Revelation Chapter 11 & 12: God's Witnesses and the Dragon are introduced and explained:
Chapter 11: The first 13 verses are parenthetical referring to the final 1260 days or 42 months God's Two Witnesses deliver His Vials of Wrath. *Remember this is the order of the visions giving John and not the order of events that occur.
 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.
Indicating the new Temple build which was allowed by the confirmed covenant (peace treaty) is similar to the 2nd Temple which King Cyrus allowed in circa, 515 BC. Neither the 2nd Temple nor this 3rd counterfeit were near the size, scope or grandeur of the original Temple God ordained King Solomon to build.
 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.
Indicating that the Abomination the beast commits, declaring himself "god", immediately begins the final half of the last Seven Years. Also referred to as the Great Tribulation against reprobate Israel and its desolation nations whom harbored the desolation Jews since 70AD. It marks the abomination of Chrislam centered now in Jerusalem as the beast's only authorized religion during his reign. The leader of this abominable counterfeit "religion" will be the false prophet aided by the Pope of Rome. Jerusalem or spiritual Sodom is now officially shared with Rome's puppet religions: Islam and the fake “Christianity”.
God judges this counterfeit peace with His Wrath later in Chapter 16 dividing spiritual Sodom into 3 parts representing the 3 fake religions of the synagogue of Satan, false Christians and Muslims.
Fast forward to Revelation 16:  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, 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 I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Whose ministry begins at the seizing of the new temple by the beast and lasts throughout the remainder of the tribulation period all the way up until Christ’s Coming in Glory to destroy the wicked. During this terrible period of God's Wrath, these two witnesses preach the Everlasting Gospel of repentance and return to the Living God, the True Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. As their preaching is defied and rejected by the beast and his global kings these two witnesses deliver God's Vials as often as they will. Indicating the correlation between this period and how God's Wrath was poured out upon Egypt through Moses. These witnesses continually warn the world to return to the Creator and reject Satan's counterfeit world.
***Also note above at the end of verse 3: These are not the typical harlot preachers of Rome, whom rely upon the world's standards of success and esteem among men to authenticate their message. These are not glamorous, glitzy, modern and beautiful as are the frauds of all organized, commercial denominations under Rome. They will not be "angel of light" preachers as whom serve the beast and the false prophet. These two witnesses will look, speak and act the polar opposite of these phonies soon to be destroyed. See our page on Whom God uses for further explanation.
 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Candlesticks always represent the shining Lights of God’s Truth. In this case, HIS Truth will be preached to the beast and the world.
 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.
Reference to and a preview of the Lord coming in Flaming Fire taking vengeance on all them that know not God and obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These witnesses are given this power to destroy the enemies of God on a much smaller scale. The Fire which proceeds from their mouths is the Word of God.
 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.
The first part of this verse reveals to us that there will be no rain on the earth for the last 3.5 years before our Lord's Return. Previously we also see that there will be no wind during this entire period. Later we see in Chapter 16, that there will be intense, scorching heat during this entire 3.5 year period of God's Wrath. So imagine the suffering the wicked will endure for their treachery and the Vials of Wrath come in conjunction with this terrible suffering. The 2 witnesses are the instruments which God uses to deliver the poured out VIALS of HIS WRATH. These witnesses will do so as often as they will.
**Important reminder: We are not and never were intended to be the instruments of God Wrath. We are commanded to save men's lives, not destroy them. Realize this most important understanding of the patience and faith of the saints and do not resist their evil which the reprobates will bring against you. God will recompense and as you can already see even before the plagues are delivered by His Witnesses that God's Recompense will be far worse than anything you could ever imagine doing against them. God will deliver their true, just reward for their evil deeds that they commit against us during the previous half of the last Seven years.
 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.
 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.
Ends days Jerusalem is spiritual Sodom and Egypt. Current, end days Jerusalem has nothing to do with God's Truth. This city is of the world completely and reprobate against the God of Creation. *Note the spiritual correlation to the physical: in our current day, Jerusalem has the highest percentage of deviant sexual reprobates on earth.
 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.
Broadcast over all media and internet….Another correlation of how our Lord was slain by the same being: Satan. This time Satan wants to be sure these witnesses won't rise. So he leaves them dead in the streets for the fouls of the air to consume. These fouls of the air do not come near them however and they rise and ascend back to Heaven similar to our Lord.
 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.
Tormented them with God’s Truth which the world hates and especially after the dragon’s full deceptions during this time.
This ministry is God’s final chance being given to the lost, wicked and reprobate world.
 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.
Some do believe because of their resurrections, keep reading….
 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, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
As mentioned in a previous parenthetical chapter, many across the world (not dependent upon electronic finances and not marked with the beast's mark) do believe (by sight) because of these Judgments from God.
END Parenthetical reference to the Two Witnesses during the last 1260 days (Great Tribulation)
 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. This continues the timeline of God from the end Revelation Chapter 9, parenthetically described in Chapter 10.
Remember the 3 woes correlate to the last 3 trumpet announcements. These are God's final warnings: the first two WOES are designed by God to instill Godly fear and to finish the Book of Life regenerating the last souls prior to HIS EVACUATION of the Church age saints. The final or Third Woe is the 7th or LAST Trump of God and finishes the Mystery of God and the Lamb's Book of Life at the Rapture.
 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.
This is the Third WOE: Now God has given over the world to the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet….EVACUATING the remnant remaining of Spirit Indwelt Believers, leading the way to the wicked’s destruction upon CHRIST’s RETURN as the WORD of GOD.
 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
 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.
His Restitution at this point is academic, His Grace and Holy Spirit have departed leaving the wicked to their own fate and destruction.
 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.
At the mid point and the RAPTURE, the Judgment Seat of Christ occurs in Heaven during the last half of the Tribulation and God’s last plagues on the earth.
**The end of the above verse is referencing once again that the Trumpet announcements are not God's Wrath but rather the expiration date of earth due to the adverse affects of man's sin and rebellion. This includes Satan's betrayal of all men with the locusts and fallen angel army from the Pit whom kill a third part of all men. This is what God means here when He will destroy them which destroy the earth.
 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.
God's answer to the wicked whom build a counterfeit "temple". He opens the true Temple in Heaven.
Chapter 12: This entire Chapter is a parenthetical explanation of Satan's hatred of God and man.
In order to understand this Chapter, one must understand the:
History of Satan's war against God:
Lucifer: Scripture indicates that Lucifer was God's greatest and most powerful creation whom rebelled against God in his heart becoming the author and originator of iniquity. This iniquity resulting in the first sin. This inequity found in Lucifer was Pride.
Ezekiel 28:  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Ever wonder why Lucifer rebelled? His original eviction from Heaven banished his place of residence to the earth and its atmosphere but still allowed his travel to the 3rd Heaven and God's Throne.
His original eviction logically must have occurred during the Creation week since he was present in the garden. He was jealous of God's plan to make "man". Why was Lucifer jealous? Why did he rebel because of God's plan?
Because God made man in HIS OWN IMAGE.
Lucifer was NOT created in the image of God and PRIDE caused the iniquity in his heart.
Being created in God's own image gave "man" three distinct parts JUST LIKE GOD and placed "man" above angels to God. This Lucifer could not fathom nor tolerate and has hated man more than he even hates God for making "man". Until then, Lucifer was God's most powerful being and his PRIDE caused his rebellion and hatred of God for making "man"
Isaiah 14:  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
This 3rd Heaven is where God’s Throne is, far above the clouds and the place where Satan was banished from.
 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
After Satan caused the ruin of man in the Garden of Eden, he then continued spending every bit of his time tempting man and then accusing man before God. Like a small child tattle-tails on others , Lucifer is the father of it.
Some 4000 years later, Satan became incensed with PRIDE again at God's plan to redeem man through Jesus Christ. This of course would hinder Satan's work to separate man from the Creator. The Father wants all men to repent and believe on His Son while Satan's prideful desire is to block all men from redemption.
Satan hates that God loves us more than any other creature because God made only us in His Image.
He hates that God loves man so much that God came in the flesh and took our punishment to redeem our relationship back with Him.
Just before the Birth of our Lord, Satan started a war against God in Heaven to prevent it.
THIS IS WHERE REVELATION CHAPTER 12 BEGINS.
Because Satan lost his war in Heaven, God regulated him to the 1st and 2nd Heavens only and he can never approach the 3rd Heaven or God’s Throne to accuse the brethren again.
God is clear in that He wants men to come to Him by their own free will so to even the playing field after this adjustment, He granted Satan ruler-ship over the earth becoming the "GOD OF THIS WORLD".
Satan set out to destroy the Son of God in human form at His Birth
He continued his attempts at the beginning of Christ's earthly ministry by tempting Christ in the hopes of stopping His Ministry to man.
Satan later caused Judas to betray Jesus
He even used Peter to try and talk Jesus out of His SACRIFICE FOR US
As his time runs out satan continues to BLOCK ALL HE CAN FROM THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL:
As mentioned above in the preface, Chapter 12 of the Revelation is (parenthetical) in nature and is a 2000 year (Last Time) summary of Satan’s hatred and war against all that is God’s. This details chronological events that occur from the time of Christ’s Birth until the end of this age.
 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Represents true Israel: Both the original 12 patriarchs of the 12 tribes as well as the church age's 12 Apostles of the Lamb.
 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Indicating that the Dragon sent his fallen angels all down to the first heaven or earth to destroy the Son of God before He was born:
Evidence of why so much demonic possession was occurring during the time of Christ.
There is but one Old Testament mention of demon possession or unclean spirits or devils and it is the Old Testament prophet Zechariah, chapter 13 which refers to end days:  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
There are 57 mentions of literal devils and unclean spirits affecting people in the Gospels and 2 in Acts up until chapter 8.
Once God’s written Word was complete and Spirit spread with His Word, these fallen angels whom tormented people during our Lord's Ministry were locked in chains in the bottomless pit until the end of days and God’s Judgment.
Notice the Lord mentions prophets also being ended in Zechariah's passage above. Note its correlation with I Corinthians 13:
 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. (Parenthetical mentions forward and back to Christ's Return in Glory with the establishment of His Millennial Reign AND our Lord's 2000 years previous, Ascension after His Redemptive Work was complete).
His Ascension ended the demonic activity on the earth as we covered previously. As the Word and His Spirit spread He led captivity captive in the bottomless pit to be reserved until the end days Judgment.
 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. (Forward reference to the last 42 months before our Lord's Return in Glory which is the beast's "reign" on earth.)
This is the remnant of believing racial Jews whom do follow Christ as their Messiah but must now flee away from spiritual Sodom to hide during this time of Jacob's trouble or the great tribulation period.
 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (Backward reference to the time of Christ's Birth).
 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Verse 7-9 further explains Verse 4 above:
Satan's army of the fallen are now chained in the bottomless pit. Jesus no longer would allow fallen angels to dwell in the first Heaven and possess people. They were chained in darkness until the Judgment of that Great Day of the Lord.
 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
**More obvious proof that this war in Heaven occurred at the time the Father revealed His Plan to Redeem man just prior to the Birth of our Lord.
 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Satan counts on all men to love their physical lives down here, it is what his world system of cultures and societies are all built upon. SINKING SAND and not the ROCK OF ETERNITY, the ROCK OF AGES (our Lord Jesus Christ).
 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
**2000 years to deceive, block and prevent man from coming to the Truth of God; their redemption through Jesus Christ.
 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Satan knows God's Words but has never understood Them. He set out to destroy national Israel because Jesus Christ's lineage is from national Israel. Satan used the governments of the world to crucify the Savior and to destroy and disperse national Israel from Jerusalem and the promised land of Abraham in 70 AD. Since then Satan continues to use the governments of the world to destroy national Israel physically. Satan at the same time has used the governments of the world to dilute God's Truth and redemption through Christ via his own governmental religion created in the early 4th century.
**Remember when Christ went up to Heaven, He chained the fallen in the bottomless pit and sent down the Holy Spirit.
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
This flood mentioned is most likely a reference to the "flood" of enemies whom surround Israel after the destruction of America which will leave national Israel at the mercy of all her enemies. Recall please the sufferings which the dispersed-abroad Jews suffered at the hands of Satan's world governments culminating with the holocaust of WWII.
After WWII Israel came under the protection of America whom aided her recognition as an independent state or nation in 1948 and remained under the "wings of a great eagle" until America's destruction and removal as a world power. This period of a time and times and half a time is correlated to the 70 year period of America's protection of Israel since this recognition.
**Recall the lion with eagle's wings referenced by God through Daniel. Indicating America's destruction at the hands of the Dragon (China) and China's ten horns (nations) all of whom have conspired against America recently. I believe America's destruction began at the declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's true capital by the Trump administration around 2017-18. It is at this time also when Trump was honored and likened unto King Cyrus of Persia whom aided Israel's return out of Babylon and commissioning the rebuilding of the temple (circa 515 BC).
 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. (Forward reference to Armageddon)
**This correlates to Ezekiel's prophecy of the burying of these armies described in Chapters 38 & 39. Jeremiah's prophecy also depicts this flood and its subsequent swallowing up by the earth. All of which are correlations to the final battle and the Coming of our Lord in Great Power and Glory at Armageddon.
 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Referencing back to the last 42 months prior to our Lord's Second Coming to establish His 1000 physical reign on earth).
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