Preached at Gospel In The Park Tuesday August 25 2020.
Revelation 11:1-12. 1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. 6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. 7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. 11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
We know that Jesus was crucified outside of Jerusalem, the center of worship at that time for God’s people, yet symbolically it is called Sodom and Egypt.
What if, in this modern age we have portrayals here?
Jerusalem itself portrays the “pride of life”?
That is, we are proud to be “liberated” Christians. We prayed the sinners prayer and now we can live as we want to and still come and worship even though we are likened unto the city of Sodom.
Sodom portrays the sins of the “lust of the flesh”.
Every sensual flesh pleasing sin is allowed and encouraged even in our churches as well as in private practice. (the list is long). Everything from same sex marriage, adultery, pornography, scandals etc. And this among the leadership as well. The music of devils, moss pits at the altar etc.
Egypt portrays the sins of the “lust of the eyes”
Look at all we have built, at all we have accomplished.
As to the witnesses themselves, many believe they will be Moses and Elijah.
I am not here to debate that.
However, may I suggest that the two witnesses that lay slain in the streets (aisles) of modern day Christianity, right within the churches themselves, in front of all to see, are in fact represented by Moses and Elijah.
Moses represents the Word of God.
The law, the statutes, the testimony, the precepts the commandments and judgments of God. All of these are seen in psalm 119.
Elijah represents The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man James 5:16-17.
The unadulterated Word of God and Effectual Fervent Prayer lie as it were slain in the midst of the churches today and there is no restraint on the sins that are committed.
The Word of God has been watered down, polluted and all but done away with in many churches because it has become offensive to those wanting to have the sense that they are as Godly and righteous as anyone else.
Prayer meetings in many churches are nonexistent and the prayers that are still there are either pre written, and read or traditionally recited or they have become no more than a spiritual sounding shopping list for God to fill.
There is no seeking God through His Word, lest they find the truth and it reprove them.
There is no seeking God earnestly in prayer lest by doing so they be reproved and lead to the Word of God for correction and instruction in righteousness.
Isaiah 22:12-13. 12 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: 13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.
Revelation 11:10. says the people rejoiced over the death of the two witnesses because they “tormented” them. They are just like king Ahab in their reaction and for the same reasons.
1 Kings 18:17-18. 17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? 18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.
The two witnesses were the only restraint against rampant ungodliness because they commanded the power of God. When those were dead, the restraint was gone. There “bodies” were left in the street for the people to gloat over because now there was nothing to hinder their wickedness.
In today’s society it is the power of the Word of God and of effectual, fervent prayer that is the restraint.
Kill those in a church and the sinners will celebrate.
Revelation 11:11-12. 11 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
When the Word of God is faithfully, unashamedly, proclaimed without compromise or fear of man and prayer is the fervent petition of the righteous, then the wicked will see the results and not only fear but in a Godly fear, come to repentance.
THIS IS WHAT MAKES THE DEVIL TREMBLE.
The Lord is calling His Church today, to arise out of their death and bring again the power of The Word of God and fervent prayer to our communities.
Do you hear the call?