17. The two prophets
In Revelation 11:4
the word “lampstand” was used: “these are
the two olive trees
and the two lampstands
which stand before the Lord”.
“Lamp” and “lampstand” do not have the same meaning. Lamps were part of
a lampstand: “The lampstand
also for the light, and its utensils and its lamps, and the oil for the
35:14). A temple lampstand
had seven lamps (see Ex. 39:37; 40:4,24,25; Lev.24:4; 1Chr.28:15).
However here they make not only logical mistake but historical one also.
The French Revolution lasted from 1789 till
1799. Decades before it started France had been experiencing a major financial
crisis. A big national debt, the
government's lavish spending, and an archaic system of taxation which brought
little money to the national coffers by placing the greatest tax burden upon
impoverished bourgeoisie, while virtually ignoring the
clergy and the nobility,
caused a wide pauperization
and a food shortage in the country. King Louis XVI was forced to confront the
crisis and on May 5, 1789, the National Assembly convened to deal with
and more people supported the movement. The crowd stormed Bastille
14 July 1789, released a
couple prisoners and massacred a couple of state officers.
After this violence, nobles started to flee the country, some of them
began plotting civil war within the kingdom and agitating for a European
coalition against France. In August
11, 1789 revolutionaries
had issued The Decree Abolishing
the Feudal System.
November 1789 church property was confiscated
(Church lands represented 10-15% of the land in France. In addition the Church
collected tithes). The
Revolution turned the clergy into employees of the state and had required that
they take an oath of loyalty to the nation. Priests who refuse to take the oath
were banned from preaching in public. By the law of the Civil Constitution of
the Clergy (Fr. "Constitution civile du clergé"), passed July
12, 1790. Bishops and priests were
elected locally. Authority of the pope over the appointment of clergy was
reduced to the right to be informed of election results.
New bishops were required to swear loyalty to the State. In Nov.1791
priests who refused to take the oath were arrested and massacre of
After the attempt of the royal family secretly leave the country, and followed after that their imprisonment many European monarchs were thrilled by widening events in France. Revolutionaries being afraid of a treachery had toughened measures of preservation the achievement of the revolution. The Royal family was convicted of high treason, and in August of 1792 the family was imprisoned in Bastille. In January, 1793 the king was beheaded.
In September 1793 The Reign of Terror started. It was the political regime intended to defend the Revolution by destroying internal enemies and conspirators and chasing external enemies from French territory.
During The Terror most civil liberties were suspended. Church and Bible were outlawed. The fanatic atheist Jacques Hébert, initiated a religious campaign in order to dechristianize society. He introduced the worship of a goddess of Reason. The climax was reached with the celebration of the Goddess "Reason" in Notre Dame Cathedral on 10 November1793. At that time Georges Danton and Maximilien Robespierre dominated the new government and were in opposition to Hebert’s policies. In 1794 Hébert was guillotined and Robespierre proposed a new state religion, the Cult of the Supreme Being. Rejecting atheism, the new Cult was based around the worship of a Deist-style creator god. The Supreme Being was all gods of all religions in one. In July 27 1794 Robespierre was guillotined also, with his death the Cult of Supreme Being was finished.
In 1795 The new elective (each year one director, chosen by lot )executive power was set up - the Directory (from November, 1795 until November, 1799). Executions had stopped and the situation in the country began to normalize. However in 1797 the more conservative directors measures against the church were revived. Only in 1801 after the signing The Concordat between Napoleon and the Church the dechristianisation period of France was ended.
during all French revolution and until 1801 dechristianization of the nation had
been continued and Bible was outlawed. Not 3,5 years as Adventists teach.
Therefore there are no historical, no Biblical support for the theory of two prophets as the Bible. A someone had a very big imagination and very little logic and knowledge of history to think about the two prophets as Bible.
the prophets will preach during
1260 days, then
is gone up … with the sound of a trumpet…
God reigneth over
the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne
(judgment of alive)
It will be the judgment of alive righteous and unrighteous after the 7th trumpet, when the besiege of Jerusalem will be stopped, all alive will be assembled , and Jesus will sit on His throne of glory. After the 7th trumpet «the mystery of God should be finished» (Rev.10:7), and everything that seems impossible today, will be possible. The spirit will transfer many alive (Acts.8:39-40) to the valley of judgment. As fire eternal will be only after the 1000 years, here again we see the parallelism: the same judgment will be made and after the 1000 years. The judgment of the alive will be fast, as the living already will make the judgment for themselves. Some will have the mark of the beast, others - the seal of God. When Jesus will appear these two categories of the alive will simply divide, some - to the one side, others - to another, and the group of unrighteous will be destroyed.
The resurrection of the dead saints and the rapture of alive saints, as it already was shown above, had taken place during the sounding of the 7th trumpet, in 1290 days after the first attack against Jerusalem:«…In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump...the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed» (1 Cor.15:52). Only Christ's believers were taken to heaven without the judgment: « He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment » (John 5:24) (In KJ the word “condemnation” was used. However the right word is “judgment”. Here the Greek word “kpicin” was used, which is the same word John used in 5:22 «For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son». The same word was used in Mat.12:18,20,41,42. You can check it by yourself in Greek translation http://www.scripture4all.org or in a parallel bible http://www.tagnet.org/bible/). The righteous who had not accepted Jesus, but followed to commandments of God (as many Jews), will come to the judgment. They will be judged together with the non-believers and unrighteous.
«Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance» (Ps.94:12-14). The alive and dead saints will be taken to heaven during the sounding of the 7th trumpet, they will not wait on earth «until the pit be digged for the wicked». It is spoken about those who will go through the second harvesting- the harvesting of the wicked.
in ch.24 tells that the second coming of Jesus will be, as in the days of Noah:
«For as in the days that were before
the same destruction of the wicked Jeremiah spoke: «Therefore
I am full of the fury of the LORD... for even the husband with the wife shall
be taken, the aged with him that is full of days. And their houses shall be
turned unto others (to those who will be left),
with their fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the
inhabitants of the land,
First harvesting of the saints already took place: saints were taken to heaven with the sound of the 7-th trumpet. They were taken from among the wicked and righteous. About the second hervesting the Bible says: “the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just” (Мат.13: 49).
is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty
(1335) days» (Dan.12:12). So, the 7th
trumpet will sound in 1290 days after the first attack of Jerusalem, both dead
and alive saints will be taken to heaven. From the 7th trumpet to the end of the
harvesting - (1335-1290=) 45 days. Blessed are those righteous who will stay alive after the harvesting of the wicked, i.e. after 1335 days : «Thy
dead men shall live, their bodies will rise
(i.e. the resurrection and ascension of the saints was already took place)... Come,
my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide
thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast»
(Isa.26:19-20). The righteous, who will be saved will hide themselves from
God’s angry act of the harvesting of the wicked and will stay alive to live on
The righteous who will be left on Earth « that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons,... and they shall burn them with fire seven years:. ... and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude: and they shall call it “The valley of Hamongog”. And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them, that they may cleanse the land.... Thus shall they cleanse the land» (Ezek.39:9,11,12,16). As it was discussed above, Gog with all his multitude will attack Jerusalem just before the Second coming, thus, Bible clear tells that some people will be left on Earth after the Second coming. They will cleanse the earth off corpses.
shall come, that I will gather all nations
and tongues (the judgment of alive); and they
shall come, and see my glory. And I
«I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion» (Jer.3:14). «I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. They will be my people, and I will be their God» (Jer.32:37,38). «For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land… I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.. you will be my people, and I will be your God. » (Ezek.36:24,26,28; also Jer.31:8,23; Ezek.22:18).
will gather you from the nations and bring
you back from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you
back the land of Israel again. … I will … put a new spirit in them;
…and they will be My people”
I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my
judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So
the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and
forward.... Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon
the whole house of Israel... When I have brought them again from the people...
Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I
have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel»
«And it shall come to pass ( after the great last battle - v. 1-11) afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh » (Joel 2:28).
«On that day I
will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem. And I will
pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of
grace and supplication » (Zech.12:9,10).
«But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people» (Jer.31:33).
So, Bible tells that Jews will be God’s people again only after the last battle, after the judgment of the alive, when the survived Jews from all countries will return to Jerusalem.
I will surely gather them from all the lands
where I banish them …And
they shall be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one
heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and
of their children after them. .. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them»
(Jer.32:37-40). Here it is talking about generations after the Second coming.
After the judgment « every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain» (Zech.14:16,17). Many nations will go against Jerusalem only before the Second coming of Jesus. Those who will be left of all those nations will live on earth.
«The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled... they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant, therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.... The city of confusion is broken down (Rev.11:13) ... When thus it shall be in the midst of the land among the people, there shall be as the shaking of an olive tree, and as the gleaning grapes when the vintage is done (i.e. when the harvesting of wicked was already done). They (the righteous who will be left on earth) shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea“ (Isa.24:3,5,6,10,13,14).
After the second harvesting: «They have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger. Now let them put away their whoredom, and the carcases of their kings, far from me, and I will dwell in the midst of them for ever» (Ezek.43:8,9).
«all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity.... For I will restore health unto thee (Israel), and I will heal thee of thy wounds... the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.... And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God» (Jer.30:16-18,22).
Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.»
will take you from among the heathen (Jews will return to Jerusalem),
and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.... A
new heart also will I give you, and
«For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein» (Isa.51:3).
behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the temple eastward:...(also
Zech.14:8;Joel 3:18) These
is not a description of New Jerusalem, where there will be no temple
(Rev.21:22), where will no sea be there(Rev.21:1), and where will be an
absolutely new planet there that will not require any cure.
It is the description of a restoration of the planet after the action of seven
trumpets: «to establish the earth, to cause to
inherit the desolate heritages» (Isa.49:8).
Many prophecies about the restored after the second coming Jerusalem have parallels with New Jerusalem, however attentive study of details will not leave any doubt what Jerusalem there is talking about.
So, Ezekiel sees a new temple and city, which gates named after the names of the tribes of Israel (Ezek.48:31), as it described in New Jerusalem (Rev.21:12); he sees trees which are giving each month fruits and the leaves for medicine (Ezek.47:12), the same tree saw John in New Jerusalem (Rev.22:2); a name of the city: «The LORD is there» (Ezek.48:35), that also can result in hasty conclusions, that it is New Jerusalem. However, sizes of city in 4500 cubits (Ezek.48:16), it - is obvious not the sizes of New Jerusalem in 12000 furlongs from each side (Rev.21:16). Ezekiel saw a temple and an altar (Ezek.41:22). New Jerusalem will not have a temple (Rev.21:22). There will be no more death there, therefore there an altar can not be in New Jerusalem either.
«And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones» (Isa.54:12). Many think, that the description of New Jerusalem is given here, however in New Jerusalem each gate will be made not of carbuncles but of a one single pearl (Rev.21:21).
By replacing the restored Jerusalem by New we receive incorrect conclusions. There, in prophecies, it is spoken about an attack against of the restored Jerusalem after the 1000 years of peace (Rev.20:8), it is not spoken about the attack against of New Jerusalem, which, according to the Bible will descend on the new earth and will never have any attack.
Rev. (20:9) it is spoken, that after the 1000 years Gog will surround «the
camp of the saints about, and the beloved city».
also tells, that restored Jerusalem will be called as
Because the principle of parallelism is understood not by many, the prophecies about the restored Jerusalem are perceived as prophecies about New Jerusalem.
So Isaiah in chapter 60 describes Jerusalem, where gates will not be locked (:11) as it will be in New Jerusalem (Rev.21:22). There will be no more violence (:18), and many think, that can be only in New Jerusalem. «Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended» (Isa.60:20), In Rev. 21:23 is said about New Jerusalem by similar words.
further Isaiah speaks, that the sons of the foreigners will build walls of
Jerusalem (:10) , and we know, that the walls of New Jerusalem will be created
by God, and nobody in New Jerusalem will be
perceived as a foreigner.
What about the moon will not be hidden, and the sun will not go off it is spoken about what was before the great and terrible Day of God: «shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light» (Mat.24:29). And it can be understood, that the Lord will never be angry with them anymore. You see even after the 1000 years the 4th bowl, which should supplement the 4th trumpet and cause the darkness of the sun and moon (Rev.8:12) will cause completely the opposite: the sun will give in a seven times more light (Isa.30:26; Rev.16:8). Thus, it is spoken that after the second coming of Christ God will never turn away from His people again.
Isa.65:17 speaks about the new heaven and new earth (where there will be no death and no births), and after two verses continues: «for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed» (:20). «They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them»(:23). Thus we see, that here is spoken about two different times: about the time during the 1000 years in restored Jerusalem, and the time after the1000 years - on the new earth.
Isaiah in ch.66 tells us about the restored Jerusalem, and that God will choose
the priests and Levites from those Jews, who will come to Jerusalem after the
Second coming (:21), and further (:22) he tells: «For
as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me,
saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain», i.e. God
always, even on the new earth will remember the people of Israel. And further
Isaiah continue to speak about the restored Jerusalem: «And
it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath
to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD. And they
shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men».
But the words «the new heavens and the new earth» are bringing many to hasty conclusions: that saints will come out of New Jerusalem and will see the corpses . It is completely incorrect! The corpses on the new earth? Jesus will give His holy ones white clothes not for the digging the dirt and burying the corpses in those clothes.
So, it seems that Jeremiah speaks about New Jerusalem: «And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD» (31:28), but further he continues: «But every one shall die for his own iniquity» (:30), that, certainly, will be only in restored Jerusalem, as today people die frequently for somebody's else mistakes, and in New Jerusalem there will be no a death anymore.
Zechariah speaks: «Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth» (8:3). Many perceive it, as New Jerusalem, however further Zechariah continues: «There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age» (8:4). It is said about the restored Jerusalem, in New Jerusalem there will be no old age (no dying) there. In restored Jerusalem the name of God will be always there, as it was in times of Solomon (1King.9:3). "Will dwell" means the same as «My tabernacle also shall be with them» (Ezek.37:27), i.e. there will be the temple of God, in which, as it was in an antiquity, there the Glory of God will be always there.
29:18 «And in that day shall the deaf hear the words
of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of
darkness....» (New Jerusalem?) , and further «They
also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that
The question arises: with what purpose the terrestrial Jerusalem will be restored after the saints will be taken to Heavenly Jerusalem?
read together. After the second coming of Jesus all Jews
«All the sinners of my people shall die (the second harvesting)… In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old» (Amos 9:10-11).
thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee
shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the
daughter of Jerusalem» (Mic.4:8).
the Lord restores the excellency of Jacob as the excellency of Israel”(Nahum
«I…will build them, as at the first» (Jer.33:7).
the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount
they shall dwell in the land that I have given
As we see, the prophecies not dubiously tell, that God will restore greatness of Israel, as it was in the David's times. He will remove away all wicked people and Satan with his angels. Before the second coming Earth had been under the test: whether there will be righteous left on Earth despite of active intervention of Satan in people's affairs. After the second coming there will be a second test: whether will be wicked left on earth, when all uncleanness will be removed away from the people. It is the question, how strong and hardy a sin is , and that an aspiration to a righteousness and an aspiration to a sin in the main does not depend from an influence from the outside. A sin is inside of the nature of all creations of God. Only God and Jesus who was born from Him do not have a sin in their nature.
we saw from prophecies, after the Second coming Holy Spirit will be poured out
only on the people of Israel (Zech.12:11), as on the priests of God
(Isa.61:6; 66:21), that is why they will stay righteous, they will be «the
camp of the saints» (Rev.20:9). So, all universe will see, that
without a help of God, without His Holy Spirit, mankind again will slide down to
a sin. The question about a nature of a sin has to be settled before the new
earth will be established.
the expiration of the 1000 years «Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls (New Jerusalem has walls)
for the multitude of men and cattle therein» (Zech.2:4; Ezek.36:38). «Thy
seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited»
Scriptures do not tell, how long Satan will have a power after the 1000 years, it is told, that it will be «a little time » (Rev.20:3). When he again will force people to accept a mark of the beast and to worship his image (Rev.16:2) the first bowl of anger of God will be poured out. Satan again will kill saints (Rev.16:6). He will act against the remnant of the seed of God, His true believers.
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