As I continue to mull over the passages in Rev 11:1-2 I can’t help but wonder about the timing of this measuring and ask myself WHY is it happening at this precise time. Lets look at the scriptures in question;
Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Notice the timing of this “measuring” it is just before the Two witnesses. Why is the church being measured at this precise time? What event is scheduled to happen to the church just before the two witnesses come on the scene? Also what happens right after the two witnesses begin their work?
Well the two witnesses work lasts 1260 days notice;
Rev_11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
This apparently coincides with a 3 and a half day head start, the 1260 days of the reign of the Beast Power on earth.
Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.
The phrase times,time and 1/2 a time seems to refer to 3 1/2 prophetic years which we have always taken to mean 360 day years. 360 x 3.5 = 1260 days.
We also need to look at another scripture referring to an event that happens just before this work of the two witnesses begins;
Rev_12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
This is referring to some in the church being taken to a place of safety. Just before the beginning of the 1260 days of the Beasts Rule.
Now to get perhaps a clearer view of what is going on take a look at what Like has to say;
Luk 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
Luk 17:35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk 17:36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk 17:37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
Some here are being taken and some are being left behind. Why? Why is one taken and the other left behind? Do you see that there is and has been a judgment going on to determine who is taken and who is not? Notice:
Luk_21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Some in the Churches of God are going to be “accounted” worthy. Accounted simply means chosen in this sense. By being accounted worthy they are in fact being chosen to escape what is coming just ahead.
So given the timing of the “measuring of the temple of God and those that worship therein” it would seem the God the Father is determining by this measuring who will be taken to the place of safety and who will not. In fact the end cannot fully come until God the Father makes this final decision. You see once this decision is made the the final countdown to the return of Christ begins.
It begins at the 1335th day before Christ returns where those that are accounted worthy are taken to a gathering spot. Once gathered the entire group will leave to go the place of safety at the 1290, when the abomination of desolation is set up in the temple and Jerusalem is surrounded by armies. They will have 30 days to reach the place of safety so that the 1260 days of the reign of the Beast power begins in force. You can see a more complete breakdown of these events in the article; 1335 DAYS – The Gathering together of God’s People.
So to me the measuring of the temple at this time just before the work of the two witnesses begins is the work of God the Father as He makes thee final determination as to who will be protected and who will not.
In fact I think this ties in completely with what Christ is doing in this age of the church. Christ is “Knocking” on the hearts and minds of each individual in the body of Christ to get them ready for what is coming and help them to be accounted worthy to escape if they truly respond to that Knock. Laodicea is in very bad shape spiritually and yet they are going to live through the worst tribulation ever to happen on this earth.
Dan_12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
God wants to save as many of His people as possible from going through this terrible time of tribulation. Christ is busy preparing as many as possible to escape before the Father finally measures the Temple and those that worship therein and decides who will go and who will have to stay.
So God is measuring us not man measuring us. It is happening just before the Tribulation begins so as many as possible can be saved out of it.