Revelation 11:1 "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."
Second coming of Moses and Elijah
11:1 - This chapter is the greatest chapter for opening the scriptures because it opens the book of Revelation which opens the Old Testament and the Old Testament opens the New Testament. The rod is used for measuring the temple that is on the earth.
11:2 - This is a literal city and also shows that temple worship comes back (Matthew 24:15, Hebrews 9:3, 2 Thes. 2:4). Forty two months = 3 1/2 years. Cross references are Luke 21:24 and Romans 11:25.
11:3 - The last of the Tribulation will be 3 1/2 years. The speaker is angel in 10:1,9,11. The two witness are Moses and Elijah. They are the last two men mentioned in the Old Testament (Malachi 4:5). Both appear with Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 16:28, 17:5, 2 Peter 1:16-18). Both destroyed people with fire (Numbers 16:28-35, 2 Kings 1:10-14). Moses turned water to blood and called down plagues (Exodus 7:20, Exodus 8-10). Elijah stopped rain for 3 1/2 years (James 5:17). Both stood before God on the earth (Exodus 33:20-23, 1 Kings 17:1).
11:4 - Cross references: Zechariah 4:2-3,11-14.
11:5 - This verse proves that the two witness cannot be any books like the Book of Mormon or Apocrypha since they can be burned and do not breath fire.
11:6 - Cross references: James 5:17, 1 Kings 17:1, Exodus 33:20-21, Numbers 16:31-35, 2 Kings 1:10
Revelation 11:7 "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. 13 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."
Moses and Elijah get killed and ascend
11:7 - The Beast is a king that is a man that comes out of the bottomless pit (Revelation 13:18, Daniel 7:17). He is Judas Iscariot, who is the son of perdition that was on the earth before John wrote, is in the bottomless pit now and comes up in the Tribulation. Judas was also called a devil and went to "his own place". (Revelation 9:11, 2 Thes. 2:3, Revelation 17:8, John 17:12, Zechariah 11:12-17, John 6:70-71, Acts 1:24-25) Cross reference: Daniel 11:33-35
11:8-9 - It says dead "bodies" because their heads were cut off (Revelation 20:4). The city is Jerusalem because Revelation 11:2 and 20:9 calls it the holy city and beloved city. It is called Sodom and Egypt because the Antichrist may be a homosexual over the United Nations that rules the world. Egypt is a type of the world and was ruled by a type of the Antichrist. (Daniel 11:37, 2 Thes. 2:4, Ezekiel 29:3) Also notice that it says all those people see it happen. This can happen now because of TV.
11:10 - The Spirit of life is the Holy Spirit. The merry-making and gift-giving may indicate that this is Christmas(Christ Mass), the Pagan Catholic holiday. It is not for sure though. Check out Jeremiah 10:1-5. Jesus was born near the Feast of Tabernacles, which is near September 23, not December 25.
11:11 - Moses and Elijah come back alive and the people that see are afraid because they see their heads pop back on their bodies.
11:12- This is the visible Rapture for the Tribulation saints towards the end of the Tribulation with Moses and Elijah (Hebrews 9:28, 12:14, Revelation 14:16, Matthew 24).
11:13 - Some saved people are still in the Tribulation because they get saved after the Tribulation Rapture (Matthew 25:1-10). Remember that salvation in the Tribulation is by faith and works.
Revelation 11:14 "The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. 15 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. 16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, 17 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. 18 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. 19 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."
Second account of the end of the Tribulation
11:14-15 - This is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ after the Tribulation. Right now the Devil is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). The kingdoms are a reference to the United Nations (Isaiah 60:12, Daniel 2:44, Micah 4:8, Zephaniah 3:8, Zechariah 14:9).
11:16-17 - This is in Eternity past the Millennium. Notice the Trinity pictured again in verse 17.
11:18 - The angry nations is a reference to Revelation 20:8-9, where the nations try to wipe out Jerusalem for the last time. The dead being judged is in Revelation 20:11-12. The saved saints that are judged at the White Throne are the Tribulation and Millennium saints (Job 19:25-267, Daniel 7:18-22, Revelation 14:6-7, Revelation 3:5, Revelation 22:19). Notice that works are connected with the Tribulation and Millennium saints, unlike the Church Age saints that are saved by faith alone.
11:19 - This verse takes you back to verse 15 towards the end of the Tribulation (Revelation 6:12-14, 16:21). Notice the Ark is in heaven showing that it had been Raptured up there.