Chapter 10:1 – 11:19
What does Revelation mean to me?
Here is another pause. A time to give mankind a chance to regroup and rethink their plight. The main question being, “Will they turn to Christ?”
The Lord never leaves the earth without a consistent witness of Him.
Here a “strong angel” (Revelation 10:1-11) stands with one foot on the sea and one on the earth (dominion, power over) and declares a clear message of God.
The seven peals of thunder reveal the totality of God’s Word. It is finished! (Rev. 10:7)
We hear the message but not the time.
No one knows the time of Christ’s return.
John is told to go to the angel and the “Book of Judgment” (Book of Revelation) take and eat it.
It was sweet but turned a sickening bitterness.
John is to tell the message to the world. This is our purpose as well.
The Word of God is sweet to hear but turns bitter as you realize the cost.
Just as John had to endure the bitterness so we must endure it as well.
In Chapter 11 we are most certainly in the Great Tribulation Days. It appears that these 2 Witnesses are the only witness to Christ on the earth. These two witnesses have the power of the Old Testament prophets. Their message is backed up by their powers and works. Whether we realize it or not God’s people have power!
John is told to measure the Temple in Jerusalem. Today there is a Mosque there. John is told to measure the Temple complex not the outer court. Regardless who occupies the land the Temple ground is “Holy to the Lord”. It also strongly implies that God’s people are under His divine protection. This is clearly illustrated in the 2 Witnesses.
- They have God’s authority.
- They will witness to Jerusalem for 3 ½ years.
- They cannot be killed. Those who try to kill them will be killed.
- They have authority over the air, water and weather.
- They witness to Jerusalem (and by proxy the earth) of Christ.
- After 3 ½ years God will remove His protection and they will be killed.
- The world will celebrate and leave their bodies defiled in the street for 3 ½ days.
- After 3 ½ days they will be resurrected and rise to heaven.
- A great earthquake will destroy a 1/10 of Jerusalem and kill 7,000 people.
- They have the power of Moses and the prophets.
- 3 ½ days for 3 ½ years. (A year for a day – i.e. Israel’s wanderings in the desert)
- The earthquake will give a “tithe” of Jerusalem to the Lord.
- 7,000 is a symbolic number indicating, a complete myriad of people will be killed. This is not a literal number.
- Like Nebuchadnezzar, he (and now Jerusalem) give glory to the Lord but do not turn to Him.
- The world will recognize God’s awesome power but will not repent and turn to Him.
- These 2 men are representative of the Old Testament (Olive Trees) and the New Testament (Two lampstands). God verifies the validity of both Testaments – the totality of His Word.
This is the second “Woe”. One more “Woe” is to come.
The fourth “shofar” (trumpet) sounds. (This is still future to us and reflect a future look at the end of time and the reign of God over His creation) “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” God will reign. He does reign now in the hearts and lives of His people. God’s people will worship Him. We worship Him because of His power and His reign.
The world will hate this proclamation. This is not what they want. Because now the time of wrath begins. Their attempts rule and reign over God’s creation have failed. This time will bring two events which are unavoidable.
- The judgment of the wicked.
- The reward of the bond-servants of God.
This event will bring about 2 wonderous times:
- The opening of the Temple in heaven.
- The ark of the covenant will appear in the Temple in heaven.
The Temple represents God’s presence among His people.
Now God will dwell with His people for eternity.
The Ark of the Covenant contained the Torah, some manna and the budded rod of Moses’ staff. God fulfills His Word and His promises.
Above the Ark of the Covenant was the “Mercy Seat” which promised “Atonement” to God’s people. His mercies now endure forever.
How To Stand
Learn to live with Christ as Lord
Lord means He controls your life
There is a command – “so walk in Him”.
Keep yourself rooted in Christ
How much of what you do is rooted in Christ?
Grow stronger in faith
Feeble faith vs. established faith
Faith is intended to grow to mature
Be Thankful in all things
Overflow in thankfulness
Our command is unmistakable
Teach (Make – movement of the heart)
Teach (movement of the mind)
One win one
12 month 32
24 months 512
Unconcern is inexcusable
Implies three things
Absence of God’s love in the heart
Disrespect of the Word of God
Disregard for one’s fellow man
Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10)
All resources should be available
Church should stretch the limits of its capabilities
Church’s main purpose is evangelism
Church’s plan should be Christ’s plan
Win the lost to Jesus
Train the save to serve