Revelation: The Fuel Project Guide Part 17 – The Seven Thunders & The Small Scroll
The Fuel Project study guide to the Book of Revelation.
In this video Mark says that the small scroll represents the judgment for Jacob (Israel/Jerusalem).
Mark’s explanations of the Little Book of Revelation 10 is biblically and historically inaccurate.
In this study you will learn that the true historical fulfillment of the Little Book of Revelation 10 represents the printed Bible, that resulted from our Lord causing His servants to translate it into English and other languages, and with the advent of the printing press, millions of these little books spread around the world during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Mark says that Revelation is progressive, and that there are some things that are sealed up and can’t be known today.
As you will see in the historical explanation, the prophecy of the Little Book is quite clear.
Mark says that the small scroll represents the judgment for Jacob (Israel/Jerusalem). He says that almost the entire second half of Revelation is devoted to the fate of Jerusalem.
And once again Mark doesn’t understand the fulfillment of prophecy.
The judgment against Jacob (Israel/Jerusalem) already took place from 66-70 A.D. when Jesus sent the Roman army against the Jews in Jerusalem, and 1.1 million died of famine, disease, infighting, crucifixion and by the Roman sword. That was the time of Jacob’s Trouble. It’s past, not future! Read Daniel 12 Is Not About The Antichrist Or The End Times
Here’s the true fulfillment of the Little Book of Revelation 10.
The seven thunders may have been 7 statements that were issued by the Papal Church, which came from their Council of Trent, which took place from 1545-1563 A.D.
The Council of Trent was convened in order to develop a plan to counter the Reformation, which was causing millions of people to come out of the Papal Church;
and to counter all of the Bibles that were being printed in English, and other languages.
By specifying Catholic doctrine on salvation, the sacraments, and the Biblical canon, the Council was answering Protestant disputes.
They issued condemnations on what it defined as Protestant heresies at the time of the Reformation, and defined Church teachings in the areas of Scripture and Tradition, Original Sin, Justification, Sacraments, the Eucharist in Holy Mass and the veneration of saints. 1
One of the blasphemous statements from Pope Pius IV who was in power during the last part of the Council of Trent, was, “The Bible is not for the people; whosoever will be saved must renounce it. It is a forbidden book. Bible societies are satanic contrivances.” (Source: Pope Pius IV, Catholic Church Council of Trent, Rule III)
The fulfillment of the prophecies of Revelation are historical, and the 6th Trumpet of Revelation 9 study was about the Ottoman Empire (the Turks), who conquered for 391 years, ending in their destroying the fortified city of Constantinople in 1453 A.D., which was the Eastern 1/3 part of the Roman Empire.
So that is the time-frame of the need for the Little Book of Revelation.
The Roman Catholic Church was given both spiritual and temporal power in 538 A.D., and during their reign, they sought to eliminate the Word of God.
They taught in Latin, so that the people didn’t understand the words of the Bible.
They forbid people to read the Bible, and they systematically gathered copies of God’s true Word and burned them, and killed millions of heretics who possessed them.
Pope Innocent III decreed, “We prohibit laymen possessing copies of the Old and New Testament. …We forbid them most severely to have the above books in the popular vernacular.” (meaning in their country’s native language, as the Papal Church only allowed their priests to read it in Latin). (Source: Pope Innocent II, The Council of Toulouse, Canon 14)
Pope Pius IV said, “The Bible is not for the people; whosoever will be saved must renounce it. It is a forbidden book. Bible societies are satanic contrivances.” (Source: Pope Pius IV, Catholic Church Council of Trent, Rule III)
Pope Leo XIII declared, “As it has been clearly shown by experience that, if the holy Bible in the vernacular is generally permitted without any distinction, more harm than utility is thereby caused.” (Source: Pope Leo XIII, Great Encyclical Letters of Leo XIII, pp. 412-413)
This era is called the Dark Ages and one reason was that the light of the Word of God and Jesus church was being dimmed, as evil prevailed.
The Satan-empowered Catholic Church had burned so many copies of scripture and killed so many Christians, that in 1514 A.D., at the Fifth Lateran Council, the Papal Church proclaimed Christ’s Church to be dead.
So the true followers of Christ were without the Word of God.
When God caused the Turks to cross the Euphrates to capture the fortress of Constantinople (1/3rd of Rome) during the 6th Trumpet of Revelation 9, some of the priests escaped and took with them the original Hebrew and Greek Bible manuscripts.
This led to Greek being taught in Europe and it provided a path for God’s Word to shine light in the world again.
God had Wycliffe write the Bible in English, in 1371 A.D.
In 1408, at the 3rd Synod of Oxford, the Catholic Church proclaimed that it is a heresy to have an ‘unauthorized’ (preserved) English Bible.
The supposedly Christian Catholic Church was actually forbidding and burning the Word of God. Without it, the true church was in darkness, and the only teaching was from the Papal Church, who were not preaching the pure Word of God.
You can see the battle between Jesus and Satan over the Word of God, and that’s the context of the Little Book of Revelation 10.
God responded by having William Tyndale print the Bible in English. The first complete edition of his New Testament was published in 1526. After his death in 1536 Tyndale’s works were revised and reprinted numerous times.
The Papal Church hated him for his Bible translation and captured him to kill him. As he was being burned to death at the stake, he cried out “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”
God responded by having King Henry VIII of England authorize the Great Bible in 1540, which was read aloud in church services of the Church of England. That may not seem like much now, but back then, it was unheard of.
Then in 1560, the Geneva Bible started to be printed. This was the primary Bible of 16th century Protestantism. This version of the Holy Bible is significant because, for the very first time, a mechanically printed, mass-produced Bible was made available directly to the general public.
The Geneva Bible was printed in Roman type, and it was printed in more convenient and affordable sizes than earlier versions. Having it printed, instead of written, would have made it a Little Book.
All of this coincided with the advent of the printing press, and much to the dismay of the Papal Church, the word of God was spread around the world.
It allowed the Word of God to be read by millions, and it fueled the Protestant Reformation, where millions were saved. And it led to the Great Awakening, where worldwide missions saved millions.
Now think back to when the Apostle John wrote the book of Revelation. The Word of God was on large hand-written scrolls.
Now visualize him seeing the entire canon, all of the O.T., along with the Gospels, the Epistles, etc. all in one ‘little book‘. Do you see it now?
At the Council of Trent in 1545, the Papal Church declared that preserved Bibles are on the “Index of Forbidden Books.” (Rule III) The writings of William Wycliffe, Jan Hus, John Calvin and other reformers were condemned.
Then in 1604, King James commissioned a team of scholars to create the King James Version (KJV), commonly known as the Authorized Version (AV) for the Church of England, which was completed in 1611.
Much to the dismay of the Papal Church, Jesus’ Church of Sardis (which started in 1514 A.D.) devoured the Word of God, and spread the Gospel worldwide, causing millions to be saved by the pure Gospel of Jesus.
Revelation 10:9-10 “So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth. Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.”
“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalms 119:103
“Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
The act of eating the book symbolizes the absorbing and assimilating God’s Holy Word.
In order for God to raise up men during the Dark Ages, to fight against the enemy, they needed the Word of God, as it had been suppressed and nearly eliminated.
They were starving for the Word of God. So they took the book and diligently pursued it, and with as much eagerness as a hungry man would eat a meal. Luther did this by candlelight, and then he became a shining light in a dark world.
The Bible (God’s holy Word) is alive. When we eat the Bible it gives us the strength to live victorious lives before the Lord. Studying the Bible is more important to our life than our daily bread.
The Word of God brought joy and rejoicing to their hearts, as they read the pure Gospel of Christ Jesus.
The Little Book represents the Word of God, the printed Bible.
Revelation 10:11 “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”
Jesus is not saying the John would have to prophesy again, but in the context of the seven church eras of Revelation, it meant the next church era of Sardis, which indeed did prophecy before all the world, as they were the Protestant Reformers, Martin Luther, John Calvin, etc.
Though the word of God had been hidden, and a mass of corrupt traditions had taken its place, yet the time would come when those pure truths would be made known again to all lands.
It was bitter because it brought the Reformers at once into conflict with all the power of the Papacy and the priesthood; exposed them to persecution; aroused against them a host of enemies among the princes and rulers of the earth.
The Papal Church responded by persecuting Jesus Church with the Inquisition, which was Satan’s excuse to murder millions of Christians and destroy their Bibles.
The Apostle John saw the Antichrist Catholic Church was drunk with their blood, which caused him to be filled with sorrow, grief and pain.
Sadly, we as the church era of Laodecia do not value the Word of God enough to study it diligently, so we rely on Pastors to teach us.
Prior to the written English Bible, they were starved and exposed to the deceptions of the Papal Church.
Today’s church is starved because it does not diligently study the Bible, so it is exposed to the deceptions of the Papal Church.
Personal reading and studying makes us strong. We are miserable, wretched, naked, poor and blind, because we have not the Word of God.
Prior to the written English Bible, the men who became the Protestant Reformers, did not understand that the Roman Catholic Church is the Antichrist Beast.
Today, because Christians don’t make an effort to understand the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, they do not understand that the Papal Church is the Antichrist Beast, who seeks to destroy us.
Do you now see how the Little Book of Revelation 10 is the printed Bible, not judgment for Jacob (Israel/Jerusalem) as Mark stated?
To see how the Revelation seal, trumpet and bowl judgments all fit together, and to see where we’re at on the timeline today, click on Revelation Fulfillment Timeline.
Next Fuel Project Guide To Revelation Video: The Time Of Jacob’s Trouble