Part I Revelation 11:1-6
” Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told : Go and measure the temple of God , and the altar , and them that worship therein . But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not , for it is given unto the Gentiles . , And they will trample the holy city forty -two months ” 3″ And I will give unto my two witnesses to prophesy for 1200 . threescore days, clothed in sackcloth ” Revelation 11:4 says: ” These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth ” 5 And if any man will hurt them , fire proceeds from their mouth . , and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them , he must be killed the same way. 6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood , and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they want . ”
Here in this chapter we are about in the middle of the tribulation . We’re in the Jewish land . The Jewish temple has already been established and although still in disbelief they worship God again . Also, here are two witnesses who minister in the first three and half years , same as to forty-two months , equivalent to 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth The sackcloth was a coarse garment . Many used these sackcloth with tide belts with spikes around their waist to produced deep pain as punishing themselves for a tragic situation. Even some prophets wear these garments of sackcloth to announce impending punishment . And these two witnesses apparently will wear clothes like that rustic , rough and painful. These two witnesses preach to the Jews and have access to the temple. These witnesses also will be known as prophets and they will also demonstrate the power of God to the Jews and Gentiles unbelievers , and many says to be saved .
They show the power of God and devour their enemies , they both will definitely have power over waters, especially over all sorts of disasters event and they are capable to use their power as often as they want to . They will do great miracles and are identified by many as Moses and Elijah. For Moses in Egypt turned water into blood and Elijah by drought and by the rain and called down fire from heaven. Moreover, in Malachi 4:5-6 God promises that Elijah will come again back to earth to minister.
Now we read that in the midst of the tribulation , at this time the beast, the (Antichrist ) is revealed in all its openly satanic fury,taking possession of the temple. ( 2 Th 2; Dn 9:27 ) Mt 24:15 . Then we see the Antichrist proclaiming himself as god , so would be the (abomination ) that both Christ and Daniel prophesied.
God asks John to measure the temple but was instructed not to measure the court outside the temple this because the temple courtyard is delivered to the Gentiles, and the Gentiles will trample the city forty-two months . God also asks John to measure the temple area and this goes back to Ezekiel 40-41 and Zechariah 2 . But we see that despite the satanic fury that seized temple Christ again claims it and returns it to his people. These witnesses will demonstrate the power of God to all the unbelieving Jews and Gentiles , and it says that many would be saved .
Part II Revelation 11:7-14
“When they finish their testimony , the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them , and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city , which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified . And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half , and shall not be put in graves . And the inhabitants of the earth will rejoice over them and make merry, and shall send gifts to one another , because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth ” 11 -” And after three days and an half the spirit entered into them . of life from God , and I stood on their feet , and great fear fell upon them which saw them . 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them , Come up hither . And they ascended to heaven in a cloud , and their enemies saw them. 13 At that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell , and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted , and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past : behold , the third woe is coming soon.
These two witnesses will be divinely protected by God until they have finished their testimony . The beast will oppose them because while they are alive he can not seize the temple, however God will allow the beast to kill them. In Jerusalem no one would give them burial, and the world will see their dead bodies lying in the street for three and half days . The people and kindreds and all tongues and nations will see their dead bodies lying in the street and refuse them burial. And all their enemies will rejoice over them and rejoice over their death. But God raises these two witnesses from the dead. After being dead for three and a half days they rise again, and greatly fear falls upon those who saw these witnesses lying dead in the street. Can you imagine if there was astonishment when they were raised after three and a half day lying down dead , can you picture how would it be when they witness these two witnesses been caught up to heaven ?
Their enemies shall see this event , and then, there will be a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city will collapse and die in the earthquake seven thousand men. That would be a horrible day to be!
The seventh trumpet
Part III Revelation 11:15-19
15 The seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven , saying, The kingdoms of this world are become our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. 16 And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces , and worshiped God , 17 Saying, We give thee thanks , O Lord God Almighty , which art, and wast, and art to come , because you have taken Your great power and reigned . 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time for judging the dead , and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great and for destroying those who destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of his covenant was seen in his temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings , an earthquake , and great hail .
We’ve been reading and waiting for the third woe ! Where from Chapter 8 was promised. Here we already see the seventh angel when I play the trumpet , and there were great voices in heaven , saying, The kingdoms of this world become our Lord and of his Christ , and he shall reign for ever and ever .
From here on we see the son of God takes the reins of government and conquer their enemies.
Here we also see the elders praise glorifying Christ by His power.
Note : This is the third heavenly praise. In the 4: 10:11 praise Him as Creator, in 5:8-10 praise Him as Redeemer , and here praise him as King and Judge. And also gives answers to the prayers of God’s people , your kingdom come !
We will emphasize verse 18 where we read that the nations were angry , and from this time the nations openly demonstrate hatred toward Christ and his people. And that’s where we see the persecution of God’s people on earth as never before.
Also, all resurrected tribulation martyrs (20:4 ) as the wicked dead . ( 20:2 ) see Daniel 12:1-3 indicates that OT saints resurrected after the tribulation . There will be the great judgment of God, that judge the works of the saints , and the wicked will be judged for their sins condemnation of which they did not repent .
In the last three and half years of the tribulation come the end of the program of God. There will be no further delay ( 10:6 ) This chapter begins with the temple on earth and ends with the temple in heaven . Once again we see the lightning , thunder and voices signal coming storm .
The ark which was seen as the heaven was opened is the symbol of God’s covenant and presence . It means that the land of Israel will go through intense suffering and God assures them that will have His back and care. When the law was given at Sinai was thunder and there are now signs and thunder when judging the world for having broken the law. Read verse 18 : thy wrath is come ! and this judgment will be fulfilled according to chapters 15-16 and will be when God pours out the vials of the wrath .
Try to escape the wrath of God.
Today, accept the Lord Jesus Christ himself as your king and savior , that way you won’t have to go through the wrath of God .