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This is the mighty rainbowed angel clothed with the clouds, (verse 2) puts his feet on both sea and land, holding an open book of thunder judgments, and crying (verse 6) "that there should be time no longer."
John (verse 4) is not to reveal the contents of the little open book, but (verse 9) to himself eat the scroll. This is Christ and the saints subduing the world. This chapter is one of the things of the inside of the scroll. (You notice we go back and forth-inside and out.)
The Revelation is not just an outline of human history. It is a loving message of inspiration and hope for Christ's brethren. Its aspect as history is incidental. Its aspect for Christ's brethren is fundamental. That is why we have interspersed such glorious chapters as 7 and 10. These are the real living things; human history is the dead outer shell - utterly without meaning apart from God's purpose. That is why so much of it that man thinks is important is not even mentioned.
Bro Growcott - Review of the Apocalypse
7 But 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.
Here is a continuance of time specified, namely, "in the days of the voice of the angel;" that is, the sounding of the last trumpet would be no exception to those which had gone before; but, that as they had occupied years in sounding, so the seventh would sound through a succession of years, even until the kingdom of God should be established as revealed in the writings of the prophets (Dan. 2:44). This is the declared mystery, to the manifestation of which all things are tending.
The things which will have been accomplished when the seventh trumpet shall have ceased to sound are stated summariiy in the following words;
"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Anointed (CHRISTOS;) and he shall reign for ever and ever."
This is the consummation, which is introduced by these foregoing events, to wit; "The nations were angry, and thy wrath is corne, and the time of the dead, that they should be separated, and that Thou shouldest give the reward to Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great: and shouldest destroy them that destroy the earth."
In connection with these wonderful events, "the temple of God was opened in the heaven, and there was seen in His temple the Ark of His testament;" and this exhibition is to be accompanied by "lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and, great hail" (Rev. 11:15,19); the result of which will be the translation of the kingdom under the whole heaven to the prophets, and saints, and to them who fear the name of the Lord.
Elpis Israel 3.3.