(1-11) The Angel and the Little Scroll
Another angel descends from Heaven, carrying a little scroll and calling out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. After he calls out, seven thunders speak. John is about to write down what the seven thunders said, but a voice from Heaven tells him not to do so. The thunders’ messages are to be sealed up. They are not revealed to us. The angel then swears before God that after the seventh trumpet is sounded, there will be no delay in judgment.
After this, a voice from Heaven tells John to take the scroll from the angel and to eat it. He does so. In his mouth, the scroll is sweet as honey, but in his stomach, it is bitter. Some Bible scholars have suggested that the sweet taste of the scroll implies that salvation is pleasant to those who believe in Jesus the Christ, and the bitter taste of the scroll implies that same salvation is unpleasant to those who do not believe.
Favorite verse: (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.