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The Two Witnesses (8 of 16)
INTRODUCTION: At this point we see a great shift in the book of revelation. If you don’t recognize this fact you will find it very difficult to interpret.
Rev. 1-3: Messages to the Churches
Rev. 4-9: Chronology of Judgement (seals, trumpets)
Rev. 10-15: The People of the Last Days
Rev. 16-22: Chronology of Judgement (final trumpet and bowls)
The first group of people John sees are two Prophets.
We are going to be introduced to two prophets in Chapter 11, and the stage is being set in chapter 10.
Revelation 10:1–7 (ESV)
1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire.
Remember last week we noted the similarities to the trumpet Judgements of Revelation 8-9 and the Exodus of the Old Testament. Those similarities continue with this mighty angel.
He is wrapped in a cloud - God provided a cloud to lead the children of Israel through the wilderness and to protect them from the heat of the dessert.
His legs are like pillars of fire - God provided a pillar of fire to guide the children of Israel by night.
Now realize that this is not just an interesting coincidence. The Holy Spirit placed that is in the text for a reason. He is clueing you in on how to understand this passage of scripture.
Just as God Protected, Preserved, and Delivered his People in the Old Testament… He will Protect, Preserve and Deliver his people in the last days.
WHY? Because God is a promise keeper. God said Israel will be saved and Israel will be saved.
ILLUSTRATION: Pastor Ed Jones assembled a paper on the impact of the Jewish people and it made up a list that totaled 100 pages. Here is a sample:
Jews make up 1/4 of 1% of the Earth Population.
Jews make up 2% of the U.S. Population.
• But they occupy almost 8% of all board seats of U. ...
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