The ministry of the two prophets ends when the beast rises from the dead and kills them, precipitating the final forty-two months of the Tribulation in which Israel is especially persecuted and trampled (11:7; cf. 11:2; 13:4–7; 17:8, 11). The death of the two prophets is globally celebrated (11:8–10), ending three and one-half days later by their resurrection and ascension into heaven, followed by an earthquake in Jerusalem, bringing about the conversion of the survivors (11:12–13; cf. 16:9). This is the second of three woes (11:14; cf. 8:13).
Old Testament in the New
|Revelation||Old Testament||Connection Between the Two|
|11:7–8||Dan 7:3, 8, 21||John describes this time in Daniel’s terms.|
|11:8||Gen 19:24||God punished Sodom and Gomorrah. Jerusalem is figuratively described. Cf. Isa 1:9–10; 3:9; Jer 23:14; Ezek 16:49.|
|11:9||Psa 79:2–3||The bodies of God’s servants lay unburied in Jerusalem.|
|11:11||Ezek 37:5, 9–10||God’s breath gives life.|
|11:13||Ezek 38:19||Both texts speak of an earthquake in Jerusalem.|
A Parting Thought
While many die from the earthquake, God let some live on for the sake of their salvation. Sometimes God sometimes uses amazing means for the sake of drawing in His people.