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Revelation 10 The Passion Translation (TPT)

The Rainbow Angel

10 Then I saw another extremely powerful angel coming out of heaven, robed in a cloud. There was a halo over his head like a rainbow;[a] his face shined bright like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.[b] He held a little opened scroll in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land and gave a tremendous shout, like a lion’s roar. When he shouted, the seven thunders responded, rumbling out their messages.[c] I was about to write the messages of the seven thunders, but I heard a heavenly voice[d] say to me:

Don’t write a word, but place a seal on what the seven thunders have spoken.

Then the mighty angel whom I saw astride the sea and the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore an oath by him who lives for an eternity of eternities, the Creator of heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them:

No more delay![e] For in the day when the seventh angel is to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled,[f] just as he announced to his servants the prophets.

John Eats the Scroll

Then the heavenly voice spoke to me again:

Go, take the open scroll from the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.

I went up to the angel who stood on the sea and the land and told him to give me the little scroll. Then he said to me, “Take it, and eat it. It will be sour in your stomach[g] but sweet as honey in your mouth.”

10 I took the little scroll from the hand of the mighty angel and ate it. Indeed, it was sweet as honey to taste,[h] but after I had eaten it, my stomach turned bitter.

11 Then they[i] said to me, “You must go back and prophesy again to many peoples, and nations, and languages, and kings!”[j]


  1. Revelation 10:1 The Aramaic can be translated “a rainbow of heaven was over his head.”
  2. Revelation 10:1 This extremely powerful messenger is Christ (Dan. 10:5-6; Rev. 1:12-16). He holds the scroll (Rev. 5–8) and now gives it to John. He is like the roaring Lion of Judah (Isa. 31:4-5; Jer. 25:29-36; Hos. 11:10-11; Joel 3:16; Amos 3:8) and will give the two witnesses their power (Rev. 11:3).
  3. Revelation 10:3 Or “with their own voices.” See Ps. 29. The seven thunders are the complete message of God sent out by the seven Spirits of God.
  4. Revelation 10:4 The Aramaic can be translated “I heard a voice from the seventh heaven.”
  5. Revelation 10:6 Or “You will not have to wait any longer” or “Time’s up!”
  6. Revelation 10:7 Or “accomplished.” The mystery of God is a description of the whole content of the book of Revelation.
  7. Revelation 10:9 Or “innermost being” or “womb.” The message of the unrolled scroll would be bittersweet.
  8. Revelation 10:10 Honey is a picture of revelation-knowledge (Ps. 19:7-13). See also Ezek. 2:8-9; 3:1-3.
  9. Revelation 10:11 Some Greek manuscripts read “he.”
  10. Revelation 10:11 See Jer. 1:10. This was an encouragement to John that he would be freed from his exile on Patmos to yet prophesy to us today through his writings.
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