People in the Endtime Message Movement interpret the angel in Revelation Chapter 10 verse 7 to mean a human agent, and the final messenger to the Gentile Church Age, whose ministry is expected to lay bare all the mysteries of God. This messenger, it is believed, will explain all the mysteries of the Bible to the Church through special revelation using his prophetic gift, including the mysteries of the seven thunders in the book of Revelation. He will thus prepare the Church for the Rapture. This last Church Age messenger is also held to be the Elijah of Malachi Chapter 4:5-6, whose ministry will herald the Second Coming of Christ. We’ve already proven in a previous exposition that there is no Elijah ministry promised to the Gentile Church. We will now examine the Scriptures to unveil the identity of the angel of Revelation 10:7, showing from the Scriptures who the angel is and what is the mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of his trumpet.
Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was on his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
Revelation 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
Revelation 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
Revelation 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
Revelation 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Revelation 10:6 And swore by him that lives 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:
Revelation 10:7 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 has declared to his servants the prophets (AKJV).
To understand who this seventh angel in verse seven is, we will have to go back a few chapters to get the complete picture. In the 8th Chapter of the book of Revelation, after the seventh seal on the seven-sealed book was broken, we see seven angels in heaven given trumpets to blow down various judgements of God upon the earth. Each of the seven trumpeting angels lined up in heaven and sounded their trumpets one after the other. With the sounding of each trumpet, various woes were released upon the earth. This is part of the great tribulation that will be experienced on earth during the reign of the anti-Christ, while the Gentile Church would have gone in the Rapture at the close of the Church Age which ended in Revelation Chapter three. From Revelation Chapter 4 until Chapter 19, the raptured Church will be in heaven. All the events happening from Revelation Chapter 4 through chapter 19 are post-rapture events occurring during the reign of the anti-Christ. The Bride of Christ will be in heaven attending the marriage supper of the Lamb during the reign of the anti-Christ. Let’s examine the Scriptures to verify these points.
Revelation 8:1 And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
Revelation 8:2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Revelation 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar which was before the throne.
Revelation 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Revelation 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunder, and lightning, and an earthquake.
Revelation 8:6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
Revelation 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast on the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
Revelation 8:8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
Revelation 8:9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
Revelation 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell on the third part of the rivers, and on the fountains of waters;
Revelation 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.
Revelation 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
Revelation 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the middle of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabitants of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound! (AKJV).
From the passages cited above, we see that the seven trumpeting angels are all heavenly beings tasked to unleash various portions of God’s wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth during the great tribulation. One after the other, the angels sounded their trumpets to signal the commencement of various woes on the inhabitants of the earth, each woe following one another closely. The earth will experience God’s judgment at this time in a way never seen before. This is the great tribulation. From what we’ve read so far, four angels have sounded their trumpets and four woes have been released on the inhabitants of the earth. The remaining three angels are about to sound their trumpets to release their own woes upon the earth, and we’re told the three remaining woes would be even more catastrophic than those previously released! The judgment is escalating and becoming more intense! The wrath of God will be released upon sinful and wicked men without admixture, as promised! Indeed, it’s a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!
Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts on the earth: and to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
Revelation 9:4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.
Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
Revelation 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like to horses prepared to battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
Revelation 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
Revelation 9:9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like to scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon.
Revelation 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
Revelation 9:13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
Revelation 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
Revelation 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.
Revelation 9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Revelation 9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like to serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
Revelation 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Revelation 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts (AKJV).
We see the fourth, fifth and sixth angels sounding their trumpets and releasing various woes upon the people on the earth at the time of the great tribulation, specifically targeting people who do not have the mark of God upon them. Men who had taken the mark of the beast will now experience terrible punishment from God. They will experience terrible sufferings, to the extent that they will seek to die, but death would flee far away from them! Yet, such people will not be able to repent and seek God’s mercy, because they had already sealed their doom by taking upon themselves the mark of the beast! Now, it remains the seventh and last of these trumpeting angels to sound his trumpet and release his own peculiar judgement upon the earth. Let’s find him out, for this is where the controversy lies!
There is a little parenthesis here, after the sounding of the sixth trumpeting angel, and before the sounding of the seventh. Another mighty Angel descends from heaven, clothed with the cloud, with a rainbow on his head, his face shining as the sun and his feet like pillars of fire. He has a little open book in his hand. This no doubt is the Angel of the Covenant, Christ himself, for he is also called the Angel of the Lord, as Jehovah’s great Messenger. He’s holding the the seven-sealed book he has unsealed. He’s standing on both the earth and the sea, laying claim to all, as both Creator and Redeemer. He roars like the Lion of the Tribe of Judah that he is, and then seven thunders utter their voices, giving out clear messages which John the scribe hurried to write down, as he was instructed to do at the beginning of the book. However, he was warned by a voice from heaven to seal up those things which the seven thunders spoke and not to write them down! So, John did not write down what the seven thunders said. Though he heard them clearly, but he was forbidden to write them down. And so, there is no record in the Scriptures of what the seven thunders said! Those who claim the last Church Age messenger is to reveal all the mysteries of God, including what the seven thunders said, are ignorant of the fact that what the seven thunders spoke are not even written down in the Bible! God forbade them to be written down. Whatever they are, they are not for us to know. God does not want us to know them and so we should not seek after them. Anything anybody says about the seven thunders is only speculation at best. it’s actually an act of disobedience to seek after what God has said should be left alone. Paul heard and saw many things when he was taken to heaven, but he was forbidden to write them down, and so he didn’t write them. Everything we need for our salvation has been written down for us in the Bible. Whatever is not contained in the Bible is not essential for salvation, and should not be pursued! The secret things belong to God and should be left alone, while the revealed things are for us to know, obey and follow. To seek after secret things that are not revealed in the written Word is to attempt to add to the Word of God, and that’s a serious offence with grave consequences! Let’s speak where God speaks, and let’s be silent where he is silent!
2 Corinthians 12:1 It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
2 Corinthians 12:3 And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knows;)
2 Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
2 Corinthians 12:5 Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in my infirmities.
2 Corinthians 12:6 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he sees me to be, or that he hears of me (AKJV).
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law (AKJV).
John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen (AKJV).
Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed (AKJV).
Revelation 22:18 For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book:
Revelation 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (AKJV).
Now, let’s get back to the seventh angel and the woes that are to accompany the sounding of his trumpet. The mighty Angel from heaven also made us understand that when the seventh angel would begin to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God should be finished, as he had declared to his servants the prophets. What is this mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of the seventh angel’s trumpet? We will not speculate here, but will follow on to hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet and then see the mystery of God that should be finished, for, whatever the mystery is, it would be finished at the sounding of the seventh angel’s trumpet. Whatever it is, it’s to happen soon after the seventh trumpet is sounded, for the mighty Angel had sworn that there should not be any delay, from the sounding of the seventh trumpet to the finishing of this mystery!
Revelation 11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe comes quickly.
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell on their faces, and worshipped God,
Revelation 11:17 Saying, We give you thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned.
Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.
Revelation 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning, and voices, and thunder, and an earthquake, and great hail (AKJV).
Now at last, after all parenthetical delays, the seventh angel finally sounds his trumpet! And immediately the seventh trumpet is sounded, we see a wonderful scene in heaven. The 24 elders sitting around the throne of God become ecstatic, fall down before the throne and begin to worship God! The mystery is finally finished! The kingdoms of this world have finally become the kingdom of our God and his Christ! The wait is over! What was revealed to all the prophets of old has finally come to pass! The Christ of God is about to establish his kingdom on earth! The kingdom of God, which was spoken of as a mystery in parables, all through the Old Testament and in the Gospels, is about to become reality, the time of its establishment having arrived! Now, that hidden mystery is about to become open reality. It’s now time to judge the wicked and reward the righteous. It’s now time for the meek to inherit the earth. The earth will now be truly the Lord’s! All usurpers are about to be judged and kicked out forever, and the saints will reign with their Lord in power and glory! Hallelujah! That is the mystery of God that would be finished at the sounding of the seventh trumpet! It is not the revelation of the Gospel mysteries or Apostolic doctrines, for those were thoroughly revealed and finished by the Apostles! The mystery of iniquity is ended, and the reign of righteousness is about to start! No wonder those elders had to fall prostrate before the throne, to worship God like never before!
Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables?
Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Matthew 13:12 For whoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
Matthew 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which said, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive:
Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
Matthew 13:17 For truly I say to you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
Matthew 13:34 All these things spoke Jesus to the multitude in parables; and without a parable spoke he not to them:
Matthew 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world (AKJV).
In conclusion, we’ve seen from the Scriptures that the seventh angel mentioned in Revelation 10:7 is a heavenly being, the last of the trumpeting angels tasked with pouring out God’s wrath upon the earth during the great tribulation. He is not a human being and therefore cannot be a Church Age messenger. Besides, at the time of appearing of this angel, the Church would already have been in heaven, having gone in the Rapture, which is a pre-tribulation event. Infact, after Revelation Chapter 3, the Church is not mentioned again in the book of Revelation, until the 19th Chapter, when she comes down with the Lord to rule on earth. In the same vein, the mysteries of the seven thunders (which are not written in the Scriptures and which no one knows), and the mystery of God that should be finished at the sounding of this angel’s trumpet have no benefit in terms of preparing the Church for the rapture, because the rapture would already have occurred by the time this angel appears on the scene to sound his trumpet. Furthermore, the mysteries of the Gospels were not revealed to the prophets of old, as it was a secret hid in God’s mind, and made known only to the Apostles and New Testament Prophets. Besides, the mystery of the Gospel has been thoroughly and completely revealed by the Apostles, and nothing is to be added to what they brought to us. However, the mystery that was known even to the Old Testament Prophets, and to which they looked up to, was that one day, the meek and the righteous will rule and reign in glory on earth. That is what will happen after the sounding of the seventh angel’s trumpet.
Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Ephesians 3:2 If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words,
Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effectual working of his power.
Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God (AKJV).