13 And [kai] the same [en][ekeinos] hour [hora] was there [ginomai] a great
[megas] earthquake, [seismos] and [kai] the tenth part [dekatos] of the city [polis] fell, [pipto] and [kai] in [en] the earthquake [seismos]
were slain [apokteino][onoma] of men [anthropos] seven [hepta] thousand: [chilias] and [kai] the remnant [loipoy] were [ginomai] affrighted, [emphobos] and [kai] gave [didomi] glory [doxa] to the God [theos] of
heaven. [ouranos] KJV-Interlinear
13 And in
that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; and seven
thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and
gave glory to the God of heaven. NASB
The two witnesses are
Hebrew and therefore point to the Jewish community, which is an unbelieving
The location is
Jerusalem, the capital of Israel and the center location of history.
The message is the
gospel of Christ, of which will be repeated, by these two witnesses, for 1260
days or about three-and-a-half years, and from other sources for a longer
length of time.
And during all of that
time, those folks will be rejecting the message, with indifference and
annoyance, until the two witnesses are actually killed.
Throughout all of this
time, there will be the simultaneous disasters and problems of the world, where
millions of people will die, where inflation and famine will ravage the planet,
where crime and atrocities will abound, and still the local population will remain
indifferent toward Christ.
But then after three and
a half days, these two witnesses will arise back to life and ascend to heaven
before everyone's eyes, and still people will look at the scene with awe but no
Until, that is, the
world around them comes crashing down around them, literally.
An earthquake will result
immediately, just as it did when Christ died His physical death on the Cross.
Now this earthquake is
nothing when compared to earthquakes in past history, but it is sufficient to
finally bring the population of Jerusalem, to faith in Christ.
Primarily a Jewish
population, this city will be one of the hold-outs fighting faith in Christ,
until this earthquake strikes.
The verse is clear. A
tenth of the city will collapse, so the earthquake will be violent enough to
bring down buildings and structures. The death count will be seven thousand.
And just as these exact
facts have already been recorded now, for a future event, so too, many folks
will probably know of this specific prophetic event sequence, and that certainly,
along with fear, will bring people to Christ, in what may be the greatest
revival of faith in all of Jewish history.
And they will need all
of the faith that they can get, because this city is going to become the target
of the greatest military attack in all of human history.