Revelation 11:1-4 Then I was given a measuring stick, and I was told, "Go and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers. But do not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over to the nations. They will trample the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days." These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth.
Fear grips me as I read further into the book of revelation not only because of God's revelation of what is to come but also because I am not certain if I will be able to share with you the right understanding of these prophetic words.
Descriptions are mind boggling and putting them in perspective really is a challenge in research but I do know that God gave us His word to study and use for our spiritual growth and it is our responsibility to read His word with His guidance for our spiritual growth and so we continue.
Of all the text of this chapter, I was keen to understand God's purpose in giving John the reed to measure the temple, then understand why the gentiles and the outer court would not be included in the measurement and the significance of the two witnesses.
Sometimes I wonder why God uses such complex ways of communicating to us and whether there is anything for us to learn in this day and age from such ancient texts?
When we consider the measuring task John was given and relate it to the church, it seems like God is asking John to measure who really are God's children.
Jesus refers to those who submit their life and love to Him as His chosen ones and therefore equate them to being Israel or God's own people.
The Gentiles are everyone outside of that tribe and when we look at the church today, we realize there are many among us who walk and talk like God's own but probably have never entered into a real relationship with Jesus. How is one to know you might ask and the truth is that it is only between them and God.
Having said that, we can also know from the fruits of the Holy Spirit that is in them or not for God says that the fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22).
The next aspect are the two witnesses who prophesy for the same period as the gentiles will trample on the holy city, three years and five and a half months if we take a day as a calendar day.
Consider God's word and it is interesting to note that all scripture reveals and supports itself. Therefore if we take a passage of scripture from any part of the Bible, we will find a supporting passage in another part and this is amazing because there were many authors of the various books that comprise the Bible, they lived over a varied period of time, did not have access to technology or even books where they could refer back and forth and yet God's word stands true unto itself bearing perfect witness to God!
Therefore when we consider the two witnesses here, it seems like God is referring to His word that stands as a witness to Him in our broken world and holds true unto God Himself.
Therefore today I pray that God will accept us as His own children, that we will submit to Him in totality and be considered a part of His temple inner courts and that we will live a life of meaning and purpose using the word of God, the Bible, as our compass in this dark world.
Isaiah 52:1 Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you.
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