1. The question of ‘who are the two witnesses’ in 11:3-12 has received many answers. Assuming that they represent the witness of the church throughout the present age, what lessons can we learn from this passage concerning true witness for Christ, the authority of his witnesses, their preservation, their suffering to death, and their final triumph? Cf. Luke 10:19; John 16:2; Acts 7:54-60
2. When God’s purposes are completely fulfilled by the sounding of the seventh trumpet (see 10:7), who is seen to be triumphant at the last? What attributes and activities of God make his triumph over all opposition certain? What ought this prospect to make us do?
- Verses 1, 2. The purpose of the measuring is to mark out what is to be preserved. If the temple represents Christ’s people (1 Cor. 3:16), the outer court may represent the Jews in their unbelief (Luke 21:24).
- Verses 2, 3 ’42 months’ is the same length of time as ‘1,260 days’ and as ‘a time, times, and half a time’ (3 and half years) of 12:6 and 12:14. It appears here to be a conventional description of the duration of the present age. Note the contrast in verse 11- only ‘three and a half days’.