Revelation 11:9

Friday, 12 February 2021

Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. Revelation 11:9

The previous verse noted that the dead bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the street of the great city (certainly speaking of Jerusalem). Now John says, “Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations.” This is an all-encompassing thought that could be spiritualized, but today there is no need to do so. In the past, such a thought could be conveyed as well, as a message went out from one nation to another by courier, but that would take an extraordinary amount of time.

However, a long amount of time is not available with what this verse next conveys. John says that these many categories “will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days.” At the time of John, seeing something meant within the distance of the human eye, or maybe as a depiction in a drawing. However, John’s words clearly convey that people from all over the world would be able to see these dead bodies all at once, and for a period of three-and-a-half days.

Unless this timeframe is somehow spiritualized, it would be impossible to think this could happen at John’s time, or at any time up to the present generation. And yet, with the advent of the internet, smart phones, live-streaming, and so on, this is not only possible, but it is what one would naturally expect for a such an event. Something like “The Two Witnesses” live webcam could have been broadcasting during the entire time of the witnessing. Upon their deaths, it would continue to run. With these two “enemies” of the state now dead, John says that the people of the world will “not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.”

In the Middle East, as elsewhere in hot sunny climates (assuming it is the warm time of the year), it is important to bury bodies quickly due to the effects of decay. However, the world will be happy to have these men lie open and exposed as they rejoice in their perceived triumph over them and over the message they proclaimed. As they claimed they were speaking on behalf of the Lord, the thought will be that of triumph over Him.

The words of this verse show a world filled with wickedness, as they jointly deny these two the respect of burial.

Life application: This verse does not prove John was referring to modern technology, such as TV, live-streaming, and so on. However, it does suggest it. Because these things are now a normal part of everyday society, it is easy to see how what John relays to us certainly matches the world as it now is.

Those who deny that Revelation is written for our time might say that the categories of people mentioned in this verse were simply pilgrims to Jerusalem and were thus representative of the known world at the time. However, it is no longer necessary to look at the events in such a manner. The description of the armies in Chapter 9 clearly point to modern armies. As this is certain, there is no reason to take what is stated in these verses as anything but literal as well. They exactingly match what is now possible in the world today.

As this is so, it shows that we are probably very near to the time in which these events will come about. That, in turn, tells us that we are even nearer to the coming of the rapture. Each day draws us nearer to the day we will be called home to be with JESUS!

Lord God, we surely live during exciting times. It is wonderful to think of the blessing of living in this age and seeing the things that people of the past could not have even imagined. And yet, we also now face new types of trials and frustrations unknown to those of the past. Our lives are hurried, and our days are overloaded. Help us to focus on what is most important, which is our relationship with You. Help us to not be distracted from that! Amen.






7 thoughts on “Revelation 11:9

  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Good Day SW family.
    Thank you Pastor Charlie for today’s lesson. As we read about the 2 witnesses being killed and their bodies lying dead in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days, there was rejoicing over their deaths, today the opposite is happening in my country. I have asked my church family to pray for us and continue to do so. Today is the funeral of the latest female victim of kidnapping and murder. Businesses will be closed today, women are not going to work all in solidarity with this bereaved family. The funeral service will be streamed live, so the entire world will know what is going on. It is a great day of mourning over here. There is a lot of fear among women, and protests are growing every day. Please pray for us. I do not know what will happen after today, we can’t take much more of this.
    It is comforting to know that I have a church family that I can count on, because we are hearing nothing from the pastors, even though this latest victim was a born again believer. Thank you all very much.
    Even so come Lord Jesus.

  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 9:00 am

    my prayers are with you ruth and your country . the things i am reading and seeing now , our country is also in trouble , i see persecution coming our way , help us to stand LORD JESUS in YOUR strength as the day draws near . -love and prayers

  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Thank you God for another day of praising and reading your word. Jesus you are the Messiah of Nazareth. Please give your holy believers courage and strength for whatever in life you have for us to face. Help us not to fear such wickedness. Please turn our mourning into joy as promised by you. Let us cling to you as our hope. Praise you for your word that is a light in these dark times. Hosanna. Reveal yourself and build our faith in perilous times. Rescue your people whose hope is in you.

  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 10:01 am

    I agree with you all in all your precious prayers. Thank you Charlie for yet again another deep insight into our Lord’s Word today, May God continue to lead us and guide us and keep our loved ones safe and protected and growing in faith and trust. Praise and glory to You Lord, Jesus, we love You.

  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 10:35 am

    Praying for your country Ruth, we all think our problems are bad until we hear others problems that make our problems seem insignificant by comparison. I know my problems are just that insignificant compared to Ruth and others I know yet Satan tricks us into thinking our problems no matter how small they really are, are earth shaking to us. Anything he can do to break our focus on Jesus and make us focus on ourselves The bottom line big or small problems the lord wants us to call on him for everything. No problem is to big or to small for our God to deal with. Pray daily for us all to see all the silver linings God has given us in our lives to overcome satans attacks on us So very soon now he will bring us home and all these problems will be wiped away forever and we will be forever In The light the love and the joy of Jesus. Praise Jesus our redemption is at hand Amen amen and amen

  • Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Thank you Charlie and SW family! My heart goes out to you Ruth and your country. In these times, we need to be strong and faithful like Ruth was and see how God blessed her. Let us draw strength seeing how people underwent terrible suffering, but prevailed by the grace of God. God carries our heavy burdens when we call upon Him. Let us remember and call upon God throughout the day.

  • Saturday, February 13th, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Thank each of you. And Ruth, you know that you in Trinidad are in our hearts and prayers. <><


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