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Revelation Life Breath
(Revelation 11.10-12)
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"The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come up here.' And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on." (Revelation 11.10-12)

New Orleans Flooding

New Orleons FloodingThe "breath of life" may be translated the "Spirit of Life." in this passage in Revelation. The wickedness of Jerusalem had already crucified Jesus Christ and in the days to come it was to welcome the death of his witnesses with joy. The people of Jerusalem "will so hate the two witnesses that they will leave their bodies unburied in the street." In Jewish thought, it was a terrible thing that a body should not be buried as soon as possible. In the tragic flooding of New Orleans, one of the lasting and deepest impressions is the picture on television of bodies, one lying on the pavement, another man on the roof of a house and a woman floating face downward in the water. This reminded me of Ezekiel 37.5 and the valley of the dry bones, "This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life." The word for "breath" here may be translated as "wind or spirit."✞

None to Bury Them

The Psalmist DavidWhen the heathen attacked God's people, to the Psalmist it was the greatest tragedy of all that there was none to bury them. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 79.1-4, "O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble. They have left the dead bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the sky, the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild. They have poured out blood like water all around Jerusalem, and there is no one to bury the dead. We are objects of contempt to our neighbors, of scorn and derision to those around us." The threat to the disobedient prophet which came to pass, was that his carcass would not come to the burial chambers or tombs of his fathers. In 1 Kings 13.20-26 we read, "While they (the prophets) were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, 'This is what the Lord says: "You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors'". Even worse, such will be the hatred of the people for the witnesses of God that they will regard the witnesses death as a reason for rejoicing.

"Revelation Life Breath"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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