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God's Two Witnesses (14 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
INTRODUCTION: This evening, as we look at Revelation 11, as see God's two faithful witnesses. They become a thorn in the side of the unsaved world because of their witness and their warnings of coming judgment. Eventually, their unwelcomed presence causes them to lose their lives. However, the world is soon to be surprised, as God raises them from the dead.
Let's take a look at our lesson:
I. THE INTRODUCTION (VV. 1, 2)
A. The Command to Measure the Temple (vs. 1)
1. This temple is the temple that will be rebuilt during the tribulation period. In Daniel 9:25, it says, "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times." John was given a measuring instrument, referred to as "a reed like unto a rod." Not only was John told to measure the temple, but he was told to measure the people who worship there. There are many different ideas as to what this means. My opinion is that these people are Jews, who still persist in their attempt to worship God without coming through Christ. The tribulation temple is a statement of disbelief in Christ. Listen, you cannot have God without His Son. 1 John 2:23 warns, "Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." When God measures people, He always does it in light of their relationship with Jesus. And when a man has rejected Christ, he comes up short...he does not measure up (Romans 3:23). Remember, the temple will be taken over by the antichrist and the Jews will be cast out.
B. The Command to Leave Out the Court of the Gentiles (vs. 2)
1. The outer court was given to the Gentiles. The same was true of ...
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