Friday, March 13, 2009

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 11

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 11. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations.

11:1-6— Wouldn't John have recognized Elijah and Moses since he saw them before at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-7)?

11:1 — measuring the temple — God's protection for the church — see Ezekiel 40-41. See Ezekiel 40:3 (AMP)

11:2 — See Isaiah 63:18; Zechariah 12:3 (AMP)

11:3 — my two witnesses... will prophesy for 1260 days — 1s' half of tribulation?

According to Deuteronomy 19:15, Old Testament law required that evidence must be attested by at least two witnesses. How cool is the Word of God to tighten itself up like this?

11:4 — two olive trees. See Zechariah 4:3-11. Eerdmans' Bible Handbook says the olives represent the church, faithful to the death.

See Zechariah 4:3, 11-14 (AMP)

11:5 — fire comes... and devours — see Elijah's encounters with the messengers of Ahaziah in 2 Kings 1:10-12. (NIVSB)

Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786). Describes fire coming from the two witnesses' mouths when anyone tries to harm them.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

These witnesses speak judgment.

See 2 Kings 1:10; Jeremiah 5:14 (AMP)

11:6 — power to shut up the sky — Elijah.

Power to turn the waters to blood and strike the earth with other plagues — Moses.

See Exodus 7:17, 19; 1 Kings 17:1 (AMP) 11:7 — beast — Antichrist. See 13:1-4. See Daniel 7:3, 7, 21 (AMP)

11:8 — great city — According to my Bible's study notes, this may be Jerusalem or Rome, Babylon or some other city. It may be symbolic of world opposition to God.

Sodom — symbolic of the low level of morality. See Genesis 19:4-11. Egypt — symbolic of slavery and oppression.

See Isaiah 1:9 (AMP)

11:11 — 3 1/2 days — reminiscent of 3 1/2 years.

See Ezekiel 37:5, 10 (AMP)

11:12 — "they heard a loud voice" — will others hear the voice? Or just the witnesses? AMP says, "strong voice". KJV says, "great voice."

See 2 Kings 2:11 (AMP)

11:13 – 7000 killed in earthquake, the survivors... gave glory to the God of heaven.

11:14 — 2nd woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon — see 8:13 and 9:12.

11:15—see Revelation 12:10.

7th trumpet — announces the arrival of the King of kings! Christ's kingdom has come. He will now reign forever — 3rd woe. Is Jesus no longer interceding for people? He isn't at the right hand of the Father, anymore.

See Psalms 2:28; Daniel 7:13, 14, 27 (AMP)

See 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. This is the time of the rapture – when God’s people will be raised imperishable.

11:18 — the time for judgment and rewards has come. This contradicts the idea that 8:1 may encompass the bema judgment of believers which is where we are rewarded. Unless this is another view of the same event. Some call this event The Judgment of Nations.

See Psalms 2:1 (AMP)

11:19 — the ark of the covenant was the most sacred treasure of the Israelite nation. (Life App SB)

See 1 Kings 8:1-6 (AMP)

  • Remember that the main message of the book of Revelation is the infinite love, power and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is this evident in today’s text?
  • What attributes of God do you see in this chapter?
  • What scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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