Now that you have traversed this far into the book you are probably growing accustomed to encountering interpretations and ideas you have not encountered before. You have read a lot of writing that does not agree with the  end times Bible prophecy that have been the norm over the past 500 years or so.  Revelation 11 and the interpretations you are about to read will be no exception.  What you are about to read may seem strange to you, but the information unleashed here is Bible based.  So even though it may not sit well with you because of centuries of false teachings, you cannot deny that the prophecies of time work out exactly as shown and are completely accurate.  Not only do they work out perfectly, you will see how they actually play off each other as a kind of double-check, which validates the measures of time being used are accurate, as well as the events they reveal.

Revelation 11:1 (KJV)
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

It has been said that this verse has to rank as one of the most difficult verses to understand in all of Biblical prophecy. It could very well be.  One could spend weeks meditating, studying, researching and looking at all the Bible verses concerning the Temple of God, and not understand it.  You could even study about its history and the beliefs and practices that went on inside it, and still not be able to make sense of it.  But if you look at a diagrammed layout of the entire temple, an alarm should go off in your head and the meaning should pop out at you.

In verse one John is given a measuring rod and the angel tells him to rise and measure the Temple of God, the altar, as well as the worshipers inside.  The “reed like unto a rod” is exactly what it says.  It is a straight rod of a determined length used in the measurement of area or distance.  What makes these measurements unusual is not that John was supposed to measure the area of the temple and the altar; but that he was also to measure the people worshiping inside.  Or was he?  While one can use a measuring rod on the temple and the altar; why would one use a measuring rod to measure all the people worshiping inside?  For what purpose would John or anyone else need such a measurement?  This is why this verse is so difficult to understand and probably why people have a tendency to come up with the longest most complicated interpretations you could possibly imagine.  This is not to say that there is not more to it than you will read here.  As you know the Word of God is very deep and we are only researching it from the prophetical aspect.

If you asked someone what the “Temple of God” is, they would probably answer that it is the temple the Jews built on the Temple Mount.  A more astute Christian would say that we are the “Temple of God,” which is 100% correct, but it is not the one John is concerned with here.  The “Temple of God” is the tall structure towards the back of the templeTemple Naos compound which contained the Holy of Holies and the Altar of Incense.  The Greek word used here is “naos” which refers to this structure inside the larger temple.  Here John was to measure the Temple of God (Naos) which was the tall temple inside the Temple of God. (Hieron)

The Greek word for the entire Temple of God is “hieron.”  This includes all the areas John was to measure.  The picture at right should make this clear to you. 

Next John was told to measure the altar.  We are not told if it is the Altar of Incense or the Altar of Sacrifice.  It has to be the Altar of Sacrifice because as we just said, the Altar of Incense is located in the Temple of God and would have been included in that measurement.  The measurement that John was going to make here was that of the “Priests Court”, because that is where the altar of sacrifice is located.  If you are thinking it still could be referring to the altar of incense, the next item should show you that it isn’t.

Finally, John is told to measure “them that worship therein.”  So why would he measure worshipers? He wasn’t going to!  It makes no sense to take a measuring rod to a group of people.  In measuring the “altar” John was measuring the Priests Court, which is where the altar is located.  So if John was to measure them that worship therein he would measure the “Court of Israel & Court of Women” which is where the worshipers worshiped.  These are the next courts out from the Temple of God (naos) and the Court of Priests.  

How were we able to determine this?  It’s easy, just look at the layout of the Jewish Temple below.  You will see that the inner temple consisted of:

  • The Temple of God (naos) : Located within the Temple of God (heiron) where God dwelt (Holy of Holies) and where the altar of incense is. Only the High Priest could enter Holy of Holies area, and he only entered it once a year during the Feast of Atonement.
  • The Altar: Located in “The Priests Court”. We know this is the altar measured here because the altar of incense was already taken into consideration when the Temple of God “naos” was measured.
  • Them That Worship Therein or “The Court of Israel” & the “Court of Women”: The next courts in sequence going out from the “temple of God” where the Israelites worshiped.

Here is a map of the Temple Layout to give a clearer picture of where these areas are located.

jewish temple layout

The second Jewish Temple of God was destroyed in 70 A.D., so it is most likely that the Temple had already been destroyed when John was given this vision.  Also, consider the fact that the measurements of the actual temple itself were already known and easily available, so any further measuring would probably have more to do with the physical location of these 3 areas on the temple mount itself and not their individual dimensions.  If one looks at the layout of the temple you see that these 3 areas account for the entire inner part of the temple.  This would suggest that this area is going to be reserved or set aside for some purpose that is not directly stated here.

So why was John asked to take these measurements and what purpose could they possibly have? Verse 2 provides the answer to the question.

Revelation 11:2 (KJV)
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

It is not the area that was measured that needs attention here; it’s the portion that wasn’t measured that’s of prime concern.  This area is to be given to the Gentiles; it will not be under the control of its original builders, the people of Judah.  

However there is more to this than meets the eye.  When you think of this verse in connection with verse 1, there must be more going on here than just the measuring of the inner parts of the temple.  If the Temple Mount, God’s Holy Mountain, was to be in control of the Gentiles, they would not be in control of everything but the areas John was asked to measure; they would control the whole Temple Mount.  For the Gentiles to control everything in Jerusalem but a rectangular area towards the middle of the top of a mountain in the middle of the city is ridiculous: or is it?  The inference here is that the Gentiles are going to place another building on the temple mount, but it will not sit on top of the places that John was to measure.  God is going to allow more building on His Holy Mountain on the Court of the Gentiles, but not on the area of land that John measured.  This is God’s Holy Mountain and NOBODY else is going to build anything anywhere unless it is with His approval.  

There is another connection here that should not be missed.  God is connecting what happens on the Temple Mount to the duration of time that the Gentiles will tread it under foot, or in other words, be in control of the Holy City of Jerusalem.  Just as in verse 3 He is connecting the Temple Mount occurrence to the length of time His witnesses will prophesy. The starting point of these date calculations is going to be when the Gentiles set up a building on the “Court of the Gentiles.” 

This would seem to confirm the prophecies given in chapters 9 and 12 of Daniel; but what building is He referring to? 

Daniel 9:27 (KJV)
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

We will skip the first part of the verse that has been almost universally misinterpretedStrongs Skirt 3671 and go to the 2nd half of the verse that concerns the topic at hand. “And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate.”  If you research the Hebrew word for “overspreading” it is the word “kawnawf” which is used in the Bible 108 times.

When you see how this word was used throughout the Old Testament the meaning of this last half of the verse becomes apparent.  This “Abomination of Desolation” is going to sit on a wing, skirt, border, corner, or end of the temple that John was to measure with the bulk of the building to stand in the “Court of the Gentiles.”  Because of this, the Temple Mount and the surrounding land area of Israel will be desolate until the consummation when the Groom (Jesus Christ) and His bride (The Church) are together, and all the vials of the wrath of God of Revelation 16 are poured out.  If this interpretation is correct, this verse confirms that another (Jewish built) temple will not sit on the Mount of the Congregation before Christ reigns as Lord of Lords and King of Kings.  Remember, the temple of God is within YOU!  So if you are one that is looking for a 3rd temple to be built on the temple mount before our Lord returns, sorry to disappoint you, it’s not going to happen.

Daniel 12:11 (KJV)
And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

Solomon’s Temple sat on the Temple Mount and it is where the “daily sacrifice” took place. This verse is saying there will be another building set up and God calls it the “abomination that makes desolate.”  It also states that it will be set up 1290 days (years) after the daily sacrifice is taken away.

This verse speaks of another temple being built on the Temple Mount.  We know that it is the temple of a false god and false religion because God calls it an “abomination.”  In the Old Testament God calls the altars that heathens built on hilltops “abominations.”  Those that visited them gave the love and glory that rightfully belongs to God, to Baal and other false gods.  This temple called “abomination” is so heinous to God that he curses it and proclaims the area around it will become desolate, thus the “Abomination of Desolation.”  It is so heinous to God that He uses it as a focal point in prophecies given in both the Old and New Testaments.  Christ speaks of it in the books of Mathew, Mark, and Revelation.  He said it would stand in the “Holy Place” and “in the place where it ought not” to be.  Christ stated what would happen when it is set up.

Matthew 24:21 (KJV)
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

This is undoubtedly the very same building that is being alluded to in these first few verses of Revelation 11. 

Here is another verse which confirms the location of this “Dome of the Rock.”  It’s giving the location of both a building as well as the bodily temples that belong to Satan which are located close to Gods Temple Mount “in the sides of the north.” The physical building temple of Satan, “Dome of the Rock” sits of Gods Holy Mountain.   If you take a look at a map of Jerusalem you will see that the spiritual body temples, the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem, is located directly to the north of the Temple Mount.

Isaiah 14:13 (KJV)
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

As we mention in the previous chapter on Isaiah 14, in this verse God is speaking to Lucifer, (anti-Christ, King of Babylon) and you see the “I wills” that caused his fall.  This Biblical prophecy is telling us there will be other temples built on Gods Holy Mountain.  Notice the “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” The “mount of the congregation” mentioned here is Mount Moriah, God’s Holy Mountain on which 2 temples were built to God by His chosen people.  Both of these temples were destroyed by invading armies.

Lucifer saying “I will sit also” instead of “I will also sit” is very important.  I will sit also tells us there is or was in the past, another temple sitting on this same mountain.

The last part of Revelation 11:2 states the Gentiles will be in control of the Holy City (Jerusalem) for a period of 42 months.  Please note that the time period this verse speaks of has nothing to do with the time period the Gentiles will control of the temple mount.  That is not what this verse says.  The Muslims control the temple mount as we speak, but they do not control Jerusalem, which is what this verse specifically addresses. 

As was mentioned previously, the area given to the Gentiles and the amount of time they will rule Jerusalem, the Holy City, are connected.  In order to compute the beginning of the “time of the Gentile’s” ownership we must not only know what this building is, but when it was set up.

The building that is currently sitting on top of the Mount of the Congregation is “The Abomination of Desolationspoken of by Daniel the prophet standing where it ought not.  (Mark13:14)  This is the same Abomination of Desolation that Daniel said would be set up 1290 days (years) after the daily sacrifice is taken away. It is the Muslim mosque “Dome of the Rock” built in 688 A.D.  Now we have our starting point for our calculation, but if we add 42 months (3½ years) onto it we end up somewhere in the year 691 A.D. If you know your history of the Middle East, you know that Jerusalem has not been under Israeli control a lot longer than 42 months.  There are only 4 conclusions we can come to here.

  1. The 42 months refers to some period of time that is still in the future, future. Remember, this prophecy was made around or before 100 A.D., so there has already been 1900 years of future.
  2. John messed up and didn’t write what God told him to write.
  3. God messed up and meant to give a much larger figure here. (Which isn’t possible)
  4. 42 months is not 3½ years.

The 42 months cannot start some point in the future since the building is already sitting there.  Since God is never wrong and the Holy Spirit would have made sure what John wrote was correct, it’s quite safe for us to assume that we should look for a different time variable for the 42 months.  

We can know exactly what the time duration of 42 months is by going through the Word of God and finding it.  Like everything else in life, Our Lord has provided us with everything we need, all we have to do is seek, and study to show ourselves acceptable to Him. 

If we go back to the books of Numbers and Ezekiel, we will find two witnesses that reveal to us the key to understanding all periods of time in Bible prophecy with only one exception, which will be explained later.

 In Bible prophecy 1 day is equal to 1 year.  As you were shown earlier, this is the key to solving all periods of prophetical time as given in scripture with that one exception.  All prophecies of time that are not in “day” format must be converted into days. This means that hours, weeks, months and years must be converted into days before you can find your proper length of time.  If you use this key you will find prophetical solutions for Bible prophecy if you have the events and the dates of the events correct.  This day for a year period can be confirmed in both Numbers 14 and Ezekiel 4.

Numbers 14:34 (KJV)
After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.

Ezekiel 4:6 (KJV)
And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.

If one uses 30 days for a month and multiplies it times 42 you will get 1260 days, or a prophetical 1260 years.  If you add this to 688 A.D. you come up with 1948 which is not the year Israel regained control of Jerusalem, the Holy City.  However, if you take the 42 months and calculate the actual number of days therein, you will find it is not 1260; there are 1279 days in 42 months.  That is why God used 42 months in this verse and 1260 days in the next verse.  If both time periods were the same, God would have used the same measurement; to do anything else would promote confusion, and God is not the author of confusion.

If we take the 1279 days and make them 1279 years as the Bible shows us, this is the equation we come up with.   

This is the exact year Israel regained control of the Holy City, Jerusalem; after miraculously winning a 6 Day War against the Muslim nations that surround her. Israel won this victory against unbelievable odds and yet the losses sustained by Israel were small when compared to the damages that were inflicted upon the countries that attacked her.  The Muslim nations of Egypt, Syria and Jordan suffered more than 17,000 dead while Israel suffered 983 casualties.  Israel lost 46 of 300 aircraft while the three Arab nations lost 452 of 600 aircraft.

NOTE: As stated specifically in the Word of God, As of June of 1967, Israel is now in control of the Holy City Jerusalem, but they have allowed the Muslims to maintain control of the Temple Mount area.

Revelation 11:3 (KJV)
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Since we have demonstrated that 1 day = 1 year in Bible prophecy, let’s verify this by using it to solve what the “time of witness” is that our Lord speaks of in verse three.  Our Lord states that His two witnesses will prophesy for 1260 days.  Using 1 day = 1 year would make the 1260 days to be 1260 years.  If we then add this to the year the Dome of the Rock was set up we get:28

You should recognize this as the year that Israel became a nation again, exactly as God informed us in His Word.  We won’t do it here, but all the info one needs to calculate the time Israel went into captivity and the time it would end (1948) are given to the exact year in the Old Testament by calculating the amount of time He said He would punish them for if they rebelled against Him and did not keep His commandments. 

Here is a graph which better demonstrates on a timeline how these first 3 verses of Revelation 11 go together with the verses we listed from the book of Daniel.  Please note how nicely all of these events fit together.  If the interpretation given here was incorrect, these things would not fit together the way they do.  At least the odds would be very much against it.  One could still deny it, but as you have already seen in the chapters preceding this one, everything fits!


NOTE 1: Most Bible Prophecy students believe the “daily sacrifice” stopped in 583 B.C. when Jerusalem and the Jewish Temple were destroyed, but that is not the date Daniel 12:11 is referring to.  The verse specifically says “from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away.”  The meaning of taken away is more like carried away or departed.  King Jehoiakim began his reign over Judah in 609 B.C.  Jeremiah 36:9 says “And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.”  This would have made it almost 6 years into his reign and very close to 603 B.C.  The reason for this fast is that King Nebuchadnezzar had just defeated Syria and Palestine and Jerusalem was next on his list.  When the King of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, II Chronicles 36:7 tells us “Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the House of the Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.”  Thus the vessels they used to perform the sacrifice were carried away.      

NOTE 2: The computation of 603 B.C. and adding 1290 years will come out to 687 A.D. on a calculator.  However, when going from BC to AD you must add 1 year because of the way the birth of Christ was dealt with.  One cannot calculate from BC to AD or AD to BC by simple addition or subtraction. Those that adopted the BC AD designation of years actually believed that zero is nothing, thus they forgot to include a zero year.  So in order to compute time the way it is now set up you must remember to add a year when going from BC to AD, and you must subtract one year when going from AD to BC.

NOTE 3: All the critics like to say the Bible was written much later than is claimed and that’s why the prophecy is so accurate.  They try to tell us the events happened before the prophecies were written.  The King James Bible was published in 1612 and the manuscripts it was translated from were much, much older.  These are only three of the prophecies that were written long before the Dome of the Rock or Islam even existed!  All of the descriptions and even the dates are exactly as stated, and these are just three of the many prophecies in this chapter.  It is IMPOSSIBLE for this to have come from anyone but the God who knows the end from the beginning!!!

Don’t forget to note how nicely all of these events fit together.  If the interpretation given here was incorrect, these things would not fit together the way they do.  At least the odds against all of this fitting perfectly would be extremely high!  One could still deny it, but as you have already seen in the chapters preceding this one, everything fits!

The time of the “two witnesses” ended in 1948, with prophecy being fulfilled and Israel becoming a nation again.  This 1260 year period (the time of the two witnesses) is the period of time Christ spoke of in Matthew 24:14:  Many believe that the period of time spoken of in these verses is not over yet because there are still languages the Word of God has not been translated into; but verse 14 does not say that.  It says the “gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;” which has nothing to do with translating.  What our Lord has revealed is a specific amount of time that does not need to be generalized any longer.  These verses are both about witnesses and witnessing and our Lord even gave us the precise length of time of their service.

Matthew 24:14-15 (KJV)
14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Notice that the “abomination of desolation” is mentioned immediately after the gospel of the kingdom being preached, but in Revelation 11 it is mentioned before the time of the witnesses.  As you will be shown in the chapter on Matthew 24; the prophecy that Christ gave to His disciples in Matthew 24 are given in a last to first order and not first to last.

1948 ended the time of protection for His witnesses.  The ending of this protection served to increase and accelerate the immigration of the Jews back to Israel because their lives were no longer safe in the Arab Islamic countries of the region and the world was already showing signs of antisemitism even though World War II was barely over.  

From this point on it is Israel we should look to as God tests and rescues His chosen people in the place where He chose to put His name.  These two witnesses were dressed in sackcloth so we know that they were penitent, humble and mourning.  Since they were Christ’s witnesses we also know that they were called, chosen and faithful; but who are they?  The next verse answers that question.

Revelation 11:4 (KJV)
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

You probably have not heard the interpretation you are about to read before as most teach that these two witnesses are two individuals such as Moses and Elijah.  Once again you must keep in mind that Revelation is signified meaning it uses LOTS of metaphors so things are not what they appear to be at first glance.  What you are about to read is entirely Bible based and the verses are provided.

Jeremiah 11:16-17 (KJV)
16 The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. 17 For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.

God called Israel (12 tribes) “Green olive tree” but because of their evil He split them into two trees, the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

Ezekiel 37:16 (KJV)
16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:

The “(tree)” was included three times in this verse.  The original Hebrew word used in this verse for stick is “ates.”  Strong’s Greek Dictionary says “ates” is not a stick, it is a tree.  Evidently the interpreters of the King James probably thought it more reasonable to hold a stick then a tree, but as stated in a previous chapter, God consistently uses trees to represent nations.  The picture of the two olive trees and the candlestick (menorah) are the Old Testament symbol of Israel.  The olive tree supplies the oil to the menorah (candle holder) which represents the seven churches that give light to the world.

Romans 11:24 (KJV)
24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

30 Olive Trees - MenoraAs Gentiles we are grafted into the olive tree, which means we are no longer “Gentiles.”  There is no such thing as a “Gentile Church”.  Gentiles are the Strangers in the Old and New Testament.  Most (not all) of the Gentiles that so readily accepted Paul’s teaching were people of the 10 tribes of Israel that never returned from their Assyrian exile and mixed with the Gentiles.  Because they mixed with the Gentiles, the Jews would not take them back and called them “Gentiles.”

So then who are the two candlesticks?  Just as the word “stick” was not the best choice of words in Ezekiel 37, so the word “candlestick” is not the best word to be used here.  The word “candlestick” in the KJV leaves us with the wrong impression of what is being described here.  The original Greek word used here is “lychnia” which actually means “lamp stand” which would make it more like the “menorah” as you saw in the previous picture of the symbol of Israel.

Revelation 1:20 (KJV)
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Candlesticks are churches!  (Church means “called out” or “chosen ones”) So why are there only two churches spoken of here when there were seven churches listed in Revelation 1:20?

When you read the letters to the seven churches, you will find that there are only two churches that received no condemnation from Christ. Also, take special notice of what He said to the first church at Ephesus:

Revelation 2:5 (KJV)
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

From this one can deduct that although there were probably saved people in all the churches, it does not appear that Ephesus, along with the other four churches, ever paid attention to our Lords correction and repented.  Thus their candlesticks were removed out of his presence leaving only the two candlesticks remaining.

It is also quite interesting what the two churches that received no condemnation reveal to us when you look into the actual meaning of their names.  The two churches that received no condemnation are the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia.

Smyrna means “crushed myrrh” which is the embalming fluid used on corpses of the day. The church at Smyrna loved the Lord with all their heart and was heavily persecuted for it.  In fact they loved their Lord so much that many of them became martyrs for Christ.

When you go to the original Greek you find that Philadelphia means “brotherly love”. The people of this church era sent out more missionaries and published the Gospel message throughout the world.  They showed a very deep compassion for the lost.

When you take the dictionary meanings of these two churches and put them together it brings to mind what Christ said when being questioned by the lawyer in Matthew 22.

Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV)
37   Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets

Since the word “and” is used to join together as in “These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.” we need to put it all together to find out who these two witnesses really are.  His “two witnesses” are: All those that are called out or chosen of the House of Judah and the House of Israel (Gentiles grafted in) that love the Lord their God with all their heart and love their neighbors as themselves.

You may or may not accept this, but the one thing I do want to stress is that the “two witnesses” are not two individual witnesses as you have probably been taught.  If you make them only “two” witnesses, none of the prophecies of time will work.  Do you know of any 1260 year old witnesses still walking around?  Besides did you not just read straight from God’s own Word who these two witnesses are; the two trees and the two candlesticks?  

Revelation 11:5 (KJV)
And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Jeremiah 5:14 (KJV)
Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

In verse 3 it said that these two witnesses would prophesy 1260 days. (1260 yrs.)  By “prophesy” it does not mean to make predictions of the future as some might tend to think, but rather it means to speak the Word of God which includes the spreading the Gospel message.  The fire that comes out of their mouth is the Word of God. “If any man will hurt them” could mean physical pain, but might even mean emotional pain.  Because just like their Master, His witnesses feel sorrow and compassion for lost souls, and when they are hurt what comes out of their mouth is not anger, but what the Holy Spirit gives them which is the Word of God.  The “must in this manner be killed” is referring back to the “fire” mentioned earlier in the verse.  In other words the souls they witness to have two choices.  Like Gods witnesses, they can let the Word of God burn within or they can have the fire of hell burn without.  It all depends upon how they respond to the Word of God and the Gospel message.  The next verse tells us what will happen when His witnesses are hurt or obstructed from spreading the Word of God.

Revelation 11:6 (KJV)
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

When one first reads this verse in the literal sense, it does not seem to fit with the things that Christ teaches us.  We could probably write an enormous book filled with all the times that Gods witnesses prayed for rain during a drought and had their prayers answered; but I know of no occasions during the time period we are looking at, where they prayed for no rain or for one of these plagues to be unleashed on anyone for any reason.

Remember when Christ was on His way to Jerusalem He sent a few messengers into a village in Samaria to make ready for Him?  The village refused them and His disciples asked if they should call for fire to come down from heaven and destroy the village.  Christ responded, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them…” We are taught to turn the other cheek and not to repay evil with evil.

In Revelation chapter 6 it reads that a certain “power was given” to each of the four horsemen of the apocalypse; meaning God was allowing them this power and they were the ones that would be performing it.  In this case it is not worded that way which leads one to believe that the “power to shut up heaven that it rain not” and “to smite the earth with all plagues” and “to turn waters to blood” refers to what God will do if and when His two witnesses are mistreated.  The Bible is full of instances where God punished the people and nations that mistreated His people, and all the maladies listed here very much resemble the maladies He has previously performed to punish those that would mistreat His people.   

However, the “power over waters to turn them to blood:” could have a double meaning here.  This could definitely be a metaphor because this is what Gods witnesses are supposed to do.  Since seas, waves, waters, floods, are used to refer to varying multitudes or groups of people, the blood that His witnesses turn people to would assuredly be the saving blood of Jesus Christ.

There is another way we can think of the time of Gods witnesses which ended in 1948.  This is the period of time God insured that His Word would be spread throughout the world.  If the time came that they were obstructed from spreading the Word of God He would unleash the plagues listed above.  Please do not take this the wrong way.  God always takes care of those that put their trust in Him, but it is during this time period that God enabled His servants to spread the Gospel with less persecution than at any other time in history.  Even in Revelation 9:4, a verse speaking to the conquering Muslim armies of Mohamed it says: “And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.  This is in sharp contrast to what we see happening after 1948; especially now, when it appears to be almost open season on Gods witnesses.  Now, anything which even hints at having some connection with the Word of God is being mocked, belittled, insulted, persecuted, rejected and killed; and not necessarily in that order!

Revelation 11:7 (KJV)
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

We already determined who the two witnesses are and when the time of their testimony was finished.  They are the chosen or “called out” of God and the time of their testimony was finished in 1948 when Israel became a nation.  In the previous chapters you learned the identity of the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit.  This “beast is the feet and toes of Daniel 2:41. He’s the “beast that ascendeth of the bottomless pit of Isaiah 14:19 and the “beast coming up out of the earth” of Revelation 13:11. He’s the “little horn” of Daniel 7:8 and the “beast that was and is not” of Revelation 17:11.  He is the King of Babylon returned from the grave.

When you see all the places in the Word of God that mention this beast, it should be obvious to all that our gracious Lord has given us no shortage of information regarding this terrible beast that many call Anti-Christ.  Yet there are very few Christians today that recognize the identity of this beast even though our Lord revealed so much to us.  He told us what to watch for, He told us when to watch, and He commanded us to watch!  What is even more disheartening is the fact that if you want to determine the identity of this beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit, one only has to open their eyes and read today’s news.  The last part of the verse which states; “shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill themis so obvious that even a hard core atheist could probably figure out who this beast is.  

He’s the King of Babylon and the abominable branch that belongs to the same group of people that placed the Dome of the Rock (Abomination of Desolation) on top of the Mount of the Congregation.  The very building the first two verses of this chapter alluded to. 

The only group that fits all these chapters and verses is ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, with its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the duly appointed Caliph of Islam.  He is the Man of Sin, Lawless One, Son of Perdition, the Assyrian and the King of Babylon our Lord warned us of.  In fact, of the multitude of descriptions the Lord gave us of this man and his followers, there is not one that does not fit perfectly.  This is made even clearer in the verses to follow.

Revelation 11:8 (KJV)
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

This may not be a long verse, but it is one with a great deal of significance.  This verse has many things to tell us that are very important to understand, especially at this late date in God’s plan. 

The great city is spoken of ten times in Revelation.  The tenth time it is used to describe the New Jerusalem; but the previous nine times it is used in reference to Babylon. The first time it is used is right here in Revelation 11:8.  Even though Revelation is full of metaphors, the usage of great city here can be shown to be Babylon and the description of it to be quite literal.   The keys to understanding this verse are found in two words; spiritually and also.  In order to find out where the dead bodies of his witnesses are left to lie, we need to look at both Sodom and Egypt spiritually.

Going back to Genesis 19 in the Old Testament we find that Sodom was both morally and spiritually bankrupt, no good in it.  God could not find 10 righteous men in the whole city and in fact there was probably not one righteous man in this city as Lot was only saved because God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow.”

This tells us the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were spiritually and morally dead.  These people were sodomites and adulterers.  They were so morally and spiritually depraved they would have molested Gods angels if they could have.  They thought only of the pleasure of the moment and the pleasing of their carnal desires.  They gave God no recognition or consideration in anything they did.  The laws of God meant nothing; to them it was as though God did not exist.  The Bible says they were exceedingly wicked and their sins were very heinous.

Egypt is where God sent both Abraham and Israel for testing ad training purposes.  In both cases there was famine in the land of Canaan and instead of asking God for rain or to provide their necessities, both looked to Egypt for their sustenance.  Abraham was given much because of Sarah’s great beauty and Jacob’s family (Israel) was given much because of Joseph.  Neither Abraham nor Israel left Egypt of their own accord.  They were quite content to stay while Egypt was content with them and Egypt was providing for them.   In both cases it was plagues God sent on Pharaoh and Egypt that caused them to leave.  In the case of Abraham God sent plagues on Pharaoh and in Israel’s case God sent 9 plagues on all of Egypt and then sent judgment when all of Egypt’s firstborn were killed.  Even though both Pharaohs knew that the plagues were from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, both Pharaohs were content for Abraham and Israel to leave and content to keep worshiping their false god’s, rather than humble their selves before the true God of creation.

In the case of Israel, Egypt made slaves out of them.  They were uncivilized to Gods people making them bear a very heavy burden.  Even a slave can be treated kindly and fairly, but the Egyptians were nothing short of cruel to Gods people; even to the point of killing their male children.  Moses did not kill the Egyptian because he was verbally humiliating a fellow Hebrew by hurling politically correct insults at him!

From the experience of Abraham and Israel with Egypt it is easy to see that Egypt represents the world in this verse.  It is the place God’s people are supposed to separate themselves from.  It has many enticements and temptations which will eventually make a slave of you and lead to your ruin if you stay.  It is only through the power and grace of our Lord that we are able to withstand its temptations and separate ourselves from it.

We now have spiritual descriptions of Sodom and Egypt, but there are two more important practices mentioned in this verse that must be applied also, which will further help in our understanding of this verse. In fact, it is these two practices that seal the deal on the spiritual city of Sodom. 

The first important practice is the practice of leaving dead bodies lie in the streets.  This is the practice of one and only one false religion, the religion of Islam.  There is a current day people and current day location where this is being practiced.  It is being practiced in any and all areas where Islamic terrorism is beginning to control areas of land. This is especially true in the area controlled by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) which is the very same location of the old Babylonian Empire.  Islam is also morally and spiritually bankrupt.  It does not honor any of the commandments taught in the Word of God.  Murder, theft, lying, adultery, pedophilia, deceit, and blasphemy against God can all be practiced in the name of religion.  Muslims are taught to hate Gods people and His witnesses.  Both modern day Muslims and their forefathers have harassed, oppressed and made slaves out of Gods people from the time they left Egypt.  Muslims do not bury the dead of the enemy.  Instead they desecrate it in any number of horrible ways and then just leave the corpse lie.  It is their way of showing their utter contempt and hatred of the enemy. 

It should also be noted here that Islam is the only religion that practices the second behavior listed in this verse; the practice of death by crucifixion.  This inhumane method of torture and murder is being practice by the Man of Sin Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi the head of ISIS and appointed Caliph of Islam.  As stated earlier, Caliph or Khalifa means “substitute for” in Arabic which in the case of Islam means “substitute for Allah.”  That makes the Caliph of Islam Satan in the flesh.

Just as God refers to Babylon as the great city in the book of Revelation, so it is Babylon in this verse also.  It is literally the place where dead, crucified bodies of God’s witnesses are being left in the streets, and the whole world sees it and is doing nothing about it. 

But there is still more to be seen here.  Remember, we need to try to look at this though God’s eyes. When you look at our descriptions of Sodom and Egypt you must realize that Babylon is not confined to the area of the Babylonian Kingdom any more, and we are not talking about the fact that Islam has spread throughout the entire world.  We are saying that all the evil that Islam is, adultery, theft, murder, covetousness, lying, deceiving, pride and the worship of a false god or gods is prevalent throughout the whole world.  Almost all the evil things you see in Sodom and Egypt are practiced and acceptable almost worldwide.  Just like Egypt, all our governments are in rejection of God, his people, and the rules He gave to live by.  Our Lord was not only crucified in Sodom or Egypt, he was crucified in a world that turned a blind eye to Him and rejected Him.  In other words the Great City is not only Babylon and its Anti-Christ teachings and devil worship; it is speaking to the condition of the entire world.  Please take note: God views this world we live in right now to be no different than Sodom and Gomorrah. The history of Sodom and Gomorrah SHOULD teach us that when adultery and homosexuality become rampant, it will not be long before God will execute the same kind of judgment He exercised on them.

There are just a few more things we should say to clear up any confusion you may still have about this verse.  It should be clear that Egypt stands for the World and that Sodom represents Islam, but there is another great city that we can name here.  Most people will not know this, but all Muslims consider themselves to be part of the “ummah.”  The ummah is the whole community of Muslims bound together by Islam or in other words a “one world church.” The word “ummah” means community.  What is a city?  It’s a community.  This community is tied together by one real city, the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.  So in the 9 times that Revelation mentions the “great city” it is speaking about Islam (Babylon).  Nine is the number of judgment in the Bible and God is going to judge this great city that has crucified His witnesses very soon.

Matthew 25:40 (KJV)
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

This then is solid proof that our Lord, Jesus Christ, was indeed crucified in Sodom and in Egypt.  When you crucify one of His servants, it is just as though you crucified Him.  Our Heavenly Father is very protective of His children, even though it may not seem to be that way to the unsaved.  However, the day is coming that they will understand, but it will be too late.

God has numbered the days of this Babylon using the crucifixion of His servants.  We know this because this verse is not only speaking about our Lords crucifixion; this verse is referring to the crucifixion of Gods witnesses.  That word also does not need to be there.  It is there to tell us that these dead bodies that were left in the streets of the “Great City” were crucified. It is saying that not only was our Lord crucified there, but the dead bodies of His witnesses were also.  

The methods of execution supported by the Koran are beheading and crucifixion.  Mohamed used crucifixion also, but it’s use over time phased out and beheading became Islam’s preferred method of execution.  It became the form of capital punishment Islam is known for. 

But that changed with the arrival of the beast that was cast out of the pit, (Isaiah 14:19) that rose up out of the earth, (Rev. 13:8) which is located in Syria and Iraq. (Babylon–ISIS) This beast made an image to the first beast, or in other words, they are doing everything exactly as Mohamed did.  This is why there is a huge wave of Islamic terrorism now and why we see the practice of crucifixion restored.  It is also their way of mocking and blaspheming God.  They believe that because God does not strike them dead where they stand that He must not exist.  It is safe to assume they do not know or understand the 11th chapter of Revelation.   Neither are they aware of the fact that the Son of God they say does not exist, is using them to fulfill the prophecy He has laid out for us in His Word.  This prophecy will allow us to know exactly when we are to watch for His return.

Revelation 11:9 (KJV)
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

“And they of the people and kindred’s and tongues and nations” is saying the whole world is going to be witnesses to this. The whole world is going to see it, and not do much of anything to stop it.  Here again we see that their bodies are not put in graves but are treated with contempt by the Muslim world, and almost totally ignored by the rest of the world.

As we said earlier, a day is equal to a year in Biblical prophecy.  So these bodies will lie in the streets for 3½ days. (Years)  No!!!; it does not mean that they will leave each individual body lie in the street for 3½ years.  It means that when the beast that rises up out of the bottomless pit (Babylon) begins to crucify these witnesses, it will be 3½ years before this King of Babylon will lose his power over them and the crucifixions will stop.  The second witness to this verse is found in Daniel: 

Daniel 7:25 (KJV)
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Instead of using days to indicate years, this verse uses time, times and the dividing of time.  Here as well as in Revelation chapter 12, times is just another way of saying years.  One “time” being 1 year, times being 2 years and the dividing of time being a portion of a year.   Half a time would be ½ a year, but this verse says the dividing of time which makes this to mean 3+ years because it does not tell us how the “dividing of time” is to be divided.  Verse 26 verifies this by not giving us a specific date that his dominion well cease to exist.  It only states “they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”  This is because the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is going to be the one who executes the final victory over this beast.

This passage gives us even more information which further incriminates Islam.  The “he” in this verse is the Anti-Christ religion of Islam and as we mentioned earlier the “great words” he shall speak against the most High are “Allahu Akbar” which states that Allah (Satan) in greater than God.

What has not been mentioned yet is that Islam has “times and laws.”  Like our Lord, which gave His chosen people “Times and Laws;” Islam has theirs, which are different than the ones given by God.  That is why it says he shall “think to change times and laws.”  If God appointed them, nobody, and we do mean nobody, can change them except God.  God gave the 10 Commandments; Islam goes by Sharia Law.  God gave Israel His Appointed Times which are the Feasts of the Lord; Islam has it’s appointed times or feasts days given by Allah.  Once again we see everything fits Islam and not the European Union or Catholic Church.

NOTE: These Feasts of the Lord given to Israel are very important.  They are almost completely ignored by the Church of today, but they play an extremely important part in the Bible.  In fact, they are and reveal God’s Master Plan, which we will examine in the coming chapters.

Revelation 11:10 (KJV)
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Whenever you read in the Bible “And they that dwell upon the earth;” it is not speaking to those that have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  To “dwell upon the earth” is to make it your place of residence; while every born again Christian knows his home is in heaven.  It is also worth noting that the word “dwell” means to “remain.”

This verse does not necessarily speak explicitly to Islam in all cases, but here again we see another practice which is a serious indictment of Islam.   When an enemy of Islam is killed, Muslims celebrate.  On November 19th 2014 Muslim Jihadists went into a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem and killed 3 Rabbi’s.  A video was shown of Palestinians celebrating.  They were dancing in the streets, there were men with large trays of cupcakes and candy going from car to car and business to business passing them out to celebrate the deaths of 3 innocent men.  When almost 3000 innocent lives were lost on 9/11, the streets in some Muslim cities around the world were filled with Muslims celebrating their deaths.

These two witnesses tormented them because men want to continue in their evil ways.  Men love darkness rather than light.  The carnal man thinks he is his own judge and can do what he wants to do when he wants to do it.  He does not want to be reminded that there is a God in heaven that will be his judge.  So anything that reminds him of this as in the case of God’s two witnesses has got to go, even if it means murder.

Revelation 11:11-12 (KJV)
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

–And after three days and a half– First, it is very important to point out verse 9 states that the crucifixions will go on for 3½ days (years) and then they will stop.  Verse 11 is stating after as in sometime after an additional 3½ days (years) of crucifixions “the Spirit of life from God entered into them.”  It is not saying that immediately after the 3½ days (years) are over “the Spirit of life from God entered into them.”  By adding the 3½ days (years) to the 3½ plus days (years) you get a 7 plus year period.  This is very important because when you put the information given in this verse and combine it with the information given in verse 9 you should be able to know a couple of very important dates.

  1. The first 3½ days (years) should be very close to the day the 5th seal was opened. This relates to Revelation 6:9 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held.”  This should be around the time the Man of Sin has lost his power over the saints.
  2. When you combine the two 3½ days (years) together it is telling us that after the “Man of Sin” is revealed there will be a period of 7 plus years before our Lord returns. With this information one should be able to know the precise date of the Feast of Trumpets our Lord will be returning.  This will be covered in more detail in chapter 16; “The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation.”

The Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet The beast that rose up out of the bottomless pit spends 3½ years crucifying God’s witnesses.  Then there will be another 3½ years to follow after which God’s witnesses are suddenly going to come back to life again.  This is the beginning of the rapture, when the dead in Christ shall rise first.  Remember, we are not speaking of only 2 people here; we are speaking of all those that have been God’s witnesses.  Can you imagine the fear this would cause in people that did not know what was happening?  This is enough to instill fear in the people that know what’s happening!  This will really instill great fear in the people that thought they had killed them.  The terrorizers will become the terrorized.  It may even scare the Devil out a few of them!

And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither We are talking about all Gods witnesses, not just the ones that were killed by the beast.  This is a worldwide event, not just the area where Babylon (ISIS aka Islamic State) is now.  Remember, their Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has killed Jews and Christians all over the world.  And don’t forget the genocide that is being committed by the other Islamic jihadists that are either under his (Sunni) control or Shiite (Iranian) control.  The crucifixions of God’s witnesses will go on for 3½ years, but the killing of non-Muslims by Muslims will go on until our Lord puts an end to it.  This even though the “Man of Sin” has fled his domain and Babylon (ISIS) has gone into perdition just as was stated in Revelation 11:9 as well as Daniel 7:25,26 and Revelation 17:11.  Perdition means “destruction,” but not total destruction.  This is exactly what is happening now.

Revelation 17:11 (KJV)
And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

Remember; Abu Bakr is still Caliph of Islam, so even though his domain has currently gone into perdition, he himself will not be killed as it is the Lord that will be the one to deal with him.

Daniel 7:25-26 (KJV)
25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

The dividing of time is the dividing of a year, but it can be almost anything from the first minute of the start of the year to the last second of that same year, but not a full year.  “To consume and destroy it unto the end” is saying the same thing and verifying this same idea.  In other words, there is no prophecy in scripture that will be giving the exact date of our Lords return.  He has given us the “Day” of His return through the “Feasts of the Lord.”  He has given us the hour in the Parable of the Ten Virgins, but the year can only be known by watching.  You will need to understand prophecy in the “Word of God” and then “watch” as it is being fulfilled.  This will allow you to know the year and it will play an important part in your not becoming one of the foolish virgins that were left behind because they did not know Him; the “Word of God.”  

Revelation 11:13 (KJV)
And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

–The same hour there was a great earthquake– This could be literal or symbolic just as the number of men that died in it could be.  However, because there was an earthquake at the first resurrection when Jesus died, this earthquake should probably be taken literally.  The same hour should be taken literally for the same reason.  It does not make sense that the same hour would mean at a different time of the same feast season using the prophetical time value.  The reason for this is that in Bible prophecy an “hour” is equal to fifteen days.  Fifteen days is the amount of time from Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets to Tishri 15 the Feast of Tabernacles.  More than once in the New Testament our Lord refers to this hour, as in “But of that day and hour knoweth no man.”

In this case the remnant is the 144,000 we were made aware of in Revelation 7:4.  Even though they are scared, we know that they know exactly what is happening because they give glory to God.  Even though the 144,000 are totally aware of everything that is happening, it is totally understandable that a great earthquake would scare anyone, even those that experience them often.

As for the “tenth part of the city fell” and the 7000 men that were slain should probably not be taken literally.  Remember the Great City is most likely speaking of the whole world and for only 7 thousand men to die in a great earthquake is really not that many.  If you take into consideration the Biblical meanings of the number 7 and 1000 you do not get a pretty picture. “7” is the number of   completeness, both physical and spiritual.  1000 is the number of much and countless.  The exact meaning will be left to your imagination.

Revelation 11:14 (KJV)
The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

It is interesting to note that according to Webster’s dictionary “woe” is grief, sorrow, misery, heavy calamity, a curse, or malediction.  Again, this is a very good description of what Islam brought into this world.  However, this woe has nothing to do with Islam.  This woe has to do with the wrath of God which makes it something you do not want to experience!  God always warns before He chastises, but this will not be like the previous trumpets where there was literally hundreds of years and many warnings.  This one will only be a 24+ hour warning.

Revelation 11:15 (KJV)
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  

The last of the seven trumpets sounds and Jesus Christ, the Lord of Lord’s, and King of Kings is taking His rightful place as ruler of this world.  This is The Day of the Lord.  Notice that it begins immediately after the rapture.  As you will learn shortly, the Rapture will take exactly 24 hours as revealed in Matthew 24.  This is exactly as it is portrayed in the Feasts of the Lord.

The seventh trumpet sounding also serves as a warning that the third woe will be coming soon.   The third woe will consist of our Lord harvesting the Earth with a sickle and angel’s harvesting the vine of the earth and casting them into the “great winepress of God’s wrath.  The first two woes were regarding the plague of Islam upon the world, but the third woe will be God pouring out His wrath on Islam with the pouring out of the 7 vials.  The “third woe” is coming, and it’s going to make the first two seem like an enjoyable walk in the park.

Revelation 11:16-19 (KJV)
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,  17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. 18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Since the number 12 usually speaks to God’s authority, perfection, completeness, and divine government, these 24 elders could be the heads of the Old Testament 12 tribes of Israel and the New Testament 12 disciples, or 2 elders from each tribe.  These 24 elders are on their faces worshiping and thanking God as well they should.  Now, Jesus Christ will take his rightful place as ruler of this world.  The things that were intended will now be.  There will be peace, there will be justice, and all the evil that was such a cancer on the face of the earth will be gone.  Isn’t it ironic how the people that were telling us that the weather was going to destroy the earth were actually the very ones that were destroying the earth?  They were more worried about the flatulence of a cow than the commandments of God.  They were more worried about the population of trees than the ordinances of God, and they cared more about endangered species than their fellow man and the God that created them.  If they would have concentrated more on Gods will and less on acquiring money, power and fame by forcing their will on everyone else, what a different world it might have been.

Notice how the nations are angry, as though they are the victims here, and not Gods witnesses that they would not listen to.  Judgment day is here and God’s wrath is about to be poured out.

         The Sign of the Son of Man &

The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return


Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)

  1. The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream  (Daniel 2)
  2. The REAL King of Babylon  (Isaiah 14)
  3. The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
  4. The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
  5. The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
  6. The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
  7. The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse  (Revelation 6)
  8. The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
  9. The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
  10. The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
  11. The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
  12. The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
  13. The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
  14. The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
  15. The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
  16. The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation  (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
  17. The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today  (Revelation 3)
  18. Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord