This last day of man's self-rule will be the greatest single day of destruction in all history, but it will also bring the greatest "good news" to man that anyone could ever hope to imagine.
The day the Seventh Trumpet is blown will be the third and final "woe" upon the earth. But three and one-half days prior to this, God's two witnesses will be killed in the streets of Jerusalem. This event will lead to the first great event that will begin on that last day:
And when they [the two witnesses] shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit [Satan through his influence on men] shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city [in Jerusalem], which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord [Jesus Christ] was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three and one-half days [via modern technology], and their dead bodies shall not be allowed to be put in graves. And those who dwell on the earth [of the two superpowers] will rejoice over them, being delighted, and shall send gifts to one another because these two prophets tormented them who dwell on the earth. (Revelation 11:7-10) God's two witnesses will be viewed by others (who will hate their message about God) as being responsible for their suffering. The two witnesses will be bringing plagues upon the nations of these two superpowers in order to humble them, but they will not be humbled. Instead, these superpowers will continue in their own selfish pride. Satan will have been restrained from causing God's two witnesses any harm until it is God's time to allow them to be killed, but then:
After three and one-half days the Spirit of life from God entered into them [the two witnesses] and they stood upon their feet. Then great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, "Come up here. " And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud and their enemies saw this happening to them. (Revelation 11:11-12) In the actual order of events for this last day, this will be the first event. The day will begin by the appearance, in the highest atmosphere of the earth, of a large area of dazzling light and a powerfully colorful display, which man has never witnessed before. It will be the physical appearance (manifestation) of the coming of Jesus Christ and the resurrection that will take place at this very time. All 144,000 people who have been trained throughout six millennia to be in God's government (the first phase of the Kingdom of God) will be resurrected at the beginning of this day.
It will be at the time of the resurrection of these two witnesses (viewed by millions) that the 144,000 will be resurrected and given eternal life in spirit bodies. The glory of this event will be seen literally from earth. It will be an awesome, yet fearful sight for many on earth. After the resurrection of God's two witnesses we read:
In that same hour there was a great earthquake [in Jerusalem], and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake there were seven thousand men killed, and those remaining were made frightened, and they gave glory to the God of heaven. (Revelation 11:13)
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