Summary: This lesson deals with the coming of the antichrist, the Two Witnesses, the Unholy Trinity, the Fatal Wound, and other stuff.
IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
A STUDY OVER THE BOOK OF REVELATION & THE END TIMES: PART IV
INTRO: This upcoming study on Revelation, is obviously a lot of guesswork. Although is information is entirely Biblical and comes from theologian type sources, it still cannot be correct 100%. But the following is only the best try considering all the details and facts as we know it in this year at such a time as this.
BACKGROUND: According to Revelation 9, we just had:
1. A Plague of Demon Locusts Attack
2. 4 Bound Spiritual Beings Confined By the Euphrates River Unleashed
3. An Attack Organized by 200 Million People
4. Widespread Sin Including Drugs, Pornography, & Theft
A. BIBLE VERSE: Revelation 10:1-3 (may want to read all the way through verse 11 for additional):
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. He had a little scroll open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea, and his left foot on the land, and called out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he called out, the seven thunders sounded.
An Angel and His Little Book: Though there are tons of meanings here, following are some key points.
The rainbow on his head symbols God’s faithfulness (remember the rainbow is a sign of God’s promise).
The fire points to judgment over man’s sin.
The feet standing on land and sea invokes God’s purpose and promise to take possession of the entire world again for his kingdom (remember, a lion roars out after he has taken possession of his prey).
The good tasting book made the stomach bitter refers to John’s delight of the good news only to later fully understand the horrible ramifications of what will happen to man.
As to what was NOT printed…maybe we can ask John in heaven, more than likely it’s mums the word.
B. BIBLE VERSE: Revelation 11:3-9
“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies; and if anyone would desire to harm them, in this manner he must be killed. These have the power to shut up the sky, in order that rain may not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. And those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
The Two Witnesses: Who Are They? First, they are clothed in “sackcloth,” so either they are dressed in symbolic weeping clothes or they have more of a “John the Baptist” or “Elijiah” look. But there is a wide discrepancy on what people think. Some people believe that these two can be Elijiah and Moses returning back to Earth, since they’re miracles are similar to those two. Others point to this being Elijiah and Enoch, the only two in history to never have technically died. Malachi 3:1 seems to point to one of these assertions according to some people (“Behold, I am going to send you Elijiah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible Day of the Lord”). Bit since John the Baptist could have and would have fulfilled the Malachi passage, it seems the one to come in the future will be only like John, a man who comes in spirit and power like Elijiah—not Elijiah himself. More than likely, these two are merely two exceptional men whom God will raise up in the Tribulation.
The Two Witnesses: What Do They Do? They have 4 miraculous powers, these include:
1. They can kill their enemies with fire.
2. They can withhold rain for three and a half years.
3. They can turn water into blood.
4. They can bring plagues upon the earth.
Why these miracles? It’s because these miracles will provide a defense and protection against those trying to hurt them, and at the same time turn the hearts of minds of Israelites towards Jesus because of the underlying meaning of these protections.