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The Small Scroll

Submitted by on Friday, 19 November 2010No Comment


  • Reading I:  Revelation 10:8-11
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119:14,131
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 19:45-48

Between the sixth and seventh trumpets, John tells us a mighty angel stood between heaven and earth to announce that the mysterious plan of God will be fulfilled as soon as the seventh trumpet is sounded (10:7). Upon a voice’s order, the seer approached the angel to ask for the small scroll he was holding. The angel, in his turn, commanded him "Take and swallow".

It will turn your stomach sour,
but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.

Once the seer swallowed the scroll and experienced what the angel had foretold, he was given the command to prophesy "to many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings".

The "small scroll" is chapters 12-22 of Revelation. The command to prophesy is given to him in Ezechiel-like fashion (Ezekiel 3:1-4) as regards to "sweetness", and Jeremiah as far as being sour is concerned (Jeremiah 20:9)

The contents of the small scroll can be outlined thus:

  • the Woman, the Serpent and Michael (12:1-17)
  • The Serpent in Battle with the Woman’s Offsprings (12:18-14:5)
  • The Fall of Babylon and the Harvest (14:6-20)
  • The Judgment of Babylon and the Destruction of the Gentiles (15:1-19:20)
  • The Reign of God (20:1-15)
  • The New Heavens and the New Earth (21:1-22:5)

The account of the battle in the scroll ends with the victory of the Lamb and the account of His wedding to the New Jerusalem. Such is the "sweetness" of the scroll when proclaimed; and it is "sour" when held within. And all of it will unfold — just as the mighty angel says — upon the seventh trumpet.

Guide for Actualization

The small scroll contains the account of the victory of the Lamb over His Enemy, the Serpent of old. To "take and swallow it" is to keep it always in one’s heart as the content of one’s proclamation. The prophetic proclamation is not about fear or defeat or death, but rather of hope, of patient endurance and of the joy of life with the Lamb and His Bride. Does this change your idea of prophecy? In what way? How does this idea help you to critically appraise so-called "prophetic declarations"?

How would you help your prophetic community become a sign for the "small scroll"?

Revelation 10:8-11
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8And I heard a voice from heaven again speaking to me, and saying: Go, and take the book that is open, from the hand of the angel who standeth upon the sea, and upon the earth.
9And I went to the angel, saying unto him, that he should give me the book. And he said to me: Take the book, and eat it up: and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey.
10And I took the book from the hand of the angel, and ate it up: and it was in my mouth, sweet as honey: and when I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11And he said to me: Thou must prophesy again to many nations, and peoples, and tongues, and kings.
Psalm 119:14,131
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14I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as in all riches.
131I opened my mouth and panted: because I longed for thy commandments.
Luke 19:45-48
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45And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought.
46Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves.
47And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him:
48And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.
Ezekiel 3:1-4
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1And he said to me: Son of man, eat all that thou shalt find: eat this book, and go speak to the children of Israel.
2And I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that book:
3And he said to me: Son of man, thy belly shall eat, and thy bowels shall be filled with this book, which I give thee. And I did eat it: and it was sweet as honey in my mouth.
4And he said to me: Son of man, go to the house of Israel, and thou shalt speak my words to them.
Jeremiah 20:9
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9Then I said: I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name: and there came in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was wearied, not being able to bear it.

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