Countdown. To the. CORONATION. “Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll which lay open in his hand.”.
“Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll which lay open in his hand.”
Revelation 10: 1 - 2
“He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of seven thunders spoke.”
“And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say," Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
Revelation 10: 4 NIV
“The angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. And he swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, the sea and all that is in it, and said,
“There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of god will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
Revelation 10; 5 – 7 NIV
John may have just heard the day and hour of Jesus return, but if that is true he was not to share it with anyone else because the time was not right to do so.
“Then the voice I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
“So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”
“I took the scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
Revelation 10: 8 – 11 NIV
For John to be shown Jesus return would indeed have been as sweet as honey to him, but to realize it would not be in his life time would be a sour thing to stomach indeed.
“I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go, and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshippers there. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.”
Revelation 11: 1 - 2
Recognize that John is to “count the worshippers there.” He is to take a head count that will give the final number of those who are the redeemed. God is very particular regarding His saints and the purity of their membership. They are specifically separated from the “Gentiles” (or non-Jews) just as Jesus predicted; the wheat and tares have grown together until the harvest: It is now harvest time and the separation is complete.
There is one final event that must take place before the coronation of Christ can be completed. Whenever there is a transfer of property, or an offender is to be put to death God requires the testimony of at least two first hand witnesses. That is our next lesson.
One of the most obscure parts of John’s vision deals with two very special witnesses who do their work immediately prior to Jesus second coming.
Their identity is obscure, but their assigned work is critical to God’s plan. To better understand this task let us identify the requirements of a legal witness from scripture.
“And they said, “What need we of further witnesses? For we ourselves have heard his own mouth.”Luke 22: 71
These officials trying Jesus declared no further need of witnesses because now they, themselves, have become first hand witnesses, having heard with their own ears the words of the accused.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, we speak what we do know, and testify what we have seen; and you receive not our witness.”
John 3: 11
These witnesses can testify only to what they, personally have seen.
“And ye also shall bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.” John15; 27
Once again we recognize that a witness can testify only to what they have personally observed, or heard – first hand. To tell what you have read, heard, or been told does not qualify as the testimony of a witness.
“ For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.” Acts 22: 15
Witness of what you have personally heard and seen, becomes the established criteria for a witness.
“For the life was manifested and we have seen it, and bear witness and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us.”
I John 1: 2
A witness, under God’s rules, must always be a first hand observer of the activities testified to.
When Jesus returns to earth He will once again become the owner of the earth (transfer of property), and He will put to death the wicked men and women still living on earth. Both these activities require the testimony of two witnesses.
That is the function of these two witnesses referred to in Revelation 11. They testify to what they have personally seen and heard, and they do so in the place where Jesus toiled on earth
“ “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.”
Finding an accurate, positive identification for these critical two witnesses is very difficult. They are living; because they stand before the “Lord of the earth’; they talk because they testify to what they have seen and heard. (witnesses must testify in the first person) We will see that they also have the ability to respond powerfully to opponents.
“if anyone tries to harm them fire comes out of their mouths and devousr their enemies.”
“This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die,”
“These have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”
Revelation 11: 3 – 6 NIV
It can be shown that these witnesses do their work in ,”the great city … where also their Lord was crucified.”
Revelation 11: 7
The timing of their witnessing is critically essential to identify as well. We will see, in Revelation 11 and 12, that they testify immediately before Jesus returns triumphantly. In Daniel 11; 31 – 35 and 12: 9 – 13 we see that the ‘Abomination that makes desolate’ is in Jerusalem in the same time frame, and at the same location.
“Now when they had finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called, Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.”
Revelation 11; 7 – 8 NIV
Once before we identified that beast that came out of the Abyss .. Who is Satan. These two witnesses from God are killed by Satan and the inhabitants of earth rejoice.
“For three and a half days men from every people, language, tribe and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.”
Revelation 11: 9 – 11 NIV
Why would people gloat and celebrate over the death of these two witnesses? Because if there is no witnesses there would be no transfer of property ownership, and no destruction of the evil inhabitants of earth.
They get off scott free.
“But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” and they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.”
Revelation 11: 11 – 12 NIV
Everything is now set for the final events in the coronation ceremony to begin, from the angel’s perspective.
“At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
The second woe has past and the third is coming soon.”
Revelation 11: 13 – 14 NIV
“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet and there were loud voices in heaven, which said,
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11: 15 NIV
“And the twenty -- four elders who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying,
“We give thanks to you Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. …”
Revelation 11: 16 – 17 NIV
Please make note of the fact that the twenty – four elders voice their thanks because Christ ‘begins to reign.’ He is now King of kings and Lord of lords, Creator and owner of earth. Here is the focal point of Revelation. Jesus is returning, beginning His reign and terminating the sin problem.
”The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great – and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”
“Then God’s temple I heaven was opened, and within the temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightening, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a hailstorm.”
Revelation 11: 18 – 19 NIV
We have been observers of the events leading up to Jesus return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords, as seen from heaven’s viewpoint. Next we will go back over these events and see what they look like from the human viewpoint, but first let’s bring the flowchart up to date.