Revelation 11 - Verse by Verse Bible Study

By Pastor Steven L Anderson

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January, 2013

Now Revelation chapter 11 verse number one, the Bible reads "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. 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. And I will give power unto my two witnesses,

and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”

Now first of all, let's look at those two timeframes. In verse we have mention of

forty and two months, and then in verse we have a thousand, two hundred and threescore

days. Well if you do the math on that, days is months of days a piece. Now,

there are a lot of people who will try to take the prophecies of Revelation, and they'll

try to say that the DAYS represents YEARS. Or that the DAYS represents

years. And they'll try to make all kinds of connections with "oh, this mosque was built

in this year, and Israel became a nation in this year, and if you back up years..."

But wait a minute; the Bible is defining itself here. When He says days, He MEANS

DAYS, because then He redefines it as months. Now, when we study the book of Revelation,

and it becomes apparent that there is a seven year period that's dealt with in the book

of Revelation, people will often refer to this as "Daniel's th Week", because in the

book of Daniel, it is referred to as "a week", or a period of seven years. Well, that period

is divided in half. In the midst of the week, there's a major event called "the abomination

of desolation". That's where the antichrist enters into the temple and states that he

is god. That's where he receives the deadly wound and so forth. So when we're looking

at chapter , and we're dealing with a period of days, months, and a half years,

the first thing we want to ask ourselves is "are we dealing with the first three and a

half years, or are we dealing with the second three and a half years?" Well if you read

the whole chapter, we'll get to it a little bit later in the sermon, but we see that the

chapter ENDS with the seventh trumpet sounding. And we see that when the seventh trumpet sounds-

jump down to verse if you would- it says "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." So, when we get toward

the end of chapter , we see that the seventh trumpet sounds, and in chapter He had said

that when the seventh trumpet sounds, the mystery of God should be finished as he hath

declared to His servants the prophets." And then we see the millennial reign of Christ

beginning, because it says that the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our

Lord and of His Christ. So basically it's clear that what we're dealing with in chapter

is the SECOND half of the seven years, the second half of Daniel's th week. Now

it becomes even more apparent when we look at the events that begin chapter , it says

in verse "But the court which is without the temple leave out and measure it not...

tread underfoot and months." Now go back if you would to Luke in your Bible. And

I'm going to show you that in Luke , the Bible mentions the same event. Let's start

reading in verse of Luke to get the context. It says "then Then let them which

are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out;

and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto."- Watch verse - "For these

be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe

unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall

be great distress in the land"- watch this "and WRATH upon this people." So the question

is "what people is he talking about that are going to experience God's wrath?" Well, He

is saying it's them which are in Judaea that need to flee because there is going to be

great wrath on this people. Then he says this... "And they shall fall"- who? The people that

he just mentioned, upon whom is great wrath. He said "they shall fall by the edge of the

sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem shall be trodden

down of the gentiles until the times of the gentiles be fulfilled." Now compare that with

what we saw in Revelation :. It says " 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." So it's the exact same wording. Revelation :

says "the Holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months." In Luke , it

says that Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the gentiles UNTIL the times of the gentiles

be fulfilled." TRODDEN is the past tense of "tread". And so it's the identical wording

there. And what it's saying is Jerusalem is going to be trodden under foot by the gentiles

for forty two months. Look what it says next in Luke . It says in verse , "And there

shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress

of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for

fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of

heaven shall be shaken. And THEN shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with

power and great glory. And when these things BEGIN to come to pass, THEN look up, and lift

up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." So what we see here, if we compare

Revelation with Luke , that at the midpoint- because remember, it's going to be trodden

under for three and a half years, that three and a half years ends with the millennium

starting at the end of chapter . So what we see is that at the midpoint, around the

time of the abomination of desolation when the antichrist enters the temple and declares

himself to be god... At that same time, we begin to see Jerusalem trodden underfoot,

and we see the Jews being punished by God. God's wrath being upon the Jews. You say "why

would God's wrath be upon the Jews?" Well here is the thing; they've rejected the Lord

Jesus Christ. And they STILL to this day, thousands of years later CONTINUE to reject

the Lord Jesus Christ. And because of that, God's wrath is upon them. You see, it says

in st Thessalonians chapter , He says "For ye also hath suffered like things of your

own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their

own prophets, and have persecuted us, and they please not God, and are contrary to all

men, forbidding us to speak to the gentiles that they might be saved." He said "to fill

up their sins alway, for the WRATH is come upon them to the uttermost." So in st Thessalonians

chapter the Bible specifically says that because they crucified Jesus, killed the prophets,

persecuted the apostles... God's WRATH is on them. Not only that, but it says in John

: "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, but he that believeth not the Son shall

not see life, but the WRATH of God abideth on him." Okay? So we see God's wrath on the

Jews, not on Christians, not on the saved. The Bible says "God hath not appointed us

to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ." They don't believe in the Lord

Jesus Christ. Therefore there is great wrath upon those people. Now, a lot of people will

try to say that the "Olivet Discourse", which is what is the theological term for Mathew

, Mark and Luke - they'll say the Olivet discourse is talking only to the Jews, right?

And this passage, it's pretty much a similar passage in Mathew , Mark and Luke ...

They say "Oh, that's only talking to the Jews." Even though at the end of Mark it says

"what I say unto you, I say unto ALL, watch." He is obviously talking to believers. But

what's interesting is that in Luke , He draws a distinction between the Jews, and

who he is talking to. Because when he talks about the Jews, he talks about them as "oh,

these people, yeah, there's going to be wrath on this people." But then, when he uses the

second person in verse , he says "when these things begin to come to pass, then look up

and lift up YOUR heads, for YOUR redemption draweth nigh." That's not talking to the Jews.

He just mentioned the Jews. God's wrath is on them. And you know what their fate is?

Not to go up in the rapture, because they don't believe on Christ. Their fate was- if

you look down at your Bible there in verse number , He said "they shall fall by the

edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations." That's their fate. That's

what is going to happen to them. They're going to be destroyed as a people. They're going

to be killed, they're going to be scattered. God's WRATH is on them. And we know that that

period of Jerusalem being trodden down is going to last for three and a half years according

to Revelation . And then He says when these things BEGIN to come to pass, that's when

Christ comes in the clouds, that's when we look up and our redemption draweth nigh. Now

what that tells me is that the rapture comes AFTER the midpoint of Daniel's th week,

because these things begin to come to pass at the midpoint. Go back if you would to Revelation

. They begin to come to pass at the midpoint. That's where the abomination of desolation

takes place. That's where the very heavy persecution of believers begins, at that abomination of

desolation at the midpoint. And he says that "except those days should be shortened, there

should no flesh be saved, but for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened." Let

me ask you this, is the time that the Jews are being killed and scattered... is that

cut short? NO, that lasts for forty two months, it lasts for days. Nothing short about

that. But we as BELIEVERS will be rescued out shortly after the midpoint, just a few

months after the midpoint. A few months of that intense persecution, and then of course

Christ comes in the clouds, that's when we know that it's near, even at the doors. Go

back to Revelation with that in mind. So it says in verse , "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. And I will give power

unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days,

clothed in sackcloth." So, when are these two witnesses going to be preaching and prophesying?

In the second half of the week. Now, the second half of the week is mainly characterised by

God's wrath. After the rapture takes place, after Christ comes in the clouds, after the

trumpet sounds, that's when God begins to pour out His wrath on this earth. The seven

trumpets and the seven vials. These men, these two witnesses will be prophesying during that

time of God's wrath being poured out. Now, that becomes apparent as we keep reading here.

Look at verse number . It says "These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks

standing before the God of the earth." That's a reference to Zechariah chapter . Now, I

would turn with you to Zechariah chapter , except that if you go back to Zechariah ,

it really doesn't shed any light on this. It's so cryptic and enigmatic, you can read

it on your own if you like, but, I've never really found any insight in Zechariah as

to what these guys ministry is than what we can see here in Revelation . Revelation

is more clear is what I'm saying, than Zechariah . It says they're the two olive

trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. But I will say this;

it's interesting that they are likened unto candlesticks. Now, if you study candlesticks

throughout the Bible, first of all there was the candlestick that was in the sanctuary

of the tabernacle. Remember when they built the tabernacle, and they had the Holy place?

And then they had the Most Holy place? Well, in the Holy place, there was a table, and

there was a candlestick, and there was the shewbread on the table. Well the bread there

obviously represents the Word of God, because often the Bible likens His Word unto our daily

bread, that we need every day. And the lamp there, the candlestick that was next to the

bread, it illuminated God's Word. It lit up the whole place. And it basically burned oil.

So what does that represent? Well, the Bible says "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and

a light to my path." God's word is often called a light in the Bible. But not only that, the

Bible tells us that when it comes to our testimony before the unsaved, he says "no man lighteth

a candle and putteth it under a bushel, but he putteth it on a candlestick", and then

it says "and it giveth light to all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before

men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." He

also says unto the apostles in Mathew chapter , "What I tell you in darkness, that speak

ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops." And so

what God is talking about here when He says these men are two candlesticks, they're preachers,

they're prophets, they're witnesses, and they're shining the light of God's word by preaching

God's word. The Bible talks about us "holding forth the word of life", "shining the light

of the glorious gospel, so that the unsaved can hear the truth." It says that the God

of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not. We need to shine the light

of the glorious gospel. So these men are preachers, shining the light of God's word. And what's

interesting is that he says "look, what I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light.

And what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetop." Don't put it under a bushel.

What that tells me is that I as a preacher need to preach God's word as loud as I can,

as clearly as I can, and I shouldn't put any of it under a bushel or try to conceal it.

You see there are people today who conceal parts of the Bible that are unpopular. They

want to get up as a preacher and preach the messages that people are going to like, preach

the messages that are going to make people feel good, and that's the parts of the Bible

where they'll just park it. And then when it comes to the parts that are a little bit

offensive maybe to this world, that are a little less popular, they want to put that

under a bushel. We as preachers ought to be shining the light, preaching from the housetops

everything we believe, EVERY word of the Bible. Let God's word shine the light on the darkness

and expose the sins that abide in the darkness of our world. Shine the light on them, expose

them, bring them to light. So these are all just telling us that these guys are preachers.

When He says they are "witnesses", "witnesses" is another word for "preachers", because He

says in Acts :, "But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and

ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem and all of Judaea and in Samaria and unto

the uttermost part of the earth." He is saying "you are going to preach the gospel in these

areas; you are going to be my witnesses." He says they're the two candlesticks, they're

clothed in sackcloth. It says in verse , "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." You say "well, why would anyone want to hurt them?" Because when

you preach the word of God and you shine the light of the truth, people want to hurt you.

That's why right AFTER Jesus said in Mathew , RIGHT AFTER he said "what I tell you in

the ear, preach upon the housetops. What I tell you in the darkness, speak it in the

light", the next he says is "fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill

the soul, but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Right

after He tells you to preach everything that He teaches, He says "don't fear them that

kill the body". Why? Because when you preach the truth, people want to kill your body.

People want to fight you, people want to persecute you. The Bible says "Yea and ALL that will

live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution." You say "Well, I know a lot of great preachers

and they're never persecuted." Well, you don't know a lot of great preachers, because if

they are great preachers they would be persecuted. They would go through trials and tribulations

for preaching the word of God. It's never going to be easy. But look what it says here.

It says "And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth"-

I mean, you want to talk about a fire breathing preacher? It says "fire proceedeth out of

their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in

this manner be killed. 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." Now this makes perfect sense that these guys

are smiting the earth with plagues and that this is happening during the period when God

is pouring out His wrath in the second half of Daniel's th week. Because God is going

to be turning a lot of water into blood. He is going to be raining a lot of fire and brimstone.

He is going to be bringing on these types of plagues at that same time. Now there has

been a lot of discussion through the years about the identity of these two witnesses.

And different people have different views on this. Some people's view on this is that

these are just two random guys, these could just be two guys who haven't even been born

yet- or maybe they're even living amongst us- that God is going to use to be these preachers,

because He really doesn't give us any names here, he just says they're His two witnesses.

And then other people will say that this is Moses and Elijah come back. Other people have

said Enoch and Elijah, and I am going to examine that, and I'm going to give you the evidence

for these various theories. But I’ll tell you right now, my personal belief- and I'm

going to give you a lot of evidence for this belief- is that this will be Moses and Elijah

come back. Now, the main reason I believe that is found in Mathew . Go back to Mathew

verse , and I'm going to show you the main reason why I believe that this will be

Moses and Elijah. First of all, they're not going up in the rapture, because these guys

start prophesying at the time of the abomination of desolation. The rapture happens after that-

they don't go up in the rapture. So for them to just be random guys that are alive today,

that wouldn't really be consistent with what the Bible teaches about the rapture, because

the Bible teaches the rapture... that those of us that are saved, we which are alive and

remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds. These guys are not caught up,

these guys are still there. Now the reason that I believe that this is Moses and Elijah

is found in Matthew and . Look at chapter verse . It says "Verily I say unto you,

There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man

coming in his kingdom." Now a lot of times when Jesus preached, he spoke in parables

and dark sayings. And a lot of people misunderstood the things that he said. And this is one of

those things that the people that were there, they misunderstood him. Because when he said

"there be SOME standing here which shall not taste of death till they see the Son of man

coming in his kingdom", a lot of people interpreted that as saying that Jesus Christ was going

to return in their lifetime. And they think the reason he said "SOME of them", is that

maybe he was looking at people that were older folks, and saying "well, you guys might be

gone, but you younger folks, you're still going to be alive, this can happen soon."

But that's not what Jesus meant at all, because here we are years later almost... He

still hasn't returned. That's not what he meant. What he really meant becomes obvious

in chapter . Look at the first word of chapter . What is it? "AND", right? So this is a

conjunction. We're continuing right where we left off with that thought. "And after

six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an

high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the

sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared" -Who, unto them?

- "Moses and Elias talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord,

it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for

thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud

overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved

Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." So he says "look there are SOME of you that

are standing here, but you are not going to taste of death till you see the Son of man

coming in His kingdom", and then in the next breath, SOME of them, NOT ALL OF THEM, SOME

of them, namely Peter, James and John, are brought up into a mountain and they are shown

a view of Jesus' Christ's coming in his kingdom. You see when they normally saw Jesus, he looked

like an ordinary man. But when they see Jesus in the Mount, they see him coming in his kingdom.

Therefore he is bright as the light and white. Because in Revelation when he returns, that's

how he is pictured. So that's how they see him. And isn't it interesting that he just

happens to have guys with him, when he is coming in his kingdom? He's got Moses, and

he has got Elijah. Further evidence is found in the way that Moses and Elijah died. First

of all, when Moses died, the Bible says that he went up into the mount, and he got to look

and see the promised land, then he died and the Bible says that the LORD buried him, and

that no man knoweth his sepulchre unto this day. So God actually specifically buried Moses.

Why did he do that? Not only that but in the book of Jude, verse , it says "Yet Michael

the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst

not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee." So there

is something significant about that body of Moses isn't there? If God specifically buried

it in a hidden location, and if Michael the archangel disputed with the devil about the

body of Moses... So that could indicate that this is part of the plan of the second coming

of Christ, is that Moses is going to be brought back. Then if we look at Elijah, the Bible

never even says specifically that he died, but rather that he was taken up in a chariot

of fire, in a whirlwind, remember that? And the chariot came down and scooped him up in

the presence of Elijah. So these men both had something interesting about their departure

from this world that could indicate that they're going to be coming back, that they're not

quite finished on this earth. So that's some pretty strong evidence that it's Moses and

Elijah. Jesus brings them with him in the sneak preview of the second coming in Matthew

; they both have something interesting about the way that they left this world. They did

not leave this world in an ordinary way. And thirdly this, if you look at the miracles

that they two witnesses do, it's the same types of miracles that Moses and Elijah did.

The Bible specifically mentions these two witnesses turning water into blood. Isn't

that the miracle that Moses was used to perform in the book of Exodus? First thing he did,

right, he turned the Nile River into blood? Not only that, but the Bible tells us of Elijah

in James , it says that he "prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and it rained not

on the earth by the space of years and six months." So how long did Elijah pray for it

not to rain back in the book of First Kings? and a half years exactly. How long are these

witnesses prophesying? and a half years exactly. And it says "THEY have power to shut

heaven that it rain not on the earth in the days of their prophecy." So all of this evidence

compounded makes it pretty clear that this is probably Moses and Elijah doing the exact

miracles, they're coming with Jesus in Matthew ... One of them, it doesn't even say he

died, the other ones body was hidden away and the devil is trying to get a hold of it

or whatever. So there is a lot of really strong evidence for this being Moses and Elijah.

And so that's what I believe. But I can't really tell you for sure, because the Bible

doesn't really spell it out, but I think it's pretty clear. Now a lot of people will say

this, they'll say "well no, it's Elijah and Enoch." Go if you would to Hebrews chapter

. Here's the verse that they'll point to, to prove that it's Elijah and Enoch. And you

say, "well, why Enoch?" Well, if you remember, Enoch did not die. The Bible says in Hebrews

:, "By faith, Enoch was translated that he should not see death, and was not found

because God had translated him, for before his translation he had this testimony, that

he pleased God." So the Bible teaches that Enoch did not see death, but that rather he

was just translated. And I've heard people say this, "well, EVERYBODY has to die at least

once." And they'll quote this verse, Hebrews :, "it is appointed unto men once to die,

but after this the judgement." And they say "see right there, the Bible tells us that

you've got to die once. And so because Elijah and Enoch didn't die, they HAVE to come back

just so that they can die." Now, here is why that theory makes absolutely no sense. Because

first of all, if we read what the passage is actually saying, it's actually teaching

the exact opposite of what they're saying it's teaching. And here is why. Because first

of all, we can prove that no, not everyone has to die, because what about at the rapture?

What does the Bible say? "We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment,

in a twinkling of an eye." So that says "no, we're not all going to sleep." So everybody

who survives and lives to the time of the rapture is not going to die. And the Bible

tells us that at the rapture st Thessalonians , it says that "them also which are asleep

in Jesus will God bring with Him." In the next verse, he calls the asleep in Jesus,

"the dead in Christ." And in st Corinthians he says "we shall not all sleep, but we

shall all be changed in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye." So does everybody just have to

die once? No, that doesn't hold up. Not only that, but there were people in the Bible who

died twice. Think about Lazarus. Lazarus died and was dead for four days. Jesus Christ raised

him from the dead. But is he still alive today? He died a second time, didn't he? And then

also remember when Jesus went into the city of Nain and there was a funeral going on,

he walked up and put his hand on the coffin... the child came back to life. Elisha raised

a dead body in the Old Testament. So all throughout the Bible, we have people who died twice.

We have people dying zero times at the rapture. So taking this verse and saying "well EVERYBODY

has to die once, so Enoch and Elijah have to come back so they can die." Look what the

Bible actually says, look at verse , it says "Nor yet that he should offer himself

often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once

in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was

once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear

the second time without sin unto salvation. " So here what the Bible is saying is that

Jesus Christ died for us once, he was offered ONCE to pay the price for our sins, because

it is appointed unto men once to die, FOR THEIR SINS. He came and did that for us. He

came and died for us. So what this is saying is that he died so that we don't have to.

Now yes, we will die physically, but this is just the body. And to absent from the body

is to be present with the Lord. For the Christian, death has no sting. Death is just a departure.

Paul said "For me to live is Christ and to die is GAIN." He said "I have a DESIRE to

depart and to be with Christ which is far better. Nevertheless to abide in the flesh

is more needful for you." So death for the believer is only just a physical death, it's

not really death at all, there's no sting, there's no victory. It's just a departure

to be with Christ. So to say "well, these guys HAVE to come back and die!" Well, Jesus

died for us. Nobody HAS to die. "We shall not all sleep." Therefore if we take away

Hebrews :, since we've now properly interpreted it, there is really no evidence left for this

being Enoch. You really walk away and you don't have any evidence that Enoch is one

of the witnesses. Now, Enoch is a great of the rapture, because he didn't die. He did

not sleep, he was just changed, he was translated, he was caught up. So Enoch is a great symbol

or picture of the rapture, but he is not one of the two witnesses. Just not happening.

But it's funny because people will try to say "Well, Enoch is a great picture of the

pre-tribulation rapture, because he was raptured right before the flood." I mean, I've heard

this many times. "Enoch was raptured right before the flood, so he's a great picture

of the pre-trib rapture." But here is what is funny about that. If you look at the actual

story of Enoch in Genesis , and you do the math of the years of the different sons that

were born... Enoch did not die, but he was translated when he was years old. I don't

have the numbers in front of me right now, but the flood happened OVER years after

that. Would you say that that is RIGHT before the flood? He was raptured RIGHT before the

flood? Ah, no. It was over YEARS. Now here is the thing. Who is the oldest man who

ever lived in the Bible? Who lived the longest? years, and it was Methuselah, right? Let's

put it this way. Even if Enoch lived to be the oldest man who ever lived, even if he

outlived Methuselah, the oldest man who EVER LIVED... He still would have died of natural

causes before the flood even came. So no, he did not get raptured out to avoid the flood.

But people say these things, they sound cute, but when you actually look them up, they don't

hold water- no pun intended about the flood. But anyway, Revelation chapter . Also if

you look at how these witnesses get rid of their enemies that try to kill them, fire

proceedeth out of their mouth. Well there is a story like that of Elijah. Where they

come and try to arrest Elijah with soldiers. What does he do? Calls down the fire of God?

The fire devours his enemies. So that right there is another similarity between the two

witnesses and the ministry of Elijah. It says in verse , "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." It's interesting that God brings up the beast

at this point. He hadn't even been introduced yet. The beast is going to be covered in chapter

. And so we will learn more about that. That's referring to the antichrist, we'll

see that when we get to chapter . So it says that they're going to be killed after

the three and a half years, after the days. And it says "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." So, what city are we referring to here, when it says it's

the city where our Lord was crucified? Jerusalem. Jesus was crucified outside of Jerusalem,

and even Jesus said that it's not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem.

He said "I've got to go to Jerusalem there." I'm paraphrasing. But he died in Jerusalem.

And the Bible tells us that the great city where our Lord was crucified is spiritually

called Sodom and Egypt. Go to Galatians . You say "wait a minute Pastor Anderson; I

thought that was a Holy land? What do you mean, Sodom and Egypt? I thought Jerusalem

is a wonderful, spiritual, holy place?" Well, he calls it the great city, he calls it the

Holy city in verse number , because it is a city that is set apart, it is a chosen city.

It is a city that is significant to God's plan. But unfortunately today, the city of

Jerusalem is in spiritual darkness. It is a spiritual Sodom. And it is a spiritual Egypt.

Now, this is not the first time that the Lord compared the children of Israel unto Sodom,

because many times when he's rebuking them in the Old Testament, he compares them to

Sodom, because they went into sins, and went into iniquities that were similar to the sins

of Sodom and Gomorrah. And even in the United States today, I bet God spiritually refers

to the US as Sodom, because there is so much sodomy in our land. But it's interesting what

God says in Galatians . It says, verse , "which things are an allegory, for these are

the two covenants"- now what's another word for covenant? "Testament", right? The old

covenant is called the Old Testament, and the new covenant is often called the New Testament.

It says "these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth

to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem

which now is, and is in bondage with her children. " So according to this here, Jerusalem which

now is, the current city of Jerusalem is in bondage, with her children. Now, you say "why

are they in bondage?" Because of the fact that the Bible teaches that the Bible teaches

that anyone who is not saved is in bondage. Hebrews chapter I believe deals with that.

The Bible refers to the unsaved person as being in bondage. And by and large, Jerusalem

today as a city rejects the Lord Jesus Christ. There are very few people in Jerusalem, very

few of the descendants of Israel who live in Jerusalem that believe on the Lord Jesus

Christ. per cent don't. And it's a spiritual Sodom; it's a spiritual Egypt over there.

He says "BUT, which Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." So

what we see, and it's a great chapter, I would highly recommend reading Galatians and ,

if you want to know God's view on Israel, if you want to get good doctrine in the New

Testament on Israel, Galatians and . Back to Revelations if you would. But what we

see is that the heavenly Jerusalem is our capital city. I mean that's the city that

we identify with. But do we identify with the physical current city of Jerusalem on

this earth? No, that's a place that gendereth to bondage. That is a place that is more akin

to Hagar, the Old Testament, those that have rejected the Lord Jesus Christ and are stuck

in the old covenant, when they need to be moved into the new covenant, into the New

Testament, where they need to be trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour.

So in Revelation : it said that the dead bodies of these two witnesses when they're

killed will lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and

Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 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. 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." Now what's interesting about this is that it says

that their bodies will be seen for three and a half days by all these nations, and tongues,

and kindreds and people. I bet if someone were reading this a couple of hundred years

ago, they wondered, how is that even possible? How could people all over the world be looking

at these guys laying there? How could somebody be in Africa or America...? How are all the

nations and kindreds and tongues...? But here is the thing, now with TV, the internet, webcam

on these guys for and a half days... People are going to be looking at these guys from

all over the world; they're going to be seeing it on the news. And they're going to be rejoicing,

because basically they're going to be blaming the plagues on these guys. "Oh, these guys

are tormenting us." Now, doesn't that sound familiar with the story of Elijah? They blamed

the plague of the drought upon Elijah. When really Elijah said "no, it's your sins, it's

your whoredoms, your witchcraft, it's Jezebel, it's her problem." So they're happy, they're

thrilled. They're celebrating like it's Christmas or something. These guys are dead and instead

of getting a Christmas present, you get a Bible believing preacher lying dead in the

street. Enjoy, son. Then it says "And after three days and an half the Spirit of life

from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet". So these guys lie there

dead for three and a half days and then God brings them back to life. And it says "great

fear fell upon them which saw them." And so, not everyone sees this, after three and a

half days of these dead bodies, some people have changed the channel, and started watching

something else by then. But it says "great fear fell upon them which saw them. 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. And the same hour was there a great

earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell,"- meaning, Jerusalem, one tenth of the

buildings collapse in this earthquake. And in the earthquake were slain of men seven

thousand." Seven thousand people die as a result. And the remnant were affrighted and

gave glory to the God of heaven." Now here's a key verse, verse . "The second woe is

past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly." Now what's interesting about that is that

we see that we're continuing in the same chronology of the three woes. And I'm going to get to

the three woes in a moment. But let's see what happens when the seventh angel sounds

the trumpet. It says in verse , "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." Let me point out first

of all, the verb "are become". "Are become" is a very specific there. It's past tense,

but it means it's something that just now happened right now. Because if it would have

been something that would have happened a while back, it could have just said "they

have become". That could have been earlier, "the kingdoms of this world HAVE become."

That could have been earlier. But when He says "the kingdoms of this world ARE BECOME

the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ", it's saying this moment, RIGHT NOW, the kingdoms

of this world have JUST NOW "become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall

reign forever and ever." This is the beginning of the reign of Jesus Christ. And we know

that it's going to be a millennial reign of Christ according to Revelation . Meaning

that we've reached the end of the th week and the reign of Christ for a thousand years

is beginning at this time. When the seventh trumpet sounds, the mystery of God is finished

as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And we are beginning the millennial reign

of Christ. Now you say, "Whoa, we're only in chapter ! Why are we in the millennium

of Christ? It's over? The wrath is over?" Well, here is the thing. When you read the

book of Revelation, it goes in a chronological order; - go in a chronological order. And

you see a very clear chronology. When you get to chapter , you have the events that

Jesus calls the tribulation in Matthew , and if you compare Matthew with Revelation

, it's the exact same events in the SAME order! You see the antichrist, you see wars,

you see famines, you see pestilence, and you see the people being killed for the cause

of Christ with the fifth seal. Then you see the abomination of desolation. Then- Revelation

doesn't go into detail on it- but you have the sun and moon darkened, and Christ coming

in the clouds, it all matches up perfectly. So you've got the tribulation in Revelation

, then when you get to Revelation , you have the sealed, you have the rapture,

the great multitude appearing in heaven. Then in chapters , , and , you have God

pouring out His wrath. And then at the end of chapter , we just saw it, seventh trumpet

sounds, it's done. Kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of

his Christ. Now, when we get to chapter , it starts with the birth of Christ. Are we

a little out of order with the birth of Christ? Oh yeah. And then he goes through and tells

the whole thing all over again. We see the tribulation, again. We see the , again.

We see the rapture again. In chapter , Jesus Christ comes in the clouds, gathers up...

Okay, then we see God pour out His wrath, again. Except this time instead of trumpets

of His wrath, it's the seven VIALS of His wrath. Now those judgements are not identical.

Of course they're separate judgements, but they're happening during the same time of

God's wrath. And I'm going to go into that in great detail when I get to chapter .

So just listen to the chapter sermon, it very clearly proves that the trumpets and

vials happen at the same time beyond any shadow of a doubt. So, Revelation through is

in chronological order, then we jump back in time with chapter to the birth of Christ

and we go through the whole story again. You say "why would he tell the story twice?" Why

did he tell the story of Jesus four times? Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? Just to give

other perspectives, just to show a different angle. Makes perfect sense. So once you get

that figured out, it's real easy to just cut Revelation right down the middle, through

and jump back in time, through . And it lines up perfectly. All the events match

up PERFECTLY if you do it that way. So let's keep reading here in chapter . Let's see

what the third woe is. Let's see what the seventh trumpet is. Because this has got to

be a serious judgement. And the reason I say it's got to be a serious judgement... back

up if you would to chapter verse . Because this seventh trumpet has to be a VERY major

judgement upon this earth, because it's called the third woe. Look if you would at verse

of chapter . It says "And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of

heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason

of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!" Now

the reason that's so significant, is because if we look at the events of the first trumpet,

the first trumpet entailed fire and brimstone raining from heaven on the entire earth, burning

up ALL the green grass, demolishing one third of the trees, and people being hit with this

fire and brimstone and hail from heaven. Wouldn't you say that that's a pretty major judgement

upon the earth? I mean, don't you think a lot of buildings are going to go up in flames

if all the grass is burned? Think about if you drive through California, and it's dry

and there's all that grass... And keep in mind, it hasn't rained for a few months when

the first trumpet sounds; that grass is dry. And then the fire and brimstone... All the

grass can be burned up. All the green grass is going to be burned up, because the dry

stuff is going to get hot. It's all going to burn up. The trees are going to be burned,

one third of them. That's a major judgement, that's going to destroy crops. Okay, the second

Judgement is where the third part of the seas, or the saltwater, the ocean is going to be

turned to blood. A third part of the creatures in the sea that have life, they're going to

die. Then the third trumpet is when God poisons one third of the water supply with wormwood.

ONE THIRD of the water that's fresh in this world, destroyed. ONE THIRD of the salt water,

destroyed. Green grass burned up. Fourth part of the trees burned up. Then, the sun and

moon and stars being darkened for various periods of each day where it's only going

to shine for the third part of the day. It's going to be total darkness. So these are some

serious things. But what God is saying in Revelation : is that the remaining trumpets

are going to be FAR WORSE. He says the "woe unto you" is not for the four trumpets that

have already happened. He says "No. Woe unto you because of the three that are still coming."

Trumpets five, six and seven are known as the "three woes", because they are VERY extreme

judgements. Now if we look at the fifth trumpet, it's a pretty extreme judgement. That's where

he opens up the bottomless pit, and sends these locusts from hell; these locusts come

up out of hell. And these locusts, they're not interested in eating any grass or any

trees or leaves or anything like that. Nope. They are there just to torment man. And they

will torment man for FIVE MONTHS. And the Bible says that their sting is as the sting

of a scorpion when he striketh a man. Now who has ever been stung by a scorpion here?

Anybody? My son was stung by a scorpion, and it was bad. It's a very serious... It can

actually cause people to be hospitalised. For years we lived in Arizona and didn't see

any scorpions, but then once you see one in your house, then there's another one, and

another one... We saw many. I'm saying over the course of the years, we've seen about

twenty. We pay our children, like a bounty hunter. If they kill a scorpion, they get

a reward. I think John, did you get the reward, did you get the five bucks for killing one,

was that you or Isaac? It was a dollar? Ha, sorry I'm such a cheapskate son; sorry it

was only a dollar! But anyway, you got a dollar for the bounty on the head of a scorpion.

But anyway, a scorpion. And the Bible says that it's going to be so bad for FIVE MONTHS

of just being tormented by these locusts that sting like a scorpion. He said that in those

days shall men seek death, and shall not find it, and shall DESIRE TO DIE, and death shall

flee from them. I mean people will wish that they were dead, it's so bad. So you can see

why that's the first woe. Then, if you look at the sixth trumpet, you can see why it's

the second woe, because that's when this army of MILLION come, just destroying everything

in their path. Breathing fire, there's fire, smoke, brimstone killing all kinds of people.

Killing just mass casualties. If you are in Revelation , we can just briefly look at

that quickly. It says in verse , "by these three was the THIRD PART OF MEN KILLED." A

THIRD of the population of the earth is killed by these armies. Would you say that that's

a pretty serious woe? It says they were killed by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone.

So when you see trumpets five and six being the first and second woe, you're wondering,

"man, the seventh trumpet is going to have to be a pretty big judgement, to be in the

same category as those two", right? Okay, look at Revelation and let's see what it

is. Because remember it says in Revelation , "The second woe is PAST, and behold, the

third woe cometh quickly. And the seventh angel sounded." So the seventh angel sounds.

We're going to see the third woe. Let's see what it is. He says in verse , "the four

and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped

God, Rev : 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. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come". Now hold

on a second. Some people will mistake this. They will try to compare this with Revelation

where he says "the great day of His wrath is come." That's not what this says. Revelation

says "the great day of His wrath IS COME", meaning it's RIGHT NOW. That's the day of

the Lord, that's Revelation . That happened years earlier. This doesn't say the great

day of His wrath; it just says "thy wrath in general IS COME." Which again, is PAST

TENSE, but meaning "just now". Why? Because there has been a continuous outpouring of

God's wrath up to this point. That's why "is come" is an appropriate verb there for God's

wrath, even though we are many years into it, it's still coming, because we are on the

third woe here. "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." Now,

right there we see the timing of the judgement seat of Christ, crystal clear. At the time

that the seventh trumpet sounds, that is the time when the servants of God will be rewarded,

is it not what it says? It says that "now the time is come that God should give reward

unto His servants the prophets and to the saints and them that fear thy name, small

and great." People will try to say that "Oh, that judgement seat of Christ takes place

at the rapture." Ah, no. It doesn't. It takes place at the beginning of the millennium.

That's what the Bible teaches. At the seventh trumpet. Then look at the next verse, because,

where is the carnage? Where is the third woe? It's in verse . Look at it, it says "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." And you might look at that and say "what's the big deal? That's not that

big of a woe! Goodnight, I was expecting something that was going to dwarf the first four trumpets.

Something that was going to be MAJOR carnage." But here is the thing. There IS major carnage

in this verse. It's easy to read over it without thinking about it. But in order to get more

detail on what this carnage entails, let's go to Revelation , and look at the seventh

VIAL. Because the seventh vial and the seventh trumpet actually describe the exact same judgement.

BUT, the seventh vial goes into more detail. Look if you would at verse number of chapter

. "And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great

voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done." So we have the

same finality that we have with "the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our

Lord." It says "it is done." Verse , "And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings;

and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so

mighty an earthquake, and so great. And the great city was divided into three parts"-

talking about Jerusalem- "and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in

remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. And there fell upon men a

great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed

God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." What

we see there is the exact thing that we saw in Revelation . We saw the lightnings, thunderings,

an earthquake and hail. Those were the four things that were mentioned in Revelation :.

Here we have more detail. If we look at these details carefully, we can see why this is

the third woe. First of all, let's think about the earthquake. It says here that this earthquake

was such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great.

Now let me ask you this, have we had some serious earthquakes on this earth in the past?

There have been serious earthquakes, right? What about the massive earthquake that takes

place in Revelation ? That's a pretty serious earthquake, where mountains and islands are

being moved out of their places. This is more serious than that. And we can get a feel for

how serious this earthquake is when we read the statement halfway through verse that

says "and the cities of the nations fell." Now think about what that means. "The cities

of the nations fell." Picture the skyline of Phoenix today, right? Huge skyscrapers,

right? They're going to fall down. All of them. Now think about /. You remember /,

and you watch those buildings come down? It's a pretty breathtaking sight to watch a structure

of that nature come down. Ok, no imagine / happening, except it's all the buildings in

New York City. All. Now imagine EVERY CITY IN THE WORLD. Buildings coming down. "Well,

they're made to resist an earthquake!" Not this kind of earthquake. They're made to resist

a certain magnitude. But when this takes place, there is going to be so mighty of an earthquake

that these buildings are going to be shook to the foundation, and they're all going to

come crashing down. And you know God here is just showing man, "what you build is NOTHING

to me. Your greatest building, your greatest achievements, they mean NOTHING." But God

says in the book of Isaiah that the nations of the earth to Him are "LESS THAN NOTHING".

He is saying to the nations "you are not even nothing, you are LESS than nothing. It's just

meaningless to me." And God here is so angry. This is the outpouring of God's wrath. Keep

that in mind. This is the seventh vial of God's wrath. And God is going to shake this

earth to the foundations to where the cities of the nations are going to fall, buildings

are going to be collapsing everywhere, it's going to be shook to the foundations. Not

only that, but the Bible says in verse , "every island fled away, and the mountains

were not found." What does it mean, "Islands fled away?" The reason that the islands are

fleeing away, or that you can't see the islands, is because the tidal wave is going to go over

the tops of these islands. That's why they're not going to be found. So bad news for Hawaii.

Now, think about earthquakes that we've seen in the past. And most notably think about

the earthquake in Japan a few years ago. Remember Fukushima? Who remembers reading about that

and hearing about that? When that earthquake hit Japan, remember there was a nuclear power

plant, Fukushima, and what happened was a tidal wave came as a result of the earthquake,

and flooded the Fukushima plant there. Now, these nuclear power plants, they have all

kinds of spent nuclear waste. Spent fuel rods that they're storing. Some of this nuclear

fuel that they're storing that's been used up, some of it takes a THOUSAND years or more

to decay, to get stabilised. So this stuff, you can't just throw it in the trash. This

stuff is radioactive nuclear waste, that can be radioactive for over a thousand years.

So even if they shut down nuclear power plants, that fuel doesn't go away. They still have

to store that stuff. Now, the way that they store it, is they store it in these facilities

where it's constantly being cooled. And they have to constantly be bringing in fresh water

and chemicals. And I don't know all the details of it, but I know this- at Fukushima, because

of that flood from the tidal wave, they lost power to their cooling systems. They couldn't

get the power turned on. And as a result, those fuel rods began to heat up. And heat

up. And get hotter and hotter and more reactive and burning. They began to melt through the

floor. And then there was an explosion where these spent fuel rods where blown sky high,

just spewing out all this contamination and radioactivity. In Tokyo they were measuring

all this radioactive matter, and the food and water there was being contaminated with

radiation. It was a major catastrophe. It was similar to Chernobyl. That would be something

the earlier generation would remember. Nuclear meltdown. Also the reactor number at Fukushima

melted down, and there was just this HUGE catastrophe. Well look, that wasn't as serious

as an earthquake as this is going to be. This is going to be worldwide. There are nuclear

power plants like that all over the world. There are going to be all kinds of Fukushimas

happening, there are going to be all kinds of /'s happening. THIS is going to be a

MAJOR earthquake that's going to shake the earth. And God's wrath is poured out, He's

going to grab this earth and SHAKE it, and He is not going to shake the earth only, He

is going to shake the heavens. He said He is going to SHAKE IT, and He is going to bring

down EVERY building that man has built, EVERY great monument that's financial or man's glory

or man's pride, or man's power. He is going to FLATTEN IT to the ground. And people are

going to be weeping and wailing when this happens. And the Bible says that that's not

even the worst part about the seventh trumpet. That's not even why they're blaspheming God.

What they're really blaspheming God about is the hail. Because remember there are lightnings,

thunderings, voices, an earthquake and great hail. Look what the Bible says about the hail

in verse . "There fell upon men a great hail out of heaven"- as if the earthquake

wasn't bad enough- "every stone"- every hailstone He is saying- "about about the weight of a

talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof

was exceeding great." We just see it in one word in Revelation , just "there is hail".

Here he gets more specific and says "look, this hail is so great that every stone weighs

approximately one talent. Do you know how much a talent is? to pounds. to

pounds. I mean, just imagine bricks falling out of the sky, and you get a picture. Just

imagine a brick landing on you. A fifty to sixty pound hailstone. You say "well I'll

just go in the house." What kind of roof do you have that's going to protect you from

a to pound hailstone? This is going to go through the roof. This is going to come

through your car. This is going to come through any windshield. This is going to land on your

head and kill you on the spot. And people are going to be blaspheming God, because they

are not going to know how to get away from this hail. This is horrific. This is bad.

And you know what I think is funny? A lot of times people will say "Well, the God of

the Old Testament is a really wrathful God... Then God lightened up in the New Testament."

Really? When is He going to lighten up? Because we are chapters from the end of the book

and He is NOT lightening up! He's dropping hailstones that are to pounds each,

He is six chapters from the end of the book and he is NOT lightening up. He is FLATTENING

EVERY CITY IN THE WORLD. When does he lighten up again? You know what? God did NOT lighten

up. He WILL NOT lighten up, GOD HATES SIN. And today, we live in a nation where sin ABOUNDS!

And the pulpits of America need to be preaching God's WRATH against sin! But instead, all

we get is a "feel good message". And we need a feel good message, but we also need a message

of GOD'S WRATH, telling us "look GOD IS ANGRY WITH THE WICKED EVERY DAY, and one day God

is going to pour out His wrath in such a dramatic way that the cities of the nations will be



Today the atheists laugh, they mock... The Bible says in the last days there will be

scorners, people who make fun of the things of God. That's the day we are living in. The

sodomites, the queers parade down the street. And all the other sins, the adultery, the

drunkenness, the fornication. Look. God HATES sin. And if this story doesn't show you that

God hates sin, I don't know what to show you. I mean if He is going to do this kind of damage,

and this kind of destruction, we need to take it seriously when God says "I am going to

pour out my wrath." When God is mad, He is mad. And He is able to do some serious damage,

as we see in this passage. How do we apply this as believers? You say "we're not going

to be there for this." Well, yeah, we're not going to be there for this. You say "well,

how does this apply?" We ought to look at this, and walk away saying "wow, God gets

mad about sin. I better be careful. I better clean up my own life." Now God is not going

to pour out His wrath upon his people. He is not going to pour out His wrath on His

children, but he will chasten and chastise us. And let me tell you something. The Bible

does teach that God does become angry even with his own children. Have you ever been

angry with your own children? God got angry with Moses. God gets angry. You don't want

to be on God's bad side. Thankfully He is never going to do anything like this to us.

But this should show you that he does hate sin, he does get mad. And therefore, we shouldn't

partake of the sins of this world either. Just because we're saved, doesn't make us

immune from sin. Those of us that are saved, there are times when we could fall into drunkenness

or fornication or theft or whatever the sin. You know what? God hates sin. And let this

be a lesson to you how God feels about sin. Plus, the other application we can take away

from this as believers is just to thank God every day that we're saved, and that we don't

have to be on the receiving end of God's wrath. But WOE, WOE, unto the unsaved because of

the events of the seventh trumpet. So next lesson, we'll get into chapter where we

jump back to the birth of Christ, fascinating chapter. Let's bow our heads and have a word

of prayer. Father we thank you so much for your Word and we thank you so much for salvation

through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And Father, I pray that we would be able to get

as many people saved as we can to just help those individuals avoid this wrath that's

coming. Help us to be able to pull them out of the fire and to warn them before it's eternally

too late. And in Jesus' name we pray, amen.