Revelation 11 pt 7

Revelation 11 pt 7

Continuing our study of Revelation chapter 11.

Revelation 11:6  ‘If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often they want.’

Goodness, this is a difficult verse to unravel and I have not found anyone yet who has managed to make more than a blind stab at it.

I can make four general points though.

1   The two believers are not powerless victims. They move in great power. We have discussed before that they might be simply two individuals or they might represent the believers in Christ on earth at that time.

2   Their miracles of fire and drought are linked with the outpouring of the trumpet judgements.

3   We will read in Revelation 11:10  that these two witnesses will torment the peoples of this earth. Their message of repentance will be as sweet as honey but yet stomach-churning sour to those who refuse to repent. 

Remember how the message of John the Baptist tormented the conscience of Herod and resulted in John’s death.  

Sometimes the only way to try and drown out the whispers of a guilty conscience is to shoot the messenger.

The message of repentance and life of the two witnesses will produce an angry strike-back from the enemy. More tomorrow:

and previously:

  • Revelation 16:1 Painful Sores
    And 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 Holiness
    Please 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 Understanding
    Please 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 Jesus
    Please 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 Fire
    The 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! 

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