Revelation Chapter 11

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Revelation Chapter 11

 

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.

11:2 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.

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.

11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

11:5 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over

 

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them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

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.

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.

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.

11:14 The second woe is past; [and], behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

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.

11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

11:17 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.

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.

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.

T he investigative judgment that began October 22, 1844, is here depicted under the symbols of measuring the temple of God with a reed. Only those who claim to be the children of God come into the investigative judgment. The outer courtyard where

 

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non-believers are found is left out. There is a three and a half year period of time, referred to as 42 months, that the holy city will be trodden under foot by unbelievers called Gentiles. This resonates with the 1260 years during the dark ages from 538 until 1798 as we noted in Daniel 7:25 "time, times and the dividing of time." This is going to be repeated in the future in literal time. Literal time means 42 months or three years and six months. This repeat literal time prophecy corresponds to the "time, times and an half" of Daniel 12:7. Being future, we cannot be dogmatic about the events that mark this time period. That means we do not know more now than we have been told in the prophecies of Daniel 12 and Revelation 11.

Verses 3 and 4 refer to two witnesses that prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days in sackcloth. This was the experience of the church during the dark ages. We are told specifically that this will be repeated.

Until Christ shall appear in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, men will become perverse in spirit and turn from the truth to fables. The church will yet see troublous times. She will prophesy in sackcloth. But although she must meet heresies and persecutions, although she must battle with the infidel and the apostate, yet by the help of God she is bruising the head of Satan. The Lord will have a people as true as steel, and with faith as firm as the granite rock. They are to be His witnesses in the world, His instrumentalities to do a special, a glorious work in the day of His preparation. {4T 594.3}

God tells us by His messenger:

Concerning the two witnesses, the prophet declares further, "These are the two olive-trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." "Thy Word," said the psalmist, "is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." [Rev. 11:4; Ps. 119:105.] "The two witnesses represent the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament. Both are important testimonies to the origin and perpetuity of the law of God. Both are witnesses also to the plan of salvation. The types, sacrifices, and prophecies of the Old Testament point forward to a Saviour to come. The Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament tell of a Saviour who has come

 

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in the exact manner foretold by type and prophecy. {GC88 267.1}

Verses 5 to 12 outline thrilling events that have happened in the past (fire comes down from heaven and burns up those who have come against the prophet of God. II Kings 1:10) and that will be repeated in the future. When probation is closed at the end of the everlasting gospel, the hatred against God on the part of those who have rejected this gospel, will be shown in the treatment given to the word of God, the Bible. In history, France publicly burned Bibles and elevated the goddess of reason. This madness during the Reign of Terror lasted exactly three and a half years until the French parliament reversed its ban on the Bible. Today there has been proclaimed a war on terrorism world wide. The climax of the end-time repeat of a similar nature will likely last three and a half days. Then there is a dramatic change and the influence of the Bible and those who believe the Bible is resurrected and something will happen that is described as being taken up to heaven in a cloud being watched by the enemies of the Bible. It could be that the wicked are not destroyed by the "brightness of His coming" (2 Thessalonians 2:8) until they have witnessed the corporate, public, rapture of those who have held fast their faith in God.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this [is] our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this [is] the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. (Isaiah 25:9).

Verse 13 describes an earthquake that kills seven thousand men and destroys one tenth of the city spiritually called Sodom and Egypt (v8). It is of interest that the survivors are now willing to give glory to the God of heaven. This giving glory to God, under these circumstances, is not evidence of conversion. Judas waited for Jesus to demonstrate His power during His trial. When it became evident to Judas that Jesus was going to demonstrate no power to save Himself, but to die, his confession of guilt in betraying Jesus and his witness to the innocence of Jesus, was not evidence of conversion or true repentance (Matt. 27:35).

 

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Verse 14 states that these events are all counted as being the second woe or 6th trumpet.

7th trumpet

V erse 15 gives the public announcement (7th trumpet) "….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."

Verses 16–17 show us the rejoicing in heaven with this announcement.

Verse 18 outlines the sequence of events on earth at this time. The nations are angry. The time of the wrath of God is come—announced by the seven trumpets. The judgment started with the dead and has moved to the living who claim to believe God. At the end of the investigative judgment comes the time when God rewards those whose names are retained in the book of Life. This time (the second coming of Jesus) is also the time to destroy those who are destroying the earth. The destroyers of the earth are destroyed with the brightness and glory of Jesus at His second coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8).

Verse 19 may well be the event described that turns the tide of rejoicing over the destroyed Bibles that we saw in verse 11. This event is described for us by God in these words.

"Through a rift in the clouds there beams a star whose brilliancy is increased fourfold in contrast with the darkness. It speaks hope and joy to the faithful, but severity and wrath to the transgressors of God’s law. Those who have sacrificed all for Christ are now secure, hidden as in the secret of the Lord’s pavilion. They have been tested, and before the world and the despisers of truth they have evinced their fidelity to Him who died for them. A marvelous change has come over those who have held fast their integrity in the very face of death. They have been suddenly delivered from the dark and terrible tyranny of men transformed to demons. Their faces, so lately pale, anxious, and haggard, are now aglow with wonder, faith, and love. Their voices rise in triumphant song: ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed,

 

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and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.’ " Psalm 46:1-3. {GC 638.2}

"While these words of holy trust ascend to God, the clouds sweep back, and the starry heavens are seen, unspeakably glorious in contrast with the black and angry firmament on either side. The glory of the celestial city streams from the gates ajar. Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of stone folded together. Says the prophet: ‘The heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is judge Himself.’ Psalm 50:6. That holy law, God’s righteousness, that amid thunder and flame was proclaimed from Sinai as the guide of life, is now revealed to men as the rule of judgment. The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the precepts of the Decalogue, traced as with a pen of fire. The words are so plain that all can read them. Memory is aroused, the darkness of superstition and heresy is swept from every mind, and God’s ten words, brief, comprehensive, and authoritative, are presented to the view of all the inhabitants of the earth." {GC 639.1}