Checkup from the Neck up Time (8 of 9) by Jerry Branch

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Checkup from the Neck up Time (8 of 9)
Series: Revelation
Gerald Branch
02-28-2010
Chapter 11
The 2 Witnesses
The Seventh Trumpet

(NOTE: Figure Tables from: The Pulpit Commentary: Revelation)
Revelation 11:1-13

LOOKING AT THIS PASSAGE, THERE ARE SOME KEY THOUGHTS COMING FROM VERSES 1-13…THESE ARE THAT GOD'S PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH ALWAYS HAVE HAD A PROPHETIC MISSION, and during the End Times, Christians will be called upon to give a powerful testimony.
This will be especially true in the last days because they will be days
in which there will be unbelievable and terrible suffering,
and those who believe in the Lord and proclaim their faith
will not only face physical persecution, but they will also be ridiculed and scorned by the world.
All the same the church, and God's people are called to be faithful, even when it's not politically correct, nor do their families want to hear it, but in the end, they will be vindicated by God in a way that terrifies their enemies.
So, let's turn to Ch. 11, starting with verses 1-2.
Revelation 11:1-2 (NASB95)
Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 "Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.
The first thing we see here is that John's location is now back on earth,
and John sees the temple, the altar and outer court.
Then there's the question…is this 'literal Jerusalem' or a 'symbolism?'
Let's think about this for a moment…
You see, first off, we know from history that the Romans burned down
the 'literal city' of Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple in A.D. 70,
so what John's speaking of here cannot be Jerusalem and temple of the past.
This is in part why some interpreters then look at what John is describing as
the 'literal Jerusal ...


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