👉 John is told (v 1-2):
• to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there
• to not measure the court outside the temple because it was given over to the nations to trample for 42 months [again – the time limit – the reminder that God sets the parameters – God is in charge]
👉 Two witnesses (v 3-12):
• given authority
• prophesy for 1,260 days
• clothed in sackcloth
• represented by olive trees [see Zechariah 4:11]
• represent all that the Lamb has redeemed
• power to shut the sky [Elijah – 1 Kings 17:1]
• turn water into blood [Moses – Exodus 7:20]
• called home
👉 Seventh trumpet (v 15-19):
• loud voices in heaven
• 24 elders fell on their faces and worshipped
• God’s temple opened
• ark of the covenant is seen
• lightening, thunder, earthquake, hail
There has been a lot of suffering and torment taking place but – at the blast of the final trumpet – things begin to happen.
Voices are heard in heaven.
The elders fall down and worship.
God’s temple is opened and the ark – which always represented his presence in Scripture – is seen.
It’s go time.
It’s time (v 18) for:
• the dead to be judged
• the saints to be rewarded
• the destroyers to be destroyed
👉 The rewarding of the saints (v 11-12)
Are you ready for this?
• those who had been dead will receive a breath of life from God
• they will stand up on their feet
• they will hear a loud voice from heaven saying, “Come up here!”
Y’all. Seriously. You think it would have been cool to be there when Jesus told Lazarus to, “Come out”? (John 11:43)
Wait until he tells all his saints to, “Come up here!”
I. can’t. wait.
Happy Friday, friends!