1And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:2And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,3And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.4And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.5And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,6And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:7But 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.8And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.9And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.10And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.11And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
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The Angel and the Little Scroll
1Then 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. (Eze 1:28; Mt 17:2; Re 1:15; Re 1:16)2He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, (Re 10:8)3and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. (Joe 3:16; Am 1:2)4And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.” (Da 8:26; Da 12:4; Da 12:9; Re 22:10)5And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven (Ge 14:22)6and swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, (Re 4:9; Re 4:11)7but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (Am 3:7; Re 11:15)8Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”9So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” (Jer 15:16; Eze 2:8; Eze 3:1)10And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter.11And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.” (Eze 37:4)