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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Revelation 11

The two witnesses

Summary:
I was told to measure the temple and count the people in it, except for the part the Gentiles have taken over. They will trample the temple for 3.5 years.

Two witnesses will prophesy for 3.5 years, and they will destroy anyone who attacks them. They'll have super-powers like Elijah and Moses. Then the beast from the Abyss will kill them, and their bodies will lie in Jerusalem for 3.5 days. Everyone will be stoked because they were scary. After that, they'll be taken up to heaven in plain sight of others. And an earthquake will kill thousands.

The seventh trumpet blew.

The angels proclaimed Jesus' reign. The elders worshipped, thanking God for bringing his judgement. God's heavenly temple opened, revealing the Ark of the Covenant, and there was a pretty fireworks display.

Key verse:
15. The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,
and he will reign for ever and ever.

My thoughts:
As we will see, the seventh trumpet is less explicit than the previous ones, and it kinda just goes onto more big bizarre illustrations and images.

Anyway, so yea, the witnesses aren't explicitly connected to Moses and Elijah, but many have interpreted it thus given the description of the miracles they will be able to achieve.

So yea, the implication is that this is Jerusalem, but it's all secretive, probably because this was written at a time when all Jews were exiled from Jerusalem. However it is clear from the reference to the city being the place where the Lord was crucified.

This book, Revelation, is really very Jewish when you think about it, which implies to me a relatively early date. The Gentiles are almost spoke of in contempt.

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