The Revelation of John is a book of prophecy about coming events from the perspective of the first century AD. Chapter 11 shows what has already happened historically and what is likely to happen shortly.
In Chapter 11, “Two Witnesses” are the focus of events. In contrast to other interpretations, these do not represent two real people, but rather the Old Testament and the New Testament. A high point of the prophecy to John on the island of Patmos is the (temporary) destruction of the Two Witnesses and their resurrection. The focus here is on the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century. A like scenario on a global scale in connection with the prophecy of Daniel ( Daniel chapter 11) is to be expected in the (near) future.
Here is a perspective on the verses in Revelation chapter 11.
|1||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.||By "I" is meant John, who wrote Revelation (in exile on the island of Patmos, c. AD 96). Measuring with the measuring rod describes the judgment of the believers in the gospel, who are symbolically inside the temple. For the people of Israel in the wilderness after the exodus from Egypt, this was the tabernacle ("portable temple").|
|2||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.||Outside in the courtyard are the unbelievers or the godless, who will persecute and kill the believers for (prophetic) 42 months (=1260 years).|
|3||And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.||The "two witnesses" are today's Old Testament and the New Testament, which did not exist at the time Revelation was written. At that time, "sackcloth" was mourning clothing, i.e. prophecy (spreading the gospel) under great pressure and obstacles, for 1260 days (=1260 years). Historically occurred between 538 and 1798 AD.|
|4||These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.||Here the Bible (as always) interprets itself. In the Old Testament, Zechariah 4:14, the two olive trees and two lampstands are explained. "These are the two sons of oil who stand before the ruler of the whole earth". Oil is the type of the Gospel (Word of God).|
|5||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.||Verses 5 and 6:
Despite the numerous attempts to destroy it, the word of God has always been preserved over the centuries.
A "prime example" is the Pope's attempt to prevent King James' distribution of the English translation of the Bible. He ordered the king of Spain to a campaign of annihilation against England. All the ships of the Spanish Armada were overrun by a storm off the coast of England and destroyed.
Another "prime example" is the attempt by the Jesuits to destroy Bible translation and Protestantism through multiple bombings of England's King and Parliament. The main assassin was Guy Forgh. He was caught and executed. Today Guy Forgh is nevertheless "glorified" by the Jesuits as a "freedom fighter" and the symbol is the mask with the grinning face ("anonymous mask"!).
In the 16th century in Basel, Erasmus of Rotterdam compiled the New Testament using original sources or copies ("textus receptus"). Completion in 1516, i.e. "on time" for the start of the Reformation in 1517 by Martin Luther. He used the textus receptus for his German translation of the Bible. Erasmus and Luther did not know each other.
|6||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.||see above|
|7||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.||Verses 7 to 12:
A "beast" is a political power. Out of the "abyss" indicates a satanic power. The destruction of the Bible (Old & New Testament) in France during the course of the French Revolution is historically documented. A ban on the Bible was imposed. To do this, a prostitute was taken off the street in Paris, brought to the Notre Dame, decorated, and worshiped there as the "goddess of reason".
The people rejoiced and rejoiced at being freed from the yoke of the papacy and its cruel oppression.
Bibles were burned. But for a while, people lived in anarchy, in the lap of luxury. The heads of the aristocrats rolled in rows.
"Three and a half days" equals 3.5 years. In fact, the ban on the Bible was lifted again after 3.5 years as part of the "Declaration of Human Rights". "Free Practice of Religion".
A similar scenario can also be expected for the near future. The "New World Order" will (finally) shelve the gospel because of the "uniform religion" within the framework of "reason". The dogmas of Rome are then announced, which must also be followed, under threat of horrendous penalties. Keywords CO2 account, climate and earth protection.
The gospel will, however, make a comeback. According to "Loud Cry" in Revelation chapter 18, verse 4:
"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her [Babylon], my people, lest ye be partakers of her sins, and lest ye receive of her plagues." This means leaving the "system of Babylon", that is, that of the papacy. These include politics, trade unions, business associations, pharmaceuticals, apostate churches (cath. and ev), WHO, IWF, World Bank, EU institutions, Masonic lodges, other secret associations, film and music industry, etc., so pretty much everything that has rank, name and power and shapes society.
|8||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.||see above|
|9||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.||see above|
|10||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.||see above|
|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.||see above|
|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.||see above|
|13||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.||Another of the numerous catastrophes that had occurred up until then and one of the last. The oncoming disasters will be used, among other things, to blame the rest of the believers, "enemies of the people".|
|14||The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.||Announcement of the "final act" after previous accidents.|
|15||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.||Verses 15 to 19:
The "final act" begins with the "seventh angel". The destruction of the earth and all that is on it. Before that, however, people will learn the truth, but too late.
A prevailing heresy is the "1000-year-old kingdom of peace of the Messiah on earth". Before that, the Christian community would be taken to heaven by means of a "secret rapture" and the Jews and the Gentiles would remain on earth. Then the "Anti-Christ" appears, then the "Christ" and all are converted to the good.
|16||And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,||see above|
|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.||see above|
|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.||see above|
|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.||see above|
Bible verses from King James Version