Revelation 11 Lesson

"Why did God do that?"

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.” - Revelation 11:1-3. 

It is 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 some of us to ask why these commands are so specific?

It is human nature to wonder why God does the things that He does. But in the end, that is not what we are supposed to be doing as Christians.

He is God and we serve Him – not the other way around. As Christians, our role is to trust in His plan for us and to remember the words from the prophet Jeremiah:

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ” – Jeremiah 29:11.

It is important that we trust in God’s plan for us and allow it to unfold.

  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6.

  • “The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart triumphs, and with my song I shall thank Him.” - Psalm 28:7.

Trying to figure out “why” God allows certain things to happen, or why God does things the way that He does is futile, and simply put, not our place.

Consider these words from the prophet Isaiah:

  • "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." - Isaiah 55:8-9.


This scripture tells us that we do not need to try and figure everything out. As Christians, we do not need to know why God is doing the things that He is doing. We simply need to trust Him and obey His commands. This may contrast with our fleshly desire to feel like we are the ones that are in control. But as we see from the scriptures, God is always the one that is in control.

A big part of faith is accepting God’s word without having to know why.

Our obedience to God should not be contingent upon us understanding, "Why?"  God is superior to everything and everyone, and we are to serve Him; even if we do not always understand why things happen the way they do.  

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.” – Revelation 11:11-14.


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.” - Revelation 11:15.

This signals that Jesus has overcome the world, and that He will reign forever!  There are no sweeter words for the believer to hear than those.

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33.

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OKELLO JOEL

praise the Lord Jesus christ for the Fardre as given as a leat to the warld he love as even if the devil is ruling the asth, the lit is Jesus christ away gard ,away key ,away drivers he i s above all he is away phone connection to the Fardre we give him honour amen

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Noli galsim

God is good all the time ..all we need is to serve him obey his teaching .we dont need to ask why ? Because all things happening in the world God wanted to do...

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James A Guillory
Noli galsim

For you are right God is good on the time and God always prevails, victory in the name of Jesus and for those who are called by his name, Christians!!

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Noli galsim
James A Guillory

Thanks my friend ..

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John

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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Pat Dermody
John

We are reminded that no matter how bad things get on earth, God is still in control.

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