Sunday, June 21, 2015
Two Witnesses Series #12 – Part 64 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
Remember, this blog is dedicated to proving that the majority of John’s visions have been fulfilled. Historical biblical documentation provides how, when, and by whom they were fulfilled. By defining the metaphorical language, the message locked in the riddles, enigmas, and esoteric imagery is released so that we can understand the message. Jesus revealed to John the profound spiritual changes His people would experience because of His death and resurrection.
Revelation chapter 11 is rife with symbolism to describe the Two Witnesses. Last week I left you with verse 9…then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. I asked if you can solve this riddle?
Jerusalem was the hub of many nations where people gathered for commercial endeavors. At any given time, people of many languages gathered for business and fellowship. If there was a death of a loved one or business acquaintance, there could be no memorial until that person was buried (put in the grave) – then the remembrance service could begin.
In the days following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the populous refused to memorialize the testimony of the Two Witnesses – two covenants. The Two Witnesses were essentially dead – gone – but never buried. All the sinners wanted to do was go back to business as usual – they were grateful not to have to hear the preaching of the two covenants – repent- and accept the way of Jesus. The silence was refreshing.
For 3 & 1/2 days everyone in the city noticed the Two Witnesses were dead – all the apostles fled into hiding – but they were not put into graves. What did the citizens of Jerusalem do during this time? And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth…verse 10.
The people rejoiced and made merry because they had prevailed over the gospel of Jesus Christ! The words of God spoken through the two prophets – Two Witnesses – one symbolizing the old covenant and one symbolizing the new covenant – could no longer torment the hearts of the people regarding their immorality, homosexuality, and paganism. They could go back to worshiping their many gods without condemnation.
The murderers of the two prophets – Two Witnesses – could now breathe a sigh of relief, provoking their jubilance over their triumphant victory – Jesus was dead and His apostle have fled – party time! After Jesus was crucified, He rose again after being dead for 3 days and 3 nights in the heart of the earth – fulfilling prophecy…Matt. 12:40
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”…John 20:19.
The resolve of the apostles had been shattered by despair, not knowing what to do next since their teacher was dead. The gospel He preached – two covenants – died with Him. What would they do now? After Jesus appeared to the Mary’s, He left and spent the day appearing to the men on the road to Emmaus until evening – see blog #s 7 & 8.
By the time Jesus appeared to His apostles behind closed doors – it was evening on the day He was resurrected – 3 & 1/2 days had passed. He found them hovered behind closed doors, fearing for their lives in their room of gloom. We can only imagine the look on their faces, stunned to disbelief and astonished awe, instantly changing to resounding joy, when they came to realize they were beholding their risen Lord – He’s alive!
And after three days and a 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…Rev. 11:11. This text from the diary of the Two Witnesses is written in very clear language – no metaphors or symbolism. For 3 & 1/2 days the Two Witnesses are dead – the apostles who represented the two covenants – suddenly disappeared from the market place.
After 3 & 1/2 days the Spirit of Life from God entered them when Jesus came into their hiding place in the evening, to prove He was alive. Great fear fell upon those who witnessed this miracle. Is there another scripture that explains this phenomenon? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…