Verse By Verse Through Revelation (11:1-5)

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1 Then I was given a measuring reed like a rod, with these words: “Go and measure God’s sanctuary and the altar, and count those who worship there.

Most likely this is a reference to the third temple that will be built before or during the 7-year tribulation.


2 But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for 42 months.

The phrase “Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations” refers to 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 which says, 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. 4 He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God’s sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God.

And

Matthew 24:15-16 which says, 15 “So when you see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains!

The Antichrist will rule over the third temple by trying to make himself to be like God, for a time period of 42 months which is the last 3 1/2 years of the great tribulation. For those who refuse to worship him as God will either go to prison or be put to death. The way that the Antichrist is worshipped is by bowing down to his image that will be in the third temple and receiving his mark (666).


3 I will empower my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.”

The phrase “I will empower my two witnesses” refers that they will have supernatural powers.

Wearing sackcloth is a reference or a picture of humility and great distress. 

The two witnesses’ clothing is a sign of what the people should do, repent and humble themselves in the sight of God. The two witnesses will prophesy for 3 1/2 years during the great tribulation.


4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

The phrase “the two olive trees and the two lampstands” point back to Zechariah 4:1-14 and Haggai 1:1. They are Joshua and Zerubbabel whom God used to build the second temple after the 70 years of Babylonian captivity to bring the people back to the true Living God.

The Scripture does not disclose the names of the two witnesses in Revelation but what seems to be clear is that they are coming to build a spiritual temple, meaning to bring Jews and Gentiles to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

5 If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies; if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.

Fire is a refiner and eliminates all impurities Proverbs 25:4. For those who go against the message of the two witnesses by trying to stop them, they will meet their end by being consumed like dross in the fire. God’s plan cannot be stopped. 

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Jesus Wants To Rescue You

 

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Jesus is reaching out His hand to rescue

 

John 3:16-19

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

To explain the verses above I would like to do it with an illustration.
People live in boats floating on a vast ocean. The problem is that everyone’s boat has a small hole. Some are smaller than others and others are much bigger. Everyone without exception are going to sink and drown, some quicker than others. There is good news though. There is a big ship that’s going around through the vast ocean looking for people to rescue from their sinking boats. That ship is called “The Savior” and the Captain’s name is Jesus Christ. Every time the Captain came across a sinking boat, He quickly pulls up to it and stops. He gets out and goes to the side of the ship and stretches out His right hand to the person who is in the sinking boat to rescue them.

The most tragic thing is when they say no to the Captain and want to stay with their sinking boat. The question arises, Why? The answer is that they will have to leave ALL of their stuff in the boat. Some have lots of money, family, friends, cars, houses, jobs, gold and etc. They would rather go down with the boat than part ways with their life that’s on the boat. But those who reach out their hands to the Captain and get pulled up to the ship, they are transformed with renewed strength and great joy, so much so that they help the Captain by trying to convince those that they come across of their sinking boats to get on the ship with them. They tell them that on the massive ship are plenty of rooms, food, and comfort. They continue that the Captain is so loving that they see Him as a Father who truly cares for them.

At the end of the ship’s voyage after going to the four corners of the vast ocean, it will head for land to where the Captain has a beautiful place which He has made for those He has rescued. The place is like a beautiful city that’s built in the middle of a garden with gorgeous mountains all around.

If the Captain came to you today and reached out His hand to pull you in, would you grab it?

Don’t wait for you don’t know how long you will stay afloat.

Side note: This was an illustration that I gave my children yesterday on our Bible Study. My son told me to share it on WordPress. I pray that you get blessed and if you don’t know Christ yet on a personal level, I hope that you give Him a chance and get to know Jesus Christ because He loves you deeply.

The World hates The One Who Belongs To Christ

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John 15:18-19

18“If the world hates you, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you.

Even though you might think that you are unloved by some people or even those that are close to you. Remember that no matter your stands with people in this world, Jesus will always love you and will never leave you nor forsake you, now and forever (Deuteronomy 31:6). As Christians, Jesus said that we will be hated by the world but that’s okay because that means that you are living a life that pleases the Lord. When the world loves you then you should worry because the world is hostile toward Christ since the world is under the influence of the devil. You must prepare your mind for battle, for the flesh desires the pleasures that the world offers which wages war with your inner man. Remember this, the Lord overcame the world so by His strength you will overcome the world too.

1 John 5:4

for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

The Bible Under Attack

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The Bible in today’s time is under extreme attack. The devil knows that his time is short and he is trying to destroy as many faiths in Jesus Christ as possible, by obliterating one’s trust in Scripture. I want to share with all of you an exchange I had. Faith in Scripture is essential to our faith in Christ. Without holy Scripture, we will drift dangerously away from God’s presence.


Chas said:

If anybody’s faith is in the bible alone, then his faith is worthless. You might choose to do what you think is God’s will according to the bible, but because it is the word of men, you will be doing what men think is God’s will.


My response:

First of all, I would disagree with you wholeheartedly and I’m blown away with what you just said.

For you to say this, “If anybody’s faith is in the bible alone, then his faith is worthless.”

That statement tells me which side you’re really on without a shadow of a doubt.

The Bible is not men’s words like you wrongly said but it is the Word of Almighty God according to 1 Thess 2:13 which says, And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

Paul to the church in Galatia said, Galatians 1:12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

By you rejecting the Bible as God’s Word you are rejecting Jesus Christ. The Bible is what God said and His Word teaches us by the direction of the Holy Spirit how to do His will and how to live a life that pleases Him.

John 12:48 says, There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.

Jesus and His Word are two sides of the same coin. His Word convicts us of sin and directs us into His righteousness.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (10:6-11)

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The Apostle John was commanded to take the scroll from the mighty angel’s hand

6 He swore an oath by the One who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it: “There will no longer be an interval of time,

Here the mighty angel swore an oath by the Eternal God that the statement he was about to proclaim was true and it was going to come to pass.


7 but in the days of the sound of the seventh angel, when he will blow his trumpet, then God’s hidden plan will be completed, as He announced to His servants the prophets.”

The mighty angel was proclaiming that the hidden plan of God was going to be revealed at the sound of the seventh trumpet which is found in Revelation 11:15 which says, 15 The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!


8 Now the voice that I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

John was commanded to go up to the mighty angel and take from his hand God’s Word which pronounces the judgments that will take place at the end times or the great tribulation.


9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take and eat it; it will be bitter in your stomach, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.”

It’s interesting to note that reading Scripture is a picture of eating. The reason is that when we eat a meal it goes inside of our body so that it can extract nutrients from what we ate to give us the strength to live. In the same way, when we read the holy Scripture it goes to our inner man, giving us the spiritual nutrients that we need to build up our faith in Christ. Without having a meal of Scripture every day we are starving and weakening our faith in the Lord.

Examples of Scripture being like food. See below

Matthew 4:4

But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Ezekiel 3:1-4

He said to me: “Son of man, eat what you find here. Eat this scroll, then go and speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and He fed me the scroll. 3 “Son of man,” He said to me, “eat and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you.” So I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. 4 Then He said to me: “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak My words to them.

Jeremiah 15:16

Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Yahweh God of Hosts.

The phrase “Take and eat it; it will be bitter in your stomach, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” means that the bitterness refers to God’s judgment that’s coming on humanity because of their unrepentant heart. The taste of sweetness refers to God’s salvation and the future reign of Jesus Christ on earth.


10 Then I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I ate it, my stomach became bitter.

See the comment on the verse above, referring to sweet and bitter.


11 And I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”

This verse parallels with Ezekiel 3:1-4 where after the prophet ate the Word of God then he was ready to go and tell the people what God said.

After John ate the scroll he was ready to proclaim God’s Word about judgment so that through the Book of Revelation people may know the plans of God and repent before it’s too late.

As believers, the only way we can tell people about Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection is by reading His Word daily. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the more we know the more equipped we will be to answer peoples questions and defend God’s Word.