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.

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.

In His Loving Service,

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.
  1. Thank you Vineet , for your heart that desires Him and the truth of His word! God bless you as you continue on in Him! your sis, deb

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Thanks for always being a pillar of support to me. My wife asked me a tough question today that I have to always ask myself when I serve God, “Is the fruit of the Holy Spirit evident in our personal lives including our relationship with our spouse and children?” I pray that we as His children will desire God with our all and the results will show first in our homes and then to the world.
    In Christ,

  3. I read a quote once that said ” I pray to always use my gentlest voice at home.” I think within our families, He can help us learn so much. And it is a safe place to learn, because they love us and forgive us when we don’t get the lesson right. God bless you!

  4. ServantBoy says:

    Thank you for those loving words only a dear family member could share. Yes, that gentle voice is what I need to learn to use at home with the ones God has blessed me with and I need to learn to practice what I preach (Literally) at home first. Thank you once again for your gentle encouragement that is always perfectly placed.
    Your Brother in Christ,

  5. Vineet, As I read this I wondered if the 2 witnesses might be the Word and the Holy Spirit. I am reminded of John 3:11 where Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.” I have understood the “we” in this passage to be Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Though they are One God, they are two personae, two witnesses, to who the Father is and what the Truth is. I will have to meditate on this one. Peace, Linda

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