Six Plagues for Six Trumpets. A Secret. Eating the Little Scroll.
You do not want to be around when the angels play their trumpets.
The first trumpet burns up a third of the trees on Earth.
The second turns the sea to blood. A third of the sea creatures die (taking a third of the ships with them).
The third turns the river water bitter, poisoning many.
The fourth. The sun and the moon lose a third of their brightness.
The fifth. Demon locusts with human faces torture all but the 144,000 for five months.
The sixth is the worst. Mounted troops in the millions take over the world and kill – you guessed it – a third of the population.
The seventh angel waits to blow his trumpet. It will not be blown until God’s work is complete.
Okay, so, has all the pain and punishment stopped now? Come on… There are still 12 chapters to go. This is just the beginning of the Tribulation.
After this, an angel hands John a tiny little scroll and tells him:
“Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”
Revelation 10:9b (NIV)
Out of all the plague and destruction, this verse stuck out to me the most. A scroll that is delicious when eaten but turns poisonous over time. What a fascinating idea.
It seems like an obvious parallel to the Garden of Eden (who knew the Bible had some clever bookend imagery?). A scroll contains words – knowledge – and while it may be sweet at first, it is ultimately unfulfilling. What matters to you? Do you wish to lose innocence and live in knowledge? It will turn sour over time. Like the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
I don’t think the Bible wants us smart. I mean, it’s not equitable to being rich. The Bible hates rich people. I think we are allowed to be smart, but that’s not really a hope for us. No, the Bible wants us loyal. It wants us good.
It appears that goodness lasts forever and ever. But knowledge fades.
Which do you want?