SECRET: John says, “Then I saw,” an important and reoccurring phrase in
Revelation (4:1; 7:1, 9; 15:5; 18:1; 19:1, 11, 17, 19; 20:1, 4, 11; 21:1).
What did he see? He saw “another mighty angel.” Angels are mentioned
more than 60 times in Revelation, mighty or strong angels 3 times (5:2;
10:1; 18:21). The angel, coming down from heaven, is described as
“mighty” perhaps because he is both majestic (v. 1) and mammoth (v. 2,
5, 8). Demons ascend out of the abyss in chapter 9, but this angel as
God’s servant, descends from above. He comes to earth with great
authority as God’s ambassador.
The description of the angel recalls the vision of the exalted Christ 1:12-
16. However, this is not Christ but His heavenly representative. Some
think it could possibly be “Michael, the great prince…” [IT IS NOT!]. Regardless, the 4-fold description is the most detailed and majestic
of any angel in Scripture. “Surrounded (ESV,
“wrapped”) by a cloud” symbolizes glory, majesty and power. It recalls
the coming of the Son of Man in Daniel 7:13-14. God led Israel by a
cloud (Exodus 16:10). Dark clouds covered Sinai when the law was
given (Exodus 19:9). God appeared to Moses in a cloud of glory
(Exodus 24:15; 34:5). Indeed the Bible says in Psalm 104:3, “[He]
makes the clouds His chariot, who walks on the wings of the wind.”
CROWNS OF FAITH
PREPARE. RESTORE. CONQUER. 🏹
“Faith can move mountains.
So why are you stumbling on a little rock?”