. This is the system that God has in place to teach the world about Himself. GodHimself has been judged. Paul acknowledges this when he sees a future time when God isvindicated.... Rather let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written, "That Youmay be justified in Your words and prevail when You are judged".(Romans 3: 4)
. This is the sacrifice of Christ. It is also the response of the righteous recorded in theirprayers.
. These are the righteous who declare faith in God and His Plan of Salvation.
The Judgment of the Wicked
The outer court where the wicked are located is not measured. The wicked are not judged at this time.They will be judged at the Third Coming.
Parallels Leviticus 16 (Yom Kippur)Revelation 11 Ezekiel 40-481
The Sanctuary is cleansed
The Temple is measured
The Altar was cleansed
The Altar is measured
Altar is measured
The People were cleansed
The Worshipers are measured
The judgment occurs on behalf of the assembly of Israel
The measuring only involvesGod's people
Temple shows them theiriniquities
The Two Witnesses During the 1260 Years
"And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days,clothed in sackcloth." These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; soif anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.(Revelation 11: 3-5)On the evidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death. He shall notbe put to death on the evidence of one witness.(Deuteronomy 17: 6)The testimony of one witness was not sufficient. God provided for two, He followed His own rules!
Other Trumpets Sixth Trumpet (Second Woe)Seventh Trumpet (Third Woe)5381260 Years of Testimony1798WitnessesResurrected1844JudgmentSecondComing2 WitnessesBeast fromthe AbyssWitnesses KilledRighteousWickedPersecution3½ Years French RevolutionDaniel UnsealedSealingWrath
We now learn that two things happened over a period of 1260 years that are a part of the testimony of God. The wicked are disobedient murderers, and they have been told about the righteous requirements of God by the two witnesses.
Clothed in Sackcloth
. The witnesses testified while they were mourning. They mourned for tworeasons. First, they must work under persecution. Second, they recognize that the curse is ineffect.
. They get to trample on the Holy City for forty two months. They are allowed topersecute. According to this prophecy, the wicked are not judged at the same time. In fact theyare given time to act more wickedly. It is as if God is still collecting evidence against them. It isalso a time in which they can repent and choose to join the people of God because Yom Kippur innot over.
. During hardship and mourning, they continue to prophecy and warn the world.They have certain authority and power. The two lamp stands or olive trees represent God's word,the Old and New Testaments and the power of the Holy Spirit.I see a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on top of it, and its seven lamps on it with sevenspouts ... also two olive trees by it. One on the right side of the bowl and the other on the leftside.This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel saying, "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit",