Good Thursday morning. Did you see Bernie’s mittens at the inauguration yesterday? They were made by a Vermont Schoolteacher and he really rocked them!

Here comes the beast!

Revelation 11: 7-14

7 When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is prophetically called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days members of the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb; 10 and the inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to the inhabitants of 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 those who saw them were terrified. 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 watched them. 13 At that moment there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed. The third woe is coming very soon.

So the beast kills the witnesses (Moses & Elijah) and leaves their bodies in the street. In Jewish thought, it was a terrible thing that a body should not be buried. In these end times, the people who refuse and reject God, rejoice and celebrate over these bodies. That would be a most disgusting event for any reader of the Revelation.

After 3 1/2 days (remember that is half of 7–the complete #), the breath of God comes into them and they stand up reenacting Elijah’s first departure to heaven in 2 Kings 2:11.

Then, to add to the terror, comes a destructive earthquake. Those who saw that and were spared gave glory to God. This is the story of the cross and the resurrection all over again!

Unfortunately, there is more woe to come.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue