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“Revelation 11: 9-13 Pt. 1”
by Art Sadlier   
January 25th, 2009

In verse 9, we read that the whole world will see the dead bodies of the two witnesses lying in the street. Before the advent of TV there were those that scoffed at such a possibility, but today we see scenes from Jerusalem on our TV sets every night.

In verse 10, we see a Satanic Christmas celebration with the exchange of gifts and great celebrations. This seems to be Satan's hour, antichrist will be bragging about what he has done, It will seem that Satan has won out. Today we see signs of that horrible day on the  horizon, the hour wiil come when men will systematically set out to eliminate millions  from the earth. Today new agers are saying that 2 billion negative people must be removed from the earth.

In the UNESCO Courier, November 1991, Jacques Cousteau wrote, "The damage people cause to the planet is a function of demographics--it is equal to the degree of development. One American burdens the earth much more than twenty Bangladeshes....This a terrible thing to say. In order to stabilize world population, we must eliminate 350,000 people per day. It is a horrible thing to say, but it is just as bad not to say it." The stage is being set to slaughter millions in that awful hour. In the book of Revelation these negative people are called the tribulation saints. As we read these verses in this chapter we say it can't happen, God's word is true, it will happen.

Catch the scene, all over the world TV sets are tuned to Jerusalem, people gaze at dead bodies of these two men. These two men had brought judgments, plagues, catastrophies and death as a rebuke upon those who had given themselves over to work unrighteousness. Now they are dead and the partying breaks out all over the world.  They sing and dance and celebrate. Suddenly before their eyes on the TV set the bodies begin to stir, and they watch mesmerized as the two men roll over and get up.

The people of the world begin to shake with fear. There is a thunder from heaven and the voice of God is heard, "Come up hither". Our God is a God of love and compassion, he never ceases to seek men whose hearts may yet be open to His love and mercy.

Without further warning the two witnesses slowly begin to ascend in a cloud, the TV camera follows them upward as they disappear in the sky. The scene is replayed again and again, verse 11 says, "and great fear fell upon them which saw them".  It reminds us of Belshazzar's feast and the handwriting on the wall, it says their knees smote together. It is amazing that the fear of God causes some to turn from their sin and it causes others to harden their hearts. The same sun that melts the wax hardens the clay!

"And the same hour there was a great earthquake", the city is devastated, seven thousand men are killed. No doubt is left as to the fact that God is at work. The gospel has gone to the four corners of the earth, the message of the witnesses has been confirmed. The spectacular rapture is a further confirmation of the message, now God will step back and allow Satan to  do his worst. Men must choose and they do.

We are living on the threshold of these fearfull events, and yet the world is oblivious and indifferent.

For the believer, we are expecting......A shout! -  A trumpet note! - A glorious presence in the azure sky! -

A gasp, A thrill of joy,  And we are with Him in the twinkling of an eye.

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