And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
John sees a glorious vision…. The two witnesses for Christ, after being murdered for their stand for Christ, is now brought back form the dead and taken home to be with their Lord!
Please keep in mind, these two witnesses symbolize for us all of the faithful witnesses for Christ throughout history. Although these witnesses have been martyred, that is not the end of the story. At his death, although the Christian’s spirit goes to be with His Lord, His body goes to the grave, separated from Christ. From an earthly viewpoint, it appears as if he has been defeated and the powers of wickedness rule the day.
However, at the second coming of Christ, this seeming defeat is turned into eternal victory. The saint’s body is resurrected from the grave and the saint now enters eternity with a glorified body going home to be eternally in the presence of his Lord Jesus. This takes place immediately before Christ sends His wrath against lost mankind bringing them to utter ruin…
Rom 8:11 KJV – But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
1Th 4:16-17 KJV – For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
Jud 1:14-15 KJV – And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
In this part of the vision we can see another wonderful assurance of our blessings that are yet to come. Even when a Christian is martyred by a lost world, it is not the end of the story. Christ promises a future resurrection from the dead and an entrance into eternity into His presence followed by the permanent defeat of those who have mistreated His people.
May we all praise the Lord for His promise of a certain victory over the powers of darkness, and may we allow this knowledge to encourage us as we face opposition from the lost world around us.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation