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Revelation's Two Witnesses

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Teachinghearts
The Two Witnesses(Revelation 11)
 
"Explore the Word. Change the World"
 Lesson 15:Time: 60 minutesPrint: 12 pages
PassoverWavesheafPentecost TrumpetsDay of AtonementTabernacles
1-34-567 8-11101112-1314-1516-1914, 20-22 LambChurchAcceptedSeals Sealing Judgment Remnant Legal CaseSatan's empireWarningDestructionRescued
Law and ProphetsWitnesses Investigation The Crime and EvidencePunishmentReward
Revelation is written in the order of the feasts. These are the significantactions of God in our salvation. This section of Revelation introduces God asthe Judge on the day of atonement. The symbols used involve the legalevidence that God has been gathering over the last 6000 years.
Background
In our last lesson we learned that God would unseal the prophecies of Danieland launch a Remnant who would spread the gospel throughout the world atthe time when He began the judgment. In this lesson we see the basis of thecase for the Judgment and Satan's attempt to stop this knowledge fromentering the earth. This chapter is divided into several sections.
The Legal Case
. God judges for His church and gathers evidence against the wicked.
The Beast from the Abyss
. The church is attacked by a force that originates in hell.
The Gospel Sent
. The judgment begins and results in the sending of the last message of warningand invitation to the world.
The Symbols
After the judgment begins in Revelation 10, God submits His legal case in Revelation 11. This chapter iswritten in the terms of a legal document because God is revealing his legal case for the judgment.
Judgment of the Righteous
. The righteous are being measured.
Two Witnesses
. God has two witnesses against the wicked.
Crime (Witness Intimidation)
. The rejection of the testimony from God and the murder of thewitnesses.
Covenant Agreement
. God behaves according to the legal agreement in the covenant curses. Hesends plague, famine and drought.
Final Warning
. God sends prophets to the world after the judgment has begun.
The Legal Case Against the Wicked
One aspect of Jewish law was the requirement that there would be two witnesses in a trial. Here we seethat God is combining the legal and the religious worlds. On the great global day of atonement, God iscalling on His two witnesses to testify. He has satisfied the legal requirements.
The Autumn Feasts
Since this prophecy centers on the judgment, let us review the feasts that symbolize this time. A moredetailed study is in thislesson. All the autumn feasts occurred in the month of Tishri.
Day 11844Day 10Day 11-14 Second Feast of Tabernacles (Day 15-21) Hell Day 22Pray First
 
ComingFireFeast of TrumpetsYom KippurPreparationDay 15-20Hosana Raba (Day 21)Shemini AtzeretPersecutionJudgmentGospelMillenniumWicked JudgedNew Earth
Feast of Trumpets (Day 1)
. Judgment is rendered. This is the official call to judgment. The dayall living things are judged. It begins a period of ten days when people should prepare to havetheir sins removed.
Yom Kippur (Day 10)
. Judgment is sealed. This is the last day in which the righteous are judgedand their sins are finally removed. It is the day that the sanctuary was cleansed. It is the lastopportunity to be sealed and make sure that your name is still written in the Book. At the end of this process, God removes the names of the wicked from the Book of Life.
Feast of Tabernacles (Day 15)
. The righteous celebrate by living with God.
Hosana Raba (Day 21)
. Judgment is delivered. Jewish tradition says that the world is judged onthis day.
Shemini Atzeret (Day 22)
. The reading of the Torah and a new cycle begins.Notice that Jewish tradition says that the righteous and the wicked are judged at separate times. Thewicked are judged after the righteous go to live with God.In considering the judgment it is important to consider the distinction between the individual people andthe authorities or principalities and powers. The principalities and powers were judged at the cross andthe earthly powers through whom they transferred authority were also judged. This is why Christ receivedHis throne at the judgment. But the judgment of individuals began with the righteous dead in 1844. It willproceed to the righteous living during a period called the sealing. The wicked people are judged at a latertime.With this sequence of events, let us look at the prophecy.
The Day of Atonement: Measurement and Judgment
The Judgment of the Righteous
There was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and donot measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the Holy City for fortytwo months."(Revelation 11: 1-2)The word "measure" or the concept of measurement or weighing means to judge against a standard.Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and withwhat measure you give, it shall be measured to you again."(Matthew 7: 1-2)Here we see a judgment of those in the temple. However, those in the outer court are not judged. Thetemple on earth was only a copy of the temple inheaven. In this true temple, Christ serves as ourHigh Priest who represents us.
Outer Court
. This is the earth. Theplace where the sacrifice was killed. Itrepresents all the people, especially thewicked.
Holy Place
. This represents therighteous, who by faith are waiting to enter the Most Holy Place. In this room, or this period of time they have access to heaven through prayer.
Most Holy Place
. This represents Heaven. It was the room behind the veil which only the HighPriest could enter once each year on Yom Kippur. It is the righteous place in which no wicked canenter.At the time of the judgment, three righteous things are considered.
WestNorthEastMost HolyPlaceHoly PlaceThe OuterCourtHeavenChurchEarthThe RighteousThe WickedSouth
 
The Temple
. 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)
The Altar
. This is the sacrifice of Christ. It is also the response of the righteous recorded in theirprayers.
The Worshippers
. 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
Sanctuary
16
The Sanctuary is cleansed
1
The Temple is measured
40
Temple measured
2
Altar
18, 33
The Altar was cleansed
1
The Altar is measured
41
Altar is measured
3
People
7, 33
The People were cleansed
1
The Worshipers are measured
44
Priests
4
IsraelJudged
16, 21,23
The judgment occurs on behalf of the assembly of Israel
1,2
The measuring only involvesGod's people
43
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.
The Wicked
. 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.
The Righteous
. 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",

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