Continuing our study of Revelation chapter 11.
Revelation 11:3 ‘And I will give power to my two witnesses and they will prophesy for 1,260 days clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.’
The next few verses in Revelation are some of the difficult to understand or teach. Please forgive me if my notes sound rather vague or ponderous. I have read many commentaries on this chapter and never been fully convinced by any of them.
Revelation 11:4 relates the two witnesses to the two olive trees and the lampstand that stand before the Lord of the earth, as described in Ezekiel 4:1-14. These verses in Zechariah are just about as enigmatic as the original verses in Revelation!
Zechariah 4:2a ‘I answered, “I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights. Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on the left.’
From a simple point of view, the Holy Spirit will empower the believers in Christ so that they might illuminate the world in this end-time of notorious darkness.
In the same way, the two witnesses (whoever they may be) will be empowered from above to bring their message of repentance to a fallen world.
We thus see the book-ends of empowering. It began at Pentecost:
Acts 2:1 ‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’
And it will end here in the very last days:
Revelation 11:3 ‘And I will give power to my two witnesses and they will prophesy for 1260 days clothed in sackcloth.’
Sorry I cannot be any clearer than this.
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!