Book of Revelation, chapter 11.
Just as with chapter 12 of The Book of Revelation, chapter 11 and all of the Holy Bible, there are verses that are meant to be taken literally, and there are verses that use symbology and need to be interpreted.
Rev 11:1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there.
[Take this literally.]
Rev 11:2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.
[Take this literally. Jerusalem is the holy city, and the 42 months refer to The Jewish-Roman Wars. Heres a history and math lesson for you. The Jewish-Roman wars were spaced out by a few years. They did not happen in succession. 42 months is how many years? 42 months divided by 12 months in a year. This equals 12. Now the Jewish Roman Wars were actually three seperate revolts of the Jews agianst the Romans,
Revolt 1-The First Jewish-Roman War from the years 66ad-73ad. Now how long did that last?
Revolt 2-Kitos War was a war that happened between the Jews and the Romans again in the year 115ad-117ad. Remember that from the time Jesus Christ was born till the time He died, and continueing though all these revolts/wars Israel was continually occupied by Rome. Much like how Iraq are being occupied by America right now. And tensions were always very high, as with all occupations. And the revolts were easily sparked and turned very violent and there were many combat deaths on both sides, for that reason they are referred to as Wars. Back to the Kitos war this lasted 2 years.
Answer 2 years.
Revolt 3-Bar Kokhba War From then years 132ad-135ad. So this War lasted 3 years.
And when you add all the answers together and you get 12. 12 years equals the 42 months mentioned in verse Rev 11:2]
Rev 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.
[Most of this verse can be taken literally, the clothed in sackcloth is symbology. This means God will have two prophets on earth. They will be born into poverty as average men. The 1,260 days is the amount of days they will have dreams of prophecy.]
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
[ This means the two prophets are refered to as two olive trees that stand before God, and two lampstands that stand before God. Both symbolical they are mentioned elsewhere in the Holy Bible.]
Rev 11:5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies.
[ A fancy way of saying that these two prophets have Gods divine protection, and cannot be harmed by anyone during the 1,260 days that they will recieve their prophecy from God. Again note the symbology.]
Rev 11:6 These men have power to shut up the sky 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.
[This is a symbological way of saying that God granted them the temporary power to shut up the sky, turn the waters to blood, and give any man or nation any type of plague whenever the prophets want, and thats what they did. Note much like when God gave Moses temporary power to turn water to blood in the Book of Exodus.]
Rev 11:7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
[This means after the 1,260 days when the two prophets were finished fullfilling thier prophecy, Satan was able to use a nation's warriors to locate and murder them. Thus making them true martyrs.]
Rev 11:8 Their bodies will lay in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
[Take this literally. The great city is Jerusalem. Obviously.]
Rev 11:9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
[This means all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Jews, Arabs, Romans, and every other ethnic group living in Jerusalem at the time disrespected the prophets bodies by allowing them to lay where they have fallen for three and a half days without any kind of religious rites as is practiced there.]
Rev 11:10 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.
[All the inhabitanst of Jerusalem were happy that the prophets were killed, because the prophets used God's power to give peoples and nations the plagues.]
Rev 11:11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
[After three and a half days God ressurected the prophets, in front of the people of Jerusalem.]
Rev 11:12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
[In the same way that Jesus Christ was resurrected back to life after 3 days and was able to walk the earth for a short time before He acsended to Heaven. So was the case with these prophets. They ascended to heaven in front of the people of Jerusalem.]
Rev 11:13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
[Its all meant to be taken literally. This is the same type of earthquake and storms that happened the moment Jesus Christ died. The people then realized that the prophets were from God and they realized that they have commited great sins.]
Rev 11:14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
Rev 11:15 The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ,
and he will reign for ever and ever."
Rev 11:16 And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
[Take this literally]
Rev 11:17 saying:"We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.
Rev 11:18 The nations were angry; and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great— and for destroying those who destroy the earth."
[Literal. This means everyone will be judged when they die. And held responesble for ever sin they commited on earth. And all the believers, saints, prophets and worshippers of God, will be rewarded for all the good they did on earth during their life. In the beginning of the verse when it says 'the nations were angry' the author is refering to nations of the earth. Nations that are used by Satan. Nations where the governments, leaders, presidents, and the majority of its inhabitants are enemies of Israel. There is only one God, and He is the God of Israel.]
Rev 11:19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
[This means that God opened heavens doors to all his believers, and whoever believes in Him will not parish, but have everlasting life in paradise. And most important, will be in the presence of God. He will love you, and you will love Him. Followed by some symbolic imagery, basically saying that it was a huge event, which was so great, that its greatness is impossible for the human mind to comprehend. So useing imagery the author discribes this event's greatness.]
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