Continuing our study of Revelation 11.
Revelation 11:8 ‘Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city.’
We have discussed before how the two witnesses could be two Old Testament characters such as Elijah and Moses. They could represent the church. They could also be just two anointed end-time witnesses. We are not sure and scripture does not make it very clear.
If, for just one moment, we assume that the two witnesses represent the believers in Christ, both the church and Jewish believers, then this opens us up to a whole line of thinking:
The light will be shining in the darkness yet it will seem as if the darkness has conquered the world. The church will experience a deep despondency and many will fall away from the faith. The world will believe that the church has been defeated.
Matthew 24:9 ‘Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.’
When the Communist regime took control of China, everyone assumed that the Christian Church would wither away to nothing. But yet when the red curtain was rolled back, we were amazed how vigorously the church had silently grown.
When Christ Jesus took his last breath on the cross, the enemy began to celebrate, believing they had won a great victory.
But when the stone was rolled back, they realised, with horror, the extent of their defeat.
In both cases above, for Jesus and then the Chinese Church, the victory came through what seemed to be defeat.
Post-millennial thought would disagree. It argues that this fallen world will be transformed to glory before Christ Jesus returns. They believe that the anointed church will be the agent of this change and that they will disciple nations until the whole world becomes Christian, and then Christ Jesus will return. This is a very attractive and optimistic line of thought.
However, if we interpret Revelation 11:8 as describing the end-time collapse of the church, then this victorious church scenario will simply not happen.
Many would argue that the end-time victory of the enemy will come through a seeming defeat. This is the way of the cross. This is the path of Jesus.
When the church, as we know it, collapses, we will need to see through wise eyes, and see the victory that is being birthed.
Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.’
This is just one point of interpretation but one that I believe could be very possible.
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- 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!