We are living in such a crazy world! Just when I thought 2020 couldn't get any worse here comes just one more thing! Dunkin' Donuts releases the "Ghost Pepper Donut"! Who does this? Only a mad scientist would ever even attempt such a thing and yet here we are with ghost pepper donuts. What a wild time we truly are in.
So of course I had to try it! I bought two of them so I could possibly prank brother Sumesh but as we both ate them we were amazed at the flavor. At first the donut was sweet and then it became spicy, but not too spicy where your nose starts to run and you must drink water in order to alleviate the burn. In fact I would say that I rather enjoyed my ghost pepper donut experience.
Thinking about this flavorful sensation made me think of Revelation 10:10-11. Here is what John the Revelator says:
"I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And they said to me, 'You much prophesy again concerning many people and nations and tongues and kings.'"
Now, the context here is John the disciple—while imprisoned on the island of Patmos—is in a vision, and in this vision he sees an Angel that has a book in his hand. This book was previously sealed but now has been opened. John's experience upon eating this book was initially good, but as it settled it brought discomfort. The Bible mentions one book being sealed, and thus would help us identify what book John ate. The Prophet Daniel is told in Daniel 12:4 to "seal up the book until the end of time." So this book John eats, is actually the book of Daniel. Now this is kind of weird to think about, but when we explore several parts of Daniel, we see that within Daniel comes some prophecies concerning the end of time. Thus, it would make sense that Daniel would be sealed until the end of time when that information becomes incredibly important.
As Adventists, we have an understanding that in the 1800s a prophetic movement arose where interest in the books of Daniel and Revelation became very commonplace. As early Adventist pioneers study the scriptures, they were convicted that the second coming was truly around the corner; and therefore dedicated their lives to proclaiming the everlasting Gospel. At first, they studied some things that seemed truly amazing, and then found out they were wrong initially. This led them to feel discouraged until they found Revelation 10:10-11.
Believing this verse applied to their experience, they were recommitted to what verse 11 says, "You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings." They were told to continue in their ministry because God was using them. Have you ever been wrong? Ever had to turn course? Sometimes we are wrong and sometimes we mess up. The early Adventists experienced this. However, God told them and tells us that we are to right our ship by continuing in the mission He has given us. This leads to increasing humility, reconciliation, and ultimately receiving eternal life in its fullness at His second coming.
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