Revelation Lesson Twenty

 

 

The Revelation Given to John by Jesus Through the Angel

Lesson Twenty

Revelation 11:7-14

Remember what has been happening in the Holy City. Non-Jewish outsiders have been desecrating the Holy city (no Christian is an outsider – we have all been grafted into the branch). This has been coming on for forty-two months (1,260 days or 3 ½ years – a period always associated with terror and destruction to come; a designated period determined by Yahweh that will not last one nano-second longer than the time ordained). And during that same Yahweh-determined time the two witnesses have been proclaiming the word of Yahweh with a message that causes mourning.

Read Malachi 3:1. The messenger, John coming in the spirit and power of Elijah, came before the coming of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. However, if we read on through verses 2-7 of Malachi 3 we see that this reference covers more than the 30 odd years of Mashiach’s first coming. And Malachi 4:5 makes it clear that it is before the decisive judgment day that a special messenger will come. That is one reason why so many Bible scholars believe that one of these two witnesses will be Elijah[i], and the other one, they believe, would be Enoch or Mosses. Enoch[ii]because he walked with Yahweh and was not, for God took him; and Mosses[iii] because he appeared with Elijah on the mount of transfiguration.

The Two witnesses have the power to kill with fire of a Yahweh-determined nature, stop the rain, or any other disaster they choose for this Yahweh-determined time. This could be a summary of the events from 70 A.D. to the Judgment Day; or what has been happening since 70 A.D. and what has been happening now, since 70 A.D. may be a picture of future events when Yahweh sends Elijah and another[iv] back in the flesh to prophesy only in the streets of Jerusalem for 3 ½ years.

The one thing we can be very sure of is that Yahweh’s word will be accomplished in Yahweh’s way and Yahweh’s time; and all these things are being worked out be Yahweh for his recognition and the triumph of his Church – the people of Yahweh.

The Beast[v]will conquer and kill the two witnesses for one reason only. These things are allowed by Yahweh to demonstrate his majesty and power as it compares to the ugliness, wickedness, and weakness of the enemy of our souls.

The witness’ bodies lie, unburied and exposed, on the streets of Jerusalem. Only Yeshua doesn’t call it Jerusalem. The is desecrated and is spiritually called Sodom[vi] and Egypt[vii] because it is no longer the city of Yahweh[viii] or the city of truth[ix], nor is it the throne of Yahweh[x]. It is, instead, the city of the Wailing Wall and the obscure desecration of the Dome of the Rock[xi] where the great anti-Christ, Allah, is worshiped.

Yeshua foretold this[xii] : the unrepentant world will rejoice at the death of the witnesses. They will be given no respectful burial; there will be no mourning over their death as there was over the lives and words of their mouths.

Then, after that designated time that the Beast is given permission to do anything he wants[xiii]the witness’ bodies will come to life and be transported to heaven[xiv]; there is a terrible earthquake that will kill seven thousands[xv] of those who rejoiced over the death of the witnesses in Jerusalem, but may will be saved by the grace of Yahweh. One tenth of the city will be in ruins, as it is today. Remember, ten is the signature of earthly power. In terror the population that have not been killed, by the grace and mercy of Yahweh, will give him glory; not out of love and grateful hearts, but out of fear.

Earthquakes[xvi]”are mentioned as tokens of god’s power[xvii]and of his presence and anger[xviii], and also as a sign of Christ’s coming and the end of the world.”

My Prediction (prognoses) for the World

Psalm 23

We cannot predict the date of the Lord’s[xix] return. The world is full of prediction makers: everyone has a “working model” to predict the future, etc. But the truth – a prophesy for each life – is in the Bible.

  1. “I” alone – no other man or woman, no guide – will go with me through the valley of the shadow of death. Everyone must be prepared for death himsef and herself. “Yea, though I
  2. “walk” … I will progress with a steady gait. The process starts at birth and I walk steadily toward death
  3. “through the valley” … it is a valley that must be walked through to the other side. There is a life to follow this life: either heaven or hell, eternal life with Mashiach, or eternal death – or separation from Yahweh.
  4. “valley” … “in the world you shall have tribulation “ said Yeshua, but in the valley, you look up and see Yeshua Ha Mashiach, your Savior and guide
  5. “of the shadow” … for the Christian death is not DEATH; it is only
  6. “the shadow of death” … we will quit breathing, but we won’t die. The valley is like going through a dark tunnel – and the Light at the end of the tunnel is Yeshua. But that is for the saved – the elect of Yahweh.
  7. “I will fear no evil” … “Perfect love casts out all fear. “for you are with me, your rod and your staff comfort me.”

Sometimes we may not enjoy the journey, but fear is gone, death has no sting, the grave no victory: Yeshua Ha Mashiach took the sting and gained the victory over the grave.

Prayer: O Lord, our Maker and Master, you are very great and very faithful. You never give up on those you love and you always do what you say you will do.

In spite of that we Christians in America and other countries have sinned in every imaginable way. We have done evil things, rebelled, dodged, and bypassed the paths you made for us, and went our own way. We ignored the words you spoke through our preachers and Sunday school teachers; who preached your word to our leaders, our parents, and all the people in the land.

You have done everything right, Master, but all we have to show for our lives is guilt and shame. We are exposed to our shame before the whole world and we deserve it.

Your great compassion is our only hope, our Master and God, since in our rebellion we have forfeited any rights. We didn’t pay attention when you told us how to live; we ignored what you said and our witness died with our disobedience. You, our God, have a perfect right to wipe our countries off the map since we have been so persistent and defiant in ignoring your straight paths and stumbles along our own crooked way.

Have mercy on us, O God: oh please deal with us out of who you are and of what we are. We know that we don’t deserve hearing from you. We pray for your compassion. You are our only hope. Listen to us, forgive us, and glorify your name in our lands.

In the precious name of our Master and Savior, Yeshua Ha Mashiach

 

[i] II kings 2:”11

[ii] Genesis 5:24

[iii] Mark 9:4-6

[iv] Could it be John?

[v] Revelation 13:4-8, 11-18

[vi] Genesis 13:13

[vii] Genesis 26:2; Isaiah 30:2; 31:1; Ezekiel 17:15; 3:9 – a land of false security – Ezekiel 29:6, 16

[viii] Psalm 46:4; 87:3

[ix] Zachariah 8

[x] Jeremiah 3:17

[xi] When it was first built, some Jews believed it was the rebuilding of the Temple

[xii] John 16:20

[xiii] Revelation 13:5-8

[xiv] A picture of the rapture of the Church at the second coming of Mashiach

[xv] Remember seven is the number that represents completion and 7000 is ten times seven. The square of the number of earthly power times the number of completion. The number killed will be enough for Yahweh’s purpose.

[xvi] The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, volume II, Clement – Hersh, James Orr, M.A., D.D., general Editor, Wm. B. Erdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1952, page 888

[xvii] Job 9:6

[xviii] Psalm 68:8; 18:7: Isaiah 13:13

[xix] Yeshua

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