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Old 06-24-2009, 05:33 PM
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Originally Posted by greenbear View Post

"The great city" has to be physical Jerusalem in this passage.

It is impossible for a prophet to die outside of Jerusalem, in our Lord's own words.

Luke 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.
That is a difficult verse for me to understand. There are prophets that have perished out of the city of Jerusalem so it cannot be the literal city being written of. Is it the spiritual Jerusalem, believers? There is more being said in that verse than I see.

The context of the passage shows the great city is Jerusalem.

The temple of God will be in Jerusalem.

Revelation 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.
Yes....but what does the angel measure?
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the Temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the Temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Jerusalem is the holy city and is where the anti-christ's throne will be.

Revelation 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.

Jerusalem is the HOLY CITY but not the great city. Only once was it refererred to as the great city and that was an error.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.
The texts omit "great" and is written as....the holy city Jerusalem. And, that city is us....believers, not a literal city.

Revelation 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.

Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Revelation 11:5 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.

Revelation 11:6 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.

Our Lord was crucified in Jerusalem.

Revelation 11:8 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.

Our Lord was crucified just outside the gates of Jerusalem but the point is the great city is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt. That was what/where He was crucified. Looking at it in a spiritual way as it is spiritually called, Sodom represents wickedness while Egypt represents worldly lusts. He died for our sins, for our wickedness and lusts. He was crucified in the great city of the world....Satan's realm. And, that is where the witnesses are.