Continuing our study of Revelation chapter 11.
Revelation 11:11 ‘But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.’
Men can achieve many great deeds by their cleverness and ingenuity. We may be able to create artificial images, life-like robots and alternative realities. But only God himself can breathe life into nothingness.
Revelation 11:12 ‘Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
The celebrations of the inhabitants of the earth are cut short when the prophets come to life and are raptured up to heaven.
Many debate whether this describes the general rapture of Matthew 24.
Matthew 24:31 ‘And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other,’
However, there is no real reason to assume these two raptures are one and the same. There is no need to be so dogmatic at this point.
The inhabitants of the earth are both terrified and powerless to do or say anything. Those who gloated with glee have been rendered mute.
The fragile confidence of the world has been shattered.
And it is about to get a lot worse for the ground is about to be shaken beneath their feet. An earthquake is coming.
Thank you for reading 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!