Another mighty angel (Rev 10:1)

“I saw

Another mighty angel

Coming down

From heaven.

He was wrapped

In a cloud,

With a rainbow

Over his head.

His face was

Like the sun.

His legs were

Like pillars

Of fire.”

Καὶ εἶδον ἄλλον ἄγγελον ἰσχυρὸν καταβαίνοντα ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ, περιβεβλημένον νεφέλην, καὶ ἡ ἶρις ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ, καὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ ὡς ὁ ἥλιος, καὶ οἱ πόδες αὐτοῦ ὡς στῦλοι πυρός,

John said, “I saw (Καὶ εἶδον) another mighty angel (ἄλλον ἄγγελον ἰσχυρὸν) coming down (καταβαίνοντα) from heaven (ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ).  He was wrapped (περιβεβλημένον) in a cloud (νεφέλην), with a rainbow (καὶ ἡ ἶρις) over his head (ἐπὶ τὴν κεφαλὴν αὐτοῦ).  His face (καὶ τὸ πρόσωπον αὐτοῦ) was like the sun (ὡς ὁ ἥλιος).  His legs (καὶ οἱ πόδες αὐτοῦ) were like pillars of fire (ὡς στῦλοι πυρός).”  This is the only use of this Greek word that appears only in Revelation and not in any other canonical biblical NT writing, the word ἶρις that means a rainbow or halo.  John then said that he saw yet another mighty strong angel coming down from heaven, distinct from the angel in chapter 5:2.  This angel was wrapped in a cloud with a rainbow or halo around his head.  John continued with his description of this angel by saying that his face was like the sun and his feet or legs were like pillars of fire.  Nothing was simple and easy.  Everything was elaborate.  What do you think an angel would look like?


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