Bible prophecy expert explains Revelation event ‘that could happen in your lifetime’

Tom Meyer recites Revelation 16 from the Bible

Christians worldwide cling to the belief Jesus Christ will return on the day of His Second Coming. The Bible does not say when this will happen but passages in the Book of Revelation, the Gospels and Book of Acts paint a clear picture of what is to be expected on the day. Hebrews 9:28, for instance, reads: “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.”

Revelation 22:12 reads: “‘Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done.”

And a passage in Matthew 24 reads: “Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”

According to some interpretations of scripture, the Second Coming will be preceded by the Rapture – the sudden disappearance of Christians – and an age of strife known as the Great Tribulation.

Tom Meyer, a professor of Bible studies a Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, believes these events could yet come to pass in the foreseeable future.

In particular, the Bible expert has highlighted a prophecy from the Book of Revelation, which predicts the arrival of two prophets in the End Times.

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The Book of Revelation is the final book of the New Testament and describes the very last days leading into the Second Coming.

Professor Meyer told “According to the Bible, two prophets could appear in Jerusalem during your lifetime whose powers would be incomparable to anything the world has witnessed in thousands of years.

“Revelation 11:3-14 details the coming ministry of the two witnesses, the prophets who will come in the style of Moses and Elijah.

“After the Rapture of Christians, Satan will commission his servant the Antichrist to do his bidding in the Great Tribulation – the last 42 months before the Second Coming of Christ – God will commission his two servants, the two witnesses, to counter that power during the same period of time.”

According to Bible prophecy, God will grant the two prophets Jerusalem’s rebuilt Third Temple.

The Temple does not yet exist as it has not been rebuilt since it was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD and many of the Bible’s prophesied events hinge on its existence.

But the prophecy states the Temple will be given to the two prophets to minister in during the Great Tribulation.

Professor Meyer said: “The prophetic condemnations of these two witnesses devour their enemies.

“Revelation compares the power of their divine commission and words of these two to the Old Testament prophets of old.”

The prophets are not named in the Bible, but Professor Mayer claims their powers are compared to those of Elijah and Moses.

God famously performed miracles through Elijah, such as resurrection and bringing about drought, according to 1 Kings 17.

Moses meanwhile led the Jewish people out of Egypt after being a conduit for the 10 Plagues of Egypt.

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Professor Meyer said: “As with Jesus Christ himself, these two cannot be killed by the forces of evil until their ministry was fulfilled.

“But eventually at some point towards the end of the Great Tribulation, the witnesses will be murdered in Jerusalem, whose inhabitants will encourage and permit their deaths as they did the death of Christ.

“The world will celebrate their demise and deprive them of a proper burial, an act that is considered one of the greatest dishonours that could be inflicted upon a person.

“But according to Bible prophecy, the world’s laughter will be quickly turned to mourning as the witnesses will be raised to life in Jerusalem, as was Christ.

“As fear came upon those who witnessed the risen Christ (Matthew 28:4), so in like manner fear will come to those who see the resurrected witnesses.

“As Christ was killed, resurrected and ascended into heaven from Jerusalem in a cloud (Acts 1:9) and seen by many so in like manner will God’s two witnesses.”

Some Christian figureheads, however, believe it is not our place to try and anticipate when these prophesied events might unfold.

According to Stephen Witmer, the pastor of Pepperell Christian Fellowship in Pepperell, Massachusetts, there is an important lesson in patiently waiting for Christ’s return.

He said: “When our waiting for Jesus is founded on God’s promise, we draw our confidence from the dependability of the one who has made the promise.

“That’s good news for Christians because the God of promise is the sovereign Lord of history, and therefore totally reliable.”

Jesus Christ Himself said in the Gospels: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”

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