When 9/11 took place, much of the world celebrated the deaths of the people of the Great Satan, the United States. When people in Israel are killed from a terrorist bombing or missile, or after an event like the recent murders of an Israeli family in their beds, much of the world celebrates the deaths of the people of the Little Satan. What causes the rejoicing over the deaths of innocent people?
In large part, this stems from the false beliefs that some people are lesser than others, that some deserve to die for just being of the ethnic, national, or religious origin that they are. When it is taught that these people are pigs, apes, dogs, animals, and are evil, it makes the thought of them dying, and the thought of killing them, a glorious victory. But behind it all is the prince of this world, Satan. His desire is to hurt God by hurting us, and to beat God, though he realizes this is not possible.
When man fell into sin and walked away from God’s words and truth, a curse was pronounced upon us: physical death, pain in childbirth, hard labor to produce food from ground that would now grow thistles and thorns. But the first curse was for the serpent, Satan. “‘Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise Him on the heel.'” ~Genesis 3:14-15
The actual animal Satan used, the serpent or snake, was cursed to slither on its belly and be humbled. Satan himself was told that he would forever fight with God’s children and would have a small victory- bruising Christ on the heel, but Jesus would have the ultimate victory, bruising him on the head- a death-blow.
Satan knows his time is limited (he knows the prophecies and what is coming, though not when), and he knows that he can only get away with what God allows (see the first two chapters of Job). So while he is able, his goal is to destroy as many people as possible- because people are what God loves.
In Revelation 11:3-12, John writes of the two witnesses that God will use in Jerusalem to preach His word during the Tribulation. They will be supernaturally protected, and they will be granted power to burn with fire from their mouths anyone who desires to harm them. The ability to smite the earth with various plagues will also be given them. During the twelve hundred and sixty days (3 1/2 years) God allots to them, they will be untouchable and loudly proclaiming God’s word and prophecy. Won’t that annoy the antichrist? 🙂 He won’t be able to stop the world- think YouTube, the web, bloggers, news channels- from hearing what these two will say.
After the allotted time, God will allow the antichrist to kill these faithful men, and their bodies will lie in the street for 3 1/2 days. People from around the world will look at their bodies- again, think of the above media sources- “And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.” ~Revelation 11:10
As our pastor said, it will be like Satan’s Christmas, a holiday to celebrate. A small victory for Satan.
But then- “And after the three and a half days the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were beholding them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them.” ~Revelation 11:11-12. Ultimate victory for God!
There is much speculation as to who these two might be. Many think Elijah and Moses for valid reasons- for example, some of the plagues mentioned here include stopping the rain, and turning water to blood, which these two prophets did in the Old Testament. Another theory is that they will be Enoch and Elijah. Why? Because neither one of them physically died. The Bible states it is appointed unto men once to die (Hebrews 9:27), and these two haven’t yet.
“And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” ~Genesis 5:24. This verse is located in the middle of a genealogy list, and every other person’s death is mentioned. In 2 Kings 2:11, we are told, “Then it came about as they were going along and talking, that behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.” That would have been so amazing to witness!
We are not told who these two are going to be. We are only told what they will do, what will happen to them, and what happens next:
“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.” ~Revelation 11:13