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The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 4)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 4 - The Two Witnesses
In the Bible, in the book of Revelation, we can find prophecies concerning the end of the world. John, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote the Revelation.
In Chapters Two and Three, John describes letters, one to each of seven churches. In these letters are messages from Jesus and conveys to each church a different message that evaluates its work and policies.
In Chapter Four, John describes God and His throne in Heaven. In Chapter Five, he writes about the scroll that was held by God and sealed with seven seals. An angel was asking, "Who is worthy to loosen the seals and open the scroll?" He writes about the Lamb that represents Jesus, who is the only one worthy to take the scroll from God, and open the seals thereof.
In Chapters Six and Seven, and part of Chapter 8, John describes what happens as Jesus opens each of the seven seals. In symbolic language, he describes the coming of the Antichrist, and the war, famine, and death that will happen during the final seven years of this world; we call this the Tribulation Period. He describes souls in Heaven who were asking,"How long, Lord, do you not judge those who live on the earth, and avenge our blood?"
He describes a massive earthquake, the sun turning black, the moon turning red, and stars falling to the earth. And the people who are saying to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb."
John describes angels who are holding back the winds of trouble until another angel, who has the seal of God, and who is saying, "Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads." The number of those who were sealed was 144,000 of all the tribes of Israel.
John saw a countless number of people, who stood in front of the throne, and in the presence of the Lamb. They were dressed in white robes, and had palm leaves in their hands. The were saying loudly, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb."
One of the elders, who was at the throne, said to John, "These people are those who came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." This means that they are saved, have been made righteous, and have received eternal life.
In Chapters Eight through Ten, John describes what he saw and heard as seven angels who stood in the presence of God, and were given seven trumpets. He watches as each of these angels sounds his trumpet and then what follows. This represents what will happen as the acts of God's judgment occur during the Tribulation Period.
In Chapter Eleven, he writes about the two witnesses who will prophesy during the first half of the Tribulation Period.
Revelation, Chapter 11:
I was given a reed like a measuring rod, and was told by the angel who stood, saying, "Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and count those who worship there. But do not measure the court that is outside the temple, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for forty-two months.
I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks, standing in the presence of the God of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire will come from their mouths, and devour their enemies. This is the way anyone who tries to harm them must be killed.
They will have power to shut the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying. They will have power to turn water into blood, and to strike the earth with any type of plague as often as they want to.
When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will make war against them. He will overpower them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
For three and a half days people from every tribe, language, and nation will see their dead bodies. But they will refuse to put them into graves. Those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate. They will send gifts to each other because these two prophets had tormented them.
After three and a half days the Spirit of Life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet; and fear struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from Heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to Heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched them.
At that same hour there was a massive earthquake, and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified, and gave glory to the God of Heaven.
The second woe has passed; and be watchful, the third woe is coming soon. The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever."
The twenty-four elders, who were seated in the presence of God, knelt down and worshipped Him. And they were saying, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, and is to come; because you have taken your great power, and have reigned. The nations were angry, and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets, and the saints, and those who revere your name, small and great. And for destroying those who destroy the earth." Then the temple of God in Heaven was opened, and in the temple was seen the Ark of His Covenant. Then came flashes of lightning, rumblings, thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.
John was told to measure the temple of God and the altar, both located in Jerusalem. And he was told to count how many people worship there. During the Tribulation Period, certain Jewish people will rebuild the temple and the altar inside. Unfortunately, those who worship there will probably still not believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and savior, and they will resume sacrificial worship.
In addition, John was told not to measure the court outside the temple, because it had been given to the Gentiles; they will be in control of Jerusalem and the temple. They will trample the streets of the city for 42 months, or three and a half years. This will occur during the last half of the seven-year Tribulation Period.
God will give power to His two witnesses, who will prophesy during the first half of the Tribulation Period, for 1,260 days or three and a half years. An olive tree and a candlestick represents them. These symbolize the Holy Spirit within them, and that they will be trying to convert people to Christianity.
The fire from their mouths that devours their enemies represents the power of the spoken Word of God. They will also have power to stop the rain while they prophesy. In addition, they will have power to turn water into blood, and cause plagues upon the earth, as often as they desire.
When they finish their testimony, the beast that comes from the Abyss will make war against them and kill them. The beast represents the Antichrist, who will hate the two witnesses because of their testimony of Jesus Christ, as our Lord and savior. Under Satan's influence, the Antichrist and his army will attack the two witnesses and kill them.
Their dead bodies will lie on a street of the great city. This will be Jerusalem, which is near the place that Jesus was crucified. For three and a half days people all over the world will see the bodies of the two witnesses on television news. Many will be glad and they will celebrate when they see that these two prophets, who had tormented them, are now dead.
After three and a half days, the Spirit of Life from God will enter the bodies of the two witnesses, and they will stand up. People who see them will be terrified. Then a voice from heaven will call the two witnesses to heaven, and they will go up in a cloud as their enemies watch.
A short time later, a huge earthquake will occur in Jerusalem that will destroy a tenth of the city. Seven thousand people will be killed in the earthquake. Survivors will be afraid, but will give praise to God. After this second misery, the third will happen soon.
Then a declaration will be made in Heaven. It will declare that the kingdoms of the world have become the kingdoms of God, and Jesus will rule them forever. The nations controlled by the Antichrist will be angry because of the acts of the judgment of God. They will prepare for battle and Jesus will be prepared to take away their authority and power.
The time will soon come for judging the unsaved dead, and for God's servants to be rewarded, and to destroy those who are destroying the earth.
After the declaration, God's temple in Heaven will be opened. Then the Ark of the Covenant, which has the Ten Commandments within it, will be seen in the temple. This also represents God's mercy, and because Satan will try to destroy Israel, it is a sign that God will protect the Jewish people.
Then came flashes of lightning, rumblings, thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. These are signs of God's wrath before the final acts of His judgment during the last half of the Tribulation Period.
From the Bible:
The great dragon, that old serpent, was thrown out of Heaven. He is called the Devil, or Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was thrown out and down to the earth, and his angels were thrown out with him.
I, John, heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now salvation has come, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ. Because the accuser of our brothers in Christ has been thrown down. He had accused them day and night in the presence of our God."
"But they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and did not love their lives before they died. Therefore, rejoice, those who live in heaven, but woe to those who live on the earth and the sea! The devil has come down to you, having great wrath because he knows he has only a short time."
(Revelation, Chapter 12, Verses 9 through 12)
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