“When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them . . . But after three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet.” (Revelation 11:7, 11a-b from Revelation 11:1-14 )
Five years ago I paralleled this passage to the “Left Behind” series, as I did in yesterday’s posting. I can not think of any other literary offering that has utilized prophetic passages from the bible as deftly as the the “Left Behind” series. But as I said yesterday (and five years ago) that series has sort of been left behind.
However, the fulfillment of Revelation is still in front of us, and we do not know how that will actually come about. But something occurred to me as my thoughts idled on this passage. What if this passage finds its fulfillment not just in heaven, but on earth? Incidentally, that is how LeHaye & Jenkins used it, prophets here on earth. But suppose it was not biblical prophets brought to modern day, but modern day prophets who reminded the not so faithful of what the Lord and what the Lord would do? And if we stretch this just a touch further, suppose this a metaphor to encourage people to speak out God’s truth? And not to despair if the message is not believed or stopped, because true prophets of God cannot be stopped. Even when you think they are “dead”, God breathes new life into the prophets, or the succeeding prophets and the word is continued to be spoken.
It need not be a story for just the end times, but a story for now – during the waiting. And an encouragement for us to speak out as God leads us. The “beast” from the “pit” may make war upon the believer, trying to silence the believer. But God’s word cannot be silenced. It rises up, as if from the dead. And is heard again.
May you gentle reader have the courage to speak God’s truth. And when it seems like the word has died within you, may God breath new life into you. Selah! And shalom for your day!