The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 11

Bible Study-REV-Chapter 11

The Two Witnesses Chapter

 

     There are a few chapters in Revelation that are wholly dedicated to one particular subject matter and this chapter 11 is one of them. I will point out which chapters they are at the beginning of each so you won’t read over them.

     This chapter is also a parenthetical chapter and it tells us how events happen just before and during the last day of this earth age. Remember meanwhile, back at the farm?

     Chapter 13 of Revelation is called the Beast chapter and it gives us a good look at the two different systems, the religious and the political, that Satan/Antichrist will set up during the five months that he is here, in that particular role, so it’s addressed to everyone on earth.

     There are other places in Scripture where dedicated subjects can be found as well. The book of Ezekiel, chapters 40-48, give the most informative account of what the Millennium will be like when the Day of our Lord is over.

     Isaiah, chapter 24 is called the Apocalypse chapter.

     Alright, chapter 11 of Revelation.

     Revelation 11:11 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.

     Revelation 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.

     Revelation 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.

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

     Most times it’s pretty easy to look up a word in the Bible using the Strong’s Concordance such as this word rodrhabdos; from the base of NT:4474; a stick or wand (as a cudgel, a cane or a baton of royalty):

     A stick or a wand or a baton of royalty.

     But rhabdos has a root word and it is: rhapizo; from a derivative of a primary rhepo (to let fall, "rap"); to slap:

     Rod really means a stick or a wand that is used for discipline or to punish. Going to a Catholic school for eight years as a youngster we became well acquainted with the nun’s preference of rapping you on the knuckles with a wood ruler had you been caught screwing up.

     The measuring done here is like the phrase taking its measure which means to look over something and take stock of it, see what value there is to it; see what value there is to these people. Gentiles and Jews alike.

     Something else that presents itself and needs to be reconciled is the forty and two months and a thousand two hundred and threescore days. You should have noticed that one time period is given in months and the other is given in days.

     It’s a fact that any prophesy given concerning Satan and his children is given in months; and any prophesy concerning our Father and His children is given in days. We are the children of light while the others are the children of darkness.

     That’s a really good clue and will probably help you as you study but remember that it only applies to prophesy and not every time that you read or see the words month or day.

     It’s also a fact that lunar time is shorter than solar time. One lunar day is shorter in time than a solar day.

     One solar month can equal 30 or 31 days while a lunar month is always 29.5 days and taking all of this into account, 42 months would be approximately 10 days shorter than 1260 days. What’s the point of it all? Simply that the two witnesses will have an extra ten days to prophesy over and above the period of Satan/Antichrist.

     Now, another established, traditional belief of the various denominations is that, according to the 70 weeks in the book of Daniel, there will be two 3 ½ year periods of tribulation during the time of the Antichrist.

     But, back in the 9th chapter of this book of Revelation, Christ, for His Elect’s sake, shortened the second 3 ½ year period to just 5 months:

     Ref: Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. KJV.

     Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV

    The 1260 days of prophesying from the two witnesses has also been shortened to five months

     Alright, who or what are these two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before our Father? We’re going to have to go back to the Old Testament and the book of Zechariah to find out.

     Remember, back in chapter 1 of this book, what the candlesticks represented? Churches. Seven of them but there were only two of them which Christ approved of because they were teaching who the children of the synagogue of Satan were….the Kenites. Smyrna and Philadelphia were the churches.

     Well, what about the other five? Why aren’t they mentioned here? They’re too busy playing church with Satan/Antichrist during this time and why not? Why should they be any different now than they have been over the last 2000 years?

     Ref: Zechariah 4:11 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? KJV

      I’m going to tell you something about this word olive that very few people on this earth know. In the Hebrew language it’s:

       elaia (el-ah'-yah); feminine of a presumed derivative from an obsolete primary; an olive (the tree or the fruit):

     El-ah-yah. This word contains two of the sacred names of our Father.

     EL.. is essentially God Almighty and a shortened version of ELOHIM and this name renders our Father as the Creator.

     YAH or JAH is Jehovah as our Lord having become our salvation.

     There is no better oil in the grocery store than olive oil. How can a natural substance that has two of our Father’s sacred names associated with it be bad for us? It can’t. You can cook with it, use it to soften your skin, anoint the sick with it, use it for fuel in a lamp and drink a few teaspoons every day to relieve constipation. How cool is that!

     And Zechariah tells us that there is one olive tree on either side of one of these churches that pleased Christ. Are you in one of those churches? Would you know it if you were? I’ll tell you how you will know:

     If you leave the church and you feel that you have been taught something from the Word of God. Not just a verse or two and then forty minutes of monotone words that you can’t remember.

     Look here, if you’re satisfied with the church you’re attending, and singing pretty songs and socializing with friends pleases you, then have at it, but if you’re someone who is reading this right now you are different because you show an interest in our Father and what He has to say to us and it just might save your soul. The others really don’t care. They’re too concerned about the things of the world.

     Ref: Zechariah 4:12 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? KJV

     What Zechariah is talking about here is essentially a menorah. The menorah was used as a symbol by the Jews that they should bring a light unto the world. Peacefully. Zechariah’s menorah was somewhat different than those used today.

     Zechariah’s menorah had a bowl on top with seven tubes that the olive oil ran down to the wicks. These seven lights represented the seven pairs of eyes in that stone that represented the truth of our Father’s Word going forth into the world and the spirit of God is what keeps the olive oil flowing, that truth continually going into the world.

     The two olive trees were the source of that truth, through the Holy Spirit.

     Much like the olive oil in the lamps of the ten virgins; five having enough truth in them to be able to enter into the Kingdom while the other five did not and they said “Give us time to go get some more” and they left and when they came back the door to Heaven had been shut.

     The oil represents our Father’s truth and these five didn’t have enough to get through the end times and they were taken by Satan/Antichrist.

     Ref: Zechariah 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

     Ref: Zechariah 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. KJV

     These two anointed ones, the two sons of oil are the two witnesses and they will be persecuted and scoffed at during the five-month period of Satan/Antichrist because they preach of the coming of the Messiah and the whole world calls them fools because, to their eyes, the messiah is already standing in Jerusalem. Satan/Antichrist claiming to be the son of god.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     Anyone trying to hurt or injure these two will be struck by lightning because this word fire is pur and it is the same Greek word used of Satan when he shall make fire come down from the sky in the sight of men.

     ✡  Fire_NT:4442  pur (poor); a primary word; "fire" (literally or figuratively, specifically, lightning):

    Revelation 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 come here with a ton of power granted to them by our Father. Who, actually, are these two witnesses? There’s a lot of speculation about that and it goes no further than speculation because only the Father knows. It’s a waste of time to discuss who they might be.

     Do you know what really happens when they shut heaven? Can flesh and blood enter into heaven? Nope. Can souls enter into heaven? Yep. But these two can stop that from happening; no souls allowed to get into heaven which means that during their time no one, in a flesh and blood body, will be killed. Even though they have the power to do so.

     No one can leave heaven either so all the necessary players of this time are already in place.

     In one sense, turning water into blood and the plagues and all, takes us back to Moses and Egypt but remember, also, that in prophesy, water means people, like you and I, and they do have the power to shed blood. Will they? Not if heaven is shut.

     Revelation 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

     Remember back in chapter 9, verses 4 and 5, our Father told Satan and his locust army that they could jerk people around and sting them through deception but those that had the seal of our Father in their minds had to be left alone.

     Surely these two witness have that seal but Satan/Antichrist will probably be so distraught at their persistent voice calling him a fake that he will kill them. That’s just a presumption on my part but probably real close to the truth.

     You may wonder how these two would be understood by all the people that speak a language different from theirs. Around the world. That’s pretty easy if you know how the Apostles did the same thing on Pentecost Day:

     Ref: Acts 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

     Ref: Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

     Ref: Acts 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

     Ref: Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

     Ref: Acts 2:5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

     Ref: Acts 2:6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.

     Ref: Acts 2:7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?

     Ref: Acts 2:8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? KJV

    The word tongue means languages. The Apostles spoke in their native language and everyone else understood what they said in their own native language. They didn’t speak in unknown tongues, they didn’t speak gibberish that someone else had to translate. It was the power of the Holy Spirit that caused all to understand every word the Apostles spoke.

     And don’t gloss over this point: when the Apostles asked Christ when He will return to them He said:

     Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. KJV

     But right here, right now, you will know. Christ will return 3 ½ days after these two sons of oil, these two witnesses are killed.

     Revelation 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 great city would be Jerusalem but why would Sodom and Egypt be mentioned here? Egypt would be symbolic of the tyranny that they put the Israelites through and Sodom would represent the decadence that some of them would sink to.

     Take a look around you today, see any decadence in our daily lives? Just this morning, on the news, they had a story about the Ten Commandments not being allowed in one particular courthouse and the following story concerned two men getting married in Alabama over the objections of the Attorney General. Local Judges were performing the ceremony.

     You can’t display the Ten Commandments but two homosexuals can get married in the same building. I don’t have a thing in the world against homosexuals or lesbians, it’s what they practice that offends me.

     The English word street is misleading because in the Greek it’s

 

     ✡  Street_plateia (plat-i'-ah); feminine of NT:4116; a wide "plat" or "place", i.e. open square:

     Some place similar to a soccer field maybe? Soccer is a favorite sport in the Middle East.

     Revelation 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

     Boy, there’s a lot said in that verse.

     Revelation 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

     A big celebration. A religious Mardi gras. Party time.

      In this country we aren’t killed for our religious beliefs. We bend over backwards to accommodate different beliefs from around the world but in the efforts of our government to be friends with the world we are allowing religious practices to interrupt our schools systems and our daily lives.

     As far as I am concerned, you can worship whatever you choose, just don’t interrupt my life while you are doing it. Do it in private, I don’t need to hear bells and whistles five times a day to remind you to face to the east.

     You won’t stop those bells and whistles if I visit your home country, what gives you the right to expect that you hear them in my country. Get over it or get out.

     When Satan/Antichrist kills these two witnesses what is the world going to think about their messiah? Will he do it as the self-righteous savior? Will he tell the world that he is exacting punishment against two frauds?

     It’s written that he will be able to make fire come down from the sky, and as we have found out, that fire is lightning. What else will he be able to do or convince the world that he can do, while he masquerades as the true messiah?

     You can be sure that he will make everyone believe that he can heal the sick, that’s what Jesus did. Whether he actually can is really a moot point because there are many charlatans, many false prophets, of today that convince millions that they can do it.

     Will he be able to cast out devils and evil spirits? No doubt. With the legions of human beings that will follow and worship him it will be easy for him to fake that as well. That is, if he cannot do it for real in the first place.

     He is here to unite the world, stop all wars and bring peace. He will sit with world leaders, he will bargain, he will cajole and he will make two, who were enemies at one time, sit together and plan the future with Satan/Antichrist as their leader. He will probably forgive all personal debt and bring prosperity to all.

     Whatever it is that he will do it will be done on a world-wide stage. He will convince and convert everyone that does not have the seal of God in their mind, those that do not know the truth about him. And before he even gets here many people will have the mark of the beast, his mark, already entrenched in their mind.

     Every single soul that believes that they will be raptured out of here before he arrives already has his seal. Why? Because they won’t be prepared. These souls will be shocked beyond belief because they were convinced that they would be gone and yet, here they stand, watching it all on TV, watching the messiah spread the good news.

    They will be aghast and marvel because they knew that they were coming back with Him, in the clouds, not sitting here watching him come to them. They will be confused and confounded but with a full five months ahead of him he will certainly calm their fears and lull them back into their cocoon of false security.

    How can a mere human being become disenchanted with a supernatural entity that looks, talks, walks and wears the same attire as the true Christ. He will be so tempting that, for His Elect’s sake, the 3 ½ years has been shortened to 5 months. Anything longer than that and everyone would succumb to him.

    There is one more thing that I need to touch on and that is back in chapter 8, I mentioned that the third temple would be in the Millennium and I seem to be contradicting 2nd Thessalonians:

     Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. KJV

     This verse, in Thessalonians, is when Satan is released from Heaven by the Archangel Michael and he appears in Jerusalem and it states that he will sit in the temple of God.

     Right now, today, that would be impossible because on the foundation that the first two Jewish temples were constructed, the one by Solomon and the other called “Herod’s Temple”, sits the Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem.

     The Dome of the Rock is a Muslim Shrine and not a mosque. The mosque that is used for Muslim worshippers is a short distance down the street. The only part of the First and Second Jewish Temples that remains today is a short piece of a retaining wall which we know today as the Wailing Wall.

     My personal belief is that if a third Jewish temple is to be built BEFORE the return of Christ, it would HAVE to be on this same foundation because, historically, the first two were built there which makes it sacred ground as far as our Father is concerned.

     Which means that the Dome of the Rock would have to be moved or destroyed. I find that too implausible to believe, with the atmosphere between the Muslims and the Jews concerning the city of Jerusalem.

     Destroying or moving the Dome of the Rock from its present position would cause all-out war between the Jews and the Muslims.

     There has been negotiations going on for years to try to separate Jerusalem into two parts: one-half for the Muslims and one-half for the Jews and I think that that’s just as implausible as destroying the Dome.

     My belief is that the five-month period of Satan/Antichrist will happen before there is a political or religious change, monumental enough in scope, to peacefully move or destroy the Dome and build a third Jewish temple on the same spot.

     The word temple in 2nd Thessalonians verse 4, in the Greek, is indeed a temple or a shrine:

     ✡  Temple_naos (nah-os'); from a primary naio (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple KJV - shrine, temple.

     I also do not believe that Satan, claiming to be God Himself (Jesus Christ) to the entire world, will do so while standing inside the Dome of the Rock. He could not claim to be Jesus Christ to the Christians while standing in a Muslim Shrine.

     The Muslims and the Jews don’t believe that Christ is the Messiah anyway. Perhaps the deception of Satan/Antichrist will solve this dilemma in my own mind but whatever the deception may be, it has to be real, it has to be something believable to everyone.

     So how are we to reconcile so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. I think that the answer is easy: it must be a figure of speech. Let’s look at the book of John:

     Ref: John 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. KJV

     What Christ was saying here is that He used a figure of speech by saying that His body was a temple and if they killed His body (Temple) He would raise it from the tomb three days after His crucifixion.

     He DID NOT SAY that He would rebuild the actual temple in three days which is what the Jews thought. They did not get it that what He said was symbolism.

     For Satan/Antichrist to deceive the world into believing that he was the true Messiah, Jesus Christ, he must appear and look just like Christ looked while in His own body and since Christ referred to his own body as the temple, so will Satan/Antichrist be in the temple of God because he presents himself looking just like Christ.

     The conclusion has to be that there will be no third temple in Jerusalem, it will be Satan/Antichrist appearing to be in the temple (body) of Jesus Christ. It will be a fake, a fraud, but it will be good enough to deceive the entire world.

     Revelation 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

     What a sight that’s going to be! Seven and one-half billion people (7 ½ billion) are going to be standing around with their collective mouths open in unbelief. Many will scoff and laugh, I mean, Hollywood has conditioned us to accept almost anything as entertainment and this will be considered showbiz.

     But, ask yourself this: why didn’t they bury them after they had died? Why let them lie there for goin’ on four days? This will happen in late September and with the temperatures in the high 90’s they should have an odor about them by now.

     The reason is that there are some who have a pretty good idea of what’s going on. They’re called the Kenites, the Sons of Cain. And they went through something like this many, many years ago when their ancestors stood before Pontius Pilate and screamed for His crucifixion and death.

     And they are not about to let these two rise up out of the ground after three days and three nights as happened in the past.

     Understand, too, that this will be seen around the world in real-time. CNN, MSNBC, FOXNEWS, London Telegraph, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, IRNA, Wafa, RIA Nivosti, and Al Jezerra, to mention a few of the big boys of the news. Not to mention the Internet and bloggers and etc.

     Revelation 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

     Stood right there and watched them.

     Revelation 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

     Why was there a great earthquake? What caused it to happen? Zacharias will tell us with some Old Testament prophesy:

     Zechariah 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. KJV

     That’s the effect of our Lord coming, as He promised. The mount of Olives will be split in two, half of it moving towards the east and the other half moving towards the west and everything between this mount and the east gate of the temple will be destroyed.

     Who are these 7000 “men”? The seven thousand fallen angels that came with Satan/Antichrist five months ago, those seven thousand from the book of Jude, those seven thousand beautiful beings that have beguiled women for the last five months as well.

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

     What was the first woe? The locust army coming out of the pit. It was also the fifth trump.

     What we have just covered was the second woe which is also the sixth trump.

     Revelation 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

     The seventh angel has just blown the seventh trumpet. This is what happens at the third woe.

     Our Lord has come and the kingdoms of men and the kingdoms of Satan/Antichrist now belong to our Lord.

     We are now in spiritual bodies, those of us who just witnessed all of this in our flesh and blood bodies. Feel any different? You bet it will! Finally, the aches and pains, the sickness and disease, hunger and thirst are over.

     The only thing that should worry some of us is how well did you live your life? Got any rewards coming to you? What’s that? You didn’t believe in God or the Bible or all that stuff you called nonsense. Making fun of your coworkers behind their backs.

     Well, you don’t need to worry because the good part is that you still have time to get your head together. Start working on it today.

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

     Revelation 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. KJV

     Always giving thanks to our Father.

     Revelation 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

     Those that were spiritually dead will be judged accordingly but those that believed will get their just rewards. To fear our Father means to revere Him. Hold Him high for all He has done for us. You didn’t need to do as much as the prophets did in your life, all you had to do was TRY to get it right, according to His Will. And He counts it as perfect.

     Revelation 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

     The two witnesses closed heaven while they were here but now it’s open again for all who are worthy to enter into. Everything that was bad on this great earth will be done away with, the stinking residue will be cleaned up because this is where many people will spend the next 1000 years.

    On the other hand, there will be many souls that will stay in heaven and be patient and watch.

     Only His Election, and part of them are the 144,000 priests of the Tribe of Judah, will be judges here during this time.

     Some will be disciplined and taught.

     Some will remain in darkness, awaiting Judgment Day and the Lake of Fire.

     How are you doing today?

     What a fantastic chapter. Almost a day by day account of what it’s going to be like when our time in these flesh bodies is through and we move on to the next part of our Father’s Plan.

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10 February 2015

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