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Cloud Robed Angel
(Revelation 10.1-2a)
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"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." (Revelation 10.1-2a)✞

Between Trumpet Blasts

Heavenly TrumpetsThis passage is an interlude between the sounding of the sixth and the seventh trumpets. The sixth trumpet has already sounded, but the seventh does not sound until later in Revelation 11.15, and in between there are terrible things happening.✞

Rainbow Above

Cloud Robed AngelThe mighty cloud robed angel with a rainbow above his head in this passage is described in terms which show that he came straight from the presence of Almighty God and the risen Christ. He is robed in clouds which are the chariots of God, for "He ["God"] makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind." according to Psalm 104.3b.

The Angel's Face

a mighty angelThe rainbow may be caused by the light of the angel's face shining through the cloud like white light passing through a prism and splitting into the red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet colors of the rainbow. His face was like the sun which is also the description of the face of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. The rainbow is part of the glory of the Throne of God from which he had come. Ezekiel 1.28a similarly speaks of the angel clothed in the glory of the Lord, "Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord."

"Cloud Robed Angel"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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