“You are my witnesses that I am God.
Yes, and from ancient days I am He.” Isaiah 43:12
WITNESSES in PAST
DISPERSED throughout world as prophesied
“Then the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other.” Deut. 28:64
Last Days – BACK IN LAND
“I will bring you back to the land of Israel.” Ezekiel 37:12
The “Exodus” bringing Jews home 1947
RE-BIRTH OF NATION
“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?” Isaiah 66:8
BACK FROM THE DEAD
“My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them… I will put breath in you, and you will come to life” Ezekiel 37:12
NATIONS TO BE JUDGED
“I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel” Joel 3:2
JESUS WILL RETURN
“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:11
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW ?
LAST DAY WITNESSES OF REVELATION 11 1260 DAYS IN SACKCLOTH
“I will appoint my 2 witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”
The Bible interprets itself —->
|2 Witnesses – The context of Revelation 11 is the witness of the Jews back in their own land prior to the coming of Jesus. They have fire power over their enemies. They are the 2 olive trees and lampstand of Zechariah 4, where Zerubbabel & Joshua had the potential to influence the nation to be the light of the world. Ezekiel 37 describes the present situation of Israel. The dry bones have come together. The 2 divided nations are back in the land – thus 2 witnesses, but they won’t be united as one, or the light of the world until Jesus returns as their ruler with the saints –
Ezekiel 37:21 I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be 2 nations or be divided into 2 kingdoms.”
At present, Israel are the 2 witnesses of Ezekiel 37 – In their land but not yet ruled by Jesus – they are in sackcloth and witnesses in disbelief.
Israel witnesses for 1260 days. This is not a literal number of days but an allusion to the times time and half a time of the ‘writing on the wall’ at Belshazzars Feast. Revelation is about the ‘Mene Mene Tekel and Parsin’ of all aspects of the world. In Revelation 11 the temple of God and it’s worshipers are measured/weighed – not a literal temple but measuring Israel – the ones God made the custodians of His word –
In symbol, the Jews witness in sackcloth for the same length of time that Jesus was amongst them as a witness, who they rejected. Their powers mimic the miracles of Moses and Elijah – they send fire on their enemies as Elijah did, and strike the earth with every kind of plague as Moses did. They are clothed in sackcloth (hairy mantle) – the garment of a prophet (witness). But they attribute the miraculous victories over their enemies to their own might and not God nor Jesus their Messiah.
When the time of their witness is finished, the Beast of Revelation 13 is given authority over them. However, the beast operates outside Israel until the 1260 days end, then it attacks them and wins.
|“When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified (Jerusalem). For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.” Revelation 11:7-10||How appropriate that these two witnesses, a type of the nation which rejected and crucified their Messiah, should be described here in symbol as suffering the same sequence of experiences which Jesus suffered. Like him, they are despised and rejected; their witnessing ending in death.
Revelation 17 describes the enemy who attacks Israel as a ‘Beast’ with 7 heads and 10 horns, and Israel as the harlot who has forsaken God and for a time rides on the Beast until it turns and attacks her.
“The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the harlot. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that has kingship amongst the kings of the earth.” Revelation 17:16-18
ISRAEL REPENTS – JESUS RESCUES THEM FROM THEIR ENEMIES
Israel will be attacked and overpowered by ‘the beast’, they will turn to God and He will answer them.
“The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins” Isaiah 59:20
“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the house of David and the residents of Jerusalem, and they will look to Me whom they pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only child and weep bitterly for Him as one weeps for a firstborn.” Zechariah 12:10
DESTRUCTION IN SYRIA/IRAQ While Israel witness in sackcloth
While Israel is witnessing in sackcloth, and the beast has authority to blaspheme, the 7 cups of God’s wrath are poured onto the earth. Rev 16:1 “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” The Greek word for earth here is “ge” –the equivalent of the Hebrew “eretz” in Old Testament (Compare Greek Septuagint with Hebrew) – the area generally applying to “The Land” – The Land promised to Abraham between Nile and Euphrates (when the ‘wider world’ is intended other Greek words like ‘cosmos’ or ‘oikoumene’ are used). These judgments are in the area of ‘The land promised to Abraham, but not on Israel – they are on her Arab neighbours and are another witness that Jesus is coming soon.
THE DAYS OF THE TEN TOE KINGS
The image of Daniel 2 foretold the fate of Israel while under foreign rule – from the time of the Babylonians until the Romans.
The prophecy has a gap – the Promised Land “enjoyed it’s Sabbaths” and the Jews were scattered. It recommenced in the days of the “Ten Toe Kings”. These are also the ten horns of the beast – the Arab nations occupying the area of the Promised Land in Psalm 83 during the days prior to Jesus returning and setting up God’s Kingdom – “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed” Dan 2:44 Decreed desolations while Jews dispersed
We are in the days of the 10 Toe Kings. We can see the plagues poured on Syia and Iraq – the refugees a further witness to the world of what is happening just as Jeremiah foretold “I will send to Babylon (Iraq) winnowers, and they shall winnow her, and they shall empty her land, when they come against her from every side on the day of trouble.” Jer. 51:2 Jesus is coming soon. Now is the time to be baptized into Jesus and have sure hope of a part in God’s Kingdom! We’d be so happy to help you, or to send you a free Bible with commentary –
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