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“Revelation 11:9-13 Pt. 2”
by A Sadlier   
February 8th, 2009

Let me remind you that the two witnesses have come and given their witness, they have preached the gospel to the whole world. Multitudes have responded and been saved and martyred, while the rest of the world has rejected the message of salvation.

We read in verse 7, that their testimony is finished.The lord has allowed the forces of Satan to kill them, they not only kill them but they allow their dead bodies to lie in the streets for 3 ½ days. They then have a great party to celebrate their death. The ungodly hate these men because they bring conviction on them for their sin. If God's people preach the truth it will bring conviction on sinners and sinners will hate them for it, but there is no salvation apart from conviction of sin. Jesus said,  "Unless ye repent ye shall all likewise perish".

The New Evangelical doesn't want to be rejected by the world so he tries to win the lost by loving them and being careful not to offend them with anything that will bring conviction of sin upon them. That way he will make pseudo Christians but not true ones. This is a tragic error that ultimately destroys the church.

After the 3 ½ days the Spirit of God raises the two men from the dead as the whole world watches. Last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,  the call was given for a World T.V. Network to be established. Whether on this new network or on CNN or on Al Jazzera the world will see these men raised to life by the Spirit of God. This is an act of mercy by God  to a world that has rejected His message and His mercy. We see God as He continues to seek lost sinners, "God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance". In hell the blame will be on sinners not on God.

Then the world sees these two men caught up to heaven. Christ's enemies did not witness His resurrection or His ascension, the two things the world has been denying ever since. Christ's enemies will not see the rapture of the Church, but God allows the people of the tribulation period to see this event so there will be no excuse for not understanding the reality of the death, burial, resurrection and accession of the gospel message.  It says, "And great fear fell upon them which saw them". This is again a demonstration of the mercy of God toward lost sinners. I think there is no doubt that some will respond and that the vast majority will harden their hearts.

"The same hour there was a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand". It is interesting, that today there are a little over 700,000 people dwelling in Jerusalem, the time is at hand. Again we see the mercy of God pleading with men to repent.

Earthquakes are a means God uses to remind men of coming judgment. There was an earthquake at the time of the crucifixion and at the time of the resurrection and there a number of earthquakes in the book of Revelation. These are reminders of the severity of the coming judgment of God.

Even though there is a great fear that comes on the men of that day, they do not repent. Fear and conviction must lead to repentance and faith.

My friend we are standing on the threshold of the tribulation period, perhaps you have been convicted of sin and the need to get right with God, but unless you repent and come to Christ in faith the conviction you feel will be in vain.

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