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Revelation 11 - Time Out

Your life is controlled by time, so make sure you understand time from God's perspective.

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Revelation 11 Summary

This chapter contains several symbolic allusions. It opens with John being told to measure the temple & worshippers, signifying that God has numbered His elect. Being close to the temple, even in the courtyard, doesn't count.

Next we read about 'two witnesses,' who will prophesy for 1,260 days. These witnesses represent the Church, which has been given great power, but it also will suffer greatly at the hands of the world. It seems that the world will successfully rid itself of the Church, just as it seemed so when Christ was killed. But just as Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, so will the Church.

As soon as the Church is brought up to heaven, a terrible earthquake devastates the earth, killing most while the rest gave glory to God (v13). The prophecy in Philippians 2 will be fulfilled: every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Chapter 11 brings an end to the third perspective on what Christ victorious return will look like, as once again we read of God's temple in heaven being opened amist triumphal songs of praises being sung by loud voices in heaven (v15).

Dig Deeper

As we get farther into the Apocalypse (Revelation), there will be more and more fascinating details, symbolisms and allusions. Today we read about all sorts of dates, which on one hand correspond with the time Christ was on earth, but on the other signify a 3-1/2 year period that we've been experiencing now for two millenia.

So resist the urge you may have to want to determine an exact meaning for each of these details and symbolic illustrations. Not only are you very likely to come to very wrong conclusions, but you'll be consumed in anxiety trying to analyze each day's news looking for clues to how obscure interpretations of Revelation are taking place.

Instead, focus on the main message of Revelation: You can have no fear for the future because Jesus Christ has been, is now, and always will be Lord.

AAA Prayer :

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign (v17)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank God that He has made you part of His Church and will therefore protect you from the terrible wrath that will be poured out.




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