnate Christ appeared many times and was called “The Angel Of The Lord.”

To Abraham, Genesis 18 1-33

To Hagar, Genesis 16:7-12

To Jacob, Genesis 28:12-13

To Jacob, Genesis 32:24-29

To Moses, Exodus 3:2-4, 17

To Joshua, Joshua 5:13-15

To Elijah, 1 Kings 19

John had a similar vision in the first chapter, the seventh chapter, and again in the eighth chapter of Revelation, in whom there is reason to regard as none other than the Lord Jesus.

Jesus appears in Revelation as a lamb, as a lion, and as an armed warrior, and there is nothing to hinder His appearance also as an angel. This Angel is also very distinguished from other angels who appear in John’s vision.

In Revelation 10:1. He is called ‘another angel,’ distinguishing him from the four angels (Revelation 9:14-21) loosed from the Euphrates and from one of the seven (Revelation 8:2; 9:13) who sound trumpets. 

“A mighty angel” (Revelation 10:1), all powerful (Matthew 28:18), same as almightiness. (Genesis 17:1)

The attire of this angel indicates deity,

“Clothed with a cloud,” Revelation10:1.

All through the Bible whenever clouds are connected with glorious manifestations, there we find the presence of deity.

God descended on Mt. Sinai in a cloud, (Exodus 19:18)

He appeared on the mercy-seat in a cloud, (Leviticus 16:2)

The Lord went before them in a cloud, (Exodus 13:21)

A cloud covered the tent of the congregation, (Exodus 40:34-38)

Jesus ascended in a cloud, (Acts 1:9)

Jesus will come again in clouds, (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

This was no mere angel John saw in this vision of (Revelation 10)

“A rainbow on his head,”

“His face was as the sun,”

“His feet were pillars of fire.”

 

3. HE TAKES POSSESSION OF EARTH:

Revelation 10:2. “And he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth.” 

To set one’s foot in a place expresses a purpose to take possession of that place. Jehovah said to Israel, “Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours. (Deuteronomy 11:24) God to Abraham, “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and the breadth of it; for I will give unto thee.” (Genesis 13: 17)

When this mighty Angel sets his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth, He thereby claims possession of it, and asserts His purpose to take it as his own, and to establish his occupancy and rule over it. It is an act befitting the character and office of Jesus Christ. He is the rightful sovereign of sea and land.

Him taking the sealed book (Revelation 5 & 6) from the hand of eternal majesty, and breaking the seals, proved and legitimized His right to the possession of the earth. And now, He is asserting the right and His purpose to enforce it.

For six thousand years both sea and land has been under the dominion of His enemies (Matthew 4:8), but now He sets His foot on each, and takes possession of them as His own. It is the image of invincible power and irresistible force.

“And He cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth,” (Revelation 10:3a)

It was not a cry of distress or fear, but a shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16) of power, and a herald of vengeance upon his enemies. He has already been called “The lion of the tribe of Judah.” (Revelation 5:5) 

Of old it is written, “The Lord shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake.” (Joel 3:16)

“The Lord shall roar from on high, and utter His voice from his holy habitation; He shall mightily roar upon his habitation; He shall give a shout, as they that tread grapes, against all inhabitants of the earth.” (Jeremiah 25:30)

It is not the voice of a created angel but the cry of the Almighty Judge himself.

4. HEAVENS RESPONSE TO THIS ANGEL:

“And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.” (Revelation 10:3b)

Revelation 4 speaks of lightening and voices and thunders coming out of the throne of the almighty. Now these seven thunders become articulate voices which John is able to understand. They speak and give forth intelligible utterances. 

John heard what they said, and was about to write what he saw, and heard, and make it known to the churches (Revelation 10:4), but John was commanded not to write—the command was absolute, and the apostle obeyed.

What the seven thunders said, is therefore unwritten and unknown and must remain unknown. But those voices, in all their terrific majesty, will be heard when the time comes.

5. THE ANGEL ANNOUNCES THE END OF TIME:

Revelation 10: 5. And the (Mighty) angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6. And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

“That There Should Be Time No Longer.”

When? “In the days of the voice of the seventh angel…”

What? “The mystery of God should be finished…”

Why? “As he has declared to His servants the prophets.”

The end will come “during the days (period) of the seventh angel.

I say “period” of the seventh trumpet, for it spans a section of time, and its sounding is not over in an instant. The word is not day, but “days,” as “the days of Abraham,” “the days of our youth,” “the days of Christ’s sojourn on earth.”

The greatest events of time take place under this (7th) trumpet, and it may over-span years, even centuries. 

It is during this period of time “the mystery of God shall be fulfilled,” and everything foretold by the prophets and apostles consummated.

6. THE END WILL COME AFTER LONG DELAY:

There has been delay, and repeated delay; and time has intervened, and lengthened itself out to very suspicious proportions; but that, notwithstanding, as God lives, and has made and controls all things, when once the period of  the sixth trumpet (Revelation 9:13-11:14) is reached, there shall be no more delay.

The scriptures often allude to this postponement beyond all anticipation, and the temptation and ill effects of it upon men.

Peter tells of people to whom his coming is put off so long, that they finally turn scoffers.

2 Peter 3:3. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

4. And saying, where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Peter went on to say that some servants shall say, “The Lord delayeth his coming.” The same is implied in the parable of the ten virgins, and even now, there is still such tarrying and delay, that all the excitement and zeal upon the subject of the coming of the Lord, has largely subsided, and all sink into apathy and slumber with regard to it.

It is very true that the scriptures nowhere definitely tell us when the time is.

“Of the day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels in heaven.” (Matthew 24:36)

Due to this fact there is no warrant for any one, at any time since Jesus ascended, to put away into the distant future, that day when he shall return.

The true attitude of the Church, according to the scriptures, is to be looking and ready any day, and every day, for the coming of the Lord.

Even in faithfully assuming this attitude, and hoping, and expecting the quick fulfillment of what has been promised, the Church has been made to see one notable and quickening period after another pass away without bringing the consummation which was anticipated.

Eve thought the promise on the point of fulfillment when Seth was born. (Genesis 4:25)

When John the Baptist thundered his calls for repentance throughout the regions of Judea, the joyous burden of his soul was, that now the consummator was come with the winnowing fan to make the final separation between the chaff and the wheat. But what was most in his contemplation was yet over 2,000 years off.

The early Christians were eager in their expectations that yet in their day the Lord would appear in the clouds of glory.

Even the apostle Paul himself had hopes and expectation that the lord would come while he was yet alive. (1 Thessalonians 4:15)

But the days of the Apostles and of the Apostolic fathers passed, and still “the Bridegroom tarried.”

Nearly every century, as it rolled, was designated as the one in which the church might confidently count on being transferred from earth to heaven. But each like the one before it came to an end, without bringing that notable day, for which we are ever looking for.

The reformation, with the revival of the early faith, revived the hope that The Great Day Of The Lord must be at hand. But the days of the reformers passed, and all the days they designated as those beyond which the Day of Judgment could not be delayed also passed, and yet the momentous period had not arrived.

Many times within the passed 100 years the attention of men has been called to particular dates as the times this present world should end. But they have all come and gone, as innocent of the great consummation as any that went before it.

And although the Savior may come any day, and our duty is to be looking for him every day, it is still possible that all present prognostications on the subject may fail, as they have always failed, and that years and years of earnest and confident expectations may go by without bringing the Lord from Heaven.

7. COMING TO FULFILL PROPHECY

And that delay after delay, and ever repeated prolongations of time of waiting may intervene, till it becomes necessary for the preservation of the faith of God’s people to hear the fresh edict from the lips of their Lord, that, “THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DELAY.”

Though the coming of the final consummation be slow, it will come.

There is not another truth in God’s word that is so peculiarly authenticated. All the Holy Prophets since the world began have foretold it. All the Evangelists and Apostles have inwrought it in all their writings as of central and fixed things in the divine purpose.

Jesus himself has given Parable after Parable, precept upon precept, and promise after promise, all directed to this one thing, His coming after his Bride.

And God hath certified it to all men, in that He raised Christ from the dead. Some things are as sure as death, namely, the birth of Christ, the death of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the ascension of Christ and the Second Coming of Christ.

After the rest of the Cannon of Scripture was finished, another Book, Revelation, was written, making the end of all time its particular and specific theme. In that book, in the chapter we are writing about, chapter 10, is a vision in which The Mighty One Himself appears, and give forth this, the most intense and awful asseveration on this promise.

With clouds for His garments and the rainbow for his crown—with His face shining as the sun and His feet glowing like pillars of fire, standing on both sea and land—with a roll in His hand, and lifted up by infinite power, He stretches up His right hand into the sky, and swears—swears by the Eternal and Almighty—swears by the power which has given birth and being to all things,--that in spite of all mistakes, disappointments, delays, and doubts upon the subject, what was made known by the prophets shall be, and that, the time shall come when there shall be no more delay!

8. DO NOT DOUBT:

Shall we then have any doubt upon the subject? Shall we allow the failure of men’s figures and prognostications to shake our confidence or obscure our hope? 

Shall we suffer the long delays that have occurred, or that may ever occur, to drive us into the scoffers rank?

As sure as God lives—as certain as Divine Eternity—unfailing as the power that made the worlds—immutable as the oath of Jesus (Revelation 10:6)—THE GREAT CONSUMMATING DAY WILL COME, when the mystery of God shall be fulfilled.

Revelation 1:7.  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.  EVEN SO COME QUICKLY LORD JESUS.

9. LET US PRAY: 

Precious Lord, have mercy on us, and help us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that promised.

We Certainly Hope You Enjoyed This Article On The End Of Time.

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