Series: The Radical Call of Jesus
Message: Radical Warning
Preacher: Japhet De Oliveira
Daily Walk: Japhet De Oliveira
Refresh: Open with prayer. Read or listen to Psalm 104:1–4.
Read: Revelation 8:2-11:18 (NIV). As you read the New International Version, note 1–3 insights.
Reflect: Ranko Stefanovic offers this quick summary of Revelation 10 in his commentary Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 10 has for a long time been simply understood as the Great Disappointment. “Seventh-day Adventist Christians have seen in Revelation 10 a special prophetic significance for their life and mission. In John’s bittersweet experience they have seen what is known as the great disappointment experienced by the Millerite movement in 1844. Under the leadership of William Miller, a Baptist lay preacher and revivalist, a large group, gathered from different Protestant denominations, concluded mistakenly that the Second Coming would occur in the fall of 1844. The expectation grew as the believers shared the message they believed and made thorough preparation for the end. When the coming of Christ did not take place, the disappointed Millerites experienced in different ways the bitter taste of the message they believed and shared. Although disappointed, some of them found in John’s visionary experience the explanation of their disappointment. In John’s eating of the scroll they saw the symbol, and even the prophecy, of their own experience.
Since then, in Christ’s commission to John to “prophesy again” to many people, nations, tongues, and kings, Adventists have seen the commissioning of God’s end-time church to proclaim the message of the Second Coming “to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people” (Rev. 14:6). When the proclaimed gospel message is heard by the whole world, then the end will come and earth’s history will reach its conclusion (Matt. 24:14) (p. 340).
I would add that the chapters on Revelation 10 and 11 in this commentary are worth taking the time to read. They point out the beautiful language ties between John and Daniel, with descriptions of Jesus. They show how the prophetic 2,300 timelines line up. They can help you start to piece together the truth that Jesus return is needed now more than ever.
Recalibrate: What message or Biblical truth have you discovered that at first sounded easy and later become difficult to implement?
Respond: Pray for strength from Jesus.
Research: Read a commentary on chapters 10 and 11 from the suggested bibliography.