Revelation Chapter 10:11
Revelation 10:11 – And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”
As discussed in the last few sections, the contents of the “little book” are clearly God’s prophesied judgment. Ezekiel and Jeremiah ate prophetic messages about Israel (Ezekiel 2-3, Jeremiah 15). The mighty angel tells John that the prophetic message he ate is about many “peoples, nations, tongues, and kings” that he has already prophesied about. As discussed in Revelation 7:9, the four-fold aspect of these divisions of people shows a relationship between humans and the earth. These divisions also show representation among all people groups.
The four-fold division of people groups shows weaknesses that will still exist in the global kingdom under the beast, or antichrist. The first attempt at a global kingdom goes back to the Tower of Babel where God stopped man’s attempt to build a global kingdom; He confounded the language and scattered the people who became divided into different people groups and nations ruled by kings:
This verse is a key to the chronology of the Book of Revelation. John is told to “prophesy again” concerning (Greek epi, “about” or “concerning”, not “before”), many “peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings”. The seal and trumpet judgments have brought the chronology close to the end of the Tribulation period and to the return of Christ of the earth (compare 11:15). Now John must prophesy through the period a second time, concentrating this time on the major personages and movements of the Tribulation (e.g., Satan, the beasts, the harlot or Babylon system). This duplicated prophecy begins in chapter 12 and culminates in the vial (bowl), judgments, the destruction of the beast, and the return of Christ (chapters 16 to 19).
“Prophesy again”: A call for John to warn men about the bitter judgment in the seventh trumpet and the 7 vials.
John is told he is to prophesy again. How could he prophesy any more than to write the book of Revelation (the gospel of John, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd books of John). Millions of people have read this prophecy, so John really did follow these instructions from God. The Bible is the most read book in the world.
This verse is a key to the chronology of the Book of Revelation. John is told to prophesy again concerning many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. The seal and trumpet judgments have brought the chronology close to the end of the Tribulation period and to the return of Christ to the earth (Revelations 11-15).
Genesis 11:6-9 – And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
In the Tribulation, God will allow the beast to have dominion over the four-fold division of people groups and form a global kingdom:
Revelation 13:4-7 – So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
However, this global kingdom will not stand due to its weaknesses:
Daniel 2:40-44 – And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
God will defeat this weak kingdom divided by peoples, nations, tribes and tongues, and replace it with a permanent kingdom, uniting the four-fold people groups with one language like before the Tower of Babel:
Zephaniah 3:8-9 – “Therefore wait for Me,” says the LORD, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations to My assembly of kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy. “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.”
In several other locations in Revelation John lists people in four-fold divisions, but the following verses include “tribes” instead of “kings.” These people groups represent God’s redeemed, God’s enemies, and those who hear the Gospel message, which constitutes all people:
Revelation 5:9-10 – And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”
Revelation 7:9-10 – After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
Revelation 11:9-10 – Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
Revelation 14:6-7 – Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people – saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
This is the only other passage where “peoples, nations, tongues, and kings” are found, but it is interesting that the people under authority of the kings are also divided by “multitudes”:
Revelation 17:12-15 – “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.” Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.”
These passages show that John will prophesy about all people groups including kings. In fact, John does prophesy about these people groups in the next several chapters of Revelation that covers the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation. But the mighty angel said John would prophesy about these groups again. He did prophesy about these people groups but they were classified differently. As discussed in Revelation 6:15, every class of people who dwell on the earth will seek refuge underground from the terror of the sixth Seal judgment and recognize that all that has befallen them in the Seal judgments has been God’s wrath:
Revelation 6:15-17 – And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
In closing, God’s judgments on these people groups continue in the Trumpet judgments into the second half of the Tribulation (Revelation 8-9). Now John is going to prophesy again about all these people groups, but only for the time period covered in the “little book” that he ate, which is the 3 ½ year period shown to Daniel, as discussed in Revelation 10:6. In fact, in the next few chapters John will prophesy about this 3 ½-year period two more times in two interludes.
Recall from the “Revelation Introduction,” an interlude gives us more information or a different perspective to the narrative. In other words, an interlude is a background story to the narrative, with clear indications that each interlude reaches back or forward in time, and generally returns to where the primary narrative left off.
There are four interludes in Revelation that give us details about events not covered in the main storyline, as shown below:
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Revelation 10-11 Sylvia Webster
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