THE GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT: FINAL TRIUMPH OVER EVIL
PART ONE THE LITTLE BOOK – REVELATION 10:1-11
Introduction: We have seen six trumpets judgments that have been blasted across the face of the earth. The earth has been hit with…
- loss of industry and shipping commerce,
- a meteoric mass that contaminated one third of the water supply,
- an astronomical eclipse that temporarily wiped out one third of the daylight,
- a demonic-like locust attack that caused unbearable torture upon the ungodly of the earth,
- a second demonic-like military attack that killed one third of the ungodly and evil of the earth,
- also took the time to examine some of the works of the flesh and commands of God which man tends to ignore, and
- we also considered the intensification of sin and ungodly acts which are committed by man in the latter Age.
The final idea which we did not get to in our last study was that there will be an increase in thefts (klemmation); people are going to cheat and steal–to take wrongfully from another person, either legally or illegally. Remember, the topics have been those acts which will be committed by men in the Tribulation Age. Remember, that either in the current Age of Grace or the Tribulation Age, sin will incur God’s judgment [wrath]. God is perfect, He is Holy and He is just and so He must punish sin, no matter the age in which it occurs. Notice God’s statements pertaining to thefts:
“Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15).
“Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another” (Leviticus 19:11).
“Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth”(Ephesians 4:28).
“Not purloining [stealing], but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things” (Titus 2:10).
POINT: All manner of sin will intensify during the latter days. Now let’s move to The Great Announcement of the Final Triumph Over Evil (Part I): The little book.
It is now time for the seventh trumpet judgment to blast forth. But before it does, so much horror and destruction have hit the earth that the human heart cries out:
- “Is there no hope?”
- “Is the earth doomed?”
- “Is it to be a dead planet?”
- “Is it to be nothing more than a ball of molten lava floating through space like so many other dead planets and stars?”
- “Is all life to be destroyed?”
- “Is this the pessimistic and hopeless future of the earth?”
The answer to all these questions and more just like them is a resounding “No.” All the destruction and devastation will take place upon earth, but there is to be a final triumph over evil and destruction. This is the great announcement of this passage; see Revelation 10:1-11.
- God’s eternal plan for salvation and for a new heavens and earth will be consummated.
- All the prophets of doomsday are wrong. God is going to save all who will give their lives to Him, and He is going to make a new heavens and earth that will be perfect and last forever and ever.
- All prophets of humanism (man is his own God) are wrong. The earth is going to suffer convulsively with catastrophic horrors. The earth and its time are running down [out], and man himself cannot stop the process.
But this is the glorious message of these next four passages [chapters ten and eleven}. God is going to conquer evil. This is the great announcement of the final triumph over evil.
OUTLINE TO FOLLOW:
- The mighty messenger of the great announcement (Revelation 1-4).
- The declaration and oath of the great announcement (v. 5- 7).
- The bitter and sweet taste of the great announcement (v. 8- 11).
Things to observe: Angel – Salvation – Jesus Christ. First, there is the mighty angel or messenger of the great announcement.
This great [mighty] angel was apparently the mightiest of God’s messengers. Remember, the word angel means messenger. So how mighty is this angel [messenger]?
- The messenger came down from heaven. He came from the very presence and throne of God Himself, from the most exalted place. This tells us that he is the very highest of beings. The great announcement he was about to make was the announcement straight from the throne of God.
- The messenger was clothed with a cloud; this symbolizes a majestic, glorious and heavenly appearance. Just as the heavens are clothed with the majesty and glory of clouds, so this angel was clothed. He was clothed in the cloud of the majesty and glory of heaven. The announcement he was about to make was coming from the majesty and glory of heaven.
- The messenger had a rainbow upon his head; this symbolizes the glory and mercy of God. This is seen in that a rainbow is part of the glory of the throne of God (Ezekiel 1:28), and it was the sign of God’s mercy shown to Noah (Genesis 9:12-13). Therefore, the glory of God and the mercy of God are seen in this angel. The great announcement he was about to make was to be a message of glory and mercy.
- The messenger had a face that shone as the sun. This symbolizes the light, luster, brightness, brilliance and splendor of the messenger. The great announcement of the messenger was to be the message of enormous light, luster, and splendor.
- The messenger had feet like pillars of fire. This symbolizes the holiness, purity, righteousness, and strength of the messenger. The great announcement of the messenger was to be the strong pillar of God’s holiness, purity, and righteousness to the earth.
- The messenger held a little book open. What is the book? Verse eleven says that it is the message that must be proclaimed to the world. What is that message? The Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, both the love and grace and the judgment and woe of God. The great announcement of the messenger was to be the message of God’s Word–in particular the message of Revelation.
- The messenger set his feet upon the sea and the earth. This symbolizes the gigantic size, strength, and power of the messenger. He was claiming both sea and land, the whole world for God. The great announcement of the messenger was a message that was to involve the whole universe.
- The messenger had a voice that roared like a lion. This symbolizes the voice of God, the very voice of the lion of Judah, Christ Himself (Revelation 5:5; Joel 3:16; Hosea 11:10). The great announcement was to be the very message of God Himself.
- The messenger called forth seven thundering voices. The number seven symbolizes completeness, fulfillment and finality. Thunder symbolizes the power and strength of God’s voice. The great announcement of the messenger will be the message of completeness and fulfillment and of finality. And the seven thunders of God’s voice have the power to complete and to fulfill and finalize all things.
- But note, a voice from heaven stops John from revealing the message of the seven thunders. The voice tells John to seal up whatever it was that the seven thunders said.
NOTE: Adapted from The Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible, Revelation 10:11, page 141.
THE POINT IS THIS: A great announcement is to be made to the entire earth, an announcement so great that the mightiest of messengers is sent from heaven to deliver it. The very Might of this messenger shows that the GREAT ANNOUNCEMENT MUST BE HEARD BY ALL. The awesome importance of the great announcement is clearly seen by glancing at what the mighty messenger shows us. He shows us that the great announcement…
- shows He comes straight from the throne of God,
- shows He comes straight from the majesty and glory of heaven,
- is a message of glory and mercy,
- is a message of enormous light, luster, and splendor,
- is to be the strong pillar of God’s holiness, purity, and righteousness upon earth,
- is to be the message of God’s Word,
- is to be a message that involves the whole universe,
- is to be the message of God Himself, and
- is to be the completion, fulfillment, and finalization of all things.
INTERESTING NOTE: Good question: Who is this mighty angel or messenger?
- Some commentators say that it is Christ Himself.
- Others say that it is one of the mightiest of angels in heaven.
- The description could easily fit Christ or one of the mighty angels, and the meaning of the passage is not changed by holding to either position.
- However, note this: the messenger calls the two witnesses of chapter eleven, “My two witnesses” (Revelation 11:3). This points toward the angel being Christ Himself.
NOTE: Revelation 10:5-7. Salvation, Majesty, of God, Redemption.
There is the declaration and oath of the great announcement. NOTE: HOW SPECTACULAR THIS MOMENT IS, YET HOW MEANINGFUL. It should be to us also and the people in the Tribulation Age.
- The mighty angel, so huge in size and majestic in being that he straddles the whole earth with one foot upon the sea and one foot upon the earth. He lifts his hand toward heaven.
He swears by God Himself:
- “By Him who lives forever and ever.”
- “Who created heaven and the things therein.”
- “Who created the earth and things therein.”
- “Who created the sea and the things herein.”
Once the solemn oath has been taken, then the great announcement is made. What is it? That time shall be no more. The delay of the end will be no more. The consummation of all things is at hand. When? When all the catastrophes have happened — all the horror that Revelation covers up to this point, — when they have all happened — then the voice and trumpet of the seventh angel will blast forth and the very last events of human history will take place. God is going to confront the ungodly and evil of the world for the last time, and He is going to destroy them and establish His righteousness in the earth forever and ever.
NOTE what the angel declares: this climax of human history is the mystery of God, the very same mystery and message that has been declared by the prophets. The ungodly and evil of the world should have accepted the message of the prophets, but they chose to go their own way. They committed all kinds of evil and violent deeds upon the earth.
Therefore, after the first six trumpet judgments take place upon earth, God is going to launch the last events of human history.
- The Antichrist, the great world leader who has brought peace and so much hope to the world while the world was suffering so much catastrophe, is going to turn against the world.
- The Lord God, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, is going to launch His last judgment upon the earth and destroy both the Antichrist and his followers — all the ungodly and evil upon earth.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is going to establish His kingdom and righteousness upon the earth and reign for one thousand years.
- The Lord Jesus Christ is going to create a new heavens and earth that will last forever and ever.
(See Romans 8:18-22; Hebrews 11:13-16; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1-5; Isaiah 65:17; 66:22).
We still have much to study before we reach the end of Revelation. However, as we close today I would like to close with God’s message of salvation: John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13 and leave you with some questions and challenges:
- Have you ever accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Personal Savior. If not, please think about what God has been proclaiming in His word.
- You do not have to go through the horrors of hell and the Tribulation Age. However, it is your choice, and no one can make the choice to go to heaven but you. It is the most personal choice you will ever face.
- God loves you and wants you to be blessed and in heaven with Him. Please read Matthew 7:13-14. What path are you on–the wide one that leads to the horrors of hell or the narrow path that leads to eternal blessings of heaven? Its your choice, so please think about what can be yours through God’s blessings or the horrors of the Tribulation Age if you choose the wrong path.
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