|Measuring the Temple
|Recall the Scroll
|Character of the Two
|Trees and Lampstands
|3 1/2 Days
argument is best understood when presented “as a piece.” It runs like this:
Measuring the Temple
The Temple (= the church) is measured by the Apostle; measured by a divine measuring rod; measured at a time when there is no physical temple. The interpretation (recalling that John has eaten the scroll, and recalling that Ezekiel was to preach to Israel after eating his scroll) means this: After the time of the sixth seal (which, by this scheme, ends in 1453) the church is to be measured (evaluated) by a divine standard from the hands of the Apostle. This was fulfilled -- stunningly -- in the changes to the church which came about by that “scroll” - the translation of the Scriptures into the language of the people. John preached again in his Gospel in the hands of his descendants.
The Two Witnesses
Why do we hear that the two witnesses are the Old and New Testaments? Consider the match up:
• There are two witnesses; there are two testaments.
• “Testament” comes from “testify” -- just what a witness does.
• They are the Lord’s witnesses -- inspired by His Holy Spirit.
• Remember the lampstands? They give light -- and what is the “light unto my feet?”
• And the olive trees? They give oil -- the symbol of the Holy Spirit (recall “Anointed One?”) -- which is used to produce that light. The Scriptures are inspired
• The plagues and fire are covered (sort of) by the admonitions on the power of the Scripture (see Rev. 19:11-15, 22:18-19)
The 1260 days are taken as years, in accordance with the general method given in Daniel. Sackcloth, the sign of mourning or trouble, is appropriate for the “captivity” of the Scriptures.
Five mentions of 1260 days are given in Scripture:
• The youngest horn of Daniel’s beast from the sea (Daniel 7:25) - which is clearly associated with Rome.
• The outer court being given to the Gentiles, two references to the flight of the woman, and the period of the witnesses in Revelation.
These are taken as all being the same time. The time is that in which Rome (represented by the Papacy) persecutes the Word -- the Scripture. Two time schemes have been advanced:
• From the time Phocas was declared “Universal Bishop” AD 606 to 1866, when the Pope lost his temporal dominions in Italy.
• From the time when Justinian decreed the whole church subject to the bishop of Rome (AD 533) to the “death” of the witnesses - the atheism of the French Revolution (1793).
Their testimony is said to be “finished” - not in the sense it ends, but that it is complete.
The difficulty with this scheme comes in the interpolation of “the city.” It is clear from the text that Jerusalem is implied. The only way to make this theory work is to state that the “city where their Lord was crucified” means Rome (based upon an interpretation of the Roman mass).
The next step is easier, for after the French Revolution the Gospel saw its greatest expansion since the days of the early church.