“And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth(v.2)”,
How this mighty angel stood is repeated (vv.5,8) so as to indicate it as an expression. His right foot upon the sea and his left foot on the earth (or the land) should indicate he (or rather the little book he is holding) has to do with his mission. Judgment of God shall be dealt on the earth as a whole. ‘There was no more sea (Re.21:1b)’ would consequently imply it was on account of the judgment. The little book, thunderings, his posture were therefore in accordance and he was sent there to make the apostle understand..
“And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices (v.3).
The Spirit gives each thunder as coming from a Being. These seven are Mystery of God now revealed in part.( Probably events dreadful though, are changes and are put in place heaven and the earth in the same combination of 4+3..It is further given a concrete form in the little book carried as to what. The size of the book is a clue to indicate when. It is made clear in the verse, ‘that there should be time no longer (v.6).’
“And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. (v.5)
Testimony of Jesus Christ sounds again, and instructs John not to write down what the thunders had revealed. Judgments (sounded by the six trumpets) are open and past recall. When the seventh trumpet would sound events shall culminate into something making any prophesy unnecessary. He is referring to the Millennial reign. It is what the mighty angel meant in v.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 hath declared to his servants the prophets ”. Here we know the voice from heaven is Jesus Christ. His testimony as fulfillment of the Father’s Will. (The seven thunders could be as witness of this Father-Son relationship.)
“And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book …”
Apostle John is now on the earth and this vision does not reveal the risen Christ in his glory. Instead his angel clothed with a cloud and a rainbow. Gospel the good news has been preached and the little book concerns with events already in flux and must shortly happen. Besides it is from the Jewish perspective.
“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 (vv.9-10)”.
Compare this with the roll that God gave Prophet Ezekiel to eat. “So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll (Ez.3:2).” The Spirit by using the similar roll as God gave is alluding to us how we should interpret the narrative.
“ 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.(v.10)”
The Word of God is like a double- edged sword. Whosoever accepts it is for his healing. Whosoever rejects it shall do so to his hurt. Prophet Ezekiel had to forewarn the rebellious house of Israel, which was galling to him. He put himself to be the watchman for them made it taste like honey. Similarly Apostle John was faced with an irksome task for which he already was suffering.
“And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings (v.11)”.
It is no longer to the house of Israel but to the people, nations and kings. Here we are referring to the Millennial reign of the Messiah.