Mid-Tribulation: One View

R. Gustason, 04 Apr 2011

With so many people worried about Dec 21, 2012 I think it is appropriate to discuss a little about the book of Revelation of Jesus Christ. According to Revelation chapter eleven, there will be two witnesses on the earth. These two witnesses will bear witness for exactly 3.5 years. This is approximately half of the time Daniel prophesies about in the book of Daniel chapter seven.

Dan 9:26 “ And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. Dan 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”
Notice Daniel’s prophesy: In the middle of the last week we see a pause. A week in this vision represents a seven year period. This correlates to chapter eleven in Revelation. The middle of the seventieth week brings an end to sacrifice and offering. Why would this happen? Maybe because the two witnesses are martyred and dragged through the streets.
Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. Rev 11:2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. Rev 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. Rev 11:5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. Rev 11:7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Rev 11:9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. Rev 11:10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Rev 11:11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Rev 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. Rev 11:13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven. Rev 11:14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.
The two witnesses are a type and shadow of the two witnesses seen at the building of the second temple, i.e. Joshua and Zerubbabel. These represent the civic and spiritual authorities in power at the time of the building of the temple. Compare Revelation chapter eleven to the following scripture found in Zechariah.
Zec 4:1 Now the angel who talked with me came back and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. Zec 4:2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I am looking, and there is a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven pipes to the seven lamps. Zec 4:3 Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.” Zec 4:4 So I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” Zec 4:5 Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” Zec 4:6 So he answered and said to me: “ This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘ Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts. Zec 4:7 ‘ Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”’” Zec 4:8 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: Zec 4:9 “ The hands of Zerubbabel Have laid the foundation of this temple; His hands shall also finish it. Then you will know That the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. Zec 4:10 For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see The plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.” Zec 4:11 Then I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees–at the right of the lampstand and at its left?” Zec 4:12 And I further answered and said to him, “What are these two olive branches that drip into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?” Zec 4:13 Then he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” Zec 4:14 So he said, “These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.”
In the last days, man will pour out his wrath upon all who bear the name of Jesus as the Messiah. Those who proclaim the message of the savior as Jesus and none other will be persecuted with a vengeance never before seen. Then, at the middle of this seventieth week, we will see a turn. Jesus will come and God’s wrath will be poured upon the earth. The elements will melt with a fervent heat and the bride of Christ, the church, will be reunited with the groom: Our Lord and Savior; Jesus Christ.

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