Revelation 10:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 10:1, NIV: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars."

Revelation 10:1, ESV: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire."

Revelation 10:1, KJV: "And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:"

Revelation 10:1, NASB: "I saw another strong angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the rainbow was on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire;"

Revelation 10:1, NLT: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face shone like the sun, and his feet were like pillars of fire."

Revelation 10:1, CSB: "Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face was like the sun, his legs were like pillars of fire,"

What does Revelation 10:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Scripture does not specifically identify the mighty angel described in this verse. Some think it is Michael the archangel, while others believe it is Christ. Several passages in the Old Testament present Christ as "the angel of the Lord" (Genesis 16:7, 13; 31:11–13; Judges 6:22). Of course, Christ is not a literal angel but the creator of angels (Colossians 1:15). However, the Greek word translated "angel" can mean messenger, and Jesus certainly fills that role. He came to earth to bring us God's message of salvation and He delivered the message of Revelation to the apostle John (Revelation 1). Further, the description of the mighty angel in Revelation 10:1 matches the description of Christ in Revelation 1:15–16. The mighty angel descends from heaven, "wrapped in a cloud" (10:1), and Revelation 1:7 associates Christ with clouds. Revelation 4:3 mentions a rainbow around God's throne, and Revelation 5:6 says Christ stands in the midst of the throne.<