Revelation 11

In Revelation 11 John is ordered to measure the temple, the altar and its worshippers. The idea of measuring communicates ownership, protection, and preservation and demonstrates that God is in control.  The earth and all that is in it belongs to Him.  John is told that the holy city (Jerusalem) will be tread underfoot for a period of forty-two months, which equals 1260 days (three and one-half years). This “trampling” by Gentiles probably takes place in the last half of the final seven year period described by Daniel – when the Antichrist pours out his fury on the people of Israel.

John is told by God that “I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy”. This introduces two of the more interesting characters of Revelation, the two witnesses. The character of their ministry is prophetic and they preach and demonstrate repentance and have an effective ministry.  The world around them is not very receptive overall, but they endure and do their work for 3.5 years.  God’s heart is to reach all people, even when his messengers are disliked and mistreated.

The two witnesses have special protection from God and have the power to bring both drought and plague.  They are empowered by God.  The two witnesses are killed by the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit, most likely Satan himself, but their ministry is not cut short. They fully accomplish their task and achieve all that God set forth for them to do.  “And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city”.

But after the three and a half days  a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them”. As this happens before the eyes of the watching world, the enemies of these two witnesses are horrified and astonished.  They had mistreated and killed them, but now they have risen again.  Then the seventh trumpet finally sounds and they pronounce: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of  his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever”.  The worshippers break out and praise God for his victory over all.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for sharing Arlin. I appreciate what you said here: “In Revelation 11 John is ordered to measure the temple, the altar and its worshippers. The idea of measuring communicates ownership, protection, and preservation and demonstrates that God is in control.” I find it reassuring that God is in control and I have no need to worry about the future because He is upholding the universe by His divine power. Blessings!

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