Revelation 10 – 11:4

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by: Debbie Galyen

11/22/2021

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“It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter” (Rev 10:10). The bittersweet scroll, repeating the image of Ezekiel 2-3, reminded John’s readers that God’s judgment is true and faithful, yet bitter, because many refuse to accept mercy. The olive trees and lampstands (11:4) echo Zechariah 4, which promised the rebuilding of the temple. The Messiah’s coming had replaced the physical temple with something much better - union of God and His people.

“Rise and measure the temple of God” (11:1). Jerusalem’s physical temples (first and second) were destroyed, but the glorious fellowship of Christ and His people has only just begun. His kingdom will never end.  

“It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter” (Rev 10:10). The bittersweet scroll, repeating the image of Ezekiel 2-3, reminded John’s readers that God’s judgment is true and faithful, yet bitter, because many refuse to accept mercy. The olive trees and lampstands (11:4) echo Zechariah 4, which promised the rebuilding of the temple. The Messiah’s coming had replaced the physical temple with something much better - union of God and His people.

“Rise and measure the temple of God” (11:1). Jerusalem’s physical temples (first and second) were destroyed, but the glorious fellowship of Christ and His people has only just begun. His kingdom will never end.  

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