The measuring reed, like unto a rod, is most likely from the brakes of the Jordan Valley and is probably about ten feet in length. Through the angel, John is told to measure the temple of God and the altar, as well as the people of Israel (concerning their spirituality).
The first place of worship ever built was called Solomon’s Temple and is discussed in 1 Chronicles, chapters 22,1)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+22&version=KJV 28,2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+28&version=KJV and 29,3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+29&version=KJV and 2 Chronicles, chapters 2 through 7.4)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+2-7&version=KJV This temple was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in approximately 590 B.C. Seventy years later it was rebuilt under Zerubbabel and Joshua.
This second temple was desecrated by Antiochus Epiphanes, a Greco-Syrian ruler. He stuck a pig in the temple-an act which prefigured the final desecration to occur under Antichrist as he sets up the abomination of desolation in the Tribulation temple (Matthew 24:15).
Now we find that a third temple has been erected.
It is probably not the final millennial Temple of Ezekiel 40 through 48,5)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel+40-48&version=KJV but one which is built during the Tribulation hour and used sacrilegiously by the beast who claims to be God (see 2 Thessalonians 2:4). This temple, its altar, and the attendants are Jewish. There is no outer court for Gentiles as there was in past temples.
Notice that this temple has nothing to do with the Church which is already in heaven (chapter 4, verse 1).6)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A1&version=KJV It is for Jews, not Jews, Gentiles, and the church of God. In the second temple, rebuilt and enlarged by Herod the Great in 20 or 21 B.C., the outer court was marked off from the inner one where only Israel was permitted to enter. The courts were separated by the middle wall of partition (Ephesians 2:14), and no Gentile was allowed beyond that point.
When the Apostle Paul broke this rule, angry Jews almost killed him.
Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place (Acts 21:28).
So as John measures the Tribulation temple, he is told to omit the outer court, undoubtedly because Gentiles will trample the Holy City (Jerusalem) under their feet for forty-two months.
There is no doubt about the literalness of this seven-year period.
Daniel’s first sixty-nine weeks (see Daniel 9:24-26) totaled 483 years. We recall from our discussion in Chapter 67)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6&version=KJV that the term week is Shabua or Shabuim in the original Hebrew, and means “seven years.” Thus, sixty-nine multiplied by seven equals 483 years to the day. If this be so, why wouldn’t Daniel’s final, or seventieth, week also consist of seven years-or 2,520 days-as well?
The formula is so clear that a child can grasp it.
One half of 2,520 is 1,260 days-or forty-two months of thirty days each-or three and one-half years. Conversely, two times three and one-half years equals seven years-or eighty-four months of thirty days each-or 2,520 days.
Don’t forget to take into account that the old Jewish calendar contained twelve months of thirty days each, not the 365 days of modem calendars. Is a seven-year plan scriptural then? We can check for ourselves because the days are mentioned in chapter 11, verse 3,8)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+11%3A3&version=KJV and chapter 12, verse 69)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12%3A6&version=KJV as 1,260.
Likewise, the months are mentioned in chapter 11, verse 2,10)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+11%3A2&version=KJV and chapter 13, verse 5,11)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+13%3A5&version=KJV as forty-two. Again we can easily see that 1,260 days multiplied by two equals 2,520 days, and that forty-two multiplied by two equals eighty-four months-one Shabua, or seven years. One does not have to be a mathematical wizard or a calculus genius to discover that the Tribulation is a full seven years in duration. Take it literally!
During the final half of the seven years, two witnesses appear.
These two witnesses are God’s prophets, sent to proclaim His message of doom. They are clothed in sackcloth. In the Bible, sackcloth and ashes always picture repentance-and repentance is demanded when sin stalks a nation. Repentance is God’s call to either turn or burn. The witnesses are described in the next verse.
Olive trees exude oil. Oil is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Candlesticks are light bearers. Thus, we have a beautiful picture of two chosen witnesses, anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit, proclaiming the message of light in the midst of a sin-blackened world. There is no other way to do God’s service.
Oh! Be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).
There has been a great deal of discussion concerning the identity of these two witnesses. Most Bible scholars believe they are either Elijah and Moses, or Elijah and Enoch. Malachi is explicit in predicting Elijah’s future appearance upon earth.
He states: Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord (Malachi 3:1 and Malachi 4:5). Thus, there is no doubt about Elijah being one of the witnesses.
This prediction is corroborated by the fact that Elijah did not die a physical death but was taken up into heaven by a whirlwind and a chariot of fire (see 2 Kings 2:9-11). Likewise, Enoch was taken to heaven without experiencing death (see Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5). He also prophesied the coming day of God’s judgment and the return of Christ with His church (see Jude 14, 15). Since Enoch’s earthly ministry predated the establishment of the Jewish race, he is considered by some as God’s first prophet to the Gentiles. Elijah, on the other hand, was God’s prophet to Israel. Thus, since God’s witness during the Tribulation hour is to both groups, many believe the two witnesses to be Elijah and Enoch.
Personally, I believe that Moses will be the other witness because he appeared with Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (see Matthew 17:1-8)-a preview of the glory to come in that day when the Lord Jesus Christ will be the only important one. The preview indicates that, when the day finally arrives, Moses and Elijah (also called Elias)-representatives of the law and of the prophets-will be present, undoubtedly as the two witnesses.
Concerning Moses: The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken…and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him (Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19).
One should also keep in mind that the body of Moses was preserved by God. Jude 1:9 declares: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
These witnesses, dressed in sackcloth and proclaiming the message of judgment, will be hated. Latter-day terrorists will attempt to destroy them. God, however, forbids it and offers sovereign protection.
This can be nothing but supernatural power and intervention. The fact that the two witnesses have superhuman anointing is evident from the next verse.
One of these two witnesses, Elijah (or Elias), performed this very miracle in earlier days: Elias …prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit (James 5:17, 18).
Moses, the second witness, had power (along with Aaron his brother) to turn the waters into blood and smite the earth with diversified plagues (see Exodus 7-10). Thus, the Tribulation ministry of these two supernaturally anointed prophets will be but a repeat performance. During the entire period of their witness they cannot be killed. Their death must be at God’s appointed time.
That’s right; no one can take a believer’s life without the permissive will of God: Is there not an appointed time to man upon earth? (Job 7:1).
Satellite television, beaming the identical image to every nation on earth, and into every home equipped with a receiver, allows the spectacle to be observed internationally. The action constitutes a victory celebration by the Antichrist, similar to Khomeini’s televised production. In response, the world rejoices. The two “gloom and doom” preachers are gone! No longer will two hellfire advocates spoil their tea parties. No longer will their beer and salami festivals be hindered. The two witnesses are dead.
Wait! The party is coming to an end! Their food will soon stick in their throats. A miracle of spectacular proportions is about to occur!
Elijah and Moses receive the same treatment as the raptured saints in Revelation 4:1. Hallelujah! They depart for glory in a twinkling of an eye. As this awe-inspiring sight is being observed, God sends judgment for all the sacrilegious acts the violent, drug-crazed crowds perpetrated on these two servants.
Talk about a television spectacular! Two men come to life again and then vanish in a cloud! Next an unprecedented earthquake hits the city and 7,000 celebrities (the interpretation of many scholars)-yes, big names among the elite-are killed. This video extravaganza will make the nightly news seem like child’s play.
Those who live through the experience become exceedingly frightened and begin to praise God. However, it is not from converted hearts that they exalt Him. Instead, their praise is the result of astonishment and alarm. Their reaction is similar to that of the scribes and the Pharisees who witnessed the miracle of the healed paralytic and were all amazed, and glorified God, and were filled with fear (see Luke 5:26). They did not get saved, just scared! Some people develop a spiritual vocabulary in a hurry. Wait until atomic bombs begin flying. Prayer and praise will become the order of the day!
We come now to the third woe. Remember the angel in chapter 8, verse 1313)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+8%3A13&version=KJV who cried, “WOE, WOE, WOE“? Each woe depicted a different judgment. Each, in turn, became more severe. The first woe was the fifth trumpet blast, the second woe the sixth trumpet blast. At this point the final woe, or seventh trumpet, is about to sound.
second woe ends14)The second woe is revealed after the sixth trumpet judgment. This woe begins when a voice commands, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14). These four angels are demons who were cast from heaven along with Satan. God is right now keeping them imprisoned until the appointed time (Revelation 9:15; cf. Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4). These angels and their armies, numbering two hundred million, are released to kill a third of mankind (Revelation 9:15-16). After the second woe passes (Revelation 11:14), there comes a clear division in the book with the announcement from heaven, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15). In other words, this final stage of judgment will be the end, and righteousness will be restored to the earth. source
The picture before us is the same as the one in chapter 19, verses 11 through 1615)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A11-16&version=KJV -the return of the King. If one remembers that chapters 6 through 1116)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-11&version=KJV and 12 through 19:1517)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12-19%3A5&version=KJV run concurrently, or side by side, during the Tribulation hour, he will understand why the King returns both in chapter 11, verse 1518)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+11%3A15&version=KJV and in chapter 19, verse 16.19)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A16&version=KJV Chapters 12 through 1920)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12-19&version=KJV are but a repeat of the events described in chapters 6 through 11.21)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+6-11&version=KJV Now, as the King returns, a praise and worship service begins.
This is an act of gratitude. Remember that the twenty-four elders represent all believers-Old and New Testament-who have lived on this earth and who have been raptured to heaven in chapter 4, verse 1.22)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A1&version=KJV They know firsthand that Satan has been the God of this world system (see 2 Corinthians 4:4). They understand fully that the nations of this world have been under his control (see Matthew 4:8, 9). But now, praise God, Satan’s reign has finally ended-the King has come! There is great rejoicing in heaven among the raptured saints as the midnight newscast is shared. They unitedly pray…
Their prayer is to Christ, the One who used the title, which art, and wast, and art to come. The power that was always His has now been embraced, and He has begun His reign. The wicked are upset over the King’s return.
Notice the number of happenings which transpire at the King’s return.
First, the nations are angry. This is also observed in the other text describing the King’s descent to earth: And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army (chapter 19, verse 19).23)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A19&version=KJV
Second, the day of God’s wrath has come as the King returns. This is the period of time when out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God (chapter 19, verse 15).24)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A15&version=KJV
Third, at the conclusion of the King’s 1,000-year reign, the wicked are judged. The setting is chapter 20, verses 11 through 15.25)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A11-15&version=KJV
Fourth, the faithful prophets and saints, small and great, are rewarded at the end of the 1,000 years. This is not a picture of the Judgment Seat of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:10). Then believers were raptured (chapter 4, verse 1),26)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A1&version=KJV investigated (chapter 4, verse 2),27)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A2&version=KJV coronated (chapter 4, verse 4),28)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A4&version=KJV and exalted as they laid their crowns at Jesus’ feet (chapter 4, verse 10),29)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A10&version=KJV long before the Tribulation hour ended. The rewards presented at this time are for those who were faithful during the kingdom age-those who did not rebel and follow Satan at its conclusion (chapter 20, verses 7, 8).30)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+20%3A7%2C8&version=KJV
Fifth, those who destroyed the earth are destroyed. This refers to spirit beings who followed the destroyer, Satan. Their destruction is separate from that of the nations, hence the division between the two in verse 18.31)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+11%3A18&version=KJV Satanic beings receive their judgment at this hour as well as the earth dwellers. In the midst of all of this, Israel is spared.
The temple of God and the Ark of the Testament, both connected with Jewish worship, picture Israel. Thus, in the midst of lightnings, and voices and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail, God spares His covenant people.
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|14.||↑||The second woe is revealed after the sixth trumpet judgment. This woe begins when a voice commands, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates” (Revelation 9:14). These four angels are demons who were cast from heaven along with Satan. God is right now keeping them imprisoned until the appointed time (Revelation 9:15; cf. Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4). These angels and their armies, numbering two hundred million, are released to kill a third of mankind (Revelation 9:15-16). After the second woe passes (Revelation 11:14), there comes a clear division in the book with the announcement from heaven, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15). In other words, this final stage of judgment will be the end, and righteousness will be restored to the earth. source|