Revelation 10:8

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” Revelation 10:8

In his vision, John is positionally on the earth. This has been the case, and it continues now. Here, we read, “Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again.” This is the voice referred to in verse 10:4 that directed John to not write what was uttered in the seven thunders.

As this voice is “from heaven,” then John is on the earth. John’s position within the visions of Revelation has migrated back and forth between heaven and earth. At times it requires careful attention to see when the change from place to place occurs.

With this understanding, John continues. The voice he hears says, “Go, take the little book which is open.” Because the voice notes the book is “open,” it is an important detail. If it was closed, it would mean the contents were closed up and not discernible. This is seen, for example, in Daniel 12:9 –

“Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.”

Daniel wanted to know the details of what he had seen and heard, but he was told that the words were “closed up,” meaning not open for viewing, and “sealed,” meaning they were purposefully protected so that they could not even be accessed. The book in the Angel’s hand however is fully open for any to read and discern.

John finishes the verse with the words from heaven stating that the book is “in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” The Angel is certainly Christ Jesus. The word of the book is brought forth by Him, it is open, and it is in His hand, meaning within His authority. It is an authority that covers all of the earth (represented by His stance on the sea and on the earth).

John is now given the authority to take it from His hand. The symbolism given now comes directly from the book of Ezekiel where this is recorded –

“Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10 Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.” Ezekiel 2:9, 10

The symbolism from Ezekiel will continue in the verses ahead.

Life application: The continued unfolding of the Lord’s great plan of redemption includes the use of His people for specific tasks. Just as He used Ezekiel and John, so He can use you too.

When He stirs up your spirit to act, be ready to do so. He prompts us in various ways so that He may be glorified through our actions. It must be a delight to His heart for Him to see His creatures willfully following His call and directives.

And it is certainly the case that even small things done for the work of the Lord can have great impact. So, don’t look at the big personalities within the church and think, “I wish I could be effective like him.” Someone had to work his camera, or he wouldn’t be in front of it. Someone else probably wrote his sermon. Without his sermon writer, he couldn’t deliver it. And so on.

Every part makes up a whole, and no part is without its usefulness. In the body, there are fingers and hands, feet and toes, eyes and noses, and so on. But every part is a part accepted by JESUS!

Use us according to Your great plan, O Lord. We can know that You will never give us any task that is beyond our abilities because You created us and know our capabilities. Help us to know them as well and to use our time and talents in a manner that will bring You the most glory. You are surely worthy of all that we can do, so use us accordingly, O Lord. Amen.

4 thoughts on “Revelation 10:8

  • Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 7:25 am
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    help us LORD JESUS to hear when YOU speak – thank you love and prayers

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  • Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 9:21 am
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    This is a timely reminder that we all have a part to play in gods plans, big or small they are all important to him. I know there are days I wish I could do more for the lord but my options are limited. I am always amazed to see little kids so full of the Holy Spirit it’s just exploding out of them for the world to see and here I am older than dirt and I have not reached or even come close to such a level of faith that they have. I ask why lord why couldn’t I have grown up like that but as you have reminded us we all have a roll to play and they are all good and important to God. That is going to be one of my first questions to Jesus when we get home, how come? And what good did it produce that I never saw? Has to be one of the first questions because after reading in Isiah this morning we will have no remembrance of this world when we get home! Kinda makes the head spin with more and more questions.

    Thanks again Charlie for your insightful teaching keeping us focused on Jesus. 🙂

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Sunday, January 31st, 2021 at 9:46 am
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    Amen! Praise you God that we love and behold your anointed, who has all authority in heaven and on earth. Jesus is our Messiah of Nazareth. Help us to do your will. To listen and obey. To proclaim your name. To worship you alone. One God! One God! One God! Amen.
    Oh how I love to fear you. Thank you for sparing us from your wrath. Who can stand your fury, my heart would melt within me. Thank you for your mercy.

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  • Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 12:43 am
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    Thank you Charlie! Lord, please reveal how we can best serve you for the purpose of glorifying you as faithful servants.

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