Revelation 11. Forum Discussion

Is it important for us to know "why" God does what He does?

Chapter 11 begins with John’s account of how he was given a measuring rod like a staff. Someone says to John beginning in verse 1, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”   It’s interesting how precise God’s message is here. It makes one wonder why they will tread under foot for exactly 42 months, and why they will prophesy for exactly twelve hundred and sixty days? This may cause us to ask why these commands are so specific?


And this brings about one of the most significant questions of life. Is it important for us to know "why" God does what He does?


Fortunately for us, we have the words from Isaiah 55:8-9 that let us know that wondering why God does what He does is nothing for us to be concerned about. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."


That scripture tells us that we don’t need to try and figure everything out. That is part of the humility that God wants us to have. We don’t need to know why God is doing things, we just need to obey. This may be in contrast to our fleshly desire to feel like we are the ones that are in control. But as we see from the scriptures, God is the one that is in control. A big part of faith is to accept God’s word without having to know why and simply obey it.


John explains beginning in verse 4 that the two witnesses he refers to are, “The two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.” He also writes beginning in verse 5, “If anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.”


A fascinating thing happens beginning in verse 7. After the two witnesses have finished their testimonies, the beast that comes out of the abyss will make war with them. This is Satan attacking God’s witnesses. John writes that their bodies will lay in the streets in the same area where Christ was crucified. John writes that “those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.”


Those who are not saved are rejoicing over what they believe is a defeat of God’s witnesses.


But God will prevail!


John writes beginning in verse 11, “But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.”


Chapter 11 ends with the 7th angel sounding their trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” This signals that Jesus has overcome the world. Instead of worldly things on earth, Godly things will be the norm. As the Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.”


As this happens, the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”


Chapter 11 concludes with the following verses as recorded by John, “And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm.”


Lord willing, we will continue our fascinating study on Revelation tomorrow. Until then may God’s blessings and mercy be upon you. Amen

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There are several passages in the Bible that show the precision that God expects. The message is to pay attention to the details.

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