The Messenger of the End of Time

By Peter Darcy | On Oct 6, 2015 | No Comments | In Angels

By Peter Darcy

The Book of Revelation contains some of the most ravishing images of angels in the entire testimony of the Christian Church. Of the thousands of angels that appear in the final book of the Bible, the Messenger of the End of Time is one of the most riveting. I urge the reader to take some time to meditate on the import of this angel’s appearance and message: he announces the end of human time. When the angel bellows that “There shall be no more delay”, the original Greek sentence in Revelation could easily have been rendered, “Time has run out”, or more colloquially, “Time’s up!” Listen to his message and contemplate it as the very last word of warning that God gives to humanity through an angel’s voice:

Then I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven wrapped in a cloud, with a halo around his head; his face was like the sun and his feet were like pillars of fire. In his hand he held a small scroll that had been opened. He placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and then he cried out in a loud voice as a lion roars. When he cried out, the seven thunders raised their voices, too…. Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them, “There shall be no more delay. At the time when you hear the seventh angel blow his trumpet, the mysterious plan of God shall be fulfilled, as he promised to his servants the prophets” (Rev 10:1-7).

It is both breathtaking and frightening to think that each one of us will hear that commanding voice one day. My only prayer is that I am on the side of the angels when I hear it!

The angel of the End of Time simply bristles with authority. He came “from heaven” and wears a visible halo (that others translate as “rainbow”) about his head, symbolizing his radiant holiness. He is called “mighty”, a Greek term (ischus) that is used to describe only a few special angels in the Bible, those with the most solemn missions. He bears the glory and the power of God in his countenance and bearing. Furthermore, true to his angelic nature, he is a messenger. He holds in his hand a “scroll that has been opened”, reminiscent of the scroll that the Lamb of God opened at the beginning of the Book of Revelation. This angel gives the impression that he is Jesus Christ’s personal envoy, sent to deliver the Lord’s final warning to sinful man.

And what an announcement! We are not to think in terms of physical enormity when we witness this angel placing one foot on the land and the other on the sea. Rather, we are to see his total authority in that gesture, much as a man would straddle an enemy that he has just subdued. This mighty messenger stands above, and in authority over, a world full of sinners to announce the end of time and the urgency of repentance. The “blowing of the seventh trumpet” signifies God’s Final Judgment and the end of human history. Furthermore, the angel does not just show up and blurt out a message like a town crier of old. His movements are staged and deliberate to create an effect: he first descends from heaven “wrapped in a cloud” and then plants himself on earth and sea so that all will take notice. He proceeds to raise his hand to heaven so that no one would miss the source of his authority, namely, “the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them”. And then he invokes the most solemn gesture of truth-telling known to man by swearing an oath. Finally he roars like a lion! as he announces the end of the world as we know it. What more fitting display of solemnity and power could there be for a message that no human being can afford to ignore?

The Messenger of the End of Time is truly one of the most glorious angels in the Bible. But when he comes, will we be ready?

(Excerpt from Angel Belief, by Peter Darcy, to be published in 2017.)

Written by Peter Darcy

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