reply to post by JesuitGarlic
For the sake of TerryMcguire, I will do my best to clear things up (or maybe muddy them further). And, Terry, please do not let one interpretation of
prophecy sway from the core beliefs of a faith. Believing in the Gospels(Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans) is the foundation of a home. Prophecy and
its interpretation are the weather vane on top. And, like anything else, prophecy can become your god and the core beliefs become get left behind.
That being said, I don't presume to know everything, but I have extensively studied, memorized, researched, and meditated on Scripture for the last 25
post by JesuitGarlic
Prophetically a day is taken to mean a year. 70 weeks is 490 years. 490 years after the decree went out to rebuild the second temple is the end of the
70 weeks. At the 69th week 483 years after the decree, Jesus was baptized (anointed) and was cut down (crucified) 3.5 years later, 'in the midst of
This is not always the case.
Matthew 27:40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in THREE DAYS, save yourself! Come down from the
cross, if you are the Son of God!”
He really meant "I will resurrect in THREE 24 hour days" You can't apply a rule (year=day) on some things and not others unless it specifically says
Scripture has a great habit with prophecy most of the time. It tends to provide the interpretation very close to original prophecy, usually in the
same chapter. But, if you take one verse from a chapter,
KEY VERSE DESCRIBING THESE TWO WITNESSES Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the
with no context, and use other verses to support your out of context verse, various conclusions will be forthcoming.
NOW, the whole context of REVELATION 11:3-13
3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”
5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.
6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into
blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.
8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.
9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those
who live on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.
12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.
13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the
survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Now, by simply READING this chapter, you could reason that the "two witness" are PEOPLE simply because:
1 they have bodies "clothed in sackcloth"
2 can be killed, be dead for 3 days, and resurrected.
3 are spoken to "Come up here"
4 other people refused to bury them
5 can try to be harmed, and they fight back
6 perform miracles and signs "plagues and water into blood"
7 they are in a specific place when they die "the public square of the great city"
8 HAVE FREE WILL "strike the earth with every kind of plague AS OFTEN AS THEY WANT"
edit: seems like they were just plain annoying, wouldn't leave, and when they FINALLY shut up and get killed, everyone is happy!
Now, if you want of come up with some weird allegorical interpretation to ALL these points, then you can, but you would probably be interjecting your
own reasoning into it, and therefore it could be flawed.
Rather, if you interpret things literally, most often it will be correct. When things ARE presented allegorically(in parable or story format), the
interpretation and explanation(the moral of the story is...)usually follows, otherwise everyone would just come to their own conclusion.
on 18-1-2013 by Raulken because: just an extra thought