Wrath Of The Lamb: The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Revelation Chapter 11:

Overview to the Two Witnesses: I'm presenting here some of the key points and symbols regarding The Two Witnesses that I've discovered through prayer and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Please test them in your own studies:

  • See the Prophetic Time Chart for an explanation of the interpretation of prophetic time in this chapter, ie. 1,260 days, 42 months, 3 1/2 years.

    "And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein." (Revelation 11:1 KJV)

    • The temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein: The only permanant 'worshippers' in God's Temple are what Stephen called the 'lively oracles', the Spiritual Law of God written upon the two tables of stone with the Ten Commandments, engraved by the finger of God, and stored in the Ark of the Testimony (Exodus 40:5).

      The Ark was kept in the Most Holy place of the Temple Sanctuary, behind the veil that separated the Most Holy from the Holy, and before which the altar stood:

        "And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me." (Deuteronomy 10:5 KJV)

      The Temple was, of course, modelled on the "Tabernacle of Witness", whose design Moses received from God on Mount Sinai.

    "But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months." (Revelation 11:2 KJV)

    "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth." (Revelation 11:3 KJV)

    • Measure it not: Instructing John to 'measure' would indicate that units of linear measurement should be involved here. But the only numbers we are given in these these two verses are lengths of time, not of space. John has presented us with a riddle:

        The Two Witnesses Measuring Riddle: Forty-two prophetic months is the same as 1260 prophetic days, which in prophetic time is 1260 years. The periods in verses 2 and 3 refer to time periods of the same length, yet John differentiates between them. Why?

          Verse 2: During the first period mentioned John tells us that the Gentiles will be treading the holy city (Jerusalem) underfoot. We know that before Jesus' ministry, any Gentiles treading in Jerusalem did so only during periods when the Israelites had been subjegated by another nation. Thus the 1260-year time period of verse 2 must be referencing the time period after the ministry of Jesus, when Gentiles roamed Jerusalem freely.

          We can say this because there was no 1260-year period during which the Gentiles trod Jerusalem underfoot before the ministry of Jesus.

          Verse 3: On the other hand, the 1260-year time period of verse 3, during which the Two Witnesses were to prophesy, can be 'measured' differently:

          • First, since the witnesses are described as clothed in sackcloth rather than the 'white raimant' of Jesus' salvation, we have a hint that this second 1260 years took place before Jesus' ministry. All other raimant described in Revelation is the white raimant of Jesus' righteousness.

          • Secondly, when the witnesses finish their prophesying, verse 9 below tells us they will lie 'dead' before the people of the nations for 'three days and an half' (3 1/2 prophetic years). This third time period introduced into the story of the Two Witnesses is the 3 1/2 years of Jesus' ministry, which took place before His crucifixion.

            If the 3 1/2 years in verse 9 is referring to Jesus' ministry, then that 3 1/2 year period took place after the Two Witnesses had prophesied for 1,260 years. So the Two Witnesses began prophesying 1,260 years before Jesus was baptized.

        It is estimated by many Bible scholars that Moses received the tables of stone from God on Mount Sinai during the 13th century BC.

        While we haven't known the exact date up until now, John in Revelation pinpoints it for us as the date of Jesus baptism (usually placed near the year 27 AD) minus 1,260 years - or approximately 1232 BC.

    • My two witnesses: The two tables of stone were placed in the 'Ark of the Testimony' (Exodus 26:34), thus they were to testify to the sins of Israel, and as such are 'witnesses' of man's rebellion against the Law of God. Consider the follwing verse from Exodus where the two tables themselves are shown as containing God's 'testimony':

        "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God." (Exodus 31:18 KJV)

      Who gives testimony? Witnesses give testimony. This verse from Exodus identifies the two tables of stone as God's Two Witnesses.

    • They shall prophesy: The Law on the two tables of stone did "prophesy" until Jesus began His ministry, according to Jesus Himself:

        "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John." (Matthew 11:12-13 KJV)

    • A thousand two hundred and threescore days: The two physical tables of stone were to be God's witness against Israel for 1260 prophetic years, which would be near the confirmable time period between the tables of stone being given to Moses, and Jesus beginning His ministry.

      Example of the Law bearing witness:

        "...Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?" (Deuteronomy 31:25-27 KJV)

      See also Deuteronomy 19:15; Joshua 8:32; also Exodus 24:5-8 for Israel's Covenent being witnessed.

    "These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." (Revelation 11:4 KJV)

    • The two olive trees, and the two candlesticks: Olive trees produced oil for lamps, candlesticks were lamps. Both are used in prophecy throughout the Bible to indicate the Spirit.

      This verse recalls to us the Spiritual nature of the Law written on the two tables of stone:

        The Spiritual Nature of God's Law: The Ten Commandments are the Spiritual Law of Heaven written on cold, earthly stone. In the book of Acts, Steven referred to the two tables containing the Law of God, written with God's own finger, as the "lively oracles" (Acts 7:37-40), meaning that the Laws written on them are spiritual indeed. The Apostle Paul wrote:

          "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin." (Romans 7:14)

        When Jesus was crucified, the Spiritual Law, represented in earthly, fleshly form by the Law on the tables of stone, became part of Him:

          "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:2-4)

        The Old Covenant was the Ten Commandment Law. The New Covenant is the same Law, though it is now spiritual and is now written on our hearts since Jesus' sacrifice for our sins:

          "But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts... I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more." (Jeremiah 31:31-34 KJV)

        See also: Ezekiel 36:26-27; Zechariah 4:1-14.

    "And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed." (Revelation 11:5 KJV)

    • Spiritually speaking: Breaking (hurting) a commandment is sin, and the fire of repentence and sanctification within, initiated by the Holy Spirit, should soon follow.

        "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." (2 Corinthians 3:6 KJV)

        "Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 5:24 KJV)

      The Law itself described as fire:

        "And he said, The LORD came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them." (Deuteronomy 33:2 KJV)

    • Physically speaking: A reference to what happens to those who investigate the Ark of the Covenant, which contains the tables of stone, unbidden by God:

         "And He smiteth among the men of Beth-Shemesh, for they looked into the ark of Jehovah, yea, He smiteth among the people seventy men--fifty chief men; and the people mourn, because Jehovah smote among the people--a great smiting." (1 Samuel 6:19)

    "These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will." (Revelation 11:6 KJV)

    • These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy:

      • Spiritually Speaking: It was impossible for people to keep God's Ten Commandment Law perfectly. Disobeying the Law causes discouragement, and our joy and power to witness and resist temptation through the Holy Spirit is restrained.

        The 'rain' this verse is referring to is the former and latter 'rains' of the Holy Spirit, to take place after the Law was made one with Jesus and our sins were forgiven through His sacrifice. These rains are described below:

          "Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." (Joel 2:23 KJV)

        The 'former rain' is the rain of the Holy Spirit, as took place in upper room when the disciples received the power of that Spirit. Study Revelation elsewhere to find the spiritual meaning of turning water into blood (whose blood? The blood of the Lamb) and the seven last plagues.

      • Physically Speaking: The prophet Elijah relied upon God, and the power the Law gave him, to singlehandedly cause a drought for 3 1/2 years. The drought would not end until Elijah himself said it would end:

          "And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word." (1 Kings 17:1 KJV)

    • Have power over waters to turn them to blood... to smite the earth with all plagues: A reference to the plagues that Pharaoh's obstinance before God brought on Egypt. Another time reference, these plagues came just before the two tables of stone were given to Moses. Turning waters to blood is also included in the seven last plagues of Revelation.

    "And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." (Revelation 11:7 KJV)

    • The Beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit: The Bottomless Pit that the Beast ascends from is the sanctuary where the sacrificial blood of sin offerings was sprinkled. Since man's sin is endless, the sanctuary is represented as a pit that is bottomless. In some translations the pit is rendered as the "abyss". The sacrificial system was created to point forward to the Messiah, "the Lamb of God". See the page on the sacrificial system of Israel.

      Thus the Beast of Revelation is our portrayal to the world of the Messiah, a Jesus who condones government by men of sin, and the oppression and killing that results.

      Because the Beast represents the unholy alliance of church and government run by man, and Jesus founded the church, He is indeed the basis of the first Beast of Revelation because of the way we portray Him, and He takes full responsibility as such.

      See the page on the fourth Beast Daniel Chapter Seven, which also portrays the Messiah expected by the Jews as a Beast.

    • Shall overcome them, and kill them: Jesus during His life 'overcame' the Ten Commandments by living them, proving that a brotherhood of humanity is possible on the earth.

      When Jesus' ministry began, with God's approval indicated by the bestowal of the Holy Spirit at His Baptism, righteousness by faith in His Grace was instituted among mankind. The law written in stone that had tormented and accused men so, was then symbolically 'killed', as Paul wrote of the letter of the Law (not the Spirit) "dying" of necessity.

        For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." (Hebrews 9:15-16 KJV)

        "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter." (Romans 7:6)

    • And when they shall have finished their testimony: The Two Witnesses "prophecied" until Jesus' baptism, when they finished their testimony. Again, Jesus from the book of Matthew:

        For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. (Matthew 11:12-13 KJV)

      The apostle Paul called the Law our "schoolmaster" that brought us to Christ:

        "Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith." (Galatians 3:24 KJV)

    "And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified." (Revelation 11:8 KJV)

    • In the street of the great city: Atheism and idolotry are regularly represented by God in prophecy under the pseudonym of Egypt, whereas Sodom represents a level of perversion reached only by the most rebellious of God's people. The "great city", then, is Spiritual Babylon.

      This description spiritually refers to where Jesus overcame the Law written on stone, thus 'killing' it:

        "And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions [that were] under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." (Hebrews 9:15-16 KJV)

      The Apostle Paul's description of the necessity of the death of a testator in the book of Hebrews is applicable to the Old Testament Covenant of the Law as well.

    "And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth." (Revelation 11:9-10 KJV)

    • Shall see their dead bodies three days and an half: In prophetic time: For the three and a half years of Jesus' active ministry would the bodies of the Two Witnesses, those two tables of stone containing the Ten Commandments that He overcame, be symbolically left unburied "in the street".

    • And shall send gifts one to another: In the joy of the Salvation of Jesus, a description of Christmas.

    • Because these two prophets tormented them: The torment spoken of is the torment of living under the accusatory nature of the Law without Grace:

      Speaking of the New Covenant, God said:

        "And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it... For the bed is shorter than that a man can stretch himself on it: and the covering narrower than that he can wrap himself in it." (Isaiah 28:18, 20 KJV)

      Examples of the torment of the Law as opposed to Grace:

        "The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law." (1 Corinthians 15:56 KJV)

        "Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses [to whom the Ten Commandments were given], in whom ye trust." (John 5:45 KJV)

        "Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all..." (Romans 4:15-16 KJV)

    "And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them." (Revelation 11:11 KJV)

    • The Spirit of life from God entered into them: With Jesus's crucifixion, after His three and one half year ministry, the spiritual law of the Ten Commandments became one with Jesus:

        "And now, in Christ Jesus, ye being once afar off became nigh in the blood of the Christ, for he is our peace, who did make both one, and the middle wall of the enclosure did break down, the enmity in his flesh, the law of the commands in ordinances having done away, that the two he might create in himself into one new man, making peace, and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, having slain the enmity in it, and having come, he did proclaim good news--peace to you--the far-off and the nigh, because through him we have the access--we both--in one Spirit unto the Father." (Ephesians 2:13-18 YLT)

        "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:14-17 KJV)

    • And they stood upon their feet: When Jesus was resurrected after His crucifixion, the spiritual Ten Commandments stood on their feet because He stood on His feet.

    • Great fear fell upon them which saw them: At Jesus' resurrection, when the angel of the Lord came and rolled back the stone to Jesus' sepulchre, the Roman guards collapsed with fear:

        "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men." (Matthew 28:1-4 KJV)

    "And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them." (Revelation 11:12 KJV)

    • And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud: Jesus' ascension to heaven, described in the book of Acts:

        "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven..." (Acts 1:9-11 KJV)

    • And their enemies beheld them: The word 'enemies' is related In the spirit of verse 10, which described the effect of the law as 'torment'.

      Here in verse 12, the 'enemies' of the old Law, the Law written on tables of stone, were the apostles who watched them ascend, now spiritually one with the King of Kings.

        "Rejoice exceedingly, O daughter of Zion, Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, Lo, thy King doth come to thee, Righteous--and saved is He, Afflicted--and riding on an ass, And on a colt--a son of she-asses. And I have cut off the chariot from Ephraim, And the horse from Jerusalem, Yea, cut off hath been the bow of battle, And he hath spoken peace to nations, And his rule is from sea unto sea, And from the river unto the ends of earth. Also thou--by the blood of thy covenant, I have sent thy prisoners out of the pit [the sanctuary, the bottomless pit of blood from animal sacrifice], There is no water in it." (Zechariah 9:9-11)

    "And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven." (Revelation 11:13 KJV)

    • A great earthquake: Like the other earthquakes in Revelation, the great earthquake referred to is a prophetic spiritual earthquake of spiritual change, this one representing the anointing of the apostles with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost:

        "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them." (Acts 2:2-3 KJV)

    • The same hour: Jesus was crucified on the Passover (Friday), his body lying in a tomb over three days. He was then resurrected on the first day of the week (Sunday). Then according to Acts 1:3, after showing Himself to His disciples over a period of 40 days, He ascended to heaven on a cloud.

      So Jesus ascended to heaven 43 days after His crucifixion.

      The Day of Pentecost is the 50th day of Passover, so the events described in verse 13 took place within one prophetic hour (15 literal days), of Jesus' ascension to heaven on the cloud. 

      Thus The Holy Spirit was bestowed 7 literal days after Jesus' ascension.

    • The tenth part of the city fell: The ninth commandment was broken in Peter's enthusiasm for preaching. An example of exaggeration in preaching that has been passed down since Peter. In his first speech in Acts, Peter is shown taking charge among the disciples, and recounting the death of Judas Iscariot:

        "Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out. And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood." (Acts 1:18-19 KJV)

      Yet the Gospel of Luke tells the story of the naming of 'The field of blood' differently:

        "And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day." (Matthew 27:5-8 KJV)

      Peter, when He preached here, broke the commandment "Thou shalt not bear false witness".

    • In the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: The King James translators left an important Greek word out of this verse, no doubt thinking it made more sense as they related it. However, the Greek word meaning "names" was properly translated in the following translations:

      • "...And killed in the earthquake were names of men--seven thousands, and the rest became affrighted, and they gave glory to the God of the heaven." (Rev 11:13 Young's Literal Translation)

      • "...And seven thousand names of men were slain in the earthquake. And the rest were frightened and gave glory to the God of Heaven." (Rev 11:13 Modern King James Version)

      • "...And there were killed in the earthquake seven thousand names of men. And the rest became terrified, and gave glory to the God of Heaven." (Rev 11:13 Literal Translation of the Holy Bible)

      What does John mean when he writes that "seven thousand names of men" were slain? Consider the following verses:

        "Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:18 KJV)

        "But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal." (Rom 11:4 KJV)

      When Judas hanged himself after betraying Jesus, the number of Apostles went from twelve to eleven. In the book of Acts we are told that Peter decided Judas' place in the Apostles' ranks must be filled. So they selected two whom they felt were worthy, and drew lots to decide who would replace Judas:

        "And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias." (Act 1:23 KJV)

        "And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles." (Act 1:26 KJV)

      By selecting Judas' replacement themselves without waiting for Jesus to do so, Peter and the Apostles usurped Jesus' Authority to select the replacement Himself from the metaphorical "seven thousand" righteous which God always has in reserve.

      Jesus later chose the Apostle Paul to replace Judas. Thus Paul is the divinely chosen twelfth Apostle, as he notes in the following salutation from Galations:

        "Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (Gal 1:2-5 KJV)

The Ten Commandments

The Third Woe:

    "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly." (Revelation 11:14 KJV)

    The "third woe" is a placeholder for the Third Angel's Message of Revelation Chapter Fourteen.

The Seventh Trumpet:

    See Also: Seventh Church | Seventh Seal | Seventh Plague

    "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned." (Revelation 11:15-17 KJV)

    • And hast reigned: Per the Plan of Salvation, the Seventh Trumpet announcing the Church of Laodicea reminds us that Jesus' ministry of instituting the Kingdom of Heaven on earth began when He ascended and continues with Him as our King today - He has been leading us until "that Wicked be revealed", until we recognize that Lucifer's lies are exposed to the universe for what they are.

      The Church of Laodicea is inclusive of all Christianity, all believers in Jesus as Savior.

      Lucifer's lies are exposed the universe now, but most Laodiceans do not see it yet. Many still harbor hatred for other peoples and religions, many are just too separated from God and the issues He cares about to see, and many are simply too comfortable in materialism to care. Many are discouraged because of government and media persecution.

      To Laodicea Jesus says:

        "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

        "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:15-20 KJV)

      Through the ages, Jesus has been our True King, directing all of the Good that has come out of the evil of the last 2000 years.

    "And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth." (Revelation 11:18 KJV)

    • "And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come: The wrath is that of the world's poor and oppressed, including the terrorists of September 11th and beyond, who are fighting for the survival of their fundamentalist beliefs.

    • The time of the dead, that they should be judged: The time for Jesus return has come, but it is up to us to make the first step by repenting and living the teachings of Christ. And then we must invite Him back:

        "Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?" (Malachi 3:7 KJV)

        "For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:39 KJV)

    • And shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth: Babylon and the Beast, who refuse to treat environmental problems seriously, in deference to greed. Air pollution, water pollution, global warming, nuclear threats, etc...

    "And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail." (Revelation 11:19 KJV)

    • There was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: In the Ark of the Testament of the earthly Temple were stored the two tables of stone of the Ten Commandments.

      • I believe this reference to the Ark may indicate that something may yet happen regarding the Ark or the two tables of stone. Wouldn't it be interesting if they were found in Iraq around ancient Babylon?

      • Then again, this verse may also indicate that something that happened to the Ten Commandments that initiated the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet, like the removal of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse in Alabama. It's hard to imagine a greater insult to the God in whose name this country was founded, and on whose commandments our rule of law is based.

      • On the other hand, this verse may just be indicating that we must get back to God's Law of Brotherhood before Jesus returns.

      The history of the Church of Laodicea continues through Chapter Twelve and Thirteen: