The most frequently requested Christ in Prophecy television show episodes on Revelation have been pulled out of the vault and re-released!
Over the six episodes, Dr. David Reagan and guests Don McGee of Crown and Sickle Ministries and Dennis Pollock of Spirit of Grace Ministries go chapter by chapter through the book of Revelation, explaining that the book of Revelation isn’t difficult to understand, rather it is difficult to believe. But, if you will believe it for its plain sense meaning, you will understand it. For anyone who’s been born again and has the Holy Spirit residing within them, Revelation can become very clear.
We’ll continue on in our journey through the great book of Revelation next by having God in Chapter 10 give the reader assurance that everything is going to work out all right. Then we’ll be introduced to the mysterious Two Witnesses of Chapter 11. Feel free to watch, listen, or read along by clicking one of the icons below.
Revelation Revealed: Chapter 10
[Read Chapter 10 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]
As we arrive at Chapter 10, the chronological action stops once again. This is what I call “the rhythm” of the book of Revelation. The action builds, the terror mounts, it gets worse and worse and worse, and then, all of a sudden, it comes to a screaming halt, and a parenthetical passage is inserted to assure us that everything is going to work out all right. After all, by the time you get to the end of Chapter 9 the world situation looks pretty grim.
So, Chapter 10 is a parenthesis that presents another flash-forward so that the reader can be assured that everything is going to turn out okay in the end.
John suddenly sees a very unusual angel. What the Bible calls a “strong angel.” The angel is clothed with a cloud, he has a rainbow upon his head, his face is like the sun, and his feet are like pillars of fire. I don’t think there’s much doubt who this is. This mighty angel is Jesus!
The point is not that Jesus is an angel, because we know from the Bible that He is God in the flesh. He is therefore greater than all the angels, and that’s the reason that we are told in Hebrews 1 that the angels worship Him. He’s existed forever, whereas the angels were created. The imagery here is based upon the Old Testament passages that present Jesus in His pre-incarnate state as, “the Angel of the Lord,” which is a term of endearment.
We know this is Jesus because He is clothed with a cloud, which is a representation of the Shekinah glory of God. Further, He has a rainbow upon His head, and as we saw in Chapter 4, that’s the symbol of faithfulness that crowns the throne of God. His face is like the sun. That’s right out of the description of Jesus in Chapter 1, as is the reference to His feet being like pillars of fire.
The clue that clinches the angel’s identity is in verse 2 where we are told that He has a little scroll in His right hand which He holds up as He claims possession of the earth. In Chapter 5 we learned that Jesus was the only one in all the universe who was qualified to take that scroll from the hand of God the Father. What we have here is another flash-forward to the end of the Tribulation to assure us that everything is going to turn out all right. Jesus is going to return in triumph to claim the earth for the children of God.
Revelation Revealed: Chapter 11
[Read Chapter 11 in the NASB version via Biblegateway.]
In Chapter 11 the Tribulation action resumes in the city of Jerusalem.
In verse 3 we are introduced to two witnesses of God who are referred to symbolically as olive trees and lamp stands because they proclaim the light of God’s Word in the power of God’s Spirit.
No one knows for sure who these men are, but based upon the miracles they perform, they could be Elijah and Moses. But, I think it is more likely they will be Elijah and Enoch. I say that because they are the only two men that were raptured to Heaven and thus did not experience death. And further, they are representatives of all of mankind, because Elijah prophesied to the Jews whereas Enoch was a prophet to the Gentiles. Whoever they may be, they will preach the word with great power during the first half of the Tribulation.
And then, in the middle of the Tribulation when the Antichrist reveals himself, he will kill these two great witnesses, and their bodies will lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days as the whole world rejoices. Think of it, the earth will be so evil that people will rejoice over the death of these two righteous men.
But, after three and a half days, they will suddenly be resurrected and caught up to the Heaven before the eyes of all mankind as the world watches on television. At that point, God shakes Jerusalem with a terrible earthquake in retribution, and some of the inhabitants are so terrified that they turn their hearts to God.
In the next part on this series on Revelation, we’ll discover in Chapter 12 what the book of Revelation is all about.
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