Community Group Questions - February 19, 2023

Revelation 10

The Angel and the Little Scroll
1 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. 2 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, 3 and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded. 4 And 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.” 5 And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6 and 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, 7 but 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.

8 Then 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.” 9 So 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.” 10 And 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. 11 And I was told, “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”
Doctrine - What We Think
  • What is the significance of this appearance of a being who reminds us of Jesus at a time that is in the midst of severe judgment in the sounding of the trumpets?
  • What kind of difference does it make in this passage that Jesus is divine and authoritative (sovereign)?
  • Do you believe that the command to prophesy was just meant for John or that it is for all believers? Why or why not?
Worship - How We Feel
  • Which of the four descriptions of the Christ-like angel affect your worship the most?
  • How do you think the oath-taking of God compares to the oath-taking of humans? What kind of impact does that have on our relationship with him?
Application - What We Do
  • Specifically discuss the imagery of eating the book. What are the ways you think this might be specifically applied in your life?
  • Talk about times that the truth of God's word has been sweet and bitter to you, either as the recipient or sharer. 

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