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The Seventh Trumpet Judgment (15 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we looked at the first 14 verses, dealing with God's two witnesses. Though the witnesses are not named, we believe them to be Moses and Elijah. Moses represents the Old Testament Law, while Elijah represents the New Testament Church, caught away to heaven without experiencing death. You will remember that both of these men appeared with Christ at His transfiguration.
Now, some feel that Enoch is one of the two witnesses because Enoch never died and Moses did. They use Hebrews 9:27 to prove their point: "And it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." This is simply making a point that all men will die, not that they will die one time. There are several people in the Bible who died more than once--Lazarus, Jarius' daughter and others. Because we are not told who the witnesses are, it really doesn't make a lot of difference. If the Lord wanted us to know for certain, He would have named them.
In vs. 6, the witnesses are given power to turn the water into blood and smite the earth with plagues. This is what Moses did to Pharaoh and the Egyptians. In a similar way, Elijah called for a drought, and God shut up the heavens so that it did not rain. Here, it says, "...they have power to shut heaven that it rain not in the days of their prophecy." So, there are a lot of similarities.
In Malachi 4:5, God had foretold the coming of Elijah. It says, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." That prophecy was fulfilled in part with John the Baptist. John said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias" (John 1:23). However, John denied that he was the complete fulfillment of the promise concerning the coming of Elijah. In J ...
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