The Good Guise

Revelation 11

The underlying implication of the You are here phrase put forth by the two witnesses is that it is only possible for a person to understand God’s plan from what is happening around them, or what has already taken place. It is quite impossible for specifics about the manifestation of future prophecies to be stated with any degree of certainty.

If we look at the two witnesses this is better understood. Now that we know that it is through rock and roll that the prophecies were delivered it is very clear that someone reading Revelation 11 a thousand years ago would be unable to see the two witnesses correctly because they would have needed to visualize the technology that was used by the two witnesses. How could we expect someone living a thousand years ago to describe the two witnesses as operating within a framework of radio, phonographs and albums?

The same holds true for those prophecies that are slated to take place in the future. Unless we are able to determine that a prophetic statement is going to manifest itself very soon then any attempt to explain upcoming manifestations of prophecy is futile.

To that end, the two witnesses came and delivered prophecy related to the events taking place in Revelation 12 and 13. As has been learned since identifying the two witnesses and their prophecies, Revelation 12 addresses the events that must come to pass that are related to the finding of the tomb of Mary Magdalene. Revelation 13, the two witnesses have shown us, deals with the rise of the bloodline of Mary Magdalene, culminating in the reign of the anti-Christ. If we acknowledge the you are here message as being correct, then it is not possible for anyone to describe specifically how each passage in those two chapters will come to pass. In other words, in terms of explaining how each passage will specifically manifest itself, precisely explaining future manifestations of prophecy is an impossible act if one acknowledges the essence of the you are here slogan. We now can say with certainty that it is nearly impossible, if not impossible, to describe how each passage will come to pass in the future.

In other words, even though we have determined from studying the two witnesses that the anti-Christ is going to be strongly connected to the number nine, it is not possible to say with certainty how this beast will be fully embodied except that there is, within the embodiment of the anti-Christ, a strong and undeniable tie to Islam. This makes sense because if it was possible to know exactly how, when, and where a passage will come to pass many would attempt to stop it from taking place and someone would succeed.

There are, however, some details about Revelation 12 and 13, chapters in Revelation that have not yet taken place, that are able to be stated with a high degree of accuracy because of the two witnesses. These statements are somewhat specific but not to the degree that anyone will be able to understand with certainty how each angle of these chapters will play out over time.

But it is possible to speak very concisely about Revelation 11, for a portion of that chapter has already come to pass. At the time that this chapter is being finalized, it is currently December 14, 2008. To date, Revelation 11:1-10 have already taken place, and Revelation 11:11 is currently taking place. Furthermore, the remainder of Revelation 11, verses 12-18, which haven’t taken place yet, are also able to be talked about to a greater degree of specificity than Revelation 12 and 13 are able to be discussed, since the tail end of Revelation 11 is closely related to events described in Revelation 11:1-10, which, as has been just pointed out, have already taken place.

To better explain what is being said here, imagine a person sitting at a table pounding his fist on the table. As the person raises and lowers his hand to strike the table we see that we are better able to predict the future based on the location, direction and velocity of the hand. As this person raises his hand and starts to lower it to strike the table we see that as his hand gets closer to the table we are better able to predict correctly that his hand will strike the table. For example, if the person’s hand is traveling very quickly towards the table, and if that person’s hand is currently only a centimeter from the table, we are able to state with near certainty that his hand will indeed strike the table.

This simple example is given to show you that it is possible to predict the future, in this case – that the person’s hand is going to hit the table, but making these predictions is only possible when working within the you are here framework that the two witnesses spoke about. That is to say, only within the context of one’s own life experience is the future able to be predicted. If we try to predict the exact time and date that this person will strike the table, say twenty years from now, you can see that predicting the future now becomes a nearly impossible task.

Once this understanding of how the you are here phrase needs to be applied is realized, we see that the two witnesses aren’t telling us anything new; they are just providing the proper level of emphasis on this aspect of our reality.

As a result of being able to arrive at this understanding of the you are here concept, the claim that it is possible to be more specific about what is written in Revelation 11:11-19 then what is written in Revelation 12 and 13 is able to be put forth. Though these passages found in Revelation 11:11-19 will take place in the future just as those passages in Revelation 12 and 13 will, we can show that passages in Revelation 11:11-19 are closely related to the first 10 passages in Revelation 11; passages which have already come to pass. While it is still technically correct to say that any statements made related to passages from Revelation 11:11-19 are statements regarding future events, I do hope you agree that the statements that follow made regarding those passages have the potential to be much more accurate or much more specific than any observations that can be made about Revelation 12 and 13. It stands to reason that the manifestation of Revelation 11:11-19 will be in synch with the first ten passages of Revelation that have already come to pass.

If we accept that the two witnesses were John and Paul starting and ending November 24, 1966 and May 7, 1970, respectively, then we are able to take the prophecies they delivered, along with the lives the two of them lived, and derive the following understanding of the first 11 verses of Revelation:

Revelation 11:1-2
I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told,
“Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.
But exclude the outer court; do not measure it,
because it has been given to the Gentiles.
They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

Here we are being told that the author of Revelation, John from Patmos, realized while prophesying that a portion of Revelation – the portion that deals with the outer court, or anti-Christ, – is going to be prophesied about by some entity other than him; this entity is the two witnesses. It is also here with the use of the word reed in the TNIV that the two witnesses understood that they should use music to deliver the prophecies. By using music to deliver the prophecies, they emulated the manner in which John prophesied on Patmos and made his prophecies available by using a reed, or writing utensil. That the two witnesses understood this reference to the word reed as referring to their musical capabilities is stated on the cover of Sgt. Pepper as each of The Beatles are holding onto a wind instrument, [181] each of which is a member of the reed family.

Here, in Revelation 12:1-2 we are told that the outer court is what is to be discussed by someone else and we find out in later passages that these other people are the two witnesses. Since we now know what the two witnesses prophesied about we understand that this outer court is a phrase meant to describe those events that are (1) required to happen so that the Establishment can take place; (2) so unholy that details of these events can not be discussed, or contained, in The Bible.

We are also told here that these two witnesses must be Gentiles, which both John and Paul were.

The trample phrase indicates that the prophecies that will be delivered by the two witnesses will deal specifically with the devil, which can be thought of also as the anti-Christ. This interpretation of the word trample as being directly related to the devil was arrived at by applying passages in Luke to this passage in Revelation. In Luke 8:5, as Jesus Christ is delivering his parable of the sower, he used the word trample as follows:

A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path;
it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.

Then, as Jesus Christ explains this parable, he explains the above passage by stating the following in Luke 8:12:

Those along the path are the ones who hear,
and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts,
so that they may not believe and be saved.

With these two passages a symbolic connection is established between trampling and the devil. Though the trampling that must take place in Luke does not directly represent that devil, this trampling creates the environment needed for the devil, the anti-Christ in this case in Revelation, to come and flourish. This is in accordance with the efforts of the two witnesses, for their efforts allow the anti-Christ to come and flourish.

To summarize what is being conveyed in Revelation 11:1-2 we should think of these two passages as conveying the following information:

Music is going to be the vehicle by which the prophecies of the two witnesses will be delivered. [182] The prophecies will deal specifically with what is referred to here as being the outer court,
which is now understood to be the events leading up to and including
the rise and death of the anti-Christ. [183]
For 42 months God is going to permit prophecy to be delivered in a manner
that is usually considered as being unholy, or evil, [184]
but since the prophecies deal with the anti-Christ this is the only way that
God will allow prophecy to take place.
Not only are the manners in which prophecy is being delivered unorthodox,
but it is from outsiders – Gentiles – that the two witnesses will come.
These two witnesses will complete all actions that have already been ordained to occur,
and most of those actions are such that the effect will be that the prophesying
is completed in a manner that would be considered
not good
by typical Christians.

Revelation 11:3
And I will appoint my two witnesses,
and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.

Here it is stated that an external source will be involved in the selecting of who the two witnesses will be. [185] This external source, it turns out, is John on Patmos [186] himself and he accomplishes this appointing by providing the descriptive passages of the two witnesses that are found in Revelation 11:4-12. His role regarding this portion of Revelation is to provide enough information about the two witnesses so that the two witnesses will realize that it is them that are being described and also so the two witnesses will understand what they need to accomplish. After that, it is up to the two witnesses to complete the period of prophecy.

The two witnesses will prophesy for 1,260 days. This turned out to be a literal time period, a period starting on 11/24/1966 and ending on 05/07/1970. Identifying this time period allowed great strides to be accomplished in terms of understanding the two witnesses in terms of time frame. For example, because we have identified the period of prophecy as something that has already taken place we can say that we now know almost exactly where we are currently at in The Bible in terms of events slated to take place. This understanding of where we are currently at in the vision put forth in Revelation is one that is only true in terms of events taking place, not in terms of date and time. In other words, we don’t know when the next event will transpire but we do know what the next event, or passage to take place, will be.[187]

The clothed in sackcloth phrase indicates that the two witnesses will complete the period of prophecy during a time of social turmoil. The symbolic importance of the term sackcloth was identified when it was seen that sackcloth is defined in the TNIV’s glossary as being in part something that is worn during times of social protest. It is fair to say that the world during the period of prophecy was one that could be described as one containing great social protest. This idea that the world will be in a state of flux or social protest as the Lord completes many of his actions is one that is found throughout The Bible. Two examples of biblical passages that exemplify this aspect of sackcloth follow:

Is 50:2-3
When I came, why was there no one?
When I called, why was there no one to answer?
Was my arm too short to deliver you?
Do I lack the strength to rescue you?
By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea,
I turn rivers into a desert;
their fish rot for lack of water
and die of thirst.
I clothe the heavens with darkness
and make sackcloth its covering.”

Jer 4:7-8
7 A lion has come out of his lair;
a destroyer of nations has set out.
He has left his place
to lay waste your land.
Your towns will lie in ruins
without inhabitant.
So put on sackcloth,
lament and wail,
for the fierce anger of the LORD
has not turned away from us.

As we can see in the above passages, it seems to be a common event that when God wants to advance the plan of Jesus Christ, the Establishment, he at times causes such turmoil at the individual level of the human being that they become so occupied with their own personal situation that they are unable to pay any attention to advancements being made towards the Establishment. Understanding this aspect of advancements towards the Establishment helps to further explain how it could be that no one was able to identify the two witnesses in a real time fashion for most everyone during the late 1960’s was preoccupied with matters that pertained more often than not with their own personal or societal issues.

In consideration of the above comments just made, we could say that Revelation 11:3 could best be summarized as follows:

The two witnesses will complete 1,260 days of prophecy, as previously ordained.
The exact date of this period of prophecy is now known to have started on
November 24th, 1966 and ended on May 7th, 1970.
During this time period the world will be in a general state of social turmoil.
This type of turmoil is nothing new as we can show that it has taken place elsewhere in The Bible,
and the most common explanation of turmoil at the human level is that it occurs so that
the human race will be preoccupied with day-to-day events
and lose focus on advancements made that bring the Establishment closer to its manifestation.

Revelation 11:4
They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands,
and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”

The descriptive phrase two olive trees serves to describe the two witnesses as being prophets. The Bible shows in various passages that olives serve to symbolically represent those that prophecy. [189]

The lampstands term is used to show that the two witnesses have the ability to shine or illuminate on their own, or from within. This means that the two witnesses, though allowed to exist by God to further the Establishment, will prophecy about the anti-Christ, or the outer court.

That the two witnesses stand before [190] the lord of the Earth in this passage indicates that the two witnesses come just before the anti-Christ appears. What should be understood by this relationship between the two witnesses and the Lord of the Earth is that they are also inter-related as one gives rise to the other. In Revelation 13 we see that there are two beasts, one of which is the Beast out of the earth. This Lord of the earth phrase is a reference to this beast out of the earth.

Revelation 11:5
If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies.
This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.

The use of the word die above is a symbolic reference to how all attempts by others to harm or impede their period of prophecy will not be allowed to succeed.

This passage states that the two witnesses will be great orators in the sense that anyone that gets in their way as far as completing the period of prophecy goes will be unsuccessful. They will be able to talk their way out of any situation that may potentially derail the period of prophecy. This passage indicates that the completing of the 1,260 day period of prophecy is something that will be met with challenges and the two witnesses will be able to resolve all issues that threaten to bring the period of prophecy to an early end. This, of course, was the case as John and Paul successfully kept the period of prophecy on track. One way that they did this was that they purposely mislead everyone about what their songs were all about. [191]

Revelation 11:6
They have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain
during the time they are prophesying;
and they have power to turn the waters into blood
and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

What is being conveyed here is the notion that when the prophecies are being delivered no one will be able to detect in a real-time manner that the prophecies are being delivered. [192]

We are also told here specifically what their prophecies [193] pertain to as it is stated that the prophecies (water) lead to the emergence of the bloodline of Mary Magdalene. [194]

The most probable explanation regarding what the strike the earth phrase pertains to was derived by asking the question

what is it that the two witnesses did in a large-scale manner?
That is, what did the two witnesses do that could be characterized as being done as often as they want?

It is assumed that this ability to strike the earth…as often as they want is a characteristic that was manifested. The only possible answer to a question such as this would be that their musical releases, their songs, were released in a large-scale fashion. However, when we consider just how many times these songs were then played by those wanting to hear them, it is quite easy to visualize a world as one being bombarded with the music of the two witnesses.

If we accept that it is the music of the two witnesses that is striking against the earth, then we have to acknowledge that the music is considered to be a plague, as that is what this passage indicates. If we think of a plague as being something that is neither a negative event nor a positive one, but as being something that affects a large body of people then we can say that this phrase is saying that the two witnesses have the ability to affect virtually everyone by exposing them to their music. But then, it could be that this music is a negative, as the word plague indicates, which opens up a new line of reasoning, one that must eventually come to terms with defining the underlying nature and purpose of the rock and roll that has been created, starting with the likes of Elvis Presley, to the present.

Revelation 11:7
Now when they have finished their testimony,
the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them,
and overpower and kill them.

This passage states that when the period of prophecy ends the two witnesses will cease to exist in terms of their ability to put forth prophecy. [195] This passage was fulfilled by the release of Let It Be on May 8th, 1970, a day after the period of prophecy ended. This is why the phrase This is a new phase album is found on the back cover of Let It Be [196]. If we associate the This is a new phase album phrase with the two witnesses it is reasonable to conclude that the album’s release took place primarily to bring the 1,260 day period of prophecy to a formal close.

Though this passage states that when the period of prophecy ends the two witnesses will be killed, it is not a reference to the actual murder of either of the two witnesses. With the use of the symbolic phrase kill them it is being stated in The Bible that nothing will be able to stop the period of prophecy from completing once it has started; that is, until the period of prophecy has fully completed. Let It Be, though featuring songs by the Lennon-McCartney duo, was written and recorded prior to the end of the period of prophecy. The timing of this album being written and recorded is such that it can be stated that after the period of prophecy ended the two witnesses never created another musical product together.

Revelation 11:8
Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city,
which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt,
where also their Lord was crucified.

The term bodies is used here to symbolically represent the artistic body of work created by the two witnesses. [197] Here we see that this biblical passage is very symbolic, as one’s initial inclination is to think of the bodies mentioned here as being a reference to the physical bodies of the two witnesses. Once we understand that it is a reference to the bodies of work that they created an understanding of what is being said here in this biblical passage becomes not only very clear and understandable but something that can take place.

The reference to the great city is a reference to New York City, not Jerusalem. Sodom and Egypt symbolically represents both physical immorality, in the sense of the sexual immorality of Sodom, and spiritual immorality in the sense that it is like a desert in Egypt. Here we are told that New York City is like this or emulates these characteristics during the period of time following the two witnesses’ period of prophecy. Where also their Lord was crucified is a phrase that refers not to Jesus Christ, but to the two witnesses. In order to understand how this is so we need to identify who or what the word their refers to, as it is used in the phrase where also their Lord was crucified. With the use of the word their we have a reference to the bodies of the two witnesses which we now understand to be the artistic products of the two witnesses. John and Paul were the creators of this body of work, thereby allowing this use of the word Lord to be a reference to them. In other words, we need to understand that the use of the word Lord here is a symbolic and not a literal expression.

We also see in this passage that their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city. This passage is saying that the Lennon-McCartney works that were created during the period of prophecy will be controlled by a business entity located in New York City. The phrase great city, which is a reference to New York City, and not Jerusalem, is substantiated because they say that it is the very city in which their Lord was crucified. This passage is saying that the artistic works will be centered in the same city that the two witnesses will be slain in. The murder of John Lennon in New York City fulfills this passage as he was not only slain in New York City, but he was also the creator, of Lord, of the artistic body of works. Since Paul is still alive it would be reasonable to conclude that his death may well also take place in New York City, though that remains to be seen. It could be that John Lennon’s death alone serves to completely satisfy this particular biblical passage.

Revelation 11:9
For three and a half days many from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.

The reference to three and a half days is symbolic and meant to represent a 35 year period, [198] one starting on May 8th, 1970 and ending during May, 2005. During this period we are being told here that the artistic works of the two witnesses will remain popular and well known. Of course, this is what has happened in regards to the Lennon-McCartney works released while with The Beatles.

Revelation 11:10
The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

The fans of The Beatles, which are primarily average working class people, will continue to keep the works of the two witnesses popular. The works of the two witnesses serve to strengthen the average person, while causing problems for those that want to exploit the average man. In other words, the two witnesses in general delivered a message that is more supportive of the common person and not the richer, more controlling upper echelon of society; those persons that exist primarily by exploiting the less fortunate. After all, the very words of Jesus Christ himself advance the idea that it is the elite rich person that is potentially farthest from God and Jesus Christ. [199]

The those who live on the earth phrase is not a statement meant to convey those who live on the surface of the planet earth. This phrase should be understood to be saying those who exist and prosper by exploiting those who are considered to be common, average, ordinary and therefore vulnerable people.

Revelation 11:11
But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.

Thirty-five years after the period of prophecy ended the prophecies were identified and seen as existing in the works of the two witnesses. [200] This passage was fulfilled during the month of July, 2005. At this time in Revelation, the works of the two witnesses are re-examined by many in regards to the prophecies. When it becomes obvious that Islam is identified as being from where the anti-Christ will come, Islamic terrorists will retaliate by committing a massive terrorist attack, killing those that not only believe that the prophecies of the two witnesses are correct, but those that propagate this idea as well.

It is here in Revelation 11:11 that we transition from an explanation of what has already come to pass and what is yet to come. The first 22 words of this passage have either already taken or are now taking place with your reading of this document. The final seven words – and terror struck those who saw them – has yet to happen. I have concluded that these final seven words are directly related to the first 22 because all 29 words are contained in the same passage. This allows the conclusion to be reached that the terrorist act referenced here is directly related to the dissemination of the anti-Christ aspect of the prophecies of the two witnesses. Of course, this terrorist attack may take place independent of the dissemination of the prophecies. However, what must be realized is that this terrorist attack will take place one way of the other.

Revelation 11:12
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 looked on.

Those that are killed that believe in the two witnesses enter heaven (leave this world). Believing in the two witnesses is all that is needed at this time to get into heaven. With the use of the term cloud we can understand that this cloud is the result of a massive attack. The most easily visualized cloud is one resulting from a nuclear attack, but only the passing of this event will show us how this passage manifests itself.

Revelation 11:13
At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

The terrorist attack that brings about this severe earthquake is massive. With the terrorist bombing taking place in a densely populated area this earthquake is most likely caused by a large building falling. Some 7,000 people die in this bombing and when the Islamic terrorists claim responsibility many grow very afraid of the Islamic terrorists and the conversion to Islam by many begins at this point. Of course, this is all assuming that the reference to 7,000 people dying is taken literally. If this statement is symbolic, indicating that 7,000 bloodlines will die, the number of people that die here increases dramatically, perhaps even astronomically.

Revelation 11:14
The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.

Revelation 11:15
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet,
and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
”The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”

This passage is written with Daniel 2:31-44 in mind. It is at this point in Revelation that the final man-made kingdom, the iron kingdom, comes to a formal end, allowing the initial stage of the Establishment to begin. With the passages that speak of the end of the kingdom of our world and the beginning of the kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah this is being told to us. Worth noting is that it is the Islamic terrorist that brings the iron civilization to a close.

Also, understanding that it is at Revelation 11:15 that the iron civilization ends let’s us gain a greater appreciation for the standing on the cast-iron shore phrase that appears in Glass Onion. With the two witnesses appearing in the first part of Revelation 11 we can see that indeed we are very close to the end of the cast-iron civilization.

Revelation 11:16-18
And the twenty-four elders,
who were seated on their thrones before God,
fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying:
“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and have begun to reign.
The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

Passages in Revelation 11:15 show us that events related to acts committed by Islamic terrorists are what serve to bring about the formal beginning of the Establishment. These three verses here in Revelation 11:16-18 acknowledge this as these passages are written from the perspective of Islam, not Christianity. This point is exemplified by the statement in Revelation 11:18 which states that the time has come….for rewarding your servants the prophets. Also we see that the elders fell on their face, which is a posture assumed by Islamic people while praying. The Islamic perspective is employed here because at this time Islam has become the dominating religious position amongst the human race.

The most significant difference between Islam and Christianity as far as Jesus Christ goes is that Islam says that Jesus Christ is only a prophet, while Christianity says that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. So, this particular reference to prophets in this passage in Revelation 11:16-18 is intended to include Jesus Christ, but from the perspective of an Islamic person. Also, the passage in Revelation 11:18, which states, The time has come for judging the dead, is now able to be understood since we now understand the prophecies of the two witnesses.

Throughout this book you have learned that they delivered prophecies related to the reign of the anti-Christ. The two witnesses have shown us that the anti-Christ will come from Islam; in particular, from the bloodline of Mary Magdalene, a bloodline that is incorporated into Islam. Mary Magdalene takes on great importance to Muslims because after her tomb is discovered they become preoccupied with being able to show that she was married to Jesus Christ, though he never was married to her. This is done to significantly weaken Christianity.

The two witnesses help this all come to pass because they delivered prophecies that tell where the tomb of Mary Magdalene is located. Once her tomb is found, scientific analysis completed on her remains will lead to the identification of her living offspring.

This is where the statement that includes the phrase judging the dead in Revelation 11:18 comes into play. The phrase judging the dead is a symbolic expression meant to reference the scientific analysis that will be performed on the remains of Mary Magdalene. Judging the dead is a symbolic way of saying that scientific capability will have advanced to the point that it will be possible to identify the living descendants of deceased people by analyzing the remains of the dead.

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