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THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

Chapter 11:1-2, Part IV. 24.,

Koshy Zachariah

We are continuing to study the remainder of the parenthesis- the next thirteen verses-which has occupied us in chapter 10. Now in the vision before us, the situation is changed. We are on Jewish ground. It is natural for us to arouse our curiosity, why the interest of the prophetic dealing is transferred from the Gentile to the Jew. The answer to the curiosity is the fact that the providential dealing with the opposite part of the gentile world is now closing up. The government of the Lord Jesus Christ is about to be assumed shortly. We are in the second half of Daniel’s seventieth week- the period of seven years. At this point of time, man’s centre of earthly government will be Rome. (Rev.17:18). God’s centre of earthly government is Jerusalem. (Eze.5:5). “Thus says the Lord God, this is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of nations and the countries around her.” Jerusalem will be the capital during the 1000 years of the Lord’s righteous rule. (Isa.2:1-4). Walter Scot writes, “The Jews and Jerusalem are in the forefront of the prophecy and viewed as trodden down of the Gentiles. The circumstances in this most affecting period of their national history are touchingly described in Ps.79. Here we have first the storm, then the calm; the agony of Israel’s closing hours of unbelief are here depicted, but joy comes in the morning and on this latter, the Hebrew prophets grandly descant. We are introduced to the most familiar of the Jewish imagery-the temple, altar, court, holy city, etc.”

Vs.1,2. THEN I WAS GIVEN A REED LIKE A MEASURING ROD. AND THE ANGEL STOOD,SAYING, “RISE AND MEASURE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, THE ALTAR, AND THOSE WHO WORSHIP THERE.

2. BUT LEAVE OUT THE COURT WHICH IS OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE, AND DO NOT MEASURE IT, FOR IT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO THE GENTILES. AND THEY WILL TREAD THE HOLY CITY UNDERFOOT FOR FORTY-TWO MONTHS.

We read, “a reed like a measuring rod”. The rod was a measuring instrument and is applied to the measurement of the temple in the Old Testament. (Eze.40:3). The rod is of 9 feet (10.5 feet in Ezekiel) in terms of length (see NKJV “measures”). By measuring the temple the altar and the worshippers, they are appropriated and preserved for God. We see in Rev.21:15, that and angel with a golden reed, measures “the city, its gates and its walls.” The observation of Dr. H.A Ironside is note worthy: “The vision clearly involves Jerusalem and the future temple in the last days. I think we may say that throughout the Bible, when God speaks of measuring anything the thought is implied that He is marking it off as that which belongs to Himself.

When one purchases a piece of ground or is about to take possession of a property, it is a very common thing to measure it and mark off its lines. In the second chapter of Zachariah, we are told that the prophet beheld a man with a measuring line in his hand, to whom he put the question, “whither goest thou?” And the answer was, “to measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof and what is the height thereof.” And in the fourth verse the angel who is interpreting the visions for Zachariah says to another angel, “Run, speak to the young man saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls, for the multitude of men and cattle therein: for I saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about and will be the glory in the midst of her.”

Then in the balance of the chapter, we have a distinct prophecy of the future deliverance of God’s earthly people from all their foes when they will be brought from the land of the north and all parts of the world, where they have been carried in their days of captivity. This will not be fully accomplished until the Lord Jesus Christ as appeared in glory, for verse eight reads, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; after the glory hath he sent me unto the nations, which spoiled you; for he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of his eye.

For behold I will shake my hand upon them and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me.” The daughter of Zion is then called upon to rejoice because Jehovah Himself will dwell in the midst of her.” And many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day and shall be His people. “And He will dwell in the midst of them and they shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent His prophet unto them.” And the Lord shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land and shall choose Jerusalem again, is the sure Word of God.”

Thus we see the measuring of the city, its gates and its walls, is appropriating the possession- Jerusalem, where His earthly people will find their belongingness. Distinctly, it is this very restoration that God had in mind, when He gave to John the visions of the 11th chapter.

 

 

 

 

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