8 And [kai] their [autos] dead bodies [ptoma] shall
lie in [epi] the street [plateia] of the great [megas] city, [polis] which [hostis] spiritually [pneumatikos] is called [kaleo] Sodom [Sodoma] and [kai] Egypt, [Aiguptos] where [hopou] also [kai] our [hemon] Lord [kurios] was crucified. [stauroo] KJV-Interlinear
8 And their
dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called
Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. NASB
The city is identified. The
city where Jesus was crucified, namely Jerusalem. However, the Jerusalem of
which God speaks in the Psalms, the city of David, the city of peace, the future
capital of the Kingdom of Christ, has long since forgotten its heritage, and
has long since abandoned is honor.
For 1260 days, Gods two
witnesses will preach the gospel of Christ, that all who would believe would be
They will be met with
harassment, ridicule, and attempts on their life. And finally, when their allotted
time is up, God will allow the citizens of the city, led by a beast of evil, to
circumstances, the dead are treated with respect and honor and buried in a
dignified manner, however the two witnesses will be left in the street where
they will fall, to rot in the sun, in a most undignified manner.
They will be left on the
street of the ‘great city.’
This is a reference to
how the citizens of the city see themselves, with greatness.
As they treat the dead
bodies with contempt, so too, the citizens who view the bodies, will treat Gods
message with contempt. For three and a half years, they will have heard the
gospel, seen the miracles performed by the two witnesses, and just as the
crowds who saw the miracles of Jesus, rejected Him, so those people will reject
His message through these two witnesses.
They think highly of
their city, but in fact it is degenerate to the core, as represented by the
comparisons to Sodom and Egypt. Both are typified by vulgar sin and slavery.
The people are both
sinful, and enslaved by their own sins. The two witnesses were there to free
them, but were killed instead. Remind you of anyone in particular, from about
2000 years ago?