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Pamphlet 1869 Rev. kc 29-2

The 6th Trumpet is still sounding - we had better measure the temple!

John is being told to measure three things for destruction: the temple (which is supposed to be God's house), the altar (where the sacrifice is given), and those that worship therein (those in the temple).

Let's look into chapter 11 of Revelation.

This is still good old John telling us what's going on.

Rev. 11:1 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.
This verse is actually very easy to understand.

All you have to know is that the reed and the rod are like a cudgel, a short heavy club (Webster),
to be used for correction, beating, even destruction as in this case.

Look up "rod" in Strong's Concordance.

John is being told to measure three things for destruction: the temple (which is supposed to be God's house), the altar (where the sacrifice is given), and those that worship therein (those in the temple).


What's going on?

Remember we are in the 6th Trump.

What happens during this time?

Satan comes riding in on his white horse posing as Jesus Christ and takes over the temple, claiming he's God!

And our Father doesn't like it one bit!

The apostle Paul warned us that this would happen before our gathering back to Christ.

He made it quite clear concerning this son of perdition.

2 Thes. 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
So here's the scoop!

Satan's sitting in the temple of God, deceiving the whole world into believing he's Jesus,
and the world believes him
(thus they give their honor and prayers, their daily sacrifice, to him instead of the real Jesus).

And he's not sitting in there all alone.

Those angels who were cast out of heaven with him (Rev. 12:7-9),
those oh so sweet angelic priests with the breastplates on (remember?), are in there with him.

This sordid crew of snakes and vipers has taken over the house of God.

This is not a good thing!

That is exactly why Jesus would say that the temple will be destroyed at His coming,
and that not one stone will be left standing upon another.

Matthew 24:1-2 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. [2] And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
So in verse one John is simply told to go size up the temple for this destruction.

Today John could have just given him the coordinates via satellite digital relay.

If you would like to read more detail about the prophecy of the destruction the temple and the altar,
read Lamentations chapter 2 verses 7-9.

It's easy to understand now that you know why it's going to be destroyed.

Back to Revelation 11 verse 2.

Rev. 11:2 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.
He's not going to destroy everything, just the temple area, so no need to measure outside of it.

OK, I admit it.

I peeked ahead again and read to the end of the chapter.

And so we find in verse 13 the actual destruction of that which John measured in verse 1.

Only a tenth of the city is destroyed, obviously the temple area, and only 7,000 "men" are slain.

This happens when Jesus Christ sets foot upon the Mount of Olives as described in Zech. 14
and pulverizes the temple and the altar and those 7,000 fallen angels that worship therein.

So that is why the "court without" has not been measured for destruction.

The Word of God just continues to amaze me more and more.

Note: Folks often ask for documentation as to how we know there are 7,000 fallen angels. You've just read it in Revelation 11:13! Why are they called "men"? Because they are sons of God, and called such in Genesis 6. Of course God has His 7,000 very elect on reserve, who will not bow a knee to the image of Baal, which is Satan, when he comes as Jesus.

Romans 11:4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
These 7,000 He has reserved for these last days.

I'd say the playing field is about even now.

Here's something else that's amazing throughout the Bible!

All prophecy as to length of time given in God's Word concerning Satan and the children of the night,
is given in lunar terminology (because they are a bunch of lunartics).

All prophecy as to length of time given concerning God's children, the children of light,
is given in solar terminology.

(Let's hear you rationalize that, Mr. Skeptic Higher Critic).

So here we see that the treading under foot of the holy city, Jerusalem, is 42 months, moons.

But in the next verse we see that God's two witnesses prophesy 1260 days,
which are determined by the revolution of the sun, i.e. solar.

Now you might think that the time periods are exactly the same, because 1260 / 30 = 42. But actually they are not.

A lunar month is 29.53 days and falls short of a solar month which is 30 days.

So the two witnesses actually have more time, don't they?

God's children are always one step ahead of the serpent.

Also, the period of the tribulation given in these two verses is the same as that given in the Book of Daniel.

But don't forget what Christ said about shortening those days.

The wise of the end time, who have the unsealed little book know that in chapter 9 of Revelation
the time shortened is to the time of the locusts, 5 months, from May to September.

Rev. 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
You've heard of Power Rangers?

We'll these two are much more powerful.

They are Power Saints.

Also, when we of sackcloth and ashes they are always associated with repentance and fasting,
and of course the two witnesses will be preaching repentance and abstaining from eating lunch at Satan's Cafe de Rapture.

Rev. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
This verse is very precious.

If you've eaten the tasty little Book of Zechariah then you've already read of the two olive trees in chapter 4.

The subject is a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:

Zech. 4:3-5 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

[4] So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?

The Book of Revelation hadn't been written yet or he would have known they are the two witnesses.

How fortunate we are!

[5] Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
It takes a mighty man to admit he doesn't know something.

Let's skip to verse 11 where he persistently asks the same question.

He was a digger of truth, for sure!

Zech. 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
Maybe you don't understand the question.

Let me rephrase it slightly:

[12] And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

[13] And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

You just know he's thinking "Duh!

This is the third time I've asked the same question!"

Zech. 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.

Rev. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Perfect Match!

Of course you should know by now what candlesticks are.

We learned that in the last verse of chapter one.

Rev. 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Now do you remember?

Candlesticks are churches.

And how many churches did Jesus find no fault with?



Will wonders never cease!

What happened to the other five churches?

Oh, they're already married to some guy who says he's Jesus.

Do you remember what two churches are in good standing?

Right, the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia.

Do remember what they both taught in common?

If you don't recall go back and read again Rev. 2:9 and 3:9.

In our next study we are going to find out just how much POWER these two witnesses have.

See ya!

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