Revelation 10 & 11: The Little Scroll and the Two Witnesses

Angel of the Revelation by William Blake

Angel of the Revelation by William Blake

Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. (Revelation 10: 1-3)

The Little Scroll

John is commanded by the angel to eat the little scroll which is sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach. In light of subsequent events, this seems to be a portrayal of “good news and bad news.” The good news is that many people from all over the world will be saved because of their faith in God.  Conversely, the bad news is that many people will not repent and will face God’s wrath head on.

As John is brought deeper within the mysteries of God he seems to need some inner help to aid in his prophesying at this point.  He must internalize the Word.  This speaks to the people of God who must also, not just read God’s Word, but must prayerfully, and faithfully, study the Bible to make it a part of who they are. This can be compared to a meal in which the Word is consumed and digested, becoming a literal part of the person involved. This is reminiscent of my words from Another Look at Communion“:

 The bread of Communion also represents the Word, The Bible, Scripture.  It is blessed by God and when prayerfully studied, Jesus divides it for the faithful reader so that it can be symbolically eaten to become part of one’s very being! (

The Two Witnesses

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there,but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses (Revelation 11:1-3, ESV)

The two witnesses, as depicted in the Bamberg ...

The two witnesses, as depicted in the Bamberg Apocalypse, an 11th century illuminated manuscript. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I confess that I don’t have a clue as to whom the two witnesses are.  It is evident by their descriptions that the holy Spirit will speak through them and that because of this, they will despised by many.  Because of this derision, many calamities will befall the earth and the peoples of the earth during the tribulations of this woe. They will be murdered to the delight of many and  left to rot wear they fall. However, after three and a half days, God will resurrect them, causing much fear and further death and destruction.  Many will recognize this as the sign that it is and glorify Go.

With that, the seventh trumpet is sounded and Jesus is proclaimed the everlasting King of the world.  God’s heavenly temple is opened, revealing the ark of the covenant and His power is unleashed.


What does that have to do with us? We need to be open to the Truth.  Even amid trials and tribulations, droughts and famines (physical as well as spiritual) we us listen for the Truth and praise God always. God is still and always in control but those who persevere will not be ashamed in the end when all are judged.  The King of heaven and earth is a mighty king and He will not be denied what is His.

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