Excerpts from Daniel and the Revelation; by Uriah Smith(1832-1903)
page 528

Revelation 10:
"VERSE 8.
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and
said, God and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth
upon the sea and upon the earth. 9. 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. 10. 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."

In verse 8, John himself is brought in to act a part as a representative of the
church, probably on account of the succeeding peculiar experience of the church which the Lord of
the prophecy would cause to be put on record, but which could not well be
presented under the symbol of an angel. When only a straightforward proclamation is
brought to view, without including the peculiar experience which the church is to pass
through in connection therewith, angels may be used as symbols to represent the religious teachers
who proclaim that message, as in Revelation 14;
but when some particular experience of the
church is to be presented, the case is manifestly different. This could most appropriately
be set forth in the person of some member of the human family; hence John is himself
called upon to act a part in this symbolic representation. And this being the case, the angel
who here appeared to John may represent that divine messenger, who, in the order which
is observed in all the work of God, has charge of this message; or he may be introduced for
the purpose of representing the nature of the message, and the source from which it
comes.
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