They Will Trample

Revelation 11:1-3 ESV

“Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.’”

What’s It About?

The book of Revelation is about what? It is about the events of the last days before the return of Jesus Christ, correct? And it includes his return, and it tells us about the new heaven and the new earth, etc. So, this is written about the Messianic age, after Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead and ascended back to heaven and sent his Holy Spirit to indwell his followers. So, then we have to read this passage in that context and not in the context of the Old Covenant relationship God had with his people Israel.

Therefore, the temple being spoken of here is not the physical temple of God of the Old Covenant, but it is us, the people of God today who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives. We are that temple. And God/Jesus Christ lives within us in the person of the Holy Spirit. And so the measurement being spoken of here is not a physical but a spiritual measurement (examination). So, we are to be examined (judged) spiritually by God’s spiritual measurements, which are his Word and his commands.

And the altar being spoken of here is also not a physical altar but a spiritual one. For spiritually it is the place where we bow the knee to God in worship of him and we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. We humble ourselves before the Lord in true repentance of sin and we submit to Jesus Christ as Lord (Owner-Master) of our lives. And this is where we commune with our Lord in prayer and we read his word and we then walk in obedience to our Lord in what his word teaches us we must do.

And those who worship the Lord are not those who merely go through the motions of worship. But they are those whose lives are surrendered to Jesus Christ as living sacrifices on his altar, holy and pleasing to the Lord, no longer conformed to the ways of this sinful world, but now transformed of the Spirit of God away from living in sin to now walking in righteousness in obedience to our Lord and to his commands (New Covenant). For this is the worship of God which is acceptable and pleasing to him (Romans 12:1-2).

The Nations

Another term used for “the nations” is “the Gentiles,” which is a biblical term to indicate those who are the ungodly, who are not of genuine faith in Jesus Christ, according to the teachings of the Scriptures. And the Holy City is no longer physical Jerusalem in the physical nation of Israel. For she (Jerusalem) is of Hagar, the slave woman, and she is in slavery with her children. And we who believe in Christ are of the New Jerusalem, which is the heavenly Jerusalem, which represents true followers of Jesus Christ.

So, all who do not believe in Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Messiah are not the children of God. They are not God’s chosen people, but they are of the antichrist because they are literally anti-Christ. For not all who are physically descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his physical offspring. But the children of God are the children of the promise, and we are those who belong to Christ. We who believe in Jesus are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise.

And all those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Messiah do not believe in God the Father, either. For Jesus told the Jews that if they knew him (Jesus), then they would know the Father also. But he said their father was the devil, and they were doing the works of their father, for their will was to do their father’s desires. So, you can’t believe in the one true God if you do not believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Messiah. And true belief in Jesus means you have died with him to sin, and if you are living to him and to his righteousness, in the power of God for the glory of God.

So, what this means is that the worshipers are the temple, and they are those whose lives are committed to Jesus Christ in true worship of him. But those outside the temple, who are outside of genuine faith in Jesus Christ, are the ungodly of this world. So this includes all Jews who have not believed in Jesus Christ to be their Messiah. They are now among the nations who are trampling the Holy City, which is the church, the bride of Christ, the city of God under the New Covenant; the heavenly Jerusalem.

[John 8:18-19,38-47; Romans 9:4-8; Galatians 3:16,26-29; Galatians 4:22-31; Ephesians 2:14-18; 1 John 2:22]

The Trampling

So, those who are outside of faith in Jesus Christ will trample the Holy City, which is the body of Christ, his church, his temple. So both Jew and Gentile by physical birth, if they do not believe in Jesus with God-given faith, and if they have not died with Christ to sin, and if they are not walking in righteousness and in obedience to him, then they are of the nations who are trampling on God’s holy nation, his church, the body of Christ. So this is about the persecution of Christians, not the persecution of Jews.

And this has been happening ever since Jesus Christ lived on this earth, in reality, beginning with the persecution of Jesus Christ, and then continuing with the Lord’s disciples, but not just the 11 (the 12 minus Judas who betrayed Jesus), but all his followers from then to now and beyond now. We who are following Jesus Christ with our lives, in truth, and in righteousness and holiness, and in obedience to our Lord, are being persecuted for righteousness’ sake and for the sake of the name of Jesus and of his gospel.

And regarding the two witnesses, there are many different thoughts on who they are, but I believe they represent the Old and the New Testaments and all those who are proclaiming the truths of the gospel of our salvation and who are being persecuted because of it, too. For even in the gatherings of what is called “church” there is much persecution going on against those who are following the Lord Jesus in obedience and who are walking in holiness and who are sharing the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

And regarding times and days, a lot of numbers in the book of Revelation are intended to be taken more figuratively rather than literally, as the numbers do have meanings to them. So I don’t think we should get all hung up on those things. What we need to focus our attention on is making certain that we are in genuine relationship with Jesus Christ and that we are walking in his ways and in his truth, and that we are not among the nations who are trampling on the Lord’s true servants and witnesses.

[Matt 7:21-23; Matt 24:9-14; Lu 9:23-26; Rom 1:18-32; Rom 2:6-8; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-14,24; Rom 12:1-2; Rom 13:11; 1 Co 6:9-10,19-20; 2 Co 5:10,15,21; 1 Co 1:18; 1 Co 15:1-2; 2 Tim 1:8-9; Heb 9:28; 1 Pet 1:5; Gal 5:16-21; Gal 6:7-8; Eph 2:8-10; Eph 4:17-32; Eph 5:3-6; Col 1:21-23; Col 3:5-17; 1 Pet 2:24; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6,24-25; 1 Jn 3:4-10; Heb 3:6,14-15; Heb 10:23-31; Heb 12:1-2; Rev 21:8,27; Rev 22:14-15]

For Our Nation

An Original Work / September 11, 2012

Bombs are bursting. Night is falling.
Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.
Trust Him with your life today.
Make Him your Lord and your Savior.
Turn from your sin. Follow Jesus.
He will forgive you of your sin;
Cleanse your heart, made new within.

Men betraying: Our trust fraying.
On our knees to God we’re praying,
Seeking God to give us answers
That are only found in Him.
God is sovereign over all things.
Nothing from His mind escaping.
He has all things under His command,
And will work all for good.

Jesus Christ is gently calling
You to follow Him in all ways.

Men deceiving: We’re believing
In our Lord, and interceding
For our nation and its people
To obey their God today.
He is our hope for our future.
For our wounds He offers suture.
He is all we need for this life.
Trust Him with your life today.

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