Then the angel that I had seen standing on the sea and on the land
raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who
created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the
sea and all that is in it, and said, 'There will be no more delay! But in the days when
the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be
accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.'
The angel lifts his right hand to heaven as a testimony that it is
Jesus who is in control and to swear by One greater than himself. A legal matter, such
as the claiming of creation, required two witnesses and so he appealed to Jesus. The
angel proclaims that there will not be any more delay and that God's love and power will
be demonstrated by the resurrected and returning Jesus. At that point, ownership will be
obvious and all debate will be over.