Revelation Chapter 10. The Overall Picture
By Merrilyn Jaquiery. 2015 to 2017
I begin this message with a quote from wildlife artist Ren Poortvliet on “keeping things simple”.
“I understand that some artists paint by making photographs of everything and copy their photograph’s three hundred percent, I cannot do that, I try to paint as if I’m telling a story. Let’s say you saw an accident. A man on a bicycle fell because a dog was crossing the street in front of him, when you come home, and you want to tell the story, you must keep in a special way the point of your story for the best moment. You must not tell how many stones there were on the road. You must not say how many leaves were on the trees beside the road. You must not say how many spokes were in the wheels of his bicycle, no! you have to divide it in several parts and reserve only the most important part of your story, the part that truly tells the story.
I’ve quoted this artists point of view because we can get bogged down with the detail too (types and Symbols) and miss the overall picture.
I believe that each person’s view of Revelation should be embraced, not fought over of who’s right or who’s wrong, for all who read the book of Revelation and take it to heart will be blessed, and it is the only book in the bible which holds that special promise of God’s blessing to the reader.
Revelation 1: 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take it to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
So, let’s begin. Revelation Chapter 10 quintessentially represents the glorious fullness of the Trinity being as One revealed with the angel. It is a chapter set in an interlude of time where proclamation, fulfilment and Gods absolute authority is over all things. The chapter rests between the sixth trumpet of judgment in chapter 9 and the seventh and final trumpet in chapter 11.
It has been over two thousand years since Apostle John wrote down the visions given to him by Jesus for us. Past theologians and prophets throughout the ages believed they’d received divine revelation of the apocalyptic messages of Revelation and have prophesied what have been in many cases incorrect doom. Even I have bought future messages that have been from the Holy Spirit, but I have not known the timing of God or the fullness of the prophecy. And to help us to be ever humble, God has left us all wondering what the Seven thunders spoke, for the Apostle John was forbidden to write them down, the book of Revelation is still continuing.
Revelation 1: The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what soon must take place.
Jesus stands at the centre throughout John’s visions. Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb who opens the sevens seals (Revelation 5 and 6) He takes his position on Mount Zion (14;1) and he encompasses his beloved bride (19:7) and He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (19:16) He is the lamp in the city of God, the New Jerusalem (21:22)
Some believe the angel of Revelation 10 is Jesus himself (the angel of the LORD) and for good reason because this angel clothed identity represents all that ‘Jesus’ is- glorified. Whether he is Jesus or not it is not for me to say, it is the actual overall picture of scripture that I want to focus on. He is seen robed in a cloud, God Himself is within the cloud; Here are some scriptures relating to God's presence in the cloud. Ex 16:10, 19:9, 24:15, 34:5, Ps.104:3, Matt.17: Lk.21:27, Acts.1:9, Rev.1:7.
Revelations 10’s angel is seen with a rainbow over his head. God gave Noah the promised covenant of the first rainbow in the very first book of the bible Genesis, in that he wouldn’t flood the earth again. And the rainbow that is seen over and above the head of the angel of Revelation 10 is the New Covenant rainbow, the promise of Salvation which is revealed as a final sign in end and last book of the bible. This is why I have made the video of Revelation 10 (which can be seen here on my blog) because it reveals Gods future plan of Salvation in the rainbow through the three ordained colours of Blue, Purple and Scarlet, the colours of the past tabernacle curtain, which are now incorporated within the rainbow as the sixth colour, in sixth place for man who was made on the sixth day of creation, it is the story of redemption.
Throughout the paintings journey from 2015 to 2017 I felt the Lord say there was going to be a paradigm shift and a great awakening. I believe this is what I been shown; Throughout the paintings progress I have watched Europe undergo a humanitarian crisis, an exodus of unseen proportions from Syria and neighbouring war-torn countries. Britain has now exited from the European Union only to return to her original foundations from where her identity lays, and now America is expressing the right to do the same. I believe what we are seeing is a shift towards Gods past ownership of a land and His sovereignty over a nations spiritual identity and there is a battle going on right now between the evil one and the Kingdom of God over them.
I have just heard today as I was about to release this message: December 6th, 2017. NOW ISRAEL! THAT AMERICA HAS RECOGNISED JERUSALEM. THIS IS CONFRMATION.
End time Apostasy.
Humanism; defined in the dictionary (is a rationalist outlook or system of thought attaching prime importance to human, rather than divine or supernatural matters) is on the rise and it is already creating the spirit of Apostasy within the denominations of bride of Christ. It is one of the deceptions of end times, and there will be a shift towards cleaning the swamps, e.g.those laws passed that have muddied the pure waters of God.
Today some of the foundational truths are being compromised and realigned to fit the age and the age of politics. The pressure of human rights issues will I believe challenge the very foundations of the Church and it leaders.
Revelation chapter 10 rests between the sixth and the seven trumpets of the seven judgments, it is the time of interlude, and possibly a time of a Great Awakening!
An Artists Journal
Painting Revelation 10 was going to be a challenge to say the least, because for any artist the transparency of light like the sun seen in the angel’s face would be like trying to catch a rainbow which is impossible.
My variety of paints come from all over the world, blues from the Afghan and German mines, yellows from the earth's clays, white from fermented lead; but not one of them can ever produce the pure transparency of sunlight. For example, every product that we make here on earth will have been made from a substance taken from out of the earth. Light is light, God is light and we mankind are made from the earth and our flesh (bodies) go back to it, but when we have the Light of the World in us (Jesus) then our spirit is transformed into His light and likeness, we spiritually come out of the shadow (death) into the light. (eternal life).
Let all the Heavens and the Earth Praise Him!
Revelation 10: 1-7. Then 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. He 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, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And 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.” Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives forever 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! But 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.”