END TIMES
UNFOLDING

The Outer Court

Rev. 11 starts with the instructions. Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there. The temple in Jerusalem was destroyed around fifteen years before Revelations was written by John. It will never be rebuilt. That leaves the church, or more accurately, the saints, who are still true believers, as the subject of this verse. These saints are measured and closely tied to the two witnesses. The measuring line or rod is tied to judgement or the judging of people. In this case, the saints are regarded as the inner court. A place of safety? It then says, do not measure outside the temple; the outer court is given over to the Gentiles or Nations.

The Gentiles will trample the holy city for forty-two months. The holy city is Jerusalem, which now creates a conflict. That conflict is resolved if we consider that these verses talk about Israel and Christianity at the same time. Christians will suffer oppression at the same time as Israel is invaded. Israel will be invaded. This is part of the events that start the Tribulation period. Matthew 24 talks about what is going to happen to the temple, but it also includes what is going to happen to Judea. From history, we know what happened to the temple in Jerusalem and Judea. The temple was destroyed, as we all know, but what happened to Jerusalem and Judea is not so well known. Jerusalem had a population of around 220,000 people, of whom 94,000 were killed and 106,000 were taken away to be slaves. With only 20,000 survivors. These figures are paralleled in the countryside. Around 1.5 million lost their lives. This is going to happen again. The Christian Jews need to be aware that when armies come up against them the next time, they are going to lose, and they will get slaughtered. Once again, only ten percent will survive, and once again they will need to flee.