(10) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
At the death of the two witnesses (those who take the gospel message to lost mankind) we find the lost world rejoicing, making merry, and exchanging gifts. What a devastating picture this presents to each one of us…
Stop and think about it… two men take the gospel to the lost world, attempting to show them their need of salvation and give them an opportunity to find forgiveness of their sins. In return for their act of love, the lost world slays them, treats their bodies with disrespect and then finds great joy in what they have done. Basically, it is as if lost mankind has a great celebratory party… they experience great fleshly joy, they encourage others to be merry, and they exchange gifts as an act of goodwill. One big happy party!
Throughout all the different time frames of the Bible we find this same type of attitude existing among the lost (Judges 16:23-24; Psa 13:4, 35:19-26; Oba 1:12; Micah 7:8; John 16:20).
Folks, do you know those who are happy when they see distress in your life? Are there family, “friends”, or other acquaintances that literally hate you for your stand for Christ? You are not alone. There are many who have walked in your footsteps and many more to come…
Joh 15:18-19 KJV – “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you… If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.”
But there is one danger against which we need to always be on guard… the danger of childishly being obnoxious and rude in our service to Christ. This simply invites others to turn against us and the message we proclaim. Just as taking a stand for the truths of God is important, it is just as important to take a stand in a loving, kind, gentle way…
Eph 4:14-15 KJV – “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
2Co 8:7-9 KJV – “Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”
Gal 6:1 KJV – “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
As we witness for our Lord and Savior, may we all recognize that we cannot expect to be loved by all. Our Lord has clearly explained that being a witness for Him will cause some to despise us.
But likewise, may we all understand the great need to serve and speak with a spirit of love and humility, recognizing that apart from God’s grace, we would still be alienated from God, under His condemnation, and destined for eternal separation from God in eternal punishment.
May we be hated by others due to the CONTENT of our message and never the ATTITUDE in which our message is presented. To proclaim God’s message of love and grace with a hardened, prideful attitude only mocks the true message of grace and brings disgrace to our Lord.
Let us never act in a way which begs for lost mankind to reject our Savior, His truth, and His messenger (ourselves).
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation