Verse 1,2) 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. 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. These verses point out a difference between the temple of God, and the altar, and the court which is without the temple. Just as there is a difference in God’s eye’s between the saved and the unsaved who reject his Son. The Gentiles (unsaved anti-christ forces) tread under foot (persecute) the Holy City Jerusalem (the saved) for forty two months, 1,260 days, or the last 3 ½ years, the Great Tribulation period, or last half of the 70th week of Daniel Chapter 9, or the last 3 ½ years of the last seven years.
Verse 3-6) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 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. 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. God will have two mighty prophets during the last 3 ½ years in Jerusalem which will destroy with fire the anti-christ forces who try to kill them. They will have power to smite the earth with plagues and power over the waters to turn them to blood, as Moses did in Egypt. The two olive trees and two candlesticks are also mentioned in (Zechariah 4:1-4 & 10-14), “AND THE angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me saying, What are these, my lord? For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth. Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left said thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be theses two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
Verse 7-10) And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall over come them, and kill them. 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. 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 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. The beast that ascendeth up out of the bottomless pit is the devil, who possess the anti-christ body and he kills them or has them killed after they finish their witness, right before the Lord comes. He leaves their bodies on display for all the world to see that they are dead. There is no way that all the world could see them back in John’s day. Today we have world wide television, etc. for all the world to see and rejoice and make merry and even send gifts to each other, because they are so happy that these two prophets are dead which brought down the plagues on the earth.
Verses 11-13) 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. 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 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. After three and a half days God brings the two prophets back to life again, and a great voice calls them to heaven in the sight of their enemies and in the same hour a great earthquake occurs and destroys a tenth of Jerusalem and kills seven thousand men. Some are saved by fear the Bible says.
Verse 14-18) The second woe is past; and, behold the third woe cometh quickly. 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. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 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. 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. The seventh trumpet and third woe is the Rapture, followed by the Wrath of God, then the thousand year reign of Christ, followed by the Great White Throne Judgment.
Verse 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. The Ark of the Covenant is found at last, God took it to Heaven !!!
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.
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