The scroll and two witnesses!
Scripture reading for December 27th: Revelation 10-11
“Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.” (Revelation 10:1-3 ) John was about to write, but a voice told him not to. This angel told him there would be no more delay. The seventh trumpet would sound and accomplish the mystery of God.
The voice again spoke to John and instructed him to take the scroll from the mighty angel and eat it. It would be sweet initially, but turn sour. This scroll was the final judgments of God to be prophesied by John about many nations and peoples. God spoke similar words to Ezekiel when he sent him to speak to the rebellious house of Israel. (Ezekiel 2:8-3:7) Being a prophet, God’s word is always sweet to those who love it. When no one responds, it turns sour in the stomach and becomes ground for God’s judgment!
God then told John to measure the temple, but exclude the court of Gentiles. He explained that it would be trampled for 42 months. During this time, God would send two special witnesses to preach for 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth. They would be supernaturally protected until their time was over and then they would die. After three and a half days, God would raise them up and take them to heaven in a cloud in front of their enemies. A great earthquake would destroy a tenth of the city and kill 7000 people! (Revelation 11:1-13)
These two witnesses have caused much discussion among Christians. Some feel that Enoch and Elijah will come back as these witnesses since they did not die. Enoch was snatched up in the time before the flood and was a prophet of the second coming. (Jude 14-15) Elijah called fire from heaven. Moses also is mentioned as a possibility since he was used in the judgments on Egypt. God does give all men time and opportunity to repent and also supernatural signs. Men are without excuse!