Author’s Note: Most are afraid of the Book of Revelation. Christians are often easily frightened by the misconceptions of “Armageddon,” fabrications, or Hollywood’s portrayal of merely bad theology. Furthermore, most who attempt to read the book are easily confused. Therefore, More Than Judas will be spending the next several weeks analyzing the Book of Revelation.
Please understand this study will not attempt to expound on every minute detail in Revelation. 2 Minutes With God would quickly escalate into 2 Hours With God. However, this analysis will consider the critical aspects of each chapter, as well as their underlining purposes and application of the Scriptures. Each study will contain five critical points and one main idea. Because the text is so complicated, this will streamline the material in a “layman” reader friendly format.
For those who would like to further research this book, I suggest Warren W. Wiersbe’s, Be Victorious Study Guide on Revelation, or John MacArthur’s, Revelation-The Christian’s Ultimate Victory. Outside of scholarly publications, both accounts have been very influential to me in understanding such a difficult text.
Lastly, this daily devotional will be written for the common man- not the theologian. I seldom ever debate Eschatological perspectives. Nor do I ever plan to. I know brilliant biblical scholars on all sides that can make valid arguments for explaining their positions regarding Revelation. The most important task at hand is glorifying Jesus Christ- not to win the arguments amongst faithful Christians.
Nevertheless, for the case of this MTJ Study, everything will be considered through a Progressive Dispensationalist-Premillennial Viewpoint, a Pretribulation point of view concerning the Rapture, as well as a literal interpretation, which allows for symbolism of Scripture and Christ’s Second Coming. Please feel free to post any specific questions concerning the text in the Facebook thread.
Discussions regarding particular theological inquiries or philosophies can be had there.
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“11 But after the three and a half days the breath[b] of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.” ~ Revelation 11: 11-14
Here’s the main idea of the passage: The Two Witnesses have been killed. But after several days The Lord breathes life into the prophets- the men are resurrected and ascend into Heaven. The world is watching closely. Many give glory to God while others are frightened, possibly even angered.
- 11- God used their death for His glory. After 3 ½ days the breath of God entered into them, and the men stood to their feet.
- 12- The Two Witnesses ascended into Heaven.
- 13- God’s judgment continues in the form of an earthquake. “An earthquake often accompanies key moments in biblical history (Exodus 19:18, 1 Kings 19:11-12, Matthew 27:51). “Seven thousand…The number who died shows God’s involvement in judgment (contrast to 1 Kings 13:18).” (NLT Study Bible Commentary)
- 14- The Second Woe has passed. Let’s review how we got to this point:
- Woe # 1- Is revealed after the Fifth Trumpet. Demonic locust like creatures arise from the Abyss (Revelation 9: 3-8)
- Woe # 2- Is revealed after the Sixth Trumpet. The Four Angels are released from the Euphrates River. These angels and their armies amass to 200 million.
- “Even in the final days, when God sends His Witnesses to prophesy concerning the coming destruction (Revelation 11:4-6), many people will prefer to align themselves with the evil forces and will gloat over the demise of God’s prophets (Revelation 11:10). Those who thus oppose God and flee from Him will eventually be excluded from His presence.” (NLT Study Bible Commentary)
How is this text applicable to the 21st Century?
Two points can be made here:
- Again, we see God using the horrible situation of the Two Witnesses death to accomplish His purpose. In the end God’s Kingdom was glorified even through tragedy. Even when we do not understand. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
- Disobedience will be judged by The Father. God despises sin. “But God shows His anger from Heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.” (Romans 1:18) Nonetheless, The Lord is patient. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) What is the answer? Jesus Christ was sent as the propitiation for our sin. “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2)
Quote: “…Mercy is not something God has but something God is.” A.W. Tozer
Additional Readings: Revelation 11
Prayer: Father God, forgive me of my sins. Have mercy on my soul. Thank you for being patient with me, the chief sinner of all sinners. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.