The Rainbow Angel
10 Then I saw another extremely powerful angel coming out of heaven, robed in a cloud. There was a halo over his head like a rainbow;[a] his face shined bright like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.[b] 2 He held a little opened scroll in his hand. He set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land 3 and gave a tremendous shout, like a lion’s roar. When he shouted, the seven thunders responded, rumbling out their messages.[c] 4 I was about to write the messages of the seven thunders, but I heard a heavenly voice[d] say to me:
Don’t write a word, but place a seal on what the seven thunders have spoken.
5 Then the mighty angel whom I saw astride the sea and the land raised his right hand to heaven 6 and swore an oath by him who lives for an eternity of eternities, the Creator of heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them:
John Eats the Scroll
8 Then the heavenly voice spoke to me again:
Go, take the open scroll from the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.
9 I went up to the angel who stood on the sea and the land and told him to give me the little scroll. Then he said to me, “Take it, and eat it. It will be sour in your stomach[g] but sweet as honey in your mouth.”
10 I took the little scroll from the hand of the mighty angel and ate it. Indeed, it was sweet as honey to taste,[h] but after I had eaten it, my stomach turned bitter.