Chapter 10

The Angel and the Little Book

1 I saw another astrong angel bcoming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the crainbow was upon his head, and dhis face was like the sun, and his efeet like pillars of fire;

2 and he had in his hand a alittle book which was open. He placed bhis right foot on the sea and his left on the land;

3 and he cried out with a loud voice, aas when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the bseven peals of thunder 1uttered their voices.

4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, aI was about to write; and I bheard a voice from heaven saying, “cSeal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land alifted up his right hand to heaven,

6 aand swore by bHim who lives forever and ever, cwho created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that dthere will be delay no longer,

7 but in the days of the voice of the aseventh angel, when he is about to sound, then bthe mystery of God is finished, as He 1preached to His servants the prophets.

8 Then athe voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take bthe 1book which is open in the hand of the angel who bstands on the sea and on the land.”

9 So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he * said to me, “aTake it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”

10 I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

11 And athey * said to me, “You must bprophesy again concerning cmany peoples and nations and tongues and dkings.”


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