This series of posts is my attempt to demonstrate that the language of the Revelation was actually symbolic code that was very intelligible to a first-century Jewish Christian living in the Roman Empire. I’m re-writing the Revelation to communicate the same message, but to a twenty-first century American Christian audience, using symbols we understand. This particular section parallels Revelation chapter 10. If you want to catch up, here’s a PDF of the entire series so far: The Revelation to JR – Chapters 1-10.
I saw another enormous angel coming down from heaven. He was wrapped in a cloud and I saw a rainbow appear over his head. I could barely look at him because his face was as bright as the sun and even his legs and feet burned like fire. He had an Executive Order in his right hand (it looked so small in his huge hand!). He planted one foot on the land and one in the ocean and then yelled at the top of his lungs.
When he yelled, I heard a giant roar, like seven jet engines. I was about to write down what I heard in the engines’ roar, but someone up in heaven said
“Seal up what the seven jet engines have said – don’t write it down!”
Then the angel (the one who was standing on the land and ocean) put his hand over his heart and swore an oath by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and everything in it, the earth and everything on it, and the oceans and everything in them. This is the oath he swore:
“There will be no more delay. When the seventh angel turns on his camera, the mystery of God will be fulfilled just like he told his servants, the prophets.”
Then the voice that had spoken to me from heaven spoke to me again:
“Go take the Executive Order that’s been signed, the one that the angel standing on the land and ocean is holding.”
So I went to the angel and told him to give me the Order, and he told me:
“Take it. Eat it. It will make you nauseated once you’ve eaten it, but it’ll taste like the very best chocolate when you bite in.”
I took the Order from the angel and ate it. It tasted like the very best chocolate when I put it in my mouth, but when I was finished with it, I immediately feel nauseated. When I was finished, both the angel and the voice from heaven told me:
“You must prophesy again about the people and nations and languages and ethnic groups.”