The Tribulation Temple and the two Witnesses

Studying Bible Prophecy

Revelation 11:1-2.Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2 “Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.

After John eats the little book and is told to keep warning the people about the coming judgments, he is next given a measuring rod and is told to measure the temple, the altar and the worshippers. We are not told why he is to do this, but we could make some conjectures.

Looking at it in a spiritual way, I think we can see the measuring as how God is evaluating the spiritual conditions of the temple and its people. Tim…

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Personalities in the Tribulation: The Two Witnesses

Studying Bible Prophecy

The two witnesses are much like the 144,000 Jewish witnesses in that they are set apart for the Lord to do His will. However, there is a difference: the 144,000 witnesses, as far as we can tell, have no special powers, except that they are protected by the seal of God. But these two witnesses are just like Moses and Elijah and have great powers from God. They are not only commissioned to preach the gospel but to warn the people of what’s to come and to bring down fire from heaven (a prophetic ministry).

Now before we get into a verse-by-verse study of Revelation 11:3-13, I think it will be beneficial to mention that there are two problems: 1) We don’t really know who these characters are. Most agree that they are Moses and Elijah come back to life; or perhaps Enoch and Elijah. 2) The second problem is…

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