This temple is not a literal temple that John is to measure as there never will be a third one built as the temple mount will never be given back to the Jews and here is the reason why. Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, and captured and recaptured 44 times all because Israel never repented of their sin of idolatry when they were allowed back into their land again in 538 BC after their seventy year Babylonian exile and the land fell under the leader of the Roman Empire that still has diplomatic ties with Jerusalem today.
When the second temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Romans other Roman temples were built there and destroyed during various revolts up to the fourth century. From the fourth century the temple mount laid undeveloped until the Muslim Siege of Jerusalem in 637 CE. Between 689-691 CE the Muslims built the Dome of the Rock which stands today, but now under renovations that have to do with the prophecy of the son of perdition in 2 Thessalonians 2:2-4 and the great falling away before the return of Jesus.
John was to measure the Spiritual temple of God as being those who are truly in Christ through the Spiritual rebirth that worship Him in all truths, John 3:3-7, which make up the temple of God as being the body of Christ. The symbolic here represents God separating and protecting His people. The temple of God is no longer made by hand since the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom, Matthew 27:50, 51; Acts 7:48-51. The temple of God is within man that has the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that keeps himself undefiled before the Lord, Matthew 27:51; Mark 7:15-23; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17.
The outer court represents that of the control the Gentiles (Revived Roman Empire) will once again have over the Holy city like that of 70AD as they take full control over Jerusalem and trampled it for 3 ½ years at the sounding of the seventh trumpet as we will see history repeat itself. Matthew 24:21 Jesus said this will be the worst tribulation there has ever been nor will ever be again.
During this time once again the Roman Empire will take control of the temple mount in Jerusalem as a New World Order is even now being set up that will be one single world government of economic, political and religious power. They will bring back the sacrifices in the last part of the three and a half years or at the end of Daniels seventy week vision in Daniel chapter 9.
This sacrifice they make is not the sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, but will be a sacrifice in that of persecuting Christians to death as they refuse to bow down to this Nebuchadnezzar type system. It’s like that of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in Daniel Chapter 3 as they refused to bow down and worship the idols of Baal and God rescued them from the fire. The fulfillment of the times of the Gentile is that of the Gentiles that will not repent as they fulfill the prophecy of the beast and the false prophet that are thrown into the lake of fire with Satan at Gods final judgment.
Daniels first half of the 70 weeks:
First Advent of Messiah:
From rebuilding the Temple to Messiah birth. This was Ezra rebuilding the literal Temple, but also prophetic of the Spiritual Temple making it ready for Messiah to return.
Daniels sixty nine weeks are four hundred and eighty three Solar years (Daniel 9:25). Seven weeks of years was forty nine years rebuilding Jerusalem around 457B.C. (Ezra 7:11-26; 9:9). Sixty two weeks of years was the period of time leading up to Messiah the Prince in the beginning of his ministry in 27A.D. up to the crucifixion in 31A.D, (Daniel 9:26). From the cross to the second advent of Messiah’s return was a prophetic gap being the present Church age (Gentiles) which was a mystery not revealed to Daniel, Ephesians 3:4-10.
Daniel’s second half of the 70th week:
The second advent of Messiah is from the time of Christ ministry to the cross. There are seven Lunar years of great tribulations as described in Daniel 7:13, 14; 9:26, 27;
12:1 and the outline of Matthew Chapter 24. A peace treaty between Israel and the one who is to come (son of perdition) will fall in the last week of Daniels seventy weeks.
This is just a small summary that explains the temple and the holy city. It’s an in-depth study that is very relevant to the end times before Christ returns.
Daniel gives six major events that characterize the four hundred ninety years.
1. To finish the transgression – Israel’s rejection of Messiah (Jesus) as Israel is brought to restoration at the time of the second coming.
2. To put an end to sin – The sins of National Israel will not be forgiven until the deliver comes out of Zion and a new covenant is given to them.
3. Made reconciliation for iniquity – Life, death an Resurrection we are now reconciled through the blood of Christ as the final sacrifice
4. To bring in everlasting righteousness – This is when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to the earth and set up His kingdom.
5. Seal up the vision and prophecy – This will be the time when all prophecy is fulfilled and the Lord Jesus Christ will be Lord of Lord and King of Kings.
6. Anoint the Most Holy – The Lord Jesus Christ will be anointed when the temple is cleansed at the end of the 2520 days when He returns.
Daniel 8:14 and he said unto me, unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. This is the full 70 weeks which end with the return of Christ when the kingdoms of this world will finally be the kingdoms of our Lord, Revelation 11:14, 15. (Notice the second woe is past and all events that take place during the seventh trumpet come quickly)
Zechariah 4:1-6; 4:11-14 explains that these two witnesses are the word of God in all power and might and the Holy Spirit which is the oil that is poured out on those who God anoints with His Holy Spirit. There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit that are one and three that bear witness in earth as being the Holy Spirit, the word and the blood of Jesus and these three agree in one, 1 John 5:7, 8. Only God can give power to act on His word as the Holy Spirit and Jesus bare witness to Gods power and authority especially through signs and wonders.
God exercises His power and authority through those of His great commission of Matthew 28:18-20 who are sealed by the Holy Spirit, 2 Corinthians 1:22, who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. The sackcloth represents the anguish of Gods servants as they remain humbled before the Lord while baring witness to Gods wrath on the unrighteous as these witnesses go forth continuing to preach to the nations.
Zechariah speaks of two olive trees, but only one candlestick in the Old Testament. In this study we read there are two candlesticks. The two olive trees are the two anointed ones as being the two witnesses that are the Holy Spirit whom discerns and confirms the word of God in us by teaching us all truths, John 14:26, and Jesus being the light that shines in darkness as being the word made flesh to walk amongst us, John 1:1-5.
John is given the understanding that the two witnesses are in comparison to the two candlesticks and two olive trees, which if you read Zechariah Chapter 4 it explains that the golden candlestick is God. The seven lamps with the seven pipes that holds the oil (anointing) is that of the seven Spirits of God given to His Church: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, reverence, might and Spirit of the Lord, Isaiah 11:2.
The two olive trees are to groups of people. One group being natural Israel (Old Testament) as a remnant according to the election of grace have been saved as in the 144,000 taken from the twelve tribes of Israel that remained faithful to God up to a thousand generations thereafter that remain faithful, 1 Chronicles 16:13-17. The other being Gentiles (New Testament) grafted into the branch by that same grace of God that have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and sealed by His Holy Spirit, John 3:3-7; Romans 10:9, 10; 2 Corinthians 1:22; Romans Chapter 11. The two witnesses have always been those who have stood by God and His law in the Old Testament and those who stand by God and Jesus under the dispensation of grace in the New Testament. Jews were only sent to preach to the lost sheep of Israel and Paul was sent to preach to the Gentiles, Matthew 10:5-7; Acts 22:21, so will it be during the seventh trumpet sounding.
There is a theory that the two witnesses could either be Moses, Elijah or Enoch, but scripture disputes this theory. Deuteronomy 34:5, 6 says Moses died in the land of Moab. Elijah was carried away in a whirlwind as described in 2 Kings 2:11 and lifted up to the first heaven meaning the firmament as in the atmosphere that surrounds the earth. He was only translated to an unknown area on earth as several years after he was taken away King Jehoram received a letter from him, 2 Chronicles 21:12. Paul says Enoch died in faith just as Abel, Noah, Abraham and their wives, Hebrews 11:5, 6, 13, but had not yet received the promise of eternal life as they also sleep in the grave until the coming of the Lord 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Hebrews 11:13 Paul said Enoch was only translated and never said he was taken to heaven and lived to be around three hundred and sixty five.
In John 3:13 Jesus said that no one has ever ascended up to heaven so this proves that the two witnesses are not Moses, Elijah or Enoch. God said in Malachi 4:5 He would send Elijah (Elias) before the great and terrible day of the Lord. John the Baptist is a type of Elijah as a forerunner for Jesus, John 1:15-17, just as Jesus was speaking about John the Baptist in Matthew 17:12 those who carry the witness and testimony of Jesus throughout the nations from the time of the cross to that of the great and terrible day of the Lord are also types of Elijah. The two witnesses are the word of God and the Holy Spirit that confirms His word
God says in 1 Chronicles 16:22 to not touch His anointed or else His wrath will fall against their enemies like we see in many scriptures throughout the Old Testament as nations came against the anointed of Israel. God will allow His anointed servants to call down fire from heaven to kill the enemy during the time of the seven trumpets like Elijah did in 2 Kings 1:10, but also forbade James and John in Luke 9:54 for they were not yet anointed with the Holy Spirit and it was not Gods will that this should be done at this particular time.
If any man comes against Gods witnesses during His final wrath on earth God gives them their authority to call down fire from heaven to literally consume those who try to kill them for their purpose of God is not finished yet as the time of the Gentiles has not been fulfilled yet, Romans 11:17-25. This same authority includes them to ask God to stop the rain from falling, to turn water into blood and to call on God to bring plagues against those who come against them when God sees fit for the purpose of protecting His witnesses during this time as their purpose of witnessing is not yet final, 1 Kings 17:1; Exodus 7:17-21; Exodus 8:1; 11:10.
God gives the power unto his two witnesses as being that power of the Holy Spirit in Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 2:1-21. The early Church (body of Christ) walked in great power of the Holy Spirit working in them and through them as the anointing of the Holy Spirit empowered them, but the empowerment has become less and less as the Church has either become lukewarm in what they preach as a feel good message, but leaves the spirit empty inside or have compromised the anointing they once had and have sold out to the pleasures of the world quenching the Holy Spirit they were once empowered with as they allow a Jezebel spirit preach from their pulpits.
Joel 2:28-32 speaks about a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the latter days before the great and terrible day of the Lord. God will revive a Spiritual revival in the end of days as He would that none should perish as He works through the Church (body of Christ) who has the witness and testimony of Jesus. During the time of these witnesses that go about preaching in all nations many will see the Spirit of God moving through the land in a great Spiritual awaking of the Church. It never occurs to some people how much they need to repent of their sin until reality sets in as God starts shaking not only the earth, but the heavens also as He sends His final wrath down on earth, Hebrews 12:25-29.
The vessel of gold and silver are those of Jew and Gentile that have always stood by God as they walk in great faith no matter how this world tries to come against them, Hosea 6:1-4; Joel 2:28-32; Haggai 2:7-9; Zechariah 10:1.
We have to remember when studying anything in the Bible that scripture speaks mainly about Israel and her enemies coming against her as many other nations had not existed yet when all these letters were written. We who are Gentile are also part of Israel being grafted in as a branch. Focus has always been on Jerusalem being the Holy City of God no matter how many times this city has been taken captive by the enemy. The preaching of the Gospel will be finished when the true Church of God being Jew and Gentile that are anointed by God to preach amongst the people all over the world sees Jerusalem being encompassed by the enemy as the Gentiles will take its final siege in Jerusalem trampling the city for the last time.
Jew and Gentile alike as being one body of Christ are always given signs from God to look out for the coming of the Lord even though none knows the day or hour this will occur, Matthew 24:33-37. One very important sign is to keep a watchful eye on events that will unfold in Jerusalem, especially what happens to the temple mount as this is the abomination of desolations Daniel spoke of and Jesus gave warning to flee from. When you see the son of perdition, meaning the man of sin or the lawless one taking his seat on the throne in Jerusalem claiming he is God then the sign of the return of Christ is very near.
The beast that overcomes and kills the two witnesses will be revealed in Chapter Thirteen, but for now I will just say it is a corrupt political power much like the one who had Jesus crucified and thought they had silenced Him forever. These witnesses lie dead in the street of the great city which means many nations outside that gate of Gods Holy sanctuary being symbolic of the actual gate Jesus was outside of in Jerusalem as He was lead up the hill to Golgotha were He suffered and died, Hebrews 13:12, and God had raised Him again on the third day, Matthew 28:1-8.
These great cities are spiritually compared to Sodom and Egypt and exist in every nation around the world who are found guilty of Idolatry, Exodus 20:1-8; Roman 1:18-25. Idolatry is nothing more than blind adoration for the thoughts of the mind and the intents of the heart that draws one away from God as they bow down to and worship the materialistic things of the word like we see today in the love of money and power over others that is the root of all evil, 1 Timothy 6:9-11.
These great cities full of idolatry and adultery are the type of nations and people that still exist today even until the end of days. They have backslidden away from God as they have fallen short of His glory defiling themselves before the Father, Jeremiah 3:1-25, but yet God calls them to repentance. God has always sent these nations a witness, but they continue to persecute and put them to death just like Israel as they persecuted and put to death the very Messiah that was sent to them.
The witnesses that are spoken of in Revelation 11 will also suffer and die as they have picked up their cross to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and deny their own self for the witness and testimony of Jesus, John 15:13; Matthew 16:24-28, 10:28; 24:9. They like those who died a martyr’s death before them will be killed by the hands of those who will persecute them to death in order to silence the torment of their preaching. Unlike those before them these witnesses will lay in the street of every nation around the world as no one has compassion on them to bury their bodies. Instead they will make fun of them and rejoice that they are dead as they will no longer be troubled by them.
Many saw these dead bodies lie in the street, but none would bother burial for them, but rejoiced instead that they would no longer be tormented by their preaching. This is also seen in Papal Rome rule around 538 AD with Emperor Justinian’s decree and under the military protection of Belisarius and the beast until the deadly wound came in 1798 by General Berthier who made his entrance into Rome and abolished the papal government and established a secular one. There were approximately 500 million Christians killed during Emperor Justinian’s reign. Revelation chapter 13 will see this deadly wound healed once again.
After three and a half days it’s not the witnesses being taken up to heaven in a cloud here as we will see later when this great event takes place. What is going back to heaven is Gods power and authority that gives His servants the anointing to the preaching of His word that returns back to Him, Isaiah 55:11. The time of the Gentiles will be fulfilled at this time as the time of preaching is ended and that the kingdoms of this world are soon to be made the Kingdoms of the Lord once again.
The Church has life again as God has breathed life back into her and she once again stands on her feet grounded in all faith and trust in the Lord as she prepares to flee the soon coming abomination that causes the final desolation on earth. Their enemies beheld the strengthening of Gods Church once again as they have been completely strengthened throughout the nations, Isaiah 26:13-21; 27:13; Ezekiel 37:1-14. The enemy fears loss of control over these people in all nations that the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms of their Lord unless they silence the Church once again as they did in the past and continue to do so until the great and terrible day of the Lord.
The earthquake represents Gods final shaking or judgment on man as many more will fall as now Gods Church has come out of exile meaning that of a Jezebel false teaching that has lead them captive for years. The final remnant of those who walked in blindness of truth being taken over by this Jezebel spirit have become afraid as they have finally seen truth and repent of their sin and come back to God and give Him glory.
Notice this verse says the third woe comes quickly. The seventh trumpet is the announcement that all the kingdoms of the world will come under Jesus authority, but there is much more to come first before He returns as in the war in heaven, the mark of the beast and then the harvest judgment when at that time Jesus returns in the clouds to gather His Bride, 1 Corinthians 15:50-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and reserves them until the final judgments are completed, the earth is purified and then God ushers down the New Jerusalem where we will be with the Lord forever.
The first four seals are the beginning of sorrows described in Matthew 24:4-26 before that of Christ return. There are three woes to come after the beginning of sorrows. The first woe is found in Chapter 8-9 with the first six trumpets. The second woe is that of the two witnesses in Chapter 11:1-14 as the preaching of Gods word has come to an end as the time of the Gentiles has been fulfilled in the last person repenting and turning back to God. The third woe begins with the seventh trumpet in 11:15 and it comes quickly.
Here we see much rejoicing in heaven for the time is now that the mystery of God will be finished as he declared this to the prophets, Revelation 10:7. God will make an end to all sinful abominations here on earth against His people as His mighty power will reign as now the blood of the martyred saints will be avenged. God is about to destroy the enemy for eternity and all the kingdoms or nations of the world will now have become the Kingdoms and nations of God and no man will ever be able to take them out of Gods hands again, John 10:27, 28. The time of Gods longsuffering in His patience for those who need to repent, 2 Peter 3:9, has now come to an end and all glory and honor is given to His name.
The nations are angry because of Gods wrath that torments them day and night as it is a mystery to those Pharisee types that think themselves pious as they follow false religions and beliefs, even making themselves gods and have caused others to stray away from truth. All they see is Gods chastisements, but neglect seeing the warning of them to repent. The ignorance of these people is what will cause them to perish as they stand before God in judgment, Hosea 4:6, 7.
The reward unto the servants of God is that of being delivered from all the persecutions against them, those alive and asleep in the grave as when the temple is opened in heaven the ark of the covenant is seen as this is Gods covenant promise of His blessings to those who have been faithful to Him as being part of the covenant God made with Abraham and every generation after him, Genesis 12:1-3. The covenant promise is now to be fulfilled in that all Gods faithful children will have eternal life with Him as He completes the final purification of heaven and earth in order to usher down the New Jerusalem where we will be with the Lord forever.
Lightning is a strong force of power as in Gods power in heaven. The thunder is the voice of Gods power when He speaks. When God speaks even the earth quakes at His voice. The great hail is that of Gods seventh vial judgment that is about to be made on those who refuse to repent and the weight of each hail stone is the weight of a talent which is around 75 pounds each, Revelation 16:21.