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

the two olive tree

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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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.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (10:1-5)

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1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow over his head. His face was like the sun, his legs were like fiery pillars,

The Greek word for mighty is a reference to physical strength with great power.

This mighty angel mirrors the appearance of the Lord by having a cloud, rainbow (Ezekiel 1:28), shining like the sun and his legs being fiery pillars.

Scripture reveals that angels can have some of Jesus’ appearances or reflection since they are in God’s presence. An example of an angel that is described pretty close to how Jesus looks like in Revelation is found in Daniel 10:5-6 which says, 5 I looked up, and there was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like topaz, his face like the brilliance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.

In the same chapter, it reveals that he is not a pre-incarnate Jesus because of verse 13 which says, But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me after I had been left there with the kings of Persia.

The angel was attacked by a huge and powerful demonic army. Michael the archangel had to come down and help the angel to get out of the battle so he can go to Daniel and give him the message from the Lord. If it was a pre-incarnate Christ, one spoken word the demons would have left immediately. Jesus does not need help because He is all-powerful.

Back to the mighty angel, nowhere in the Book of Revelation is Jesus called an angel but is revealed as the Alpha and Omega, who is God. As we can see in Daniel angels can have a close resemblance to Jesus but the title is what exhibits who it’s talking about.


2 and he had a little scroll opened in his hand. He put his right foot on the sea, his left on the land,

The “little scroll” is the judgments pronounced in the Book of Revelation

The phrase “right foot on the sea, his left on the land” could refer to the judgments that are going to occur on land and sea.


3 and he cried out with a loud voice like a roaring lion. When he cried out, the seven thunders spoke with their voices.

“voice like a roaring lion” shows that the angel’s power could even be heard.

The seven thunders could refer to God speaking since seven is God’s number which means completion in Genesis 1.


4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. Then I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders said, and do not write it down!”

This verse is a mystery because nowhere in Revelation does it explain why John was prohibited in writing what the seven thunders said. One of the reason could be why it is not revealed is because there are some things that are only meant for God to know as seen in Deuteronomy 29:29 which says, The hidden things belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and our children forever, so that we may follow all the words of this law.”


5 Then the angel that I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven.

Here is another reason why this angel is not Jesus because by raising his right-hand signifies swearing by someone greater than himself.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (9:16-21)

Challenger 2 Tanks in Night Firing Exercise

16 The number of mounted troops was 200 million; I heard their number.

The four angels (demons) are going to muster up a huge army that will bring casualties never seen before in a war.


17 This is how I saw the horses in my vision: The horsemen had breastplates that were fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulfur yellow. The heads of the horses were like lions’ heads, and from their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur.

First of all, we have to understand that the Apostle John described the best he could with what was being shown to him. He was looking at vehicles and machines that no one in his time could ever imagine men making, especially airplanes.

Now, careful interpretation is vital here with these symbols that John is describing. Look how John uses the word “like” meaning he is comparing it to what it best resembles. The phrase “their mouths came fire, smoke, and sulfur” most likely refers to a big barrel of either a tank or some powerful artillery because what comes out is fire, smoke, and sulfur which best describes when a big barrel fire’s off a shell and what follows it.

The color that John mentioned could be to identify the country by their flag.


18 A third of the human race was killed by these three plagues—by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came from their mouths.

A massive amount of human life will be wiped out by three plagues that could be a bombardment of rockets and artillery or a nuclear bomb.


19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails, which resemble snakes, have heads, and they inflict injury with them.

These horses must be some type of vehicle that can shoot from either the front or the back which a tank can do by moving its barrel.


20 The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which are not able to see, hear, or walk.

Those who survived the army’s attack and destruction still didn’t repent. It is interesting what John said next. He said that people are really worshipping demons and it is done through idols.

We know according to scripture that one of Satan’s greatest weapons is idol worship (Daniel 3) and it is a way to redirect the person’s worship to something else rather than God. Satan loves idols because it steals people’s heart away from the Lord.

One of the reasons that God brought judgment on the Israelites was due to idolatry or demon worship in the Old Testament (Psalms 106:37-38, Deuteronomy 32:17, Leviticus 17:7, 2 Kings 16:3, Isaiah 57:5, Jeremiah 19:5, Ezekiel 16:20). In the end times, Satan will do it again by setting up an ultimate idol or statue in the likeness of the antichrist and whoever does not worship it will be put to death (Revelation 13:14-15). So by bowing down to a statue, you are bowing down to demons which is considered worship.

I am convinced that an idol is a trojan horse. When you bring a religious idol into your home, you are also bringing with what’s attached to it, a demon. Demons according to verse 20 are worshipped even though the person will tell you that they don’t worship the devil but oblivious to them they really are, through the idols that are in their homes.


21 And they did not repent of their murders, their sorceries, their sexual immorality, or their thefts.

God’s judgment is like a wake up call to repent but these people still hardened their hearts and continued with their sinful lifestyle even after seeing the slaughter that took place.

 

 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (9:11-15)

Apollyon

11 They had as their king the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, he has the name Apollyon.

The Hebrew word for “Abaddon” means destruction and the Greek word for “Apollyon” means destroyer

The king of the demons from the abyss or hell is focused on destroying people’s lives by tormenting them with intense pain for 5 months. For an example of the demons’ destructive behavior, we see this in Matthew 17:15-18 which says, 15 “Lord,” he said, “have mercy on my son, because he has seizures and suffers severely. He often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.” 17 Jesus replied, “You unbelieving and rebellious generation! How long will I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring him here to Me.” 18 Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.


12 The first woe has passed. There are still two more woes to come after this.

The word “woe” is an expression of grief (Strong’s 3759) and reveals that more grief and sorrow which will intensify is on its way.


13 The sixth angel blew his trumpet. From the four horns of the gold altar that is before God, I heard a voice

The phrase “I heard a voice” refers to a command that went out.


14 say to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the four angels bound at the great river Euphrates.”

The command was given to release the four angels which most likely refers to demonic spirits because of what they are about to do.


15 So the four angels who were prepared for the hour, day, month, and year were released to kill a third of the human race.

These four angels mirror Apollyon and his hordes who are released to cause havoc by destroying a third or 2.3 billion people on earth. Probably a nuclear detonation which would make the most sense for the high casualties.