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The two witnesses!

Scripture reading for December 20th: Revelation 11:1-19

God’s love for mankind always goes the extra mile.  He sent His Son into the world to seek and save lost people.  He sent the Church into all the world to share the Gospel and make disciples of all nations.  During the great tribulation, God will send two witnesses to the world with supernatural power to declare His power one final time to those still living in rebellion on the earth.

“”And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”  These are the two olive trees and the two lamp-stands that stand before the Lord of the earth..  If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies.  This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.  These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have the power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.” (Revelation 11:3-6)

The identity of these two witnesses has been debated by many over the years.  Some think that Enoch and Elijah would be good candidates since neither one died, but were taken to heaven by miraculous means.  Others think the description of their powers make Elijah and Moses better possibilities.  These witnesses will have supernatural power similar to those exercised by these Old Testament prophets.  They will bring judgments on the earth to demonstrate God’s absolute power over nature and people’s futility to resist Him.

“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.  For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.” These powerful witnesses will be killed at the end of the 1,260 days set by God.  The peoples of the earth will think they won for three and a half days.  Then, miraculously, the breath of life enters them and they hear a voice from heaven, “Come up here!” God demonstrates again His power over death for His saints!

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Eat the scroll!

Scripture reading for December 19th: Revelation 10:1-11

John’s vision continues with the sight of a mighty angel robed in a cloud with a rainbow above his head.  This angel shone with the brilliance of the sun and planted his pillar-like legs on the land and sea of earth.  In his hand was a small scroll which was open.  When he shouted, the voices of the ‘seven thunders’ spoke.  John was told not to write what they said.  (Revelation 10:1-4)

The angel then announced on God’s behalf, “There will be no more delay!  But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.” (Revelation 10:6b-7)  There was evidently a delay between the trumpet judgments.  God had laid out His plans for judgment, warning His people by His servants the prophets!  (Amos 3:6-7)  God’s word was true and although it seemed mysterious to those without faith, it would come to fulfillment.

“Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more:  “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”  So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll.  He said to me, “Take it and eat it.  It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.””  (Revelation 10:8-9)  John took the scroll and ate it.  He might have remembered Ezekiel’s encounter of the same sort.  (Ezekiel 3:1-9)  This scroll represents the truth of God’s prophetic words.  They are sweet to those who obediently give them and receive them, but cause trouble as they are digested.  The judgment of God is not joyful for those who are receiving it or witnessing it!

Ezekiel was told he must speak to the nation of Israel.  (Ezekiel 1:4)  John was sent to speak about “many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” (Revelation 10:11)  God’s program of judgment begins with His people and ends with those refusing to be His people!  In His love, God wants none to perish but all to repent.  As His prophets warn the people, they are then accountable for their response.  Those who hear and heed will be saved and those who refuse will be lost!  Are you willing to ‘eat the scroll’?

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