The men who would like to hurt the two witnesses would find fire coming out of the witnesses’ mouths to devour them, and every enemy who would seek harm the Lord’s witnesses would be killed in this fashion (Revelation 11:5). Of course this is apocalyptic language and not to be taken literally. There never was a fire breathing dragon, nor was there ever a man who was able to devour men, literally, through fire coming out of his mouth. The language is a metaphor for how the ministry of the witnesses would be protected by the Lord. For example, it was prophesied of Jesus that “he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4). Obviously, Jesus didn’t literally slay anyone during his public ministry 2000 years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
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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 »
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 »
In Luke 17:31 Jesus seems to be speaking of the days were coming when the Jews and Rome would be at war. This war would come as one of Jesus’ first acts of judgment against those who judged him and refused to repent (Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62). The war would come as judgment that would destroy both the city of Jerusalem and its Temple (cf. Daniel 9:26). Read the rest of this entry »
In Genesis 19 the men of Sodom come pounding at the door of Lot’s home, demanding that he give them the men he took in from the city square (cp. Genesis 19:1-5). Lot came out to them and told them the men had come under his roof and hospitality dictated that it would be very dishonorable for him to do as they demanded. He even went to the extreme of telling them: “I have two daughters who have not known a man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof” (Genesis 19:8). What are we to make of Lot’s offer? Read the rest of this entry »
Both Peter and Jude hold up the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah as a type of God’s judgment against evil behavior. But to whom is the warning given? It should be seen the warning is not given to unbelievers, for they are either ignorant of God’s word or hold it in contempt. It is rather to believers that the warning is given. Peter says the judgment came as a witness for all those who would afterward live ungodly (2Peter 2:6). Jude’s message specifically mentions he is putting the believers in remembrance who “once knew” (Jude 1:5), but seem now to be ignorant of God’s judgment against sexual immorality and engaging in the fulfillment of unnatural desire (Jude 1:7). Understanding this, that is, that both Peter and Jude are mainly concerned about the believer, we are able to view the story of Lot in its correct context. Read the rest of this entry »
Jude tells us in his short letter that Sodom is under the judgment of “eternal fire” (verse-7). It is obvious that the fire that destroyed Sodom is not still burning, so it seems ludicrous to describe it as eternal fire. The fire lasted as long as there was fuel to burn. The word translated eternal is aionios (G166) and would be better translated as age-lasting or simply age, depending upon the context requirement. It has to do with an unknown period of time. It cannot be measured until it is completed. Paul uses the word to describe the length of Philemon’s life in Philemon 1:15. Certainly we should be able to conclude that Onesimus, Philemon’s slave who escaped and whom Paul had brought to Christ and is sending back to Philemon—certainly—this man could not be Philemon’s slave forever. First of all, ultimately we all are Christ’s. We belong to him, not to one another. So, the same word used for eternal fire in Jude merely means however long it takes before Philemon expires in the flesh, or until he decides to set Onesimus free, which is Paul’s obvious hope.