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Read devotionals for May 2020

June 1, 2020

Revelation 11:2 Ė But the court which is without the temple leave out and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.


Thought: John measured the temple, but the court without the temple was not to be measured. It would not be brought under the protective care of God. This was the court of the Gentiles. It is interesting that God can clearly make a distinction between humanity. He knows who is to be measured and those who are not to be measured. John is also told that the Gentiles would tread the holy city under foot for forty-two months. Does this represent the city of Jerusalem? Or, does this represent the church? Commentators are divided.

II Timothy 2:19


June 2, 2020

Revelation 11:3 Ė And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.


Thought: During the forty two months, or one thousand two hundred sixty days, two witnesses would prophesy in sackcloth. Their message would be an inspired message from God. There would be two of them in order to establish the truthfulness of their ministry and to be assets to one another. They would be clothed in sackcloth, the garment of mourning which corresponded to their message. Exactly who these witnesses are is not revealed. Their function in proclaiming Godís Word, however, cannot be underestimated.

Deuteronomy 19:15


June 3, 2020

Revelation 11:4 Ė These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.


Thought: This figure is also found in Zechariah 4. However, Zechariah only sees one lampstand instead of two. Candlesticks are a means of producing light. The olive oil from the olive trees fuels the light. The prophecy of the two witnesses would shine forth the light of truth into a dark world during the thousand two hundred and threescore days. This truth proceeds from God as evidence of their standing before the God of the earth. If there is anything desperately needed by man at all times, it is the light of Godís truth.

II Peter 1:19


June 4, 2020

Revelation 11:5 Ė And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.


Thought: Those who proclaim the truth of Godís Word will always have those who will oppose them. Some of the opposition will seek to bring harm to them. In the case of Godís witnesses here, the opposition would not be able to stand before them. Fire would proceed out of their mouth and would devour their enemies. Those who sought to hurt them would be killed. God had a purpose for these individuals. No man could harm them while they were fulfilling the mission had called them to accomplish.

II Kings 1:9-13