In Revelation (Ch. 10-11), there is a pause in the action between the 6th and the 7th trumpet. Trumpets 1-5 are wake up calls to help people focus on Jesus’ return. The 7th trumpet is the announcement of His arrival and the end of the world.
We are given a quick pause so that God can show us what we need to do to prepare for the end of the world. During this time, He shows John 3 things. First, John gets a private message that he is not supposed to write down (10:4). This was personal message for only John and it shows that the first thing you need to survive the end of the world is a personal connection to God, Himself. We find this in prayer and meditation.
The third (yes, I skipped) thing we need to survive the end of the world is found in the beginning of the next chapter (11:1-2). John is told to measure the temple and that those outside the temple would be trampled. The temple he is measuring is one that is made of living stones (I Peter 2:5). This is a symbolic way of saying that we need to have a connection with God’s people (the church) if we want to make it through the end.
The second thing we need to survive is found back in chapter 10 (10:10-11). It is a little book that open to everyone that desires to read from it. John is told to eat the book and then vomit it back up. Symbolically, it is saying that John is to make the Bible (the book open to anyone) a part of his very being (like food that we eat). He is to fill himself so full of the Word of God that it overflows out of him - in his words and actions.
There are two things in the Bible called the word of God. The first is the Scriptures (Heb. 4:12) and the second is Himself (Rev. 19:13). This is not a coincidence. You can not really know Jesus if you ignore HIs message to you. You need to read it for yourself and study it - and in the process, you get to know (not just learn about) Jesus.
However, many people don’t read the Bible for themselves - they say things like “it’s boring” or “I don’t understand it”. This is because they are trying to read it as a book and by themselves. The Word of God is meant to be read WITH GOD, not about God. Jesus said (Matt 13:3) that not everyone could understand his message when he speaks to them. That is because they are trying to understand without trying to connect with hIm. So the parables that he spoke were just empty stories. But the people who walked with Jesus and had a relationship with him understood what he was trying to say because they understood him. This continues into the reading of the Bible. If you just read it occasionally or second hand (like when you are told to read it in a Bible study), you are not walking with God and you are missing what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.
You have to CONSUME the Bible and make it a part of your life - and let it overflow out of your hear - or you are missing the meaning.
When you do understand the words, it brings a form of power (not from you) that can transform the world.
Hebrews 4:12: For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and sprit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The Word of God has the power to lead people to peace. This is world changing.
But, some have used the Bible to bring chaos and hate. This, again, is because they have not understood the message of the gospel.
A good way to really understand what God is saying through His word comes from one of the best known songs of King David (Psalm 119:105) - Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
If Jesus is the Word of God and He is standing on your feet to light your path, then He must be embracing you (that is the only way he could keep from falling off). In short - the Word of God is meant to be a Hug from heaven. It is meant to bring love and peace, not hate and condemnation. It is meant to wake us up and change us, but never to break us or destroy us.
This is discipleship.