The Seven Thunders and the Little Scroll
In the previous chapter, John was shown the judgments of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets, which will avenge the blood of the Martyrs in Heaven. Before being shown the events of the Seventh Trumpet, John saw a mighty angel holding a Little Scroll, and he heard the voice of Seven Thunders.
Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
As in the events of the opening of the Seven Seals, when John was shown the events of the Little Scroll and the Seven Thunders, before being shown the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet, it tells us that the events of the Little Scroll and Seven Thunders will take place within the events of the Seven Trumpets themselves.
The Little Scroll
When John looked, the Little Scroll laid open in the Angel’s hand, which meant that the contents were meant to be read and understood by John. When John asked to see the scroll, he was told to eat it in order to prophesy again concerning the nations.
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but ‘in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.’” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” Rev. 10:9-11
When John was given the Little Scroll to eat, the words tasted sweet as honey, reflecting how they were the Word of God, but his stomach turned sour due to the contents of the scroll, which contained a description of the additional judgments that would fall upon the Inhabitants of the Earth. These are the same generation of Inhabitants of the Earth that John had prophesied about in the events of the First Six Trumpets, which is why John was told to prophesy again concerning the many peoples, nations, languages and kings.
The Seven Thunders
After being given the Little Scroll that laid open in the angel’s hand, John also heard the voice of Seven Thunders. In contrast to the Little Scroll whose contents John was told to record, when John attempted to write down what the Seven Thunders said, he was told to seal up what he had heard, which meant that the words of the Seven Thunders were not yet to be revealed.
The use of a sealed scroll to delay the understanding of a prophecy is a familiar theme of the Scriptures as can be seen in a similar event involving the prophet Daniel who was also told to seal up a vision that concerned the distant future.
“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”. Dan. 8:26
I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are rolled up and sealed until the time of the end.” Dan. 12:8-9
As in the case of Daniel, when we read that John was told to seal up the words of the Seven Thunders, it tells us that the revealing of what the Seven Thunders said will not be made known until we get closer to the time when the events of the Seven Thunders take place.
Order of Events of the Last Days
1. Wars, Rumors of Wars, Earthquakes, and Famines (Seals 1-4)
2. The Martyrs Pray for Judgment and Revenge (5th. Seal) – The 144,000 are sealed
– 1/3 of earth is burned up in world-wide drought (1st. Trumpet)
– 1/3 of sea turns to blood, Satan’s kingdom defeated (2nd. Trumpet)
– 1/3 of waters are poisoned, Satan cast out (3rd. Trumpet)
– 1/3 of Israel is struck, the Attack on Jerusalem (4th. Trumpet)
3. The Great Tribulation – the full number of God’s people are killed
– The Plague of Locust (5th. Trumpet)
– The Plague of Fire, Smoke, and Sulfur (6th. Trumpet)
– To be announced (7th. Trumpet)
4. The Great Earthquake and Severe Hailstorm – the Battle of Armageddon (6th. Seal)
5. Silence in Heaven – the enemies of God are defeated (7th. Seal)
 Before John was shown the events of the Seventh Seal, he was shown the events of the 144,000 and the Martyrs of the Great Tribulation, which tells us that the events of the 144,000 and the Martyrs of the Great Tribulation will take place within the events of the Seven Seals themselves. In the same way, when John was shown the Little Scroll and heard the voice of Seven Thunders, before he was shown the Seventh Trumpet, it means that the events of the Little Scroll and the Seven Thunders will take place within the Seven Trumpets.