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Refusing Burial for the Two Witnesses

Sacred Ground - 1

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The beast in Revelation 11:7 will not permit “their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.” This implies that efforts by friends of the witnesses would be made to bury them, and those efforts would be denied. The question then arises, does this mean their bodies shall lay outside the tombs and in the street for 3 ½ days or 3 ½ years, as the case may be prophetically understood?[1] I don’t believe the sense is that they would not be allowed to be laid in tombs. Rather, the sense seems to be that they wouldn’t be permitted to be buried in the sacred ground of their fathers (cp. 1Kings 13:22). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Responsibility For the Witnesses Deaths

Guilty

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In the context of Revelation 11:8 and the witnesses being slain and their bodies lying in “the” street of the great city, the Angel seems to be identifying those guilty of their slaying (cf. Matthew 23:34-35). Why else would he claim their dead bodies would lie in THE street of the great city? Surely the Angel knew Jerusalem had more than one street. Yet, he reckons it THE street, as though there were only one. Moreover, they wouldn’t be buried for 3 ½ days. If that were literally true, Jerusalem would have been defiled. It was the practice of the Jews to bury the dead on the day they died, and that before sundown. Otherwise, the city would be defiled. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Holy City Is Trodden Down

Trodden down

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In Revelation 11:1 John was given the task to measure the Temple of God, but he was told leave out the outer courts (Revelation 11:2), which included the Altar of Burnt Offering and the Molten Sea of brass (1Kings 7:23; 2Kings 25:13), and all the way out to the Eastern Gate of the Temple compound. John’s measurement was to include only the House, itself, with its two main rooms and the furniture therein. The only exception was that he was also to measure the people who worshiped inside the House. This seems to act as a kind of separation between the elect and the unbelievers, as we have also seen in Revelation 7:1-8. Therefore, if nothing outside the House was measured, that also included the people outside the house worshiping in the Temple courts. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Mysteries of Godliness and Iniquity

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In my previous study, The Mysteries of God, I showed how these mysteries had no place in the worldviews of any nation on earth at the time of John’s writing. This is why Jesus’ disciples had such difficulty in grasping the idea that Jesus was not going to physically reign out of physical Jerusalem on a physical throne during the first century AD. Indeed, the scribes and Pharisees, who were the teachers of the Jews, didn’t understand even the basic elements of the Kingdom of God, which Jesus preached (Luke 17:20-21). So, it is little wonder why the pilgrims who visited Jerusalem during the Passover season, just before Jesus was crucified, couldn’t understand Jesus’ plain words that the Messiah must die (John 12:20-21, 32-34). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Little Book

Little Book

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The Angel who stood on the sea and on the land had a little book in his left hand (Revelation 10:2, cf. verse-5; Ezekiel 2:9). Although many scholars don’t believe the book in the Angel’s hand is the same book that was sealed in Revelation 5, it seems to me that they are the same. I think this is why John specifically pointed out that this little book was opened (Revelation 10:2). At this point in the Apocalypse the sealed book of chapter five would have been open with all of its seals broken. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Third Trumpet

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When the third angel sounded its trumpet, a great star fell from heaven (Revelation 8:10). It would be ridiculous to take such a thing literally, since a star crashing into the earth would completely destroy the whole planet. Therefore, it must be taken symbolically to represent something or someone else. Metaphorically, a star can represent Christ (Numbers 24:17), rulers of the land (Daniel 8:10), and the spiritual leaders of the seven churches in Asia (Revelation 1:20). Jude refers to men who have attacked the Gospel as wandering stars (Jude 1:10-13), meaning false teachers. So, the star that fell from heaven in Revelation 8:10 can indicate either a civil leader or a spiritual leader who fell from his high office to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Blowing the Second Trumpet

Trumpet - 2nd

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When the second angel blew his trumpet, a great mountain, as though it were burning with fire, was cast into the sea. If we consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 21:21 or Mark 11:23, it needs to be said that neither Jesus nor any of his disciples had ever prayed to remove a literal mountain and cast it into the sea. Jesus did cause a literal tree to dry up, but nothing was ever done to a literal mountain. Therefore, it seems to me that Jesus was speaking metaphorically, and, if so, he couldn’t have been speaking of Mount Olivet, as many commentaries assume. Rather, he spoke of Jerusalem in a spiritual or metaphorical sense (cf. Daniel 2:35; Zechariah 4:7). Jesus’ words: “this mountain…” was, probably, a gesture toward Jerusalem, which would have been in view from the point where Jesus and his disciples were standing and discussing the dried up fig tree. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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