AND there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
At the opening and end of the 11th Chapter the temple of God is mentioned. The revelation, starting with the appearance of Jesus in the garment of the high priest gives again and again reverences in respect of individual components of the temple. Thus, for the diligent student it is extremely useful to explore the structure and history of the first and second temple, as well as its prototype the tabernacle. In measuring the temple an act is repeated which has already been described by the prophet Ezekiel. At the beginning of his 40th Chapter the outer court of the temple is measured by a bronze man with a measuring rod of six cubits. At the end of Ezekiel’s temple vision appears, analogous to Revelation 21, a heavenly city called Yahweh Schammah – the Lord is here. Another symbol of the presence of God, the Ark of the Covenant, represents the end of the above second section with the beginning of the 7th trumpet. In the two paragraphs of the eleventh Chapter, the separation of the earthly and heavenly becomes clear, as well as the determination from those in the court with the nations that trample the holy city, opposite to the worshippers at the altar.
“God is spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth,” told Jesus the for living water thirsting woman at the well. With her opposing reference to the sacred Mount Gerizim, she immediately walked on theological aberrations. In the same way as the Samaritan woman had become flesh with six strange men, the sin of her people was to mix with the nations, culminating in the construction of a second highs sanctuary outside Jerusalem.
The priest Ezra and the governor Nehemiah ensured after the Babylonian captivity that the protective walls of the city of Jerusalem and the inside houses were rebuilt. But the help of the Samaritans they rejected since their reforms back to the Mosaic Law prohibited to marry foreign women. Then, 536 BC the governor Zerubbabel and the high priest Joshua began to rebuilt the temple, which project came to a halt for a few years. Zechariah and Haggai encouraged by their prophecies the two witnesses for their work which should be done by the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4, 6 and Haggai 2, 3 & 4). Compared to the temple of Solomon the with reduced funding erected second sanctuary looked poor.
In equal measure we should not consider the outer appearance of a man, but look at his heart (1 Samuel 16, 7). Also we should not be blinded by the appearance of a building. Similarly, as the golden Dome of the Rock today was partially covered with gold, the Second Temple was decorated later with the precious metal. Ironically vassal King Herod the Great, a dreadful Edomite psychopath and child murderer, made it possible through his tax revenues. Thereupon hundreds of thousands arrived from all directions to visit the grandest and most magnificent shrine of antiquity at the major feasts.
A matching example, for viewing and not comprehending God’s plan is the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8, who had to be taught by Philip, got baptised, and then brought the gospel of the kingdom of God to Africa.
Turning back to Jerusalem, which is a burdensome stone for all the nations who gather against it (Zechariah 12, 3) and regarding the text of Revelation 11, it is remarkable that the court of the gentiles will be trampled one half, imperfect period of 7 years. In the same time period the two dressed in sackcloth witnesses build the spiritual temple of God. They proclaim the despised message of separation (sanctification instead of Latin profanus – lying in front of the sacred place). The division of Jews and Gentiles through the middle wall of partition in the temple has been broken down. This happened at the cross of Golgotha where in Christ’s flesh the former enmity was abolished according to Ephesians 2, 14 & 15. All those who come in the new and better covenant to faith are as individuals a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3, 16 and 6, 19 and 2 Cor. 6, 16), and likewise in the communion of all the redeemed a growing, holy temple in the Lord (Ephesians 2 and 1 Peter 2). Christ Jesus himself is the irreplaceable, precious corner stone and foundation.
In contrast, at the eight decades long renovated Herodian Temple a warning was given in large Greek letters for all gentiles not to pass through the middle wall of partition into the court of the sanctuary by threat of death. Against their own law, the Romans, who 70 AD destroyed the recently finished temple, gave beforehand the permission to the Jews to immediately enforce the death sentence. By a whisker, this happened to Paul at his arrest in Acts 21, 31. The murderous commander-in-chief and slave driver Titus brought not Paul, but the seven-branched candlestick together with tons of gold to triumphant Rome, whereby could be financed the monumental, tens of thousands of spectators seats offering Colosseum. Rising in flames and destroyed to the ground, the Holy of Holies in the religious world miracle in Jerusalem was howsoever empty. For the Ark of the Covenant disappeared already six and a half centuries earlier, when the first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians. The memorial day of tragedy and fasting reminds of the destruction of both temples that took place at the same date, at the Ninth of Av (Tisha B’Av – July 9 or August 9).
The idols worshipping nations trample on the forecourt of the temple, which was already foreseen of the prophets of old. They describe the capture of Jerusalem and the following imprisonment and deportation of the people as God’s judgment. Daniel accurately predicted the date of the great blasphemy and the abomination of desolation. The rebelling Maccabees made 167 BC an end to the statue of Zeus in their temple, which was erected by Antiochus IV Epiphanes (Greek: God Manifest), even sacrificing pigs on the altar. Following the words of prophet Ezekiel only the sons of Zadok were allowed to carry out the priest’s office in the temple, but Jason and Menelaus just bought for themselves the office of high priest, like many other followers in the days of the Herodian dynasty. Due to the corrupt political and religious system, the peaceful Essene sect separated in building their own houses at the Dead Sea in Qumran, and in the history of the Jewish people were repeatedly held revolts against their occupants by the violent zealots.
Once the star of Bethlehem had announced the birth of the true saviour of the Jews – Yeshua / Jesus, the parents Mary and Joseph had to flee to Egypt. According to Josephus the death of Herod happened shortly before our calculated change of millenniums at a special lunar eclipse, in which two rabbis were executed. Those rebelled earlier against the golden Roman imperial eagle at the doors of the temple, forcibly removing the detested omen (Latin: abominatus). Not at their wit’s end were the Romans under Vespasian in 68 AD, also they were withdrawing after the death of Nero with their aquila (eagle standard of a Roman legion) from the outskirts of the city of Jerusalem without having accomplished anything. The besieged Christians remembered the warning words of Christ and used the time to flee to the mountains (Mark 13, 14).
Some interpreters of the Bible believe that the Revelation must have been written before 70 AD, because the temple is measured, and the trampling of the court was a picture that it stood just before the destruction.
As mentioned earlier, the repeated action of measuring with a rod is a deed in the report of Ezekiel’s spiritual end time temple. Another frequently asked question is if and when the third temple will be built, since the returned Orthodox Jews ask daily in their prayers for it. Near the Western Wall, the visible plans and individual items are already home and dry in Jerusalem’s Temple Institute http://www.templeinstitute.org/.
As is known, in Israel rages the fiercest battle for the Temple Square. Therefore, even the third world war could be initiated, if the religious Jews insist in their property claims and would i.e. destroy the Dome of the Rock, invoking more than an Al-Aqsa Intifada. However, the prophecy of Ezekiel can never be realised without God’s help, for the aspect ratio of the temple square is with 1.5 kilometre 17 times larger than the current plateau, and how can a stream starting from Jerusalem bring back living fish to the 10-fold over salted Dead Sea?
Human efforts to create peace on earth, I see in the Rockefeller donated land for the United Nations in New York, as well as other family efforts in the Rothschild Foundation of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, which can be inspected here: http://vigilantcitizen.com/sinistersites/sinister-sites-israel-supreme-court/
Looking at all the religious symbolism, I wonder whether the future World Court is not a temple with many pagan origins. Solomon, who built the first temple can add that there is nothing new under the sun. Anyhow, many modern courthouse entrances with their columns and crenellations are styled as temples. Is it any wonder then, that after 1600 years, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz in 2005 took over the chairmanship for the reinstatement of the New Sanhedrin. The “Seven Noahide commandments” listed in the Talmud tractate Sanhedrin are valid for all men who bend under Jewish law.
At the condemnation of Jesus, the Jewish High Council that should apply the ten commandments of God, which were transmitted from Moses, met in a huge basilica on the south side of the temple.
The 278-meter-long, three-part, royal portico, was also abused as a market hall, which evoked the zeal of the Lord. There, the two-time cleansing of the temple by the Messiah led to the expulsion of the money changers and dove sellers, and induced in the well-paid scholars equally large resistances, as the claim of the Nazarene to be the son of God. To achieve human goals and to win power struggles, false witnesses were brought forward on court (Mt 26, 60), or the real witnesses Peter and John were commanded no more longer to speak in the name of Jesus (Acts 4, 18). The Fifth Book of Moses teaches at two points that at least two witnesses are necessary for a fair trial, but what about the two witnesses in Revelation 11? Are they two specific men who appear in full divine authority like Moses and Elijah did? Do they bring end time plagues over the land, so that no rain is falling, but if, then fire falls from the sky?
John saw spiritual truths that took place in heaven and on earth. Then he had to write down one after the other. Therefore I would not search the two witnesses only in the future, but explore Word and Spirit yesterday and today. Moses stands for the Law and Elijah represents the prophets. Both had already appeared to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration and made clear what would happen to him in Jerusalem. Considering world history it is obvious that people not necessarily erupted in cheers, when in the style of Jonah exhorting words about breaking God’s law with the possible dire consequences were addressed to them. The unfaithful people of Israel could choose between blessing and curse by their obedience to God’s statutes. Unfortunately they often failed, so that repeatedly admonishing prophets appeared on the scene. In contrast, the witnesses of the Eternal were made the scapegoat from other nations, not only in the time of Adolf Hitler. In the Middle Ages they were blamed for all sorts of problems, i.e. bubonic plague would have broke out because they poisoned wells and they were accused of host desecration. An equally moronic assertion was in Nero’s slander that the Jesus of Nazareth as the only king professing Christians were responsible for the fire in Rome. In truth he provided himself free space for his new building projects. The Greeks felt uncomfortable of the only one master serving followers of Christ, since they didn’t bring sacrifices in their temples to appease their numerous Gods. So the Christians could be blamed when the earth shook or when it constantly rained thunder and lightning. Whoever turns away today in East Asia from ancestor and ghost worship is as a Christian often forced from the own relatives to return to old habits in the case of accidents. But woe to those who call in the western world natural disasters or calamities a divine judgment. This is not possible at all in the era of free press.
At least since the French Revolution, the reasonable person should anyway believe that there exists no God of judgment, because anyone who takes a glance at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Declaration_of_the_Rights_of_Man_and_of_the_Citizen_in_1789.jpg can see that the tablets of God’s law where replaced under the illuminated triangle eye by more tolerant human rights. At this specific time, another attempt was made to ban or socialise all religious groups, as in the legal introduction of the 10 day week – a bad joke after an ancient Egyptian model, which self-crowning Napoleon elided after 13 years. Beside the pope, absolutist religions and soon forgotten Bibles should be completely abolished. This freethinking originated from the pioneer of the French Revolution and enlightened Masonic philosopher Voltaire. Nevertheless, Bibles were printed and distributed in his home 50 years after the godless death of the, according to Goethe, highest French writer. Maybe François-Marie Arouet would turn in his newly assigned pantheon-grave (the human mind is greater and liberating), due to this unproven assertion. Things went in the opposite way with the morning star of the Reformation, John Wycliffe. The bones of the English Bible translator were likewise excavated, but burned according to the Council of Constance, together with his writings and scattered in all directions. This of course, could not prevent that his teachings had long since spread from Oxford to Bohemia, which caused the free guided death in burning at the stake of his pupil, co-church reformer and Bible translator Jan (John) Hus.
The 1415 in Constance practised persecution is typical of the true followers of Christ (Luke 21, 12) and runs as far that not even their bodies are buried. But the translation of the Bible into the languages of all countries is progressed up to this day (http://www.wycliffe.org/), despite all former destruction attempts and prohibitions. Woe, woe, how awful is the coming judgment and terrible awakening of all those who exalted themselves over the Word and Spirit of God in their own, self-righteous laws.
On what street and in which city can now the dead bodies of the two witnesses be found? The preferred fertile city of Sodom and the rich fertile land of Egypt serves as a signpost to where Jesus was crucified. From sinful Sodom could be saved just one righteous family, and the nation of Israel was freed from slavery in Egypt. The hospitality in the Middle East that is preserved until today was trampled in these places under foot. Lot, sitting at the gate, knew that the two ambassadors couldn’t stay overnight on the streets of Sodom without being sexually harassed. In effect the homosexual men didn’t shy away from Lot’s protective home and appeasement attempts. As a result, they were struck with blindness in the front of his door.
Blind and hardened in his heart in relation to the righteous was also the as god idolised Pharaoh, after being repeatedly confronted by Moses and Aaron. Notwithstanding, the disaster of Egypt already took its course when the newborn males of the unloved shepherd and foreign worker people should be killed by the midwives. Ultimately, the authorities didn’t want to let the slaves go, for many sarcophagi of the kings had to be immured. His own grave and that of his first born son dug the ruler of Egypt, since Pharaoh refused to admit the power of the invisible God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Instead of the habitual prosperity, death and destruction brought both mentioned economic powers the greatest vexation. On the basis of the vivid images of fire and brimstone and the 10 plagues every kindergarten child can understand this today.
In this day and age we are civilised and well-educated enough that something like that can not happen again. Really?
Subtly are put to silence those who fight for Christian family values in the media. For instance the former German newsreader Eva Hermann lost her job after being misquoted. Later she was thrown out of a TV talk show because one opponent threatened in a plot to leave otherwise. This highly honoured film actress, who had become famous in a clubbed Stone Age nude film, even openly professed that she had made an abortion in her former fight for woman’s rights. Ergo man or ego woman are extremely proud to confess that they have wiped out a life, or to display on the marketplace a sexual orientation which prevents the further existence of life. Writing this, I am nowadays called sick or homophobic, but I can still testify to know amiable, sympathetic people who are homosexual. Another disgusting experience I have made with a guy, when I witnessed about Jesus Christ on the main square in Stuttgart, and then the gay openly attacked me with his penis. Singing praise songs as an evangelistic team in front of the town hall, we were killed with words not as usual from bypassing cursing witches, but from the half-naked participants of the Christopher Street Day. The global rainbow colourful ‘Pride Parade’ has made its way on the basis of the ‘Stonewall Inn’ riots 1969 in the Christopher Street in New York up to the considered sacred streets of the city of peace. Instead of bludgeoning policemen in front of pubs, these days only the Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem are upset, according to their old religious customs one might think.
Who cares? After the second woe quite simply comes the third. At the present time the rainbow changed from the covenant sign of God, with Noah and all flesh that shall not any more be cut off by the waters, to the symbol of gay and lesbian gatherings. With a little fear of God and knowledge of the Scriptures one will not weigh in party mood and security, because the purified in fire stone of contention Peter claims that the elements will be dissolved through fire, likewise as in Sodom and Gomorrah. The second witness Paul writes additional in 2 Thessalonians 1 as a comfort for all who suffer and are troubled, that the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on all the disobedient of the gospel. Currently, the great earthquake in Revelation 11 brings not necessarily the World Trade Center in the form of two testifying twin towers to the burning collapse with thousands of dead, but the tenth part of the city, with seven thousand victims. This symbolises in my view the keeping of the divine order under the full number of dying people.
What a wonderful contrast program offers anew the change to the heavenly perspective, at least for all the children of God that fear his name. Are we also part of the group who, according to Luke 21, 28, lift up their heads for their redemption is drawing near? Paul describes the sound of the last trumpet and the hope of resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15. Either the believers who only have hope in this life in the risen Christ are the most miserable of all men, or they will get their reward in form of an immortal spiritual body. Flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God, which beginning is introduced by the seventh trumpet. In this respect there are all the voices of unspecified persons in heaven who proclaim, that the kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, who shall reign for ever and ever.
The divine promise of the eternal kingdom was already submitted to David and his son Solomon (1 Kings 9, 5), and the furious nations were addressed from the by Samuel anointed second king of Israel. Three millennia ago David composed psalm 2 and psalm 110. These twelve and seven verses containing prophetic songs the diligent reader should remember, especially if you want to receive the son of David and the son of man with a joyful and reverent heart. The twenty-four elders fall for the third time on their faces and glorify the Triune God, who was and is and will not need to come again. Another indication that the timing in the visions of John should not be interpreted chronologically, since now with the announced judgment over the dead, the revelation could be already arrived in the middle at the end; whereby the birth and ascension of Jesus is described in the following 12th Chapter in verse 5.
Lightning, voices, and thunders happen for the third time, as towards the end the temple of God was opened in heaven and the ark of his testament could be seen.
The humanistic humanity has not necessarily an itch for the threat of earthquakes and hail. Thus, unfair, intolerant, uncivilized warnings of God preferably are ignored, even if the judgment is repeated in the bowls of wrath, or rather equally and why not even takes place at the same time, which is demonstrated in chapter 16.