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Saturday, November 14 2016
Revelation 11: The Resurrected Martyrs Of The Streets Of Jerusalem
"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. 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"
The return of the Messiah to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach? and The Seals, Trumpets And Vials Of The Messiah's Return) will be preceded by a 42-month period of great tribulation. During that time, the entire world will come to know four people, two on each side, who will miraculously dispute the LORD's Truth versus Satanic deception. At the end of the 42 month period, all four of them will be killed - with the "two witnesses" of the LORD resurrected to eternal life (see below), and the "beast" and his "great false prophet" cast into the lake of fire where they will be obliterated forever (Revelation 19:19-21).
The "two witnesses" will "prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days" (42 months), after having been given the miraculous means to defend themselves: "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."
When their ministry has been completed, the LORD (see The LORD God Our Saviour) will permit the martyrdom of His two witnesses. Their dead bodies will be left in the streets of Jerusalem "three days and an half."
"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 [see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today]. 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.
The two witnesses will then be resurrected and ascend to heaven, just like the Messiah did, not far from where the Messiah did, from which they will then return with the Messiah.
"11:11 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. 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud [see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?]; and their enemies beheld them.
The martyrdom and resurrection of the two witnesses will occur at the same time as the final "abomination of desolation" (see The Abominations Of Desolations By The Kings Of The North And South).
"11:15 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 [see The Coming World Dictator and The Church: Mission Accomplished].
Fact Finder: What is the connection of "olive trees" to the "two witnesses"?
This Day In History, November 14
565: Roman emperor Justinian died at age 81. The "Imperial Restoration" temporarily occurred during his reign, but it was too late; the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) had already moved north, into Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1501: Arthur Tudor and Katherine of Aragon were married.
1533: Spanish "Conquistadors" under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cajamarca of the Incas.
1666: Samuel Pepys reported on the first blood transfusion (between dogs).
1792: Captain George Vancouver and his crew became the first Englishmen to enter San Francisco Bay.
1851: Moby Dick by Herman Melville was published (see also The Origin Of Moby Dick).
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), the Battle of the Somme ended. It was one of the bloodiest battles of all time with over 1,000,000 troops killed or wounded.
1922: The BBC began daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House.
1940: During the Second World War (1939-1945), Coventry, England was severely damaged by German bombers in the "blitz." It was the worst single-day bombing of Britain of the war; over 1,000 were killed (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars; see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal was lost after being torpedoed by a German submarine.
1951: French paratroopers captured Hoabinh, Vietnam, thereby involving France in the Vietnam civil war for most of the 1950s. The U.S. replaced France in that intervention for most of the 1960s and early 1970s. When the U.S. withdrew, the Vietnamese of the north defeated the Vietnamese of the south and made Vietnam into a single country again, as it had been before foreigners divided Vietnam into north and south.
1964: The U.S. Army entered the Vietnam civil war. The homeland of the Vietnamese people was divided into two countries, North and South Vietnam, during the 1940s. When French imperial forces withdrew "a war that cannot be won" in the early 1960s, the U.S. replaced them. When the U.S. forces withdrew in the early 1970s, Vietnam was reunited into the single nation that it had been for centuries before French and U.S. involvement in their country.
1969: 250,000 people marched in Washington to protest the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam civil war.
1983: The first U.S. cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads arrived at Greenham Common airbase in England amid protests from British people who didn't want foreign weapons of mass destruction in Britain (Britain itself has a large nuclear arsenal of doomsday weapons; see also 'Weapons Of Mass Destruction' Found!).
1994: The first fare-paying passengers on the new rail service traveled through the Channel Tunnel linking England and France.