Prior to the return of Jesus, the “man of lawlessness” will be revealed when he seats himself in the “sanctuary of God” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.
According to Paul, Jesus will not return until two events take place, the “apostasy” and the “revelation of the man of lawlessness.” The two are inextricably linked. This malevolent figure will cause many believers to apostatize. And not only will he be “revealed,” that unveiling will take place “in the sanctuary of God” where he will “sit down.”
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The destructive forces released by the “last plagues” echo the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea – Revelation 15:5-8.
Having seen the saints standing victorious on the “sea of glass,” John then saw the “sanctuary” and the “Tent of Witness” opened in “heaven,” from which the seven angels with the “bowls of wrath” were dispatched to empty the deadly contents of their bowls upon the earth.
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The sanctuary must be “measured” before the city can be inhabited, but first, it must be “trampled underfoot” by the nations – Revelation 11:1-2.
In the preceding vision, John was commanded to “prophesy again over many peoples and nations and tongues and kings,” setting the stage for the next two visions, the “measuring of the sanctuary and altar” and the “two witnesses.” Both visions are connected by the equivalent figures of “forty-two months” and “1,260-days.”
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