Revelation 11


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A study on Revelation 11:1-8. The presenter identifies the two witnesses, the bottomless pit power, and discusses why this history is important and how it relates to present-day world crises.

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Revelation 11

  1. 1. The Bible &The French Revolution
  2. 2. Revelation 11:1 “And there wasgiven me a reed like unto a rod:and the angel stood, saying,Rise, and measure the templeof God, and the altar, and themthat worship therein.”
  3. 3. Isaiah 65:7 “Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fatherstogether, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon themountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will Imeasure their former work into their bosom.”Matthew 7:2 “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall bejudged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measuredto you again.”Jeremiah 46:28 “Fear thou not, O Jacob my servant,saith the LORD: for I am with thee; for I will make a fullend of all the nations whither I have driven thee: but I willnot make a full end of thee, but correct thee in measure;yet will I not leave thee wholly unpunished.
  4. 4. Revelation 11:2 “But the court which iswithout the temple leave out, and measureit not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: andthe holy city shall they tread under footforty and two months.” 42 months X 30 days/month = 1260 days 1260 days = 1260 years (Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34)
  5. 5. Luke 21:24 “And they shall fall bythe edge of the sword, and shall beled away captive into all nations: andJerusalem shall be trodden downof the Gentiles, until the times ofthe Gentiles be fulfilled.”
  6. 6. Revelation 2:18-21 “And unto the angel ofthe church in Thyatira write; These thingssaith the Son of God, who hath his eyes likeunto a flame of fire, and his feet are like finebrass; I know thy works, and charity, andservice, and faith, and thy patience, and thyworks; and the last to be more than the first.Notwithstanding I have a few things againstthee, because thou sufferest that womanJezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess,to teach and to seduce my servants to commitfornication, and to eat things sacrificed untoidols. And I gave her space to repent of herfornication; and she repented not.
  7. 7. Revelation 11:3, 4 “And I will givepower unto my two witnesses, andthey shall prophesy a thousand twohundred and threescore days,clothed in sackcloth. These are thetwo olive trees, and the twocandlesticks standing before theGod of the earth.
  8. 8. Two Witnesses NeededDeuteronomy 19:15 “One witnessshall not rise up against a man forany iniquity, or for any sin, in any sinthat he sinneth: at the mouth of twowitnesses, or at the mouth of threewitnesses, shall the matter beestablished.” (2 Corinthians 13:1)
  9. 9. Isaiah 43:10 “Ye are mywitnesses, saith the LORD, andmy servant whom I have chosen:that ye may know and believe me,and understand that I am he: beforeme there was no God formed,neither shall there be after me.”(see also Isaiah 44:8)
  10. 10. Romans 8:16 “The Spirititself beareth witness withour spirit, that we are thechildren of God”
  11. 11. 1 John 5:6 “This is he thatcame by water and blood, evenJesus Christ; not by water only,but by water and blood. And itis the Spirit that bearethwitness, because the Spirit istruth.”
  12. 12. Acts 10:38 “How God anointedJesus of Nazareth with theHoly Ghost and with power:who went about doing good,and healing all that wereoppressed of the devil; for Godwas with him.
  13. 13. Exodus 29:36 “And thou shaltoffer every day a bullock for asin offering for atonement: andthou shalt cleanse the altar,when thou hast made anatonement for it, and thou shaltanoint it, to sanctify it.”
  14. 14. John 17:17 “Sanctify themthrough thy truth: thy word istruth”
  15. 15. Zechariah 4: 1-7 “And the angel that talked with me cameagain, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of hissleep, And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I havelooked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl uponthe top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes tothe seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: And twoolive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and theother upon the left side thereof. So I answered and spake tothe angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, mylord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and saidunto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, mylord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This isthe word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not bymight, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thoushalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstonethereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
  16. 16. Zechariah 4:12-14 “And I answeredagain, and said unto him, What be thesetwo olive branches which through the twogolden pipes empty the golden oil out ofthemselves? And he answered me andsaid, Knowest thou not what these be?And I said, No, my lord. Then said he,These are the two anointed ones, thatstand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
  17. 17. Revelation 11:5, 6 “And if any manwill hurt them, fire proceedeth out oftheir mouth, and devoureth theirenemies: and if any man will hurt them,he must in this manner be killed. Thesehave power to shut heaven, that itrain not in the days of their prophecy:and have power over waters to turnthem to blood, and to smite the earthwith all plagues, as often as they will.”
  18. 18. Jeremiah 5:14 “Wherefore thus saith the LORDGod of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold,I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and thispeople wood, and it shall devour them.”1 Kings 17:1 “And Elijah the Tishbite, who wasof the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As theLORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand,there shall not be dew nor rain these years, butaccording to my word.”Exodus 8:13 “And the LORD did according tothe word of Moses; and the frogs died out of thehouses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.”
  19. 19. “What are the witnesses, then? I answer,written testimony may be witnesses; and thelast will and testament of a man, written,signed, sealed, and ratified by death, isconsidered the best testimony in the world, andis held almost sacred among all men and in allnations. Then we must conclude that Christstwo witnesses must be the Old and NewTestaments; for nothing short can testify, in thisour day, concerning Christ. Yes; we have thetestimony of Christ himself to this point. Johnv.39: „Search the Scriptures, for in them yethink ye have eternal life, and they are they thattestify of me.‟” {1842 WiM, DTIS 49.1}
  20. 20. Revelation 11:7 “And whenthey shall have finished theirtestimony, the beast thatascendeth out of the bottomlesspit shall make war against them,and shall overcome them, and killthem.”
  21. 21. Revelation 9:1 “And the fifth angelsounded, and I saw a star fall fromheaven unto the earth: and to him wasgiven the key of the bottomless pit.And he opened the bottomless pit; andthere arose a smoke out of the pit, asthe smoke of a great furnace; and thesun and the air were darkened byreason of the smoke of the pit.”
  22. 22. Why was this Wicked Power of Darkness Sent as Judgment Against the Papal Church?
  23. 23. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 “For the mystery of iniquity dothalready work: only he who now letteth will let, until he betaken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked berevealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit ofhis mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of hiscoming: Even him, whose coming is after the working ofSatan with all power and signs and lying wonders, Andwith all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them thatperish; because they received not the love of the truth,that they might be saved.. And for this cause God shallsend them strong delusion, that they should believe alie: That they all might be damned who believed not thetruth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
  24. 24. Revelation 17:8 “The beast that thousawest was, and is not; and shallascend out of the bottomless pit, and gointo perdition: and they that dwell on theearth shall wonder, whose names werenot written in the book of life from thefoundation of the world, when theybehold the beast that was, and is not,and yet is.”
  25. 25. Revelation 20:1-3 “And I saw an angelcome down from heaven, having the key ofthe bottomless pit and a great chain in hishand. And he laid hold on the dragon,that old serpent, which is the Devil, andSatan, and bound him a thousand years,And cast him into the bottomless pit,and shut him up, and set a seal upon him,that he should deceive the nations nomore, till the thousand years should befulfilled: and after that he must be loosed alittle season.
  26. 26. “…the Lord had shown me invision that mesmerism wasfrom the devil, from thebottomless pit, and that itwould soon go there, with thosewho continued to use it…” EWp. 21
  27. 27. “The period when the two witnesses wereto prophesy clothed in sackcloth ended in1798. As they were approaching thetermination of their work in obscurity, warwas to be made upon them by the powerrepresented as „the beast that ascendethout of the bottomless pit.‟ In many of thenations of Europe the powers that ruled inChurch and State had for centuries beencontrolled by Satan, through the medium ofthe papacy. But here is brought to view anew manifestation of Satanic power.”{GC88 268.3}
  28. 28. Revelation 11:7, 8 “And when theyshall have finished their testimony, thebeast that ascendeth out of thebottomless pit shall make war againstthem, and shall overcome them, andkill them. And their dead bodies shalllie in the street of the great city, whichspiritually is called Sodom andEgypt, where also our Lord wascrucified
  29. 29. Genesis 13:13 “But the men ofSodom were wicked and sinnersbefore the LORD exceedingly.”Exceedingly = To a very greatdegree; in a degree beyond what isusual;
  30. 30. Genesis 18:20 “And the LORDsaid, Because the cry of Sodomand Gomorrah is great, andbecause their sin is verygrievous”
  31. 31. Isaiah 3:9 “The show of theircountenance doth witness againstthem; and they declare their sin asSodom, they hide it not. Woe untotheir soul! for they have rewardedevil unto themselves.”
  32. 32. Ezekiel 16:49, 50 “Behold, this wasthe iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride,fulness of bread, and abundance ofidleness was in her and in herdaughters, neither did shestrengthen the hand of the poorand needy. And they were haughty,and committed abomination beforeme”
  33. 33. Revelation 11:7, 8 “And when theyshall have finished their testimony,the beast that ascendeth out of thebottomless pit shall make waragainst them, and shall overcomethem, and kill them. And their deadbodies shall lie in the street of thegreat city, which spiritually is calledSodom and Egypt, where also ourLord was crucified
  34. 34. Exodus 5:2“And Pharaoh said,Who is the LORD, that I shouldobey his voice to let Israel go? Iknow not the LORD, neitherwill I let Israel go.”
  35. 35. Exodus 19:1 “The burden ofEgypt. Behold, the LORDrideth upon a swift cloud,and shall come into Egypt:and the idols of Egypt shallbe moved at his presence,and the heart of Egypt shallmelt in the midst of it.”
  36. 36. Exodus 8:31, 32 “And the LORDdid according to the word ofMoses; and he removed theswarms of flies from Pharaoh,from his servants, and from hispeople; there remained not one.And Pharaoh hardened his heartat this time also, neither would helet the people go.”
  37. 37. “The „great city‟ in whose streets the witnesses areslain, and where their dead bodies lie, „is spirituallyEgypt.‟ Of all nations presented in Bible history,Egypt most boldly denied the existence of the livingGod, and resisted his commands. No monarch everventured upon more open and high-handed rebellionagainst the authority of Heaven than did the king ofEgypt. When the message was brought him byMoses, in the name of the Lord, Pharaoh proudlyanswered, „Who is Jehovah, that I should obey hisvoice to let Israel go? I know not Jehovah, neither willI let Israel go.‟ Exodus 5:2. This is atheism; and thenation represented by Egypt would give voice to asimilar denial of the claims of the living God, andwould manifest a like spirit of unbelief and defiance.”{GC88 269.2}
  38. 38. “According to the words of the prophet, then, alittle before the year 1798 some power ofSatanic origin and character would rise tomake war upon the Bible. And in the landwhere the testimony of Gods two witnessesshould thus be silenced, there would bemanifest the atheism of the Pharaoh, and thelicentiousness of Sodom. This prophecy has received a most exactand striking fulfillment in the history ofFrance…” {GC88 269.4}
  39. 39. “Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallendemigods; that „each mind will judge itself;‟ that„true knowledge places men above all law;‟ that„all sins committed are innocent;‟ for „whateveris, is right,‟ and „God doth not condemn.‟ Thebasest of human beings it represents as inheaven, and highly exalted there. Thus itdeclares to all men, „It matters not what you do;live as you please, heaven is your home.‟Multitudes are thus led to believe that desire isthe highest law, that license is liberty, and thatman is accountable only to himself.
  40. 40. With such teaching given at thevery outset of life, when impulse isstrongest, and the demand for self-restraint and purity is most urgent,where are the safeguards of virtue?what is to prevent the world frombecoming a second Sodom?
  41. 41. At the same time anarchy is seeking to sweepaway all law, not only divine, but human. Thecentralizing of wealth and power; the vastcombinations for the enriching of the few at theexpense of the many; the combinations of thepoorer classes for the defense of their interestsand claims; the spirit of unrest, of riot andbloodshed; the world-wide dissemination of thesame teachings that led to the FrenchRevolution--all are tending to involve the wholeworld in a struggle similar to that whichconvulsed France.” {Ed 228.2}
  42. 42. Next Week We Will Talk about The French Revolution & the Spirit of France