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Revelation 11:1-14: Truth-Torment or Treasure?

on July 26, 2014

“You can’t handle the truth!”  is a famous movie quote by Jack Nicholson from A Few Good Men.  And he is correct; the truth is often very difficult to hear.  Truth–real, absolute truth–never changes or varies.  It cannot be twisted to fit our lifestyle or personal beliefs.  If truth steps on our toes, we are inclined to rebel, fight, and create our own “truths.”

Biblical prophets are truth-tellers.  So it is no wonder they are generally despised and mocked and many were often murdered.  In the end times there will be two God-ordained truth-tellers that will prophesy for 1,260 days straight.  But, they will be killed and the people will rejoice because they don’t have to hear hard truth and face conviction over the false “truths” by which they have been living.  Here is what it says in verses 8-10:  And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt (corrupt and oppressive), where their Lord was crucified.  For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a TORMENT to those who dwell on the earth.

BUT!!!  Truth never dies!  In verses 11-13 it says, “But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here!’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. And at that hour 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.

When we hear the truth, do we: 1) get angry and fight against it or 2) do we fear the Lord, receive it and give Him glory?  Does truth torment us, or is it a treasure to us?


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