|Land and Sea
|Legs like fiery
|Who is this angel?
|Thus begins the
“parenthesis” after the sixth trumpet.
It is a long one, and chapters 10 and 11 should be considered
together, if possible. We begin with
the first image given.
Who is this angel? It is obvious that he is very powerful, and certain commentators have suggested that this is Christ Himself. Here is the symbolism, first:
• The cloud is well known; it is associated with the shekinah, the glory of God, which surrounded Him when He went as the cloud by day, fire by night with the Israelites. It represents the glory of God.
• The rainbow represents the covenant made with Noah. As such, it is a sign of power also.
• Standing on land and sea usually represents dominion over all things.
• The legs like fiery pillars is often interpreted as being judgment. It at least (Daniel 10:3) represents an angel of great power, an archangel.
The argument divides somewhat along line of interpretation. Those futurists who are also dispensationalists (generally, pre-Hal Lindsey) insist this must be Christ, based upon their interpretation of the scroll (upcoming). Others simply state that whoever this is, he is extremely powerful, for he holds up the angel of the seventh trumpet.