Revelation: Seventh Trumpet and Messenger with the Scroll

What message might have been such that only John could hear it and no one else?

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Revelation 10:1–4 Another powerful messenger descended, clothed with a cloud, a rainbow above his head. His face had the radiance of the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. With his left foot on the earth, his right foot on the sea, and holding a small open scroll, he spoke with the roar of a lion. Then came the voices of the seven thunders. After the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write what they said when a voice from above said, “Those words are for your ears only. Do not write them down.”
King James
Revelation 10:1–4 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

How did the messenger stand on the earth and sea?

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Revelation 10:5–6 The messenger standing upon the earth and sea lifted his hand to the sky and swore by the eternal Creator of all things that the wait was over. No more time was to be spent.
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Revelation 10:5–6 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

What caused the revelation of God to no longer be a mystery?

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Revelation 10:7 With the seventh messenger’s trumpet blast, the revelation of God was no longer a mystery, which fulfilled what was promised through his prophets.
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Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

How could a small human like John approach a messenger who stood on earth and sea?

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Revelation 10:8–9 The voice from above said, “Take the scroll from the messenger who is standing upon the earth and sea.”
I went to the messenger and said, “Give me the little scroll.”
“Here,” he said, “eat all of it. The taste is sweet, but it will upset your stomach.”
King James
Revelation 10:8–9 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

What is the significance of the scroll tasting sweet but upsetting John’s stomach?

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Revelation 10:9–10 I went to the messenger and said, “Give me the little scroll.”
“Here,” he said, “eat all of it. The taste is sweet, but it will upset your stomach.”
When I ate the scroll, the taste was sweet, but it upset my stomach.
King James
Revelation 10:9–10 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

What was the prophetic message that was to be given? If he never left Patmos, how could he deliver it?

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Revelation 10:11 “Repeat the prophetic message to the multitudes,” he said, “to nations, cultures, and leaders.”
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Revelation 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.