Revelation Chapter 11
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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.
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.
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.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 11 Bible commentary...
The state of the church is represented under the figure of a temple measured. (1,2) Two witnesses prophesy is sackcloth. (3-6) They are slain, after which they arise and ascend to heaven. (7-13) Under the seventh trumpet, all antichristian powers are to be destroyed and there will be a glorious state of Christ's kingdom upon earth. (14-19)1,2 This prophetical passage about measuring the temple seems to refer to Ezekiel's vision. The design of this measuring seems to be the preservation of the church in times of public danger; or for its trial, or for its reformation. The worshippers must be measured; whether they make God's glory their end, and his word their rule, in all their acts of worship. Those in the outer court, worship in a false manner, or with dissembling hearts, and will be found among his enemies. God will have a temple and an altar in the world, till the end of time. He looks strictly to his temple. The holy city, the visible church, is trodden under foot; is filled with idolaters, infidels, and hypocrites. But the desolations of the church are limited, and she shall be delivered out of all her troubles.
3-13 In the time of treading down, God kept his faithful witnesses to attest the truth of his word and worship, and the excellence of his ways, The number of these witnesses is small, yet enough. They prophesy in sackcloth. It shows their afflicted, persecuted state, and deep sorrow for the abominations against which they protested. They are supported during their great and hard work, till it is done. When they had prophesied in sackcloth the greatest part of 1260 years, antichrist, the great instrument of the devil, would war against them, with force and violence for a time. Determined rebels against the light rejoice, as on some happy event, when they can silence, drive to a distance, or destroy the faithful servants of Christ, whose doctrine and conduct torment them. It does not appear that the term is yet expired, and the witnesses are not a present exposed to endure such terrible outward sufferings as in former times; but such things may again happen, and there is abundant cause to prophesy in sackcloth, on account of the state of religion. The depressed state of real Christianity may relate only to the western church. The Spirit of life from God, quickens dead souls, and shall quicken the dead bodies of his people, and his dying interest in the world. The revival of God's work and witnesses, will strike terror into the souls of his enemies. Where there is guilt, there is fear; and a persecuting spirit, though cruel, is a cowardly spirit. It will be no small part of the punishment of persecutors, both in this world, and at the great day, that they see the faithful servants of God honoured and advanced. The Lord's witnesses must not be weary of suffering and service, nor hastily grasp at the reward; but must stay till their Master calls them. The consequence of their being thus exalted was a mighty shock and convulsion in the antichristian empire. Events alone can show the meaning of this. But whenever God's work and witnesses revive, the devil's work and witnesses fall before him. And that the slaying of the witnesses is future, appears to be probable.
14-19 Before the sounding of the seventh and last trumpet, there is the usual demand of attention. The saints and angels in heaven know the right of our God and Saviour to rule over all the world. But the nations met God's wrath with their own anger. It was a time in which he was beginning to reward his people's faithful services, and sufferings; and their enemies fretted against God, and so increased their guilt, and hastened their destruction. By the opening the temple of God in heaven, may be meant, that there was a more free communication between heaven and earth; prayer and praises more freely and frequently going up, graces and blessings plentifully coming down. But it rather seems to refer to the church of God on earth. In the reign of antichrist, God's law was laid aside, and made void by traditions and decrees; the Scriptures were locked up from the people, but now they are brought to the view of all. This, like the ark, is a token of the presence of God returned to his people, and his favour toward them in Jesus Christ, as the Propitiation for their sins. The great blessing of the Reformation was attended with very awful providences; as by terrible things in righteousness God answered the prayers presented in his holy temple now opened.
Ian's Revelation Chapter 11 comment about verse 18 on 5/07/2013, 1:46pm...
According to the following texts: Gen 8:1 and 1 Thess. 4:16-17, there is no way man can, or certainly will not be permitted to destroy the earth completely. The seasons will continue, and people will be alive on the earth when Jesus touches down for His Second Coming. This does not however stop mankind form trying (through greed, malicious or destructive acts) and they will certainly pay for their reckless behavior. And behold I come quickly and my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be - Rev 22:12.
The Two Olive Tree's Revelation Chapter 11 comment on 1/25/2013, 11:39am...
To Clear everyone’s confusion, The anti-Christ is the United States of America. And I am in America. The two candle Stick is in Africa for now. To let you know, everyone that resides in the United States has Already received the mark of the beast. If I tell you the truth would you believe me? No. Know it that you cannot fight GOD. The Angels of Revelations 10 and 11 came down from heaven about three years ago. Our LORD Jesus Christ came down to give me power, knowledge and wisdom Around September 2011. Two other Angels came down on Sunday 20th October 2012 a week before super storm (hurricane sandy). I have been in and out of prison. I don’t want to continue for now. Remember days of "Noah, and Lot." The Catholic is not the Antichrist. I am a Catholic and the Two Candle stick is Catholic.
Crowe's Revelation Chapter 11 comment on 1/04/2013, 5:11am...
I believe that the witnesses are to be two Anointed prophets called by GOD to preach the WORD OF GOD to all nations during the 7 years of tribulation. This will cause havoc with the Beast. The two witnesses will be killed at the Wallen wall for a true testimony for JESUS CHRIST.
Insight 777's Revelation Chapter 11 comment on 12/17/2012, 9:33pm...
After study, this is what I believe is described in the Bible. 2 witnesses = 2 olive trees, 2 lampstands, 2 prophets, 2 martyrs The Greek noun ekklesia (lampstands) literally means "an assembly of called out ones." The book was sealed because Revelation pertains only to World War 3. God wants World War 3 to happen because he anoints the 2 witnesses. The word “beast” is used in different ways in Revelation. The Sea Beast is the South China Sea war battlefront and the Beast is the Middle East war. The 7 heads are the nations with grievances that want the war and the horns are supporting nations in battle like NATO. Collectively, the Beast is WAR which is mortally wounded by PEACE and becomes alive again when the peace treaty is broken. So the 2 witnesses also die when peace occurs because they sign the peace treaty ending strife. The witnesses, unhappy with the terms of peace, again proclaim their cause causing war to erupt again and they are alive once more. People worship the beast because they are willing to sacrifice their money and the lives of their sons and daughters to sustain and win war. Therefore, the 2 witnesses are opposing sides of war, leaders in the 2 battle areas of WW3 that testify or bear witness to their beliefs. They proclaim their rights in numerous political meetings around the world attempting to reach a peaceful solution to their claims of land, resources and religion. They are clothed in sackcloth which is mourning over perceived injustice.
Andreas's Revelation Chapter 11 comment on 12/17/2012, 10:24am...
The two witnesses are the Old and the New Testament.
Richard Smith's Revelation Chapter 11 comment about verse 3 on 11/23/2012, 1:13pm...
When do the two witnesses appear? During the 5th trumpet, or the 6th? Before the Anti-christ comes, or afterwards?
Cole's Revelation Chapter 11 comment on 11/20/2012, 4:39pm...
Never cease to amaze me, when our prejudice is involved we can never see the word of God as we should. It’s always the Catholic church beast false prophets etc; etc; but what we are actually looking at is the false hood wrapped up together whether Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, … we have to look at Babylonian religion, no Jesus’ believers believes in Mohammad. Am I worshipper of God or am I a worshiper of man, false church? This is the Babylonian realm that is going to bring Christ back.
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