SOME BLOGS IN THIS THIS AREA:
This passage describes the witness of the Church up to the Second Coming of Christ. 70 AD is Israel falling… the witness of the Jew falling… it would appear that even Christian witness was destroyed. And yet, from the ashes of 70 AD… the Church… the true witness and the faithful rose from the ashes as a greater witness than ever before.
The little scroll is open meaning it is ‘already active.’ John eats it as instructed and it is sweet, but bitter on the stomach. This is the same as the Gospel Truth. The Gospel is sweet if you receive it, but also bitter as it brings understanding to the results of denying Jesus as Lord.
Trumpets at this point sound the release of spiritual consequences to rejecting God. The frame of reference is 70 AD. 70 AD is the key point of interpretation and must be understood. This event in Jerusalem is type and shadow for the future but is not necessarily literal.