Revelation 11 Explained
11 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
This 42 months is mentioned in Rev 13 as the time of the beast’s reign. We know this as a day equals a year in prophecy, which is 42 x 30 days per month = 1260 day/years, which is the time given here in verse 3.
Here we see it is a spiritual temple. It is saying to measure the church and its spiritual progress. We are the holy city. It is not a physical city, like Jerusalem who was destroyed in 70 AD. This all has to do with the 538-1798 era of the dark age Papal rule.
3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth.
It says the two witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands. Revelation 1:20 tells us the 7 churches are the 7 lampstands. Therefore, since scripture defines a lampstand as a church, then the 2 witnesses are 2 of the 7 churches, baring witness during that dark age era. They are prophesying against the harlot church during that 1260 year era.
This was metaphor for being protected for a time.
6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophesying; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
This was the protest of the saints continually prophesying against the Papal Beast, the Abigenses, the Waldenses, the Bohemians, the Lollards, the Hussites and others, prophesying judgment upon the Papal beast for its evil.
7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Our Lord was crucified in Jerusalem, but this is “spiritually called Sodom and Egypt”… We call believers the body of Christ and the body of Christ during this 1260 year era was being crucified by the Roman/Latin beast. Rome and it’s allegiances is that city. As much as you’ve done it to the least of these my brethren, you’ve done it unto me says the Lord. So Christ was being crucified thru Rome in this era.
The Papacy had a decree to not burry the bodies of heretics. They lie dead in the street of the great city for 3.5 days. In May 1514, at the Fifth Lateran Council, it was declared that all Christendom was under Papal authority and there were no witnesses against them. The word of truth was completely dead. They had so killed every witness against them.
Upon the 5th Lateran Council declaration, the Papacy funded great fan fair throughout the empire in support of their complete control over Christendom.
11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
exactly 3.5 years later, to the very day, Martin Luther nailed his 95
thesis to the Church door which brought the word of truth back to
life. The witness to the truth was raised from the dead. From May 5th
1514 Lateran Council declaration where the word of truth died, to
October 31, 1517, when Luther nailed his 95 thesis, the word of truth
came back to life, equals exactly 3.5 years (360 day years).
When they ascended into the cloud, it foretold judgment is coming upon those who were involved with this murderous beast/church. Almost every time you see a cloud in scripture, it marks a coming judgment> Jer 4:13,14>EZ 1:2>Nahum 1:3>Matt 24:30.
A tenth of the city fell. This was England, one of the ten horns (a 10th) who broke from the Papal rule and became protestant in 1534.
In the earthquake, of political upheaval, 7000 people were killed, meaning the 7 chiliads = provinces. In 1579, the Roman Catholic church lost the 7 provinces of Holland, Zealand, Ultrecht, Freiseland, Groningen,Overryssel, Guilderland to the reformation.
15 Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The [f]kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
This is metaphor for the word of God now beginning to reign in the hearts of the people, when formerly it was kept from them, bound up in the dead Latin tongue only the RCC priests could understand.
give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was [g]and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18 The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
This is prophesying a present and future time because finally, after a long grievous dark age, the word of God was now reigning and beginning to judge the hearts of men, as the little book, the Bible began to run big from the newly invented printing press.
Now the ark of the covenant was seen, meaning his new covenant word was now going forth, but in the midst of that judgments and earthquake upheavals coming for that wicked beast and the whore who rides her.