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Revelation 11

 

 

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Introduction
1The two witnesses prophesy.
6They have power to shut heaven, that it rain not.
7The beast shall fight against them, and kill them.
8They lie unburied;
11and after three and a half days rise again.
14The second woe is past.
15The seventh trumpet sounds.

Verse 1
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
a reed
21:15; Isaiah 28:17; Ezekiel 40:3-5; 42:15-20; Zechariah 2:1,2; Galatians 6:14-16
and the
10:1-5
Rise
Numbers 33:18; Ezekiel 40:1-48; 1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:20-22; 1 Peter 2:5,9

Verse 2
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
the court
Ezekiel 40:17-20; 42:20
leave out
Gr. cast out. it is.
13:1-18; Psalms 79:1; Lamentations 1:10; Luke 21:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-6
and the
21:2; 22:19; Isaiah 48:2; 52:1; Matthew 4:5; 27:53
tread
Daniel 7:19; 8:10,24,25; Matthew 5:13; Hebrews 10:29
forty
3,11; 12:6; 13:5; Numbers 14:34; Daniel 7:25; 12:7,11,12

Verse 3
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
I will give power, etc
or, I will give unto my two witnesses, that they may prophesy.
John 3:27; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11
two
Numbers 11:26; Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15; Matthew 18:16; 2 Corinthians 13:1
witnesses
20:4; Luke 24:48; John 15:27; Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 13:31
they shall
19:10
a thousand
2; 12:6
clothed
Genesis 37:34; 1 Chronicles 21:16; Esther 4:1,2; Job 16:15; Isaiah 22:12; Lamentations 2:10; John 3:5-8

Verse 4
These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
two olive
Psalms 52:8; Jeremiah 11:16; Zechariah 4:2,3,11-14; Romans 11:17
two candlesticks
1:20; Matthew 5:14-16; Luke 11:33
standing
Deuteronomy 10:8; 1 Kings 17:1
the God
Exodus 8:22; Isaiah 54:5; Micah 4:13; Zechariah 4:14

Verse 5
And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
fire
Numbers 16:28-35; 2 Kings 1:10-12; Psalms 18:8; Isaiah 11:4; Jeremiah 1:10; 5:14; Ezekiel 43:3; Hosea 6:5; Zechariah 1:6; 2:8; Acts 9:4,5

Verse 6
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
power
1 Kings 17:1; Luke 4:25; James 5:16-18
have power over
Ezekiel 7:1-12; Psalms 105:26-36

Verse 7
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
when
3; Luke 13:32; John 17:4; 19:30; Acts 20:24; 2 Timothy 4:7
the beast
13:1,7,11; 17:6-8; 19:19,20; Daniel 7:21,22,25; 8:23,24; Zechariah 14:2-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:8,9
out
9:2

Verse 8
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
their dead
9; Psalms 79:2,3; Jeremiah 26:23; Ezekiel 37:11
the great
13; 14:8; 16:19; 17:1,5; 18:2,10,18,21
Sodom
Genesis 13:13; 19:24; Isaiah 1:10; Jeremiah 23:14; Ezekiel 16:53-55; Amos 4:11; Matthew 10:15; 2 Peter 2:6; Jude 1:7
Egypt
Exodus 1:13,14; 3:7; 20:2; Psalms 78:43-51
our Lord
18:24; Luke 13:33,34; Acts 9:4; Hebrews 6:6; 13:12

Verse 9
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
the people
10:11; 13:7; 17:15
three
2,3,11
and shall not
5:8; 19:17,18; Psalms 79:2,3; Ecclesiastes 6:3; Isaiah 33:1; Jeremiah 7:33; Matthew 7:2

Verse 10
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
dwell
12:13; 13:8,14; Matthew 10:22
rejoice
Judges 16:23,24; Psalms 13:4; 35:19,24-26; 89:42; Proverbs 24:17; Jeremiah 50:11; Obadiah 1:12; Micah 7:8; John 16:20
make
Nehemiah 8:10-12; 1 Corinthians 13:6; Esther 9:19-22
these
5,6; 16:10; 1 Kings 18:17; 21:20; 22:8,18; Jeremiah 38:4; John 7:7; Acts 5:33; Acts 7:54-57; 17:5,6

Verse 11
And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
three
9
the Spirit
Genesis 2:7; Ezekiel 37:5-14; Romans 8:2,11
great
13; Joshua 2:9; Jeremiah 33:9; Hosea 3:5; Acts 5:5,11

Verse 12
And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Come
4:1; Psalms 15:1; 24:3; Isaiah 40:31
And they
3:21; 12:5; 2 Kings 2:11; Isaiah 14:13; Acts 1:9; Romans 8:34-37; Ephesians 2:5,6
in
Isaiah 60:8; Acts 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:17
and their
Exodus 14:25; 2 Kings 2:1,5,7; Psalms 86:17; 112:10; Malachi 3:18; Luke 16:23

Verse 13
And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
was there
19; 6:12; 8:5; 16:18
and the tenth
8:9-12; 13:1-3; 16:10,19
men
Gr. names of men.
3:4; Genesis 6:4; Acts 1:15
and the remnant
11
gave
14:7; 15:4; 16:9; Joshua 7:19; 1 Samuel 6:5; Isaiah 26:15,16; Jeremiah 13:16; Malachi 2:2

Verse 14
The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
8:13; 9:12; 15:1; 16:1-21

Verse 15
And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
the seventh
8:2-6,12; 9:1,13; 10:7
and there
12:10; 16:17; 19:6; Isaiah 27:13; 44:23; Luke 15:6,10
The kingdoms
12:10; 15:4; 17:14; 20:4; Psalms 22:27,28; 72:11; 86:9; 89:15-17; Isaiah 2:2,3; 49:6,7,22,23; 55:5; 60:3-14; Jeremiah 16:19; Daniel 2:44,45; Daniel 7:14,18,22,27; Hosea 2:23; Amos 9:11,12; Micah 4:1,2; Zephaniah 3:9,10; Zechariah 2:11; 8:20-23; 14:9; Malachi 1:11
and he
Exodus 15:18; Psalms 110:4; 146:10; Isaiah 9:7; Ezekiel 37:25; Daniel 2:44; 7:14,18,27; Micah 4:7; Matthew 6:13; Luke 1:33; Hebrews 1:8

Verse 16
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
4:4,10; 5:5-8,14; 7:11; 19:4

Verse 17
Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
We give
4:9; Daniel 2:23; 6:10; Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21; John 11:41; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 9:15; 1 Timothy 1:12
Lord God Almighty
1:8; 4:8; 15:3; 16:7,14; Genesis 17:1
which
1:4,8; 16:5
thou hast
15; 19:6,11-21; 20:1-3; Psalms 21:13; 57:11; 64:9,10; 98:1-3; 102:13-8; Isaiah 51:9-11; 52:10

Verse 18
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
the nations
2,9,10; 17:12-15; 19:19,20; Psalms 2:1-3; Isaiah 34:1-10; 63:1-6; Ezekiel 38:9-23; Joel 3:9-14; Micah 7:15-17; Zechariah 14:2,3
and thy
6:15-17; 14:10; 15:1,7; 16:1-21; 19:15
and the time
6:10,11; 20:4,5,12,15; Isaiah 26:19-21; Daniel 7:9,10; 12:1,2; Hebrews 9:27
and that
22:12; Matthew 5:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-7; Hebrews 11:25,26
and them
19:5; Psalms 85:9; 103:11; 115:13,14; 147:11; Ecclesiastes 8:12; 12:13; Luke 1:50
shouldest
13:10; 18:6,16-24; 19:19,21; Daniel 7:26; 8:25; 11:44,45
which destroy
or, which corrupt.

Verse 19
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
the temple
14:15-17; 15:5-8; 19:11; Isaiah 6:1-4
the ark
Exodus 25:21,22; Numbers 4:5,15; 10:33; 2 Corinthians 3:14-16; Hebrews 9:4-8
and there were
13,15; 4:5; 8:5; 16:18
and great
8:7; 16:21; Exodus 9:18-29; Joshua 10:11; Job 38:22,23; Psalms 18:12; 105:32; Isaiah 28:2; 30:30; 32:19; Ezekiel 13:11; 38:22

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 11:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-11.html.

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Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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