Revelation Chapter 11:10

Revelation 11:10 – And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

After the beast kills the two witnesses, the earth dwellers celebrate their death. As discussed in Revelation 6:10, the earth dwellers are God’s enemies who follow the beast (Revelation 13:8-14), in contrast to believers who are citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20). Most of the earth dwellers fail the test of the Tribulation and continue to reject God, in spite of relentless judgment that God pours out on the earth:

“Rejoice … make merry … send gifts”: Wild with joy over the death of their tormentors, those who dwell on the earth (a phrase used 11 times in Revelation to speak of unbelievers), will celebrate the two witnesses” deaths as a holiday.

These are the same people who “rejoice,” “make merry,” and “send gifts to one another” over the murders of God’s two witnesses at the midpoint of the Tribulation (Rev. 11:10); the same people who “blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory” (Rev. 16:9); the same people who “blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds:” (Rev. 16:11); the same people who “blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail” (Rev. 16:21); and the same people whose “sins have reached to heaven”, who are guilty of “the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth” (Rev. 18:5, 24).

Verses 11-14: The two witnesses are brought back to “life”, and then taken up into “heaven”. Their “enemies” react in “fear”, since their resurrection is incontrovertible proof that their message was true and the Jesus is God and Messiah. An “earthquake” kills “seven thousand men”. Compare the earthquake that opened tombs and allowed many to be raised at the time of Christ’s death (Matt. 27:51-53). The “remnant” are the “rest”, those who are not killed by the earthquake. Many of them repent and give “glory to God”. The parenthesis begun with chapter 10 ends here. The “third woe” is the seventh trumpet, which “comes” next (verse 15).

Revelation 3:10 – Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

The fact that the earth dwellers celebrate the two witnesses’ death shows that they place the blame for their misery on the two witnesses and reject their testimony of God, just like Pharaoh continued to reject Moses’ testimony of God, and his heart became more hardened with each subsequent plague. Even when God pours out the last of the Tribulation judgments, the earth dwellers refuse to repent and even blaspheme God, recognizing He is the source of their misery:

Revelation 16:8-11 – Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory. Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

As a sign of the earth dwellers’ jubilant relief following the death of the two witnesses, they exchange gifts and celebrate like the Jews did after Queen Esther saved them from their enemies:

Esther 9:20 – And Mordecai wrote these things and sent letters to all the Jews, near and far, who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, to establish among them that they should celebrate yearly the fourteenth and fifteenth days of the month of Adar, as the days on which the Jews had rest from their enemies, as the month which was turned from sorrow to joy for them, and from mourning to a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and joy, of sending presents to one another and gifts to the poor.

The earth dwellers feel tormented under the ministry of the two witnesses, which shows that the world and not just Jerusalem suffers under their plagues. This lends support to the two witnesses calling down the Trumpet judgments on the whole earth, which signals the angels to blow their trumpets, as discussed in Revelation 11:6.

According to the timeline proposed in Revelation 11:3 of the two witnesses’ ministry, they will die close to the Feast of Trumpets, which is the Jewish New Year when Jews typically exchange gifts. While it is the world and not just unregenerate Jews who celebrate and exchange gifts, it would certainly be ironic, if not a deliberate act of disdain against God and the Jews, for this jubilee to take place during one of the Lord’s feasts. As we will see in Revelation 11:15, this timeline fits, in that the seventh Trumpet and “coronation of the King” occur right after the two witnesses rise from the dead, which may fulfill the Feast of Trumpets:

Revelation 11:15 – Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

While Job’s friend Zophar was wrong about many things, he was right about wicked people who celebrate. The wicked earth dwellers’ triumph over the two witnesses will definitely be a short-lived 3 ½ days before God pours out His final wrath on them:

Job 20:4-9, 23, 29 – “Do you not know this of old, since man was placed on earth, that the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment? Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, and his head reaches to the clouds, yet he will perish forever like his own refuse; those who have seen him will say, ‘Where is he?’ He will fly away like a dream, and not be found; yes, he will be chased away like a vision of the night. The eye that saw him will see him no more, nor will his place behold him anymore…. When he is about to fill his stomach, God will cast on him the fury of His wrath, and will rain it on him while he is eating…. This is the portion from God for a wicked man, the heritage appointed to him by God.”

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