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2017 January 1

Image 1: The Ghent Altarpiece: Prophet Micheas (1432)
Jan van Eyck (c. 1390 - 1441)
Early Netherlandish Style
Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Image 2: The Ghent Altarpiece: Prophet Zacharias (1432)
Jan van Eyck (c. 1390 - 1441)
Early Netherlandish Style
Cathedral of St Bavo, Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Revelation 11, John received a measuring rod, and an angel told him to measure the Temple, and the altar, and (count) those that worship in it. But he was not to measure the outer part of the Temple, which was the Court of the Gentiles because it is given to the Gentiles; and they have permission to tread down the holy city for forty-two months, probably symbolizing an overrun or corruption of the church by unbelievers. And two witnesses will prophesy for 1,260 days (1-3).
     These two witnesses are symbolized by two olive trees and two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. They are able to pour fire from their mouths upon anyone who tries to harm them. They are able to withhold rain, to turn waters into blood, and to send every kind of plague as often as they desire. But when they finish their testimony, the beast from the bottomless pit will kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of Jerusalem for three and a half days while their enemies rejoice and send gifts to one another. However, God then raises them from the dead and takes them into heaven. An earthquake then strikes. A tenth of the city is destroyed. Seven thousand people die. The rest were terrified and gave glory to God. This is the second woe. The third woe comes quickly (4-14).
     Then the seventh angel sounded. Loud voices were heard in heaven, saying that the kingdom of the world had become God's kingdom. And the twenty-four elders fell on their faces and worshipped God, thanking him for taking power and reigning. The nations were angry, but God's wrath has come, and the time has come to reward his servants the prophets, and his saints, and those who fear God's name. And hew will destroy those who destroy the earth. The Temple was opened, and in it was seen the ark of the covenant, the symbol of God's presence, his power, and his covenant with his servants (15-19).
     [Sermons: Eric Alexander. Various. ]
     [Illustration: Today's paintings are of two notable prophets. The two prophets mentioned in today's chapter, however, are unnamed. I've chosen today's paintings to represent two qualities which all of God's prophets have in common, gravity and a careful attention to the Word of God. In the case of the prophets in today's chapter, these qualities would be particularly relevant, and utterly essential. ]


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Revelation 11: Zechariah 4:3, 11; Ezekiel 40:3; Ezekiel 41:13; Ezekiel 40:47; Daniel 7:25; 2 Kings 1:9-12; 1 Kings 17:1; Exodus 7:20; Daniel 7:21; Esther 9:22; Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:14; Psalm 2:1-5; Psalm 46:6; Daniel 7:10, 22; Psalm 115:13; Daniel 11:44. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***

Mounce Interlinear. Bible Hub Greek Interlinear. Scripture 4 All Greek Interlinear Bible.

Book Outline:

Revelation (Consummation of the Covenant: New Heavens and a New Earth in Which Dwells Righteousness)

1. The Approaching End: The Five Sets of Seven - Evil is Defeated (Revelation 1:1 - Revelation 16:21) - 95 A.D. Patmos
2. The End: The Fall of Babylon - Evil is Destroyed (Revelation 17:1 - Revelation 18:24) - 95 A.D. Patmos
3. The New Beginning: The Triumph of Jesus - Holiness Replaces Evil (Revelation 19:1 - Revelation 22:21) - 95 A.D. Patmos

Revelation 11

1. The Approaching End: The Five Sets of Seven - Evil is Defeated (Revelation 1:1 - Revelation 16:21) - 95 A.D. Patmos

     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. 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 [no showers may be raining] 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 [into the eons of the eons]. 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 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.

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