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Revelation 11
 
Revelation Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,10,11,12,13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
 
My Two Witnesses, they will lead the elect, in the last days.
 
What happens just before the 7th trumpet?
 
What happen 3 1/2 days before the 7th trumpet sounds?
 
Revelation 11:1 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.
  • The word ''rod'' as it is used in this particular verse, in Greek it is a scepter which is used for destruction.
  • Notice that he is told to measure only the temple, the altar and the people that worship therein, meaning Israel; and further, those who have been called out of Israel.
  • And yet, it is a destructive scepter or a chastising rod.
  • This causes us to remember God's warning that, He would cleanse the house of Israel first.
  • Temple = the Holy of Holy = All of the temple = Ye are the temple
  • 1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
    17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
    18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
    19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
  • The holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months = 5th Trumpet = fallen angels
  • Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
    21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
    22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
  • Isa 48:2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The Lord of hosts is his name.
2 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.
  • Here is further proof that He dealing with Israel first
  • Forty two months = 3 1/2 years, Revelation 9 God shortened time to 5 months 
  • Matthew 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
  • There come a time when it will be too late
  • 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
    12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
  • Make certain your vessel has sufficient oil to grant your admittance to the wedding.
  • It takes knowledge and understanding of God's word, your Father was written to you, if you want to be a part of the wedding party.
  • You don't want to be caught short on oil, that is to say truth.
  • Never quench the spirit of the Almighty God.
  • 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
    14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
  • Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
  • My two witnesses, They shall prophesy what? The word of God
  • Type = Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
  • The forty and two months is the same as three and one half years
  • And also two thousand, two hundred and sixty days
  • Same time in Revelation 12:6 - Satan's time 5 months
  • Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
  • Satan's prophesy in months
  • God's prophesy in days
  • The solar calendar has about ten more days in a year, most people believe the two witnesses will come about 5-30 days before Satan tribulation.
  • Genesis 7:4 God's told Noah seven days before the flood came upon the earth.
  • Luke 1:17 John the Baptist, was born of woman 6 months prior to Jesus Christ's birth.
  • Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
    2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
    3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
  • My two witnesses, These are the two olive trees and two candlesticks
  • Candlestick = light
  • "These (Two Witnesses) are the two olive trees, the figure is Metaphor, and the verb "are" means represents the olive tree", etc.
  • Revelation 16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
  • 4th vial poured out = The two witnesses are here on earth, gathering the elect. (Revelation 11)
  • Scorch men with fire = Holy Spirit = The truth poured out
  • Hebrew 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
  • Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
  • 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
    3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
    4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
  • Who has power?
  • God's two witnesses
  • Zechariah 4 to get a better view as to whom the two witnesses are.
  • Zechariah 4:2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
  • The seven lamps are symbolic of the seven thousand mentioned in Romans 11
  • Roman 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
  • In Roman 11:4 we can see these 7000 that will witness in the last hour, This is talking directly to the elect.
  • Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
  • The word ''Zerubbabel'' means ''to flow smoothly out of Babel'', It means ''to come out of Babel'', or out of Babylon (confusion) in this present day to learn the full truth.
  • The 7000 will bring the 144,000 and in time the whole world, out of babel.
  • Notes = Daniel 8:5
  • Goats = In latter days = Kenites = Satan's children
  • Rams = Tribe of Judah = represents the Christians Nations
  • Latter time = We assume we are talking about our country and this, being recorded in Hebrew, is written specifically to the Israelites.
  • A ram is a male sheep, and how many time does the scripture refer to the lost sheep of Israel?
  • A horn is a ruler, so we see we are talking about a ruler of England and a ruler of the USA.
  • (British and American) "rays" may be smoother, but is weak
  • The beauty of this whole thing and it's important to translate the full meaning into English is the fact that the oil from these lamps flows not with the help of man, But with the spirit of God.
  • The truth is fed into your mind, not by the help of man, but the spirit of God.
  • We know this is the season. He called you and is the reason we cannot impose this message upon someone who does not want to accept it.
  • Zechariah 4:7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shouting, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
  • Who art thou O great Mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain
  • Nothing will stand in the way of this witness or message.
  • There is no mountain, or it could be said
  • Nation or government that can stand in the way of it
  • The headstone, of course, is Christ
  • Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
  • 11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
    12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
    13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
    14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.
  • A ''plummet'' is a tin stone
  • It's a plumb bob weighting heavily on the end of a string
  • The weight will keep the string straight with no varying from the right to the left.
  • You see in this 10th verse the 7000 that pick up the plummet and bring the people out of confusion.
  • They, the 7000, are the eye of God
  • Likewise, they shall neither turn right or left but go straight, following the truth of God's plan.
  • What is the answer to the question in verse 11?
  • Who are the two people standing on the right side of the candlestick and the left side thereof?
  • No one knows.
  • I would hope that anyone would be blessed to be one of these.
  • Could it be Elijah, Moses, Enoch?
  • This the spirit's own explanation of these two witnesses.
  • Just as Zerubbabel and Jeshua were raised up, and gifted, and divinely endowed, and protected against Satan's assaults, so in the coming day of Israel's acknowledgement by God, two other great Witnesses from God will be raised up, corresponding to them, occupying a similar position as thee depositories of Heavenly power and wisdom and exercising a similar ministry.
  • The two olive trees represented two individuals then; and they represent  two individuals here in this scripture.
  • They will be the "two olive trees" for their day, as Zerubbabel and Jeshua were in a former day.
  • Ezra 3:2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.
  • Ezra 5:2 Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.
  • The power to  Zerubbabel and Jeshua for the completing of the work in which they were engaged. That work was the restoration of Jerusalem, its temple and its worship.
  • Exodus 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
    22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
  • Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
5 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.
  • Zechariah 4:10 ''Who cares to think small''
  • Jeremiah 5:14 you would see that it speaks about prophets speaking a word and God making their word fire.
  • The people they are speaking to will be wood and the fire shall devour them.
  • God is a consuming fire. Heb 26:29
  • The two witnesses will speak as God speaks through them; His sword is the word of God and is a two-edged sword.
  • There shall nothing prevail here as far as the truth going out is concerned.
  • Luke 4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land.
  • Christ spoke concerning Elijah and the widow woman he visited with during the 31/2 years drought.
  • The widow could be likened to Israel of today.
  • Her husband, Christ, was crucified.
  • However, He is alive and the marriage feast will take place.
  • In Christ's story there was only one widow saved out of all Israel.
  • Notice how they in the synagogue reacted to the story.
  • The Kenites today have the same reaction to the truth
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.
  • We will liken the waters, in a spiritual sense, to Satan's attempt to obliterate the truth, Which is symbolically fire.
  • The two witnesses have the power to shut off waters so that the truth can go forth
  • Waters = people
  • Blood = give life
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.
  • Who goes into the bottomless pit?
  • Satan
  • Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel (Michael) come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
    2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
    This angel is Michael, the Archangel.
  • The Two witnesses finish their testimony
  • Satan shall make war against them
  • Satan shall overcome them and kill them
  • Verse 5 - if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed
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.
  • The Greek word for ''street'' here is ''plaeia'' (4113), meaning a wide place or square.
  • They will be killed in this square with plenty of room along the sides for people to observe.
  • Do you think we are talking of Sodom and Gomorrah?
  • This is Jerusalem where Christ was crucified.
  • The two witnesses will be killed in the same place, Because they will not accept the false christ
  • They will say, this false one is not our Christ
  • But the Kenites will use the same old story that Christ did not rise from the dead, But was stolen from the tomb.
  • Then we can readily see that the Kenites will tell the two witnesses that they can take His place.
  • At that time they will kill the witnesses
  • The Kenites will make sure that the bodies of the two witnesses will not be stolen away.
  • I think that there will be TV cameras and everything else that will sound an alarm if anyone even gets close to these bodies.
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.
  • The people and kindreds and tongues and nations, Shall see their dead bodies
  • Three days and an half days, And shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
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.
  • Revelation 9 where the locusts tormented those that had not the seal of God in their forehead?
  • These two witnesses will torment the world in a different way.
  • The world will not be able to completely and utterly satisfy itself that this false one they are worshipping is the true Messiah as long as these two speak with such great wisdom against him.
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.
  • In the Greek this word ''fear'' is ''phobos'' (5401)
  • It will be a paralyzing fear beyond anything that can be described by man
  • When these two bodies gloriously, with the Shekinah glory covering them, rise up from the dust to meet Jesus.
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.
  • This is the only rapture there is ever going to be as far as we're concerned in the last days; The two witnesses.
  • The so-called rapture that the church is waiting for will not come to pass
  • We all know what Paul said about this in  2 Thessalonians  2, Jesus Christ would not return until after the false christ appears
  • The word rapture is not even mentioned in the word of God
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.
  • We know ''the remnant'' is that 7000 that God told Elijah, He had reserved to Himself who shall not bow the knee to baal.
  • It's strange that the false christ's side has the equivalent number of our 7000 brought out here?
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
 
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.
  • The seventh angel that sounds the seventh trumpet in this verse, continues to sound through Revelation 20:15
  • We have covered a great deal of time in this 11th chapter, even the end.
  • Christ has already returned and His kingdom has come in forever and ever
  • Because there is still one more woe to come, He is assuring us here that He shall reign supreme.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
  • They're in heaven doing what?
  • They're Worshipping God
17 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.

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.
  • God gathers His Elect, His saints, that stood up for Him, reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great;
  • Cup of Wrath pour out on those that followed and worshipped Satan
  • 7th trumpet - 3rd woe Christ has return and the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come
  • The Greek word for ''destroyer'' used here is ''diaph'', meaning ''to corrupt''.
  • Dead = spiritual dead
  • People that are spiritual dead to God's word will be judged
  • The saints are with the Lord
  • Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
  • 3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
  • Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
  • The Millennium begins, God's elect are with the Lord
  • Joshua 13:33 But unto the tribe of Levi Moses gave not any inheritance: the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them.
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.
  • What was open?
  • The testament = God's Word open to those that study His word
  • The ark of the testament is in heaven
  • Many believe when God told Elijah, this was the time He told the ark

 
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