It gives confidence to face growing old. It gives confidence to face death, because Jesus conquered death.
Because He lives, we know we can live forever.
This is so sweet in the mouth.
What is to be preached? The gospel to all the world, just as Jesus said. This is the mystery of God to be revealed.
There will be a final proclamation of the everlasting gospel before the end comes (see Revelation 14:6-12).
It will go to every nation, tribe, language and people.
Jesus also said in His sermon this would happen in His sermon (see Matthew 24:14).
But when we share the good news, some will not appreciate our efforts.
Some people will think we are strange. Many do not want to hear it and can become angry.
As with Ezekiel’s experience, there is a sour reaction: Israel did not want to hear.
Revelation 11 speaks about the fate of the two witnesses, which links with the bitterness of eating the scroll.
We will see just hownbitter this is when the contents of the scroll are revealed.
The message found in the open scroll contains the good news but the preaching of it can bring hard times.
But John, who personifies God’s people, is told to “prophesy [preach] again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings” (see Revelation 10:11).