Revelation Chapter 10:5

Revelation 10:5 – The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven…

John reiterates that the mighty angel is standing on the sea and the land which symbolizes Christ’s dominion over the earth, as discussed in Revelation 10:2. Now the mighty angel raises his hand to Heaven. As we will see in the next section, the mighty angel is about to make an oath. Abram raised his hand to the Lord when He took an oath in His name:

“Lifted up his hand to heaven”: This Greek verb appears often in the technical sense of raising the hand to take an oath or a solemn vow (compare Dan. 12:7; see notes on Matt. 5:33-34). The hand is raised toward heaven because that is where God dwells. The angel is taking an oath.

Lifting the hand signifies taking an oath (Gen. 14:22-23). The announcement of the angel is that there will be no more delay in the establishment of the millennial kingdom of Christ (see article Kingdom – Christ’s coming Kingdom). This presumes a present delay or postponement of the promised kingdom (between Christ’s two advents).

Genesis 14:22-23 – But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich….'”

In every other case in Scripture, it is God who raised His hand. Like Abram, God raised His hand as a gesture when He made an oath:

Deuteronomy 32:39-41 – Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand. For I raise My hand to heaven, and say, “As I live forever, if I whet My glittering sword, and My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, and repay those who hate Me.”

Ezekiel 20:5 – “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day when I chose Israel and raised My hand in an oath to the descendants of the house of Jacob, and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, I raised My hand in an oath to them, saying, ‘I am the LORD your God.’ On that day I raised My hand in an oath to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt into a land that I had searched out for them, ‘flowing with milk and honey,’ the glory of all lands.”

Ezekiel 20:15-16 – So I also raised My hand in an oath to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, ‘flowing with milk and honey,’ the glory of all lands, because they despised My judgments and did not walk in My statutes, but profaned My Sabbaths; for their heart went after their idols.

Ezekiel 20:23-24 – Also I raised My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries, because they had not executed My judgments, but had despised My statutes, profaned My Sabbaths, and their eyes were fixed on their fathers’ idols.

Ezekiel 20:28 – When I brought them into the land concerning which I had raised My hand in an oath to give them, and they saw all the high hills and all the thick trees, there they offered their sacrifices and provoked Me with their offerings. There they also sent up their sweet aroma and poured out their drink offerings.

Ezekiel 20:42 – Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I raised My hand in an oath to give to your fathers.

Ezekiel 36:7 – Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I have raised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bear their own shame.”

Ezekiel 44:12 – “Because they ministered to them before their idols and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity, therefore I have raised My hand in an oath against them,” says the Lord GOD, “that they shall bear their iniquity.”

Psalms 106:26-27 – Therefore He raised His hand in an oath against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness, to overthrow their descendants among the nations, and to scatter them in the lands.

Abram swore by God. Since there is no one higher, God swears by Himself:

Hebrews 6:13 – For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Genesis 22:15-17 – Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son – blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.”

Isaiah 45:22-23 – “Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.”

Jeremiah 22:5 – “But if you will not hear these words, I swear by Myself,” says the LORD, “that this house shall become a desolation.”

Jeremiah 44:26 – Therefore hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt: ‘Behold, I have sworn by My great name,’ says the LORD, ‘that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, “The Lord GOD lives.”

Amos 6:8 – The Lord GOD has sworn by Himself, the LORD God of hosts says: “I abhor the pride of Jacob, and hate his palaces; therefore I will deliver up the city and all that is in it.”

In the next section we see the mighty angel swearing by God. The angel making an oath by lifting his hand and swearing by God the same way the Lord does in the Old Testament supports the notion that the mighty angel is Christ, especially since this angel puts the earth under subjection, which is what Christ will do at the end of the Tribulation, as discussed in Revelation 10:2.

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