Bible Study Notes on Revelation 11 – 20170714

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Revelation 11:1  “…Rise and measure the temple of God…”
Similar to Ezekiel.  Told to measure the temple and areas of it and to leave out certain areas.  Gives the idea of reality to it, it was really there, its dimensions are real and fixed.  Not sure if this was to represent the earthly temple or heavenly one, but leaning toward earthly.  The outer court was not measured as it was given to the Gentiles which wouldn’t be in heaven.  As he then goes directly to the two witnesses, not sure what all was involved with the measurement deal.

3  “…I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth”
Much debate over who these are or whom they represent.  Some give Moses and Elijah to represent the Law and the Prophets.  Some Elijah and Enoch as they were taken instead of dying outright.  Some that they are symbolic of the Law and Prophets.  They are given the same powers other prophets have had, stopping rain, turning water to blood, bringing plagues, etc.  I feel it will be two actual people because of what happens to them.  I also feel they will be two new people who are very similar to Moses and Elijah.  God hasn’t repeated anyone although He has brought similar folks, such as Elijah and John the Baptist.  Most likely Jewish as the whole time period is for them.  This episode will close all the prophecies given beforehand.  Kinda like the final summation of prophets.

4  “…two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth”
Prophecy in Zechariah 4.

5  “…if anyone wants to harm them…”
No one can touch them until the beast kills them.

7  “…beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit…”
Has not been mentioned before.  Obviously satanic, himself or one that represents him.

8  “…spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified”
Names Jerusalem, the city of the crucifixion.  Isaiah used Sodom to refer to Jerusalem due to their sin.

10  “…these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth”
Prophesy for three and a half years, so probably through the first half of the Tribulation period.  After they are killed, the way is open for the Antichrist to set himself up as God in the temple.

11  “…the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet…”
Not sure why this happens as it does.  Killed by enemies, dead for three and a half days, then resurrected to ascend into heaven on a cloud.  Basic picture of what Jesus did.  Get the feeling there is more significance to the scenario, but not sure what it is.

12  “…and their enemies saw them”
A difference the commentary noticed.  They are seen ascending by their enemies.  Ezekiel and Jesus were not, only by their friends.

15  “…seventh angel sounded…”
Completion and another transition.

15  “…The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
Everything has always belonged to Christ, but now the official announcement.  He will no longer allow satan to usurp any authority, over the earth or the air.  Soon it will all be under His feet.

19  “…temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple…”
Full access.  Much like the earthly temple when the veil was torn revealing the Holy of Holies.  Sin and its separating effect between God and man is gone.  Full fellowship is restored as it was in the beginning.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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