R e v e l a t i o n

Chapter 11

    In chapter ten we learned that the Almighty declared to all in heaven and earth that the assigned date for the imprisonment of Satan and the beginning of the general resurrection had arrived. We learned that this date, contrary to popular opinion, signified not the end… but the beginning of a second chance for those that are still under sin. A chance for these sinners to learn about God and his purpose without Satan's lies and confusion to interfere during the thousand years Christ will reign.  How do we know this?  Because we still haven't heard a single note from the seventh trumpet, which we know is Gods time of judgement.  One would therefore assume that the sounding of this final trumpet would begin this chapter… but it doesn't!

    Instead we are taken back in time to the period when Jesus walked the earth. This is done to supply more information so that all members of His family understand precisely, the details of world events from that time on. Why! To make clear what was told to Daniel centuries before.

Dan 12:1

"At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people-- everyone whose name is found written in the book-- will be delivered.

    Notice "The great prince who protects your people, will arise"  Daniel is here speaking of the birth of Christ.   However, the Bible tells us Michael was an archangel.  Could this mean that Christ was and angel?   Not at all,  but it is an easy mistake to make; let us look at this and see why.   We know that archangels are in charge of other angels.  Yet Michael is also being referred to as the "The great prince"  THE great prince would mean the reigning heir to the throne.  We also know that Jehovah cannot die but that would not change the status of the THE great prince He would still remain the first in line of succession.   As such that would put him in charge of all the angels of heaven which is exactly what we are told in Hebrews.

Heb 1:2
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (KJV)

Heb 1:13-14
13    To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet"?
14   Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Yet we are also told in Hebrews:

Heb 2:5

It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.

   So we can see by verse 14 above it is not at all improper to refer to Christ as the great prince Michael.

    Now since chapter 11 of Revelation is taking us back to the time of Christ "A time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then." would be referring to the death of the Messiah.   We can be sure of this because of something Matthew told us.

                                                                  Matt 27:51-53
51   And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
52    And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
53    And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.  (KJV)

Which is what Daniel was predicting in the following verse.

Dan 12:2

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. (NIV)

    It is the last part of Dan 12:2 that refers to the second chance offered by God for mankind in general.  Their shame and contempt from others will be just as it was with Adam and Eve in their not listening to God to begin with.  

    The next two verses of Daniel refers to those that want to listen to the Almighty.     

3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.

4 But you, Daniel, close up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge." (NIV)

    The above four verses from Daniel speak, in a nutshell, what we have been learning from Revelations up to now.  Yet, Daniel had no idea what this angel was talking about.

Dan 12:8-10

8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, "My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?"

9 He replied, "Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.

10 Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand. (NIV)

    In other words only the people living in the time of the end will be able to understand.  We can be sure if Daniel were alive on this earth today he would know what all those that follow the word are aware of… and would understand all this instantly.  How can we be sure of this?   Because of this joyous and wonderful message from God delivered to Daniel by the angel at that time:

Dan 12:13

13 "As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance." (NIV)

God is here telling Daniel point blank and without reservation

That he will be resurrected.

    "…None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand." It is for this reason that God here in Revelation 11, takes us, (those of us living in this time of the end,)  back in history to the ministry of Jesus, to recap and supply additional information for the wise.  With this understanding let us proceed to the instruction given to John in the vision.

Rev 11:1

I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there. (NIV)

    "Go and measure the temple of God" Now the width height and depth of the physical temple were well known.  In fact, God had decreed the actual dimension of each Himself.  So it is not the physical temple John is being told to measure but the spiritual temple.  The church, or body of Christ.

    "And the altar" The altar in the temple, of course, was used for sacrifice of animals grain etc and John was being told, by measuring the altar.  He is being told this to calculate how many truly understood the sacrifice of Gods Son.  How many were truly following Christ by doing all they could to follow His commands which is the real measure of a Christian. 

    That John was given this job to count the body of Christ meant that the number was a tiny fraction compared to the general population of the world.  Christ's church began with only one man…Jesus.   Twelve were added but there were only 120 at Pentecost.  From the time Jesus was baptized to the day the Holy Spirit descended on these 120 Christians, this event had been preordained as well as clearly proclaimed centuries before.  To see this let's go back to Daniel speaking of this time over 600 years before it happened.

Dan 12:11-12

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

    The daily sacrifice was taken away when the veil was rent in two for there was no further use for these sacrifices which in truth only foreshadowed the sacrifice of Gods only begotten Son.

    Which covers... to the day... "a thousand two hundred and ninety days" the period between the time Jesus began his ministry, was taken away by execution, and then sent the promised helper at Pentecost.

(There are those in the world who claim the Bible was only written by men.  If this were so, even they would have to admit, this sure was one heck of good guess on Daniel's part.  Particularly since Daniel admitted to the angel that "I heard, but I did not understand"?  To repeat an often used phrase by my father "Son of Gun…God is right again.)

    By the way John is not being told to judge those that make up the temple, just to count them.  He could have done this by observation "For by their actions they are known." Also:
1 Cor 3:13

each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is {to be} revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. (NAS)

And remember all this is taking place in a symbolic vision.  Still, in this symbolic count, John is told to ignore a section of the temple.

Rev 11:2

But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. (NIV)

    The outer court was known at the time as the court of the gentiles.   It was the only part of the temple anyone other than a Jew was allowed into.   However, we have to keep in mind that it is not the physical temple being spoken of here.  The vision is using the earthly temple to symbolize the spiritual temple ruled by Christ.  For in truth the physical temple was only a shadow of the spiritual temple.

Rev 11:3

And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." (NIV)

    Who are these two witnesses being referred to here who will prophesy for three and a half years? Actually when we convert the 1,260 days into the 42 months or three and half years they represent… a very large bell should ring in any true Christian's head.

The first witness is Jesus.

Let's verify that!

Rev 1:5

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, (KJV)

    Notice above Revelation is from its first chapter refering to Christ as THE prince of the kings of the earth.

Rev 3:14

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; (KJV)

(Verses above underlined by the Bible Probe)

Who then is the second witness?

Christ's body or church,

which at that time consisted of the twelve apostles.

    This is the reason God is telling John to count them so that they can be verified to the world as witnesses.  Why are they being referred to as witnesses, and why is this so important?  Its importance lies under the law that God gave Israel through Moses, to condemn someone or something, one needed two witnesses?   God has condemned this world of Satan and produced the two witnesses required to do so.  Even though Israel repeatedly broke the covenant, concerning the law, God never has.

    Just so there is no misunderstanding about this these two witnesses are symbolized further:

Rev 11:4

These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. (NIV)

    Why the symbolism of olive trees, because God has always used olive oil for anointing those chosen to represent him on earth.  It was also olive oil that was the source of powers for the light that shown from the golden candlesticks in Zechariah chapter 4.

Zech 4:6

Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)

    Lampstands we have learned from the first chapter of Revelation represents not only the power of God, or Holy Spirit, but also visibly represents Gods power of truth or light on the earth. Therefore verse four above is simply verifying that Christ and his body or church are Gods two witnesses!  These two witnesses stand before the "lord of the earth."

    Who is this lord of the earth?  It is Satan!  How do we know this?  Because the Greek word used here is "kurios" not "Theo's"   Therefore the two witnesses' stand before the god of this world as two giant thorns in his side.  They stand against him not with might!   Not with power!   They stand armed only with the quiet spirit of truth.

And just so there is no doubt about this, verse five continues this verification of the two witnesses.

Rev 11:5

If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. (NIV)

    Now if we were looking for men who breathed actual fire we would not find them.  Yet, the two witnesses did breath Gods refining fire of truth.   Christ went about his ministry while on earth the scribes Pharisees, and Sanhedren opposed him from the start:

John 12:19

So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!" (NIV)

John 7:32

The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him. (NIV)

John 7:30

At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. (NIV)

John 7:43-47

43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus.

44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

45 Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, "Why didn't you bring him in?"

46 "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards declared.

47 "You mean he has deceived you also?" the Pharisees retorted. (NIV)

John 7:1

After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. (NIV)

    Yet up to the moment appointed for the sacrifice of Christ to allow salvation from death for all mankind, the words coming from his mouth were like a refining fire burning away the lies and man made doctrines of pagan ideas.  As the scriptures from different events above show, the Pharisees and Sanhedren were powerless against the fire of truth coming from Jesus mouth.

    "This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die." To oppose Gods word, to oppose His purpose and plans, to oppose His truth, causes one to fall under sin and as it is written…The wages of sin is death.

Rev 11:6

These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want. (NIV)

    This is not the first time men have been given this extraordinary power.  For examples… Moses was allowed to turn the River Nile into blood as one of the plagues sent against Egypt.  Through Gods power, Elijah bought down a drought on Israel that lasted three and half years.  Just as Gods power was given to these prophets of old, the two witnesses were also enabled.  Christ walked on water, calmed a storm at sea, and resurrected Lazarus as well as healing a multitude of people.  Amongst other things Paul was allowed to restore life to a lad that had fallen from a second story window.  At Pentecost the 120 were given the ability to speak in foreign languages so that they might spread the Gospel of the kingdom of God.   They cast out demons. However, the twelve apostles were also given a power that was unique.  Christ when he appeared before the apostles after his resurrection and with his own breath bestowed the Holy Spirit on them.  He did this to 11 of the apostles before pentecost, for Thomas was not present at the time.

John 20:22

And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

He did this to bestow a special ability to the apostles.

John 20:23

If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." (NIV)

    In short Christ gave His apostles the power of the Holy Spirit to further advance the gospel of the kingdom and the ability to decide what was right and what was not right concerning mans reaction to the message of the kingdom; just as Jesus had promised He would do.
                                                               Matt 16:19

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

                                                             Luke 24:45-49

Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46    and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day;
47    and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
48    "You are witnesses of these things.
49   "And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high." (NAS)

    Let us understand that Christ was not giving these men the power to judge other mens hearts but the power to judge their actions concerning the word of God.  Christ is also telling them to stay in Jerusalem until Pentecost when they would be further endowed with the power of God or Holy Spirit.

Rev 11:7

Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. (NIV

    The beast of course we have already learned is Satan and what was predicted above was exactly what happened.  The witnesses were overpowered and killed but not before the work assigned to each of them was accomplished.  This part of Rev 11, for us today, is history.. which man records as… the dark ages.  It was during this time that God had the New Testament recorded for any and all to read.   Once this was accomplished there was no further need of miracles to be presented to the world for it is by faith we as Christian's are justified; not by works. 

Rev 11:8

Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. {NIV}

    Now we know that Jesus was killed in Jerusalem but God is reminding us here that this is all symbolic.  A figurative "Sodom and Egypt" represents the world in general.  As Sodom and Egypt were corrupt so to does God view the world and the nations that exist on its surface? 

    "Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city..."  tells us that the truth of the two witnesses lay by the wayside ignored by the world.  In fact at the time for anyone, other than the clergy, to own or possess a Bible was a major crime punishable by death.

   Even so the time of the gentiles was allowed by God to play out until it came to its completion in 1914.

Rev 11:9

For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. [NIV]

    Verses 7,8,9, and 10 are speaking of the same subject.  This period of time that God allotted Satan to do his worst.  During that time Satan effectively killed the growth of the church by instilling lies into it, pagan lies such as Christmas, Easter, and pagan customs such as eating food offered at an altar, the doctrine of an immortal soul, etc.  The church, to expedite an increase in membership adopted these holidays and customs.  However, by doing so they became snared in paganism themselves.   This was just what God told Joshua would happen.

Josh 6:18

But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. (NIV)

    God has never at any time accepted paganism in any form shape or size.  The pages of the word are filled with condemnation of it.  It is in fact… the reason for Gods wrath to begin with.

    Therefore symbolically true Christianity lay dead in the streets of the world represented by Sodom and Egypt and the world ignored it and celebrated their own form of worship.  They built huge cathedrals ostensibly to worship God but in reality monuments to statues, idols and pagan rituals.  Truth from God was not accepted from the word.  In fact, as has been said, owning a Bible was a criminal offense punishable by death in the Roman Catholic Church at the time.

Rev 11:10

The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. [NIV]

    The two prophets Christ and His body or church had tormented Satan's system by speaking truth of the Creator and the coming kingdom.  Since Satan had taken over control of the religions of the world, they felt secure since they had everything their way.  During this time Satan's system perpetrated wars, like the crusades and other atrocities such as the inquisition all, supposedly, in the name of Christ who opposed all this from the start.  One of the two commands given by Jesus was love your neighbor.  Not only that but He instructed all Christian's to love your enemy.  The meaning of which is very difficult for an enemy to comprehend when you are trying to hack off his head with a sword.

    The next verse is not only speaking of what happened then but symbolizes a future event as well.

Rev 11:11

But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. [NIV]

    In 1914 the time of the gentiles came to a conclusion and so did Satan's unrestricted reign of paganism.  The time of the end began and the breath of life in the form of the return of truth began its rise. [I have in my own lifetime of 69 years watched it grow and make itself felt on the world of Satan. It is only the beginning of the kingdom, to be sure, but where it is going is very clear.]

"And terror struck those who saw them." Remember these verses are speaking of Satan's system and his minions that control it.

Eph 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly {places.} (NAS)

    These forces of Satan recognize that their time is running out and their doom is close which is the reason for their terror.  This was shown clearly when Jesus cast the demons out of a man at Gadarenes.

Matt 8:29

"What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?" (NIV)

    It is these same dark spiritual forces that the next verse is referring to as the symbolism of God calling out to his saints says:

Rev 11:12

Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on. [NIV]

    The fulfilling of this verse began the moment Christ was resurrected.

Matt 27:52-53

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;

53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. (NKJ)

    This tells us two things.  One… the kingdom promise to those asleep in the grave began when Christ was resurrected.  Two…the kingdom itself was rendered into the hands of Christ as its leader.

    Again we have our old friend time entering the picture here.   It was not yet time for Christ to take over the kingdoms of the earth.  That would not take place until the time of the gentiles was complete and the wrath of God was over, which would start at the beginning of the time of the end, which at that time was almost two thousand years in the future.

Rev 11:13

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. (NIV)

    Now we know that there was an earthquake when Jesus breathed his last breath.  Yet, we cannot suddenly decide that Revelation has without warning unexplainably switched to literal meanings.  Very little is said in the Bible about that earthquake other than it happened causing the renting in two of the curtain that separated the Holy of Holy's from the rest of the temple.

Matt 27:51

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, (NKJ)

How then are these tied together?  This physical event of an earthquake also signaled a spiritual event, clearly denoted by the renting of the Veil.   Let us look again at:

Rev 11:13

At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. (NIV)

    "A tenth of the city collapsed."  Had this actually occurred Matt, Mark, Luke, John, somebody would have noticed and mentioned it, even if just in passing.  Well we have learned, in past chapters that earthquakes represent or symbolize the shaking up of governments.  What government did this symbolic earthquake rattle?  It was Satan's government or system of things.

    "Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake," This symbolic number like any other number in Revelation, represent a perfect group of people that died to the government of Satan. They were born again into the kingdom of God.  How do we know this?

   "The survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven" Not something any part of Satan's organization would do.  In fact, we can even recognize some of these survivors. They were Roman soldiers.

Matt 27:54

So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was the Son of God!" (NKJ)

    They didn't refer to Jesus as the king of the Jews, nor as the Messiah, nor as someone sent from one of their many gods…but recognized the family connection to the Almighty by saying…

"Truly this was the Son of God!"

    Let us also remember that John, at the beginning of this chapter, is told to count the number of the church, which roughly 4 weeks after the death of Jesus amounts to 120 people at Pentecost. And with Pentecost:

Rev 11:14

The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon. (NIV)

    Notice here "The third woe is coming soon." The word soon here is different in time for God than it is for us.  For in truth the kingdom of God began when John baptized Jesus.  Just the same Christ did not take control of or reign over the nations at the time because it was still the time of the gentiles and that time allotted to Satan had to pass first.  To us, that amounted to a period of almost two thousand years.  We are transported over that period of time and brought up to date by the next verse… as the first note of the seventh trumpet joins the chorus of the seven angels'.

Rev 11:15

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever." (NIV)

    Just as Daniel told us centuries before:

Dan 2:44

"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. (NIV)

    This in itself takes time.  Time is a dimension of our universe and God knows this well, far more so than any of us.

Rev 11:16

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, (NIV)

    If you recall these twenty-four elders represent, in this symbolic court of God, the sea… or man in general on the earth.  That they unanimously fully approve of Gods actions is obvious from the next verse.

Rev 11:17

Saying: "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. (NIV)

    Verse 17 is clearly speaking of Christ's Father.  This is often confusing to people because we are told that it is Christ who will reign for a thousand years, which of course is true.  However, time will not stop at the end of that thousand years.  What happens then?

1 Cor 15:24-28

24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.

25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.

28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all. (NIV)

    So we see by the scriptures that Christ returns the kingdom to His father and God after he has rendered it pure and righteous.  But that is far in our future... for now at this time:

Rev 11:18

The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth." (NIV)

    We have said that the seventh trumpet heralds judgement, which it is clear from the above scripture.  However, we also know that how that judgement is to be conducted by God has been sealed until that day arrives.  We also know that John heard it pronounced by God Almighty and found it to be both bitter and sweet.  This means our concept of judgement does not fit that of Jehovah's.  This as in all things in the thoughts of Jehovah is far above us in.

    Yet the fact that there is sweetness to it produces a hope that is substantiated in the word in many places.  All of this is because the word "Judge" can and is used in two different ways in the Bible and both apply to the notes from the seventh trumpet.  Both are also subject to our old friend time, and this will be further explained as the Chapters unfold.  For now we will leave you with this hint from

Dan 12:2

Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.

    However, they are all resurrected to the kingdom of God with Christ as its reigning king as well as our eternal High Priest for a thousand years.  It is during this time that both the meanings of judging are carried out.   But there is something added here that is not considered by men as a rule.   Something that promises a greatness of justice beyond comprehension at this time.

Rev 11:19

Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm. (NIV)

    This is the second time we are told of this. The first was in

Rev 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (KJV)

    Remember Revelation originated from the Almighty, was given to His Son then to an angel, passed to John and then to us.  We all know that Christ is to return.   What the two scriptures above are telling us is that not only the Son, but the Father himself… the Almightyis also coming. "Flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm.  These symbols we have all become familiar with by this time, and relate directly to the Almighty Himself.

We will be told of this again and in greater detail as more of Revelation unwinds.

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