Revelation 10: “The Little Book”
John describes an angel that comes down from heaven; “…clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.” (Revelation 10:1) John explains that the angel brought with him a book, or more specifically a ‘little book’. The angel opens the book and immediately “…seven thunders utter their voices…” (Revelation 10:3), John explains that just as he was about to write down what he heard, the angel commanded him to not write any of those things which he had heard! But John explains that; “…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.” (Revelation 10:7)
The Angel then tells John to take the book and to ‘eat it up’, but that when he eats it, it will be sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his belly. So John eats the book and sure enough; sweet in the mouth and bitter in the belly. It is possible that John ‘eating’ the book was him accepting his mission to warn the inhabitants of the earth of these great destructions and while accepting the mission was sweet to him to be chosen for this great calling, but become bitter to him because of what he would see and the pain he knew would come to those who chose not to follow God.
Revelation 4: The Celestial Earth
John is called up to heaven, where in the Spirit he sees ‘one’ who sits on a throne like a jasper and roundabout there is a rainbow. Surrounding the thrown are 24 crowned elders, who have their own thrones. Seven lamps burn around the thrones, which represent the seven Spirits of God, the throne itself is like a sea of glass. Near the throne were also four creatures that were full of eyes; one was like a lion, one like a calf, one like and eagle and one like man. All of these creatures proclaimed; “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty…” (Revelation 4:8)
In the Doctrine and Covenants we get a better insight into what John wrote;
- What is the sea of glass spoken of? “It is the earth, in its sanctified immortal, and eternal state.” (Doctrine and Covenants 77:1)
- What are the four beasts? “They are figurative expressions, used by the Revelator, John, in describing heaven, the paradise of God, the happiness of man, and of beasts, and of creeping things, and of the fowls of the air; that which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of what which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created.” (Doctrine and Covenants 77:2)
- Who are the 24 elders? They “…were elders who had been faithful in the work of the ministry and were dead; who belonged to the seven churches, and were then in the paradise of God.” (Doctrine and Covenants 77:5)
Revelation 1: John sees Christ
John the Revelator is on the island of Patmos, when the Lord comes to him with a voice of a trumpet and commands him; “…What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches…” (Revelations 1:11) John explains that he saw; “…seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the candlesticks one line unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot… with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as the snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire…his feet like unto fine brass… his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelations 1:13-15) Here John describes Jesus Christ as a man with white hair and a voice of many waters. This shows that we are made in God’s image and having been made in His image shows that God is not a Spirit, but also possesses a body of flesh and bones, the difference? His body is glorified and perfect, in other words it is immortal.
John is at first afraid of seeing God, but hears the voice of the Lord tell him to ‘fear not’. John encourages everyone to heed the writings of his book (Revelations) and to understand that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is around the corner and we should be preparing now!