The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                 CHAPTER 11

I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar,
with its worshipers.  But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the
Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.  And I will appoint my two witnesses, and
they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”  They are “the two olive trees” and the two
lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”  If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes
from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.  
They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying;
and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as
often as they want.   Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the
Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.  Their bodies will lie in the public square of the
great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.  For
three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and
refuse them burial.  The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each
other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.    But after the
three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror
struck those who saw them.  Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up
here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.   At that very hour there
was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the
earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.   The second woe has
passed; the third woe is coming soon.

It is only speculation as to which temple of God is mentioned here.  Some say that the Jews will re-
build the 3rd temple which is being discussed now.  It does not tell us whether John did measure the
Temple or how big it was.  This is all that is mentioned about it and the scene quickly shifts to the
2 witnesses and here we are given a timeline.  The Gentiles trample on Jerusalem for 3 1/2 years and
the 2 witnesses will prophecy for 3 1/2 years.  They are given special powers and abilities to perform
miracles.  They will be God’s ambassadors on the earth until just before the time Jesus returns.  Who
the two witnesses will be has been debated for some time as we are not told who they are.  But
because Enoch and Elijah did not die, it is presumed that they will be the ones because both Enoch
and Elijah were raptured up to heaven.  After the 3 ½ years they will be killed and their bodies will lie
in Jerusalem for 3 ½ days.  The people on earth will celebrate because they will be glad that these
two are dead.  This shows how far from God the people really are because they feel that these two
were “tormenting” them by telling them to repent and turn to God.   Then they are resurrected and
raptured up to heaven and there is another earthquake where 7,000 people die.  The entire ministry
and death of these two prophets only appears here.   Even though they are witnessing for 3 ½ years,
they are not mentioned again near the end of Revelation which is where they are killed and then
resurrected and raptured to heaven.  Their entire story from start to finish only appears here.   We are
also not told who the beast that comes up from the Abyss is, but it does not sound like the same
beast from Chapter 9 because he is referred to as a king and the angel of the Abyss who’s name is
Apollyon.

The reference to
"trample the holy city for 42 months" could also refer to 2 Thessalonians Chapter 2
where Paul tells them that the "man of lawlesness" will set himself up in God's Temple and proclaim
himself to be god.   This also agrees with Rev 13 where the beast forces all people to worship his
image or be killed.  

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The
kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for
ever and ever.”  And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their
faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who
was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.  The nations were angry, and
your wrath has come.  The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the
prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small—and for destroying those who
destroy the earth.”   Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark
of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and
a severe hailstorm.

When the 7th angel sounds his trumpet the “mystery of God will be accomplished just as he
announced to his servants and prophets.”
 We were told this in Chapter 10.  So what is the mystery?   
It is this:  
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah and he
will reign for ever and ever.
 Some background is needed to understand what this means.  When God
created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, he gave them dominion over the
earth and commanded them to rule over it.  However before they had a chance to do so, the devil
disguised as a snake came to them and tricked them into disobeying God by getting them to eat from
the tree that God had told them not to eat from.  By disobeying God and obeying the devil, they
sinned and their relationship with God was severed.  The devil now had control over them and the
entire human race that would evolve from them.  When Jesus came to earth and the devil was
tempting him, one of the things he did was to take Jesus to a high mountain and show him all the
kingdoms of the world.  
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the
kingdoms of the world.  And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been
given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.  If you worship me, it will all be yours.
 
Luke 4:5-7  Jesus did not disagree with the devil when he told him that “it has been given to me”
because he knew that the devil was ruling the earth and had every right to do so.  But what the devil
didn’t know was that Jesus was going to win that authority back from him.   And sure enough, after
Jesus died and was resurrected, he said
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”   
So now Jesus had the rulership of this earth which he transferred to the church until the time that he
would come back and begin to rule himself.  This is why when Jesus comes, he will chain up the
devil in a bottomless pit and set up his kingdom on earth.  Because it is now rightfully his.   This is
what the mystery is all about.   From the time of Adam and Eve till now, God has been proclaiming
this in his word and through his prophets and now it has happened.   The 24 elders offer their loyalty
and support and Jesus is established as the ruler of the world.  Therefore, he will first judge his
enemies and then reward those that serve him.   This is another reason why the church must be
taken off the earth before Jesus comes back.  Jesus transferred authority to the church (in his name)
and now he needs to take that temporary authority back and begin to rule himself.  Both Jesus and
the church can’t rule at the same time.  And he can’t reward his servants and prophets if they are still
doing his work on earth.

And there is another earthquake and a severe hailstorm.
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