Sow in Tears

Revelation 10:1-11

1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”

5Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! 7But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”

8Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

9So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” 10I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”

It is the darkest time the world has ever known. Will you be there – the Great Tribulation? It’s that 7 year period of time after the rapture of the church when hell literally becomes, hell on earth. Demon spirits infest the earth, the antichrist takes control, and people are tortured and die by the billions.

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be here! And I won’t! And you don’t have to be either.

But as humanity’s darkest hour looms large a bright beacon appears at the mid point, after 3½ years. He’s ahead of time, making an unscheduled visit to check out how many are left. This is not just another angel; it’s none other than Jesus Christ Himself scoring from a free kick in the dying minutes of a drawn game, where our salvation is the prize.

I believe that’s Him! Don’t let it put you off that He’s called an angel, for many times the Bible refers to Christ as the “angel of the Lord”, though He exists on a completely different plain than the created angels, for He is their Creator! The Great I Am! Alpha and Omega! He is God!

Remember, “angel” simply means, messenger…and Jesus Christ is the messenger of the new covenant we are under. He is the gospel, but He also brought that good news to earth.

Genesis 22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven…

That’s Him!

Is. 63:9 / Judges 2, 6, 21, 22…we see Jesus in these passages in pre-incarnate appearances – II Samuel 24, as well.

I know its him for two reasons.

First, Because of His Magnificence.

This angel possesses many characteristics which exclusively belong to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice 4 things straight away in the opening lines.

1. Clothed with a cloud

In scripture, clouds are often the symbol, of deity.

Exodus 16:10, when God led Israel thru the desert in a pillar of cloud

Exodus 19, dark clouds covered Sinai when the Lord gave Moses the ten commandments…”and the voice of God thundered from the clouds.”

Exodus 24 and 34 God appeared unto Moses again in a cloud of glory.

Psalm 104:3 He (God) makes the clouds His chariot.

In the NT, on the mount of transfiguration…

Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

In Acts 1, Jesus ascended back to heaven, clothed with a cloud.

And Revelations 1:7 says “behold, he cometh with clouds…”

And so I say, That’s Him!

2. Crowned with a rainbow

The rainbow is God’s sign to man that He will never again destroy the earth with a flood, termed the Noahitic covenant, after Noah.

Well, this rainbow also appeared in Revelations 4, when John was called up to heaven, the first thing he saw was the throne of God, encircled by a rainbow.

And here in chapter 10, could it be that though hell has broken loose on earth, Christ appears with clouds, and with a rainbow, a reminder that He is the only possible peace in the midst of the storm? I believe so!

That’s Him!

3. Countenance like the sun

That’s the signature of the glorified Christ

Revelations 1:16 His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

Mount Of Transfiguration, Matthew 17:2 His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Paul on road to Damascus saw Jesus as a light of the brightness of the noonday sun

The Prophet Malachi called Jesus the ‘sun of righteousness’

He is the bright and morning star – described as bright and radiant in splendor – the shekinah glory of God Almighty – streets of gold may glimmer, the gates of pearl may radiate, but Jesus will outshine them all! – Later in Revelations we’re told there’s no sun or moon in heaven, for the Lamb is the light thereof!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the most glorious Jesus Christ.

That’s Him!

4. Coming in judgment

A clear reference to judgment, as brass and fire are both symbols of judgment.

The judgment of the tribulation will become most intense at this half-way point of the tribulation…after 3½ years. And Jesus Christ stamps His feet of judgment upon 2 parts of the earth …the land and the sea!

Who is He that is clothed with a cloud? Crowned with a rainbow, countenance as the sun? Coming in judgment?

That’s Him, because of His magnificence…

Secondly I know its Him, Because of His Might.

Jesus ere holds the same book He held in Revelations 5, the title deed to the earth. Remember?

“Who is worthy to open the book?” The Lamb!

And in a powerful, mighty gesture of His ownership, in chapter 10, He stamps 1 foot on the land, 1 on the sea, symbolizing that He’s taking possession… “I’m back!” you can here Him cry.

He owns it all…every drop of water every grain of sand

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

1 foot on land, 1 on sea: because from end to end, from pole to pole, it all belongs to Him!

Communist lands belong to Him the capitalist lands the colonial lands. Britain was His before it belonged to the Romans, the Normans, or us! He owns the Far East and every last bit of the Middle East…He owns the camels on a thousand dunes and the oil beneath them! And He owns the great arctic glaciers and is coming back long before climatologists say they will be gone…so chill out! He is coming to claim His rightful possession.

Notice verse 3—He cries out with the roar of a lion…another symbol of His might!

Remember, there are 2 sides to the character of Christ:

Lamb / Lion (we must receive Him as Lamb or face Him as Lion)

Saviour / Judge (He that wants to save you today will judge you on that day if you don’t get saved)

I look at Revelations 10 and say that’s Him! Because of His magnificence and His might!

Back in 4:1, prior to the tribulation, the trumpet sounds, and those of us who have been born again will fly away, and meet a mighty, magnificent One in the clouds and we’ll shout: That’s Him!!

Will you be left behind? Saying: That WAS Him. Will you be one saying, I know why many have disappeared from the earth, and I know why I’ve been left behind! And worst of all, I know what’s still to come, a time of great tribulation in which I will be tortured until death…and beyond in the eternity of hell which begins from that point on.

Christians, Revelations 21 says that once the tribulation is over, after the Battle of Armageddon, after the thousand years of the millennial kingdom on earth, the new heaven descends from above, the New Jerusalem, and eternity begins for those of us who have been born again. Then verse 21:4 says that God wipes away all our tears.

Why are we crying?

Could it be because during the tribulation we look down from our heavenly abode, and see that co-worker and say, O my soul, that’s him!

Your Neighbor…that’s her! A family member…that’s him! A stranger the Holy Spirit led you to witness to, but you never got around to it…and you cry in regret from the depths of your soul…that’s them!!

If you’ve never been born again, you have that opportunity today, and it’s the only opportunity you are promised. If the enemy convinces you to say no to the Saviour, the Saviour will say no to you when He returns…and you’ll know it was true, and left behind you’ll cry out…that’s Him! And it’s too late!

Raise your hand if you want to be born again.

If you have been saved, but know that you’ve got many yet to reach, and God has motivated you to be the winner of their soul, to beg and plead with them if necessary, to give your life to the cause of saving souls, of convincing men and women to accept the Saviour, rather than face the Judge; to bow to the Lamb, not be devoured by the Lion, raise your hand…say, I’m willing to cry the tears now for them, while there’s hope, not later, when it’s too late.

Psalm 126—“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy”

Will you be there at the Great Tribulation?

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