In chapter 11 of REVELATION John is told to measure the temple, the altar, and those who worship there. By the time he saw this vision there was no temple. Nor is there now. And if there be one in the future it will not be YHWH’s–He made that clear when Yahshua’s death replaced animal sacrifice and the former temple was done away with by Him–so this must be the spiritual temple composed of the Elect.
Verse 2 suddenly switches to Yerushalem, which is trampled by the lawless Gentiles for forty-two months–three and a half years. From the time of the Great Tribulation until mid-SEVEN YEARS.
Next we have the TWO WITNESSES prophesying for the same amount of time, ultimately coming to their end in the same city where also Yahshua was crucified (v.8). For three and a half years any who try to harm them will be plagued and devoured by a mere word from these two. Many believe these to be Eliyahu (Elijah), Moses, or Enoch. But no, they are part of the 144,000 witnessing throughout the earth: Ye are MY WITNESSES, saith YHWH, and My servant whom I have chosen… (IS. 43:10).
ISAYAH 60:1-3 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of YHWH is risen upon thee. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but YHWH shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and the kings to the brightness of thy rising. His 144,000 shall shine like Moses’ face after being in YHWH’s presence on Mount Zion. Ever notice how Christians today lack this holy glow? No, I haven’t got it either.
ISAYAH 60:14 …and they shall call thee, The city of YHWH, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. ISAYAH 62:12 …The holy people, The redeemed of YHWH: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
Multitudes will come to them to hear the Gospel. Multitudes reject it and carry on with their sinful lives, but the two WITNESSES who are sent to Yerushalem have an especially hard time of it. Probably because Yerushalem becomes the seat of the Babylonian whore (many think this is Rome, but I will show in a later post why this is not so) and the One World Government. These certainly don’t want two pesky evangelists with fire issuing from their mouths spoiling their carefully laid plans for the future of the human race. Whoever these two anointed sons of oil (ZEC. 4:14) are, as the time draws near the end of the three and a half years, the power given them by YHWH is withdrawn, just as Yahshua’s strength (not His God, as our Bibles erroneously state) left Him. The demon prince empowering the World Government comes up out of the bottomless pit and kills them. By this we see the 144,000 are still able to die, though we do not learn of any others doing so.
Two woes declared by an angel after the fourth trumpeting have passed (REV. 8:13), with a third coming (11:14). The first woe was the army of scorpion demons from the bottomless pit which inflict torment (9:12). The second woe was the Euphrates demons and their 200 million-strong (demon?) army whose plagues kill one-third of mankind. Along with it is the release of the beast from the bottomless pit which kills the two witnesses, and results in the deaths of 7,000 people in an earthquake in Yerushalem. Included in this second woe would be any consequences of the seven thunders, which had been uttered at the time of the little book saga (10:3).
Can the reader see here the myriad of demons being released from Hell in preparation for the forming of the beast government? And for the institution of the mark of the beast? Can one imagine the torment upon people’s minds goading them toward agreeing to this dastardly deed? Instilling in them fear of beheading, lying to them that the 144,000 are aliens or some such ridiculous thing, thwarting the purposes of the Gospel that has been preached to mankind for three and a half years?
After the two witnesses have lain dead on the streets of Yerushalem for three days, they suddenly come back to life! And are raptured to Heaven! THEIR DEATHS ARE TIMED TO OCCUR EXACTLY THREE AND ONE HALF DAYS PRIOR TO THE SEVENTH TRUMPET BLAST. Three and a half symbolizes the numbers of years yet to come during which all who accept Yahshua as Messiah will be called to die for Him. The two witnesses will be their example. Hence why their deaths are telecast throughout the world. It’s worse than a horror flic, isn’t it?
And can we not see that even Satan, Apollyon, and demons are but twisted servants of the Most High, having to OBEY His precise commands about when to slay the two witnesses. For those of you who still don’t believe in demons, I can only say, they believe in you.
THE SEVENTH TRUMPET
It is essential to know that the two witnesses are raptured at the very time this seventh trumpet sounds. How do I know this? The apostle Paul was given the revelation about 1,950 years ago: For if we believe that Yahshua died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in YHWH will YHWH bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of YHWH, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of Yahshua shall not prevent them which are asleep. For Yahshua Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, AND WITH THE TRUMP OF YHWH: AND THE DEAD IN MESSIAH SHALL RISE FIRST: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up (rapturo in Latin, raptured in English) together with them in the clouds, to meet Yahshua in the air: and so shall we ever be with YHWH (I THESS. 4:14-17).
The two witnesses were, or will be at that future time, dead in Messiah. They go first with the other Christian dead. This coming of Yahshua is His third as a man in history. The previous or second was to gather His Elect.
Just to give added weight to the rapture occurring at the seventh trumpet call, Paul has written thus: Behold I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed, In a moment (in a flash NIV), in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMP: for the trumpet will sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed (I COR. 15:51-52).
The Greek word eschatos is used here to describe the last trumpet. It is not used in relation to an isolated trumpet call. Its use is restricted solely to the last call in a series.
Couldn’t get clearer than that. The rapture, my dearest readers, has happened. There will be no more inaccurate interpretations of Scriptures or false prophecies. All YHWH’s mysteries (will) have been revealed (by this point in REVELATION). All on Earth are now accountable and without excuse. All sin is deliberate, for which there is no more sacrifice.
With this Yahshua has made Earth part of His Kingdom over which He will forever reign (REV. 11:15). The final three and a half years will be to judge all the remaining of those dead in sin (v.18). Satan will put the time to good use destroying the remnant Church on Earth.
Verse 19 has the temple in Heaven opened to receive the Bride ascending from Earth. Yahshua is there, for lightnings and thunderings are signs of His coming. He is rewarding His bond-servants: those altogether consumed to do His will (v.18).