Summary: Tribulation period.
1 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.
Refers to the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem.
Daniel prophesied 500 yrs before Christ Daniel 9:27
2 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.
Refers to furthest court from the Temple Measurement is for judgement.
Holy City is Jerusalem.
They shall tread. Is the end times for gentiles. Luke 21:24
At the mid point of the tribulation the Antichrist will have war with Israel temporarily defeat them.
He will occupy the temple for 3&1/2 yrs. It will be a religious headquarters. 2Thess.2:4
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Enoch& Elijah two men who never died.
Translated never saw death. Gen.5:24-24 Mal. 4:5-6
3.1/2yrs preaching repentance Isa.37:1-2 Dan.9:3-5
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
These represent the 2 witness..Zech.4:
5 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.
Gods protection literal fire as in judgement.
What every is needed to protect them.
Antichrist seeks to kill them in many ways.
6 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.
Does not mean there will be no rain.
They can shut up heaven as they desire.
There will months without rain.
When the blood come is anyones guess.
Sickness diseases of every nature.
Plagues of insects such as flies,frogs and others.
7 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.
This will be at the conclusion of 3 ½ yrs. Same time of Christ earthly ministry.
The fallen angel will come to help the antichrist they will kill the 2 witnesses not until their ministry is completed.
8 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.
Satan will turn Jerusalem into sin city homosexuality woldliness
9 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.
Live T.V. will beam it to all the world.
10 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.
Celebration the witnesses are dead. The antichrist has killed them.
11 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.
God is still in charge 2 dead men arise.
A miracle of astounding proportions.
12 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.
The conclusion of the tribulation they will be among the last in the 1st resurrection.
The whole world will see it.
13 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.
5 times earthquakes come.
This one is at the conclusion of the tribulation.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
Ver.13 is not and earthquake but the casting of Satan Rev.12-12
15 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.
The beginning of the last 3 ½ yrs of the tribulation.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
These elders are some of the Prophets & Apostles
This all refers to his redemption plan.
17 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.