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Chapter 11 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 11 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 11 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The raptured/resurrected saints are taken from earth, the two witnesses appear, the seventh angel sounds signifying the kingdoms of the world are now kingdoms of God.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 11 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

The raptured/resurrected saints are taken from earth, the two witnesses appear, the seventh angel sounds signifying the kingdoms of the world are now kingdoms of God.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Chapter 11
The Seventh Angel Sounds
In the Bible God often describes events from more than one perspective,thereby providing additional information which helps immensely in interpretingand understanding scripture. We see this in the story of creation in the firstand second chapters of Genesis, as well as in the NT gospels of Matthew,Mark, Luke, and John. This is a technique used also in the book of Revelation.As we begin this chapter we note that the vision reverts to the time nearthe close of the period identified earlier as the
beginning of sorrows
(see Table1). Revelation 11 begins with John being given a reed with which to measurethe temple of God, the altar, and those that worship therein. He is told toleave out the court located outside of the temple, for it is given to the gentilenations to trample underfoot for 42 months. In this passage of scripture thetemple and altar are thought to refer to the Holy Place (Sanctuary) and theHoly of Holies. The outer court is the large enclosure that encloses the templewhere all Israelites could come to worship. We understand from this that Godclaims as His own and protects the temple (the Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies), and those that worship therein, but the antichrist’s confederacy (gen-tile nations) will be in control of Jerusalem (everything outside the temple) un-til the time that Christ returns to earth. When God measures something it usu-ally means that He is about to claim ownership: He wants to establish clearly
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what He is claiming and what He commits Himself to protect. To God, the tem-ple is the believers who are committed to, and worship within, the temple.Revelation 11:3-13 tells about two witnesses in Jerusalem, whose prophe-sies start during the period we have identified as “The Beginning of Sorrows”,after the antichrist begins his persecution of the Jews and continues for forty-two months, ending just before the seventh angel sounds.
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy athousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed with sackcloth.These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing beforethe 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. These have power to shut heav-en, 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, asoften as they will. 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. And their deadbodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is calledSodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bod-ies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them,115
 
and make merry, and shall send gifts to one another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwell on the earth. And after three daysand a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stoodupon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that saw them. 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 beheldthem. 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 thou-sand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
In this scripture we see God fulfilling prophecy by bringing His two witnessesto prophesy and preach the gospel. They are described as the two olive treesand two candlesticks: very similar to the description of the Golden Candlesticklocated in the Sanctuary of the Tabernacle, that symbolizes the continuous ex-istence, uninterrupted worship, and unceasing light provided by God’s people. This seems appropriate to the mission of these two witnesses who make a lastappeal to the Jews in Jerusalem, and others throughout the world that heartheir prophesies through the medium of radio and television, to receive Christ. Their ministry is accompanied by miracles, undoubtedly to validate their mes-sage. When they have finished their work, the antichrist is given power to killthem, and their bodies are left in the street for three-and-one-half days, proba-bly for the antichrist to make the most political mileage he can out of what he
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