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Book of Revelation
The Two Witnesses
- Revelation 11:1-14
Rev. 11:1-2 And there was given me a reed
like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, 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 the holy city shall
they tread under foot forty and two months. (KJV) Then John
was given a measuring rod, and was told, "Go, measure the
Temple of God and the altar, and the number of worshipers. But
do not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over
to the nations. They will trample the holy city for 42 months.
Chapters 10 & 11 are parenthetical chapters, giving us more
information. Nothing in either of these two chapters move the
events forward, they simply give us more detail about the time
period of the seven Trumpet Judgments. Rev.11:1-2 is what Jesus
was talking about in the following. Luke 21:24-B . . . . . and Jerusalem shall
be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles
be fulfilled. (KJV) The Temple is more than
likely the one which shall be rebuilt in Jerusalem; the one where
the Antichrist will demand to be worshipped, after he has put
a stop to Jewish worship, after he breaks the peace treaty with
Israel (see chapter 6). “Measuring” is claiming; symbolizing
the Temple belonging to God. Measuring (counting) those who worship
Indicates God is dealing with Israel. This is clearly Daniel’s 70th week (Dan.9:27). John was told not to measure the
courtyard, for God has allowed the nations (Gentiles) to trample
it under foot for 3 1/2 years. This clearly indicates that this
is the last half of the “week” (which is
7 years, the Great Tribulation). . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_what_h_s.htm . . . http://www.hisservants.org/tribulation_why_h_s.htm
Rev. 11:3 And I will give power unto my
two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred
and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (KJV) God will
give power to His two witnesses, and they will be clothed in sackcloth
and will prophesy for 1,260 days.
Notice the number of God’s witnesses here! So small, only
two, yet enough! They prophecy in sackcloth, which symbolizes
their persecuted condition, and the deep sorrow they feel for
the horrid abominations against that which they protest. These
two amazing preachers will be raised up by God in the middle of
the Great Tribulation, for they shall witness 3 1/2 years. WHO
are these men? Elijah is a very good possibility for one (Mal.4:4-6;
2 Kings 2:11), and many think the other one is Moses, because
Moses was with Christ at the Transfiguration (Mat.17:1-5). Enoch
is another possibility (Gen.5:24; Heb.11:5), but many say no,
because he was a Gentile. I do know that only Enoch and Elijah
did not die but were taken live to Heaven; and that the Bible
clearly states that all men must die once (Heb.9:27), and that
neither of these two men died. NO ONE knows who these two witnesses
are except God. And it really doesn’t matter WHO they are.
Rev. 11:4-5 These are the two olive trees,
and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their
mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them,
he must in this manner be killed. (KJV) These two prophets
are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before
the Lord of all the Earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire
will flash from the mouths of the prophets and consumes their
enemies. This is how anyone who tries to harm them shall die.
The two olive trees remind us of the vision in Zechariah
4. These two men are anointed by God and empowered by His Holy
Spirit. The candlesticks refer to them as being bearers
of God’s light in this very dark time. These two men are
granted miraculous power to bring fire down from Heaven to kill
their enemies. This reminds us of Elijah (1 K.18:38; 2 K.1:10).
NO ONE will be able to kill these two men during this 3 1/2 year
time period, but anyone who dares to try to hurt them, will die.
Rev. 11:6 These have power to shut heaven,
that it rain not 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 will. (KJV)
These two men shall have power to shut the skies so that no rain
will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they also have power
to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to send every kind
of plague upon the earth as often as they think necessary.
Whoever these two fantastic men are, their service to the Lord
They have complete power to:
- (1) Kill their enemies.
- (2) Keep it from raining.
- (3) Turn waters to blood.
- (4) Bring any plague they wish upon the Earth.
The first two make us think of Elijah; the last
two of Moses. We are not given much information about Enoch. There
are only 11 verses in the Bible that bear his name. But Enoch truly
was a man of God (Gen.5:24; Heb.11:5).
Rev. 11:7 And when they shall have finished
their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless
pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and
kill them. (KJV) When they have completed their testimony,
the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit will declare
war against them. He will conquer them and kill them.
Please NOTICE: only when they have completed their task, will
these two men be killed. NOTHING can or will touch either of them
until their job is done! But, when they are done, God will permit
their enemy to kill them. The “beast” is
the Antichrist (2 Thes.2:3-4, man of sin) who is completely under
the control of Satan.
Rev. 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie
in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom
and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. (KJV) The bodies
of these two men will lie in the main street of Jerusalem, the
city which is called "Sodom" and "Egypt,"
the city where their Lord was crucified.
These two amazing men are NOT given a decent burial, revealing
the cold-hearted, cruel, savage and inhuman behavior that will
take place in those days. They will be treated like dead animals!
Look around you . . . we are headed that way FAST! (See Rom.1:24-32;
2 Tim.3:1-9). No compassion, no concern, no love! This will take
place in the city of Jerusalem. Sodom symbolizes idolatry,
moral corruption. Egypt symbolizes spiritual darkness.
Rev. 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds
and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days
and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put
in graves. (KJV) For three and a half days, all people, tribes,
languages, and nations will stare at their bodies. No one will
be allowed to bury them.
Fifty years ago, the entire world viewing these bodies would
have been impossible. But with today's technology, TV and the
internet, the whole world can see everything that happens anywhere
in the world. This will be news . . . big time! Can you imagine
how these two men will be hated? They spoke for God, the people
did NOT want to hear any part of it! The witnesses killed their
enemies, stopped the rain, brought plagues, made water unusable,
etc. The people’s hatred will be intense! There will be
NO remorse for their deaths! The stench of the unburied bodies
for 3 1/2 days will be dreadful. Even Pilate allowed Jesus’
friends to take down His Body for a decent burial. Not so with
Rev. 11:10 And they that dwell upon the
earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send
gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them
that dwelt on the earth. (KJV) All the people on Earth will
give presents to each other to celebrate the death of the two
prophets who had tormented them.
Every time someone brings God’s Word to people, telling
them of their sins; there will be hatred and resentment. These
two men never stop witnessing for 3 1/2 years! The people
of the world will be glad when Antichrist kills these two witnesses.
They will rejoice and celebrate as they never have before. This
will be the devil’s Christmas the world abroad! A world-wide holiday! People will celebrate
the Antichrist’s murders. Christmas is getting more and
more pagan with each passing year, To many, Christmas is just
another excuse to get drunk, get high and have wild parties. The
birth of Christ is not even considered in most homes. It’s
a sad fact that Christmas is fast becoming an anti-Christian holiday.
Millions of unbelievers world-wide celebrate “Christmas.” . . . http://www.hisservants.org/christmas_h_s.htm
Rev. 11:11 And after three days and an half
the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood
upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (KJV) After three and a half days, the spirit of life from God
entered them, and these men stood up! People will be horrified
Consider the range of the media today. Television and computers
are every where! All this; the deaths, the dead bodies in the
street, the non-stop celebration, shall be greatly publicized.
BUT . . . now, something awesome takes place! These two men of
God are raised up! They are resurrected! They are brought back
to life! They stand on their feet! The Holy Spirit quickens the
spiritually dead, and He shall quicken the dead bodies of these
two witnesses who have been lying in the street for 3 1/2 days.
Can you imagine the fear that will take place in the people of
the world? My friend . . . this shall happen! And the
unbelieving world shall see it!
Rev. 11:12 And they heard a great voice
from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended
up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. (KJV)
Then a loud voice shouted from Heaven to the two men, "Come
up here!" And they rose to Heaven in a cloud (Acts 1:9),
as their enemies watched.
In verse 11 we have the resurrection of the two witnesses. In
this verse, they are called up into Heaven! This is the ascension
of the two witnesses. The end result of these two major miracles
will strike terror into the souls of God’s enemies! The
impact of these two witnesses being exalted in such an awesome
manner, shall produce a tremendous shock in the anti-Christian
Rev. 11:13 And the same hour was there a
great earthquake, and the tenth part 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. (KJV)
And in that same hour there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed
a tenth of the city. Seven thousand people died in that earthquake.
And everyone who did not die was terrified and gave glory to the
God of Heaven.
God again shows His amazing power! There shall be a terrible
earthquake, which will destroy one tenth of Jerusalem, and kill
7000 people. All those left will be absolutely terrified, and
FINALLY give glory to the God of Heaven! This particular earthquake
seems to be limited just to Jerusalem, as was the case when Christ
was crucified (Mat.27:51-52), and too, when He rose from the dead
Rev. 11:14 The second woe is past; and,
behold, the third woe cometh quickly. (KJV) The second woe
judgment is past, but it's not over! The third woe judgment is
soon to come.
This ends the second woe judgment. For the 1st woe, see
Rev.9:1-12. The 3rd woe will soon arrive.
The Seventh Trumpet
- Revelation 11:15-19
Rev. 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded;
and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of
this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ;
and he shall reign for ever and ever. (KJV) When the seventh
angel blew his trumpet, there were booming voices in Heaven: "The
whole world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His
Christ, and He will reign forever and ever."
Great voices in Heaven announce what has always been true; the
world’s Kingdoms belong to God and Christ! ALL the power
of the rulers of Earth is gone, ALL is turned over to the rightful
Ruler! The eternal reign of God is now here, as prophesied in
the Old Testament (Ex.15:18; Ps.2:2; Ps.10:16; Dan.2:44; 7:14,27;
Isa.9:6-7; Zech.14:9). This is the beginning of the end of this
world as we know it, although several more things must come to
pass before the final victory. This will be the answer to our
prayer: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.”
Rev. 11:16-17 And the four and twenty elders,
which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and
worshipped God,  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken
to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. (KJV) The twenty-four
elders sitting on their thrones before God fell on their faces
and worshiped Him, saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God
Almighty, the One who is, the One who always was, and the One
who is to come, for now You have begun to reign.
In the reign of Antichrist, God’s law will be completely
forgotten; made null and void by formality and man-made laws.
God’s Word was locked away from the people, but now that
is all changed! The 24 elders fall flat on their faces and worship
God for who He is, and for claiming all that has been His all
Rev. 11:18 And the nations were angry, and
thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should
be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants
the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name,
small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the
earth. (KJV) The nations were angry because of You, but now
the time of Your wrath has come. It is time to judge the dead
and reward your servants. You will reward your prophets and your
true children, all who fear Your Name, from the least to the greatest.
You will destroy all who have caused destruction on the earth.
The nations being angry reveals that the stubborn, stiff-necked
rebellion of mankind will continue to the very last moment. The
heart of man is constantly rebelling against God. People will
be furious because God's wrath has come. If you are one
who believes that the world is getting better and better, and
that God will never punish sin but allow ALL people to access
Heaven; you have been led astray! You have NOT been reading God’s
Word! God does indeed intend to punish sinners (unbelievers),
and NO ONE will enter Heaven without Christ! This great and incredible
Book tells us this Truth over and over again! I do hope that you
believe God! God shall destroy ALL who cause corruption, violence,
evil and wickedness, and destroy the Earth. Count on it!
Rev. 11:19 And the temple of God was opened
in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament:
and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an
earthquake, and great hail. (KJV) Then the Temple of God
in Heaven was opened and the Ark of His covenant could be seen
inside the Temple. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and roared;
there was a great hailstorm, and there was a tremendous earthquake.
The very presence of the “ark” indicates
that all God’s judgments that are about to take place are
based on His Law. And God CANNOT lie, so He will always keep His
covenants. Lightning, voices, thunder, the earthquake and hail,
all speak of the horrible judgments yet to come.
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