Continuing our study of Revelation 11.
Revelation 11:9 ‘For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will refuse them burial.’
In middle-eastern culture, the burial is carried out straight away. The delay in burial described here is an open insult.
We must remember that our Lord died an undignified death, the death of a common criminal, upon the cross outside the city gates.
Revelation 11:10 ‘The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.’
In this study I have been suggesting that the two individuals could represent the church. However, the description of the bodies of the two witnesses lying on the street of Jerusalem lends itself to them being two individuals rather than a corporate church.
One ponders how the peoples of this earth will know of the prophet’s death and will be able to gloat together. I try to stay clear of understanding Revelation through the eyes of modern man and his gadgets, but I must admit that online zoom whatevers do seem to have a place here.
Whether the two prophets are two individuals, say Moses and Elijah for instance, or a description of the church powerfully preaching the message of repentance throughout the world, or both, there will come a sense of guilty relief to those who prefer the darkness. The torment of their guilty conscience will have abated with the death of the prophets. They can now fully embrace their evil ways. Until…
Revelation 9:20 ‘The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.’
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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!