7 And [kai] when [hotan] they shall have finished [teleo] their [autos] testimony, [marturia] the beast [therion] that ascendeth[anabaino] out of [ek] the bottomless pit [abussos] shall make [poieo] war [polemos] against [meta] them, [autos] and [kai] shall overcome [nikao] them, [autos] and [kai] kill [apokteino] them. [autos] KJV-Interlinear
when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the
abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. NASB
The two witnesses will
teach and preach the gospel and doctrine for 1260 days. During that time, nothing
and no one can bring harm of any kind, to them.
God has a purpose in
life, and that purpose is to get the truth to everyone, such that everyone will
have the opportunity to hear truth, and decide what they will do about it.
Evil, on the other hand,
tries to do its will in secret, in deceit, by devious methods, and out of sight
of everyone.Evil cannot stand on its
own when people know the facts and have a clear choice.
Truth on the other hand,
stands on its own, and does not need to hide its purpose, but is open and in
plain sight of all.
Jesus Christ controls
history.Jesus Christ can accomplish things
by means of something, or without means.He created the universe out of nothing. He accomplished it by His own
will. He created Adam’s body from the dust.He accomplished that creation by using dust.
Christ can use tools or
no tools to accomplish His purpose. His lack of using tools,
does not mean that he cannot do something, only that His purpose does not
require them. His lack of accomplishing something does not mean that he cannot
There is a great deal of
evil and suffering in the world. God could surely end it all in a heartbeat,
but he chooses not to, because history and the angelic conflict must run its
course to the last person born in the last generation of history. To end it all
prematurely, would deny all of those future people who would believe in Him, the
opportunity of eternal life, blessings and so forth.
Even though evil runs
rampant in the world, and seems as though it is in control, it is not. God
often times permits the free will of man to run its course.
Likewise, when God has a
purpose to accomplish, then nothing will be able to interfere with it, until
Gods purpose has run, its course.
And here, within our
study, we have a world that has totally flipped off its rocker. God places two
individuals in the middle of chaos and judgment so that they can deliver His
message to a world gone mad.This is, so
that people will have the opportunity to hear the gospel and be saved. Whereas evil is going out of its way to prevent the message of
truth, in its attempt to cause everyone to lose out on salvation.
For 1260 days straight,
God prevents harm in every form, from coming to His messengers.
And remember that anyone
who attempts or even orders harm to the two witnesses,
So, when the 1260 days
has run its course, then guess who comes crawling up out of his little hole of
evil, to fight the two witnesses?
Here, for the first time
in this book, the term beast, is used. And even though it refers to a specific
individual, that individual is not identified except in terms of where he comes
from, namely out of the Abyss.
So the emphasis is not on
the person, but his origin, the Abyss, which represents the quintessence of
evil in its worst, worst, worst of forms.
The contrast here is, God
bringing good, and evil trying to take it away.
But not until the full
course of their ministry is competed does this evil beast, approach them and
But why do they die?God accomplishes His purpose both in life and
in death.Whereas many did not receive
Christ as savior during their evangelism, however many will in fact believe in
Christ after their death.And that study
is just a few verses away.