I am reading through Revelation again, in the NKJV. I recently read chapter 11, and something stood out at me that I have never seen before. I want to ask about it, hence this post.
Revelation 11:1-8 (NKJV),
- 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.
- 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.
- And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
- These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
- And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
- These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
- And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit 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, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
It appears clear to me the following:
- An angel is speaking with John (Verse 1)
- The angel calls the two witnesses his (Verse 3)
- The angel that spoke to John about his two witnesses, is not Jesus (Verse 8)
- Jesus is the Lord of both John and the angel (Verse 8)
So, then, who is this angel and why does he claim that the two witnesses belong to him, and not to the Lord Jesus, even though he says Jesus is his, and their, Lord?