In this interlude in the Trumpets narrative, the angel, or Yeshua the sent one, gives John a little book, the Bible’s Book of Revelation, for him to meditate on, digest, make part of his life, and speak out. He was prevented from writing some of the revelation given him, which may remain to yet be revealed to End Time believers.
The Bible was open, meaning it was becoming available to the masses in the late 15th Century.
1 I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire [Yeshua, compare with description in Rev 1; Yeshua is called “the angel of Yahweh” in the O.T.]
2 and he had in his hand a little book [the Bible/Revelation] which was open [the Gutenburg Bible was first produced on a printing press just as Constantinople was falling to the Muslims in the early 1450s, the first time the Word of God began to be widely available]. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land [Yeshua is in control of both the stable and unstable portions of the world];
3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars [He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Rev 5:5]; and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.
4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “ Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them [there are some mysteries that aren’t explained in the book of Revelation, but perhaps will be revealed in the ‘End Times’, due to the fact that their existence has been revealed].”
5, 6 Then the angel [Yeshua the Son] whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him [Yahweh the Father] who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there will be delay no longer [God has “delayed” because He is not willing that any should be lost, 2 Pet 3:9],
7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound [the last trumpet, 1 Cor 15:52], then the mystery of God is finished [judgment and the kingdom of God will come openly to earth], as He preached to His servants the prophets [the “Day of the Lord”, discussed often in the O.T.].
8 Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take the book [the Bible/Revelation] which is open in the hand of the angel [Yeshua, the angel of the LORD] who stands on the sea and on the land [He is in control of both the stable and unstable portions of the world].”
9 So I went to the angel [Yeshua], telling him to give me the little book [the Bible/Revelation]. And he said to me, “ Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey [when we understand its implications, we are made sick to our stomachs, but there is a sweetness in proclaiming the truth].”
10 I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it [meditated on the Word of God, “digested” it, made it part of his life], and in my mouth it was sweet as honey [when he first took it in, and when he spoke it out]; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter [there is a retched feeling one gets when considering the implication of man’s sin and the judgments to come].
11 And they [God the Father and God the Son] said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings [thus Revelation continues].”