As with the seals, there is a pause between the sixth and seventh trumpet. An angel comes from heaven with a small book or scroll. He stands on the land and the sea and extends his hand to heaven to signify that God created the heavens, the earth and the sea and is about to pass his final judgment on all of his creation. John is told to eat the book, which will taste sweet, but will sour his stomach. His knowledge of God’s coming judgment is both good and bad. Good in that evil will be destroyed, but bad in that many will be condemned. John must make this known so people will turn to Jesus before it is too late.
2 Peter 3:9 talks about Jesus delaying the end so that everyone has the opportunity to come to Jesus. However as this chapter emphasizes, that day will come. The end for someone we know could be their death or the return of Jesus. We should be like John and make sure those we know and love understand God’s love and coming judgment.
And 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: And 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, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And 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. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And 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: 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. And 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. And 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. And 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. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Revelation 10:1-11 KJV