Revelation 11:10

10 And 1those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will 2send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented 3those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 11:10 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 11:10

And they that dwell upon the earth
Out of which the beast arose, and over which he reigns, even the inhabitants of the Roman empire, often in this book called the earth, the followers of antichrist, men that mind nothing but earth, and earthly things: shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to
as is usual with persons, and was with the Jews, to do in times of public rejoicing; see ( Esther 9:18 Esther 9:19 ) ( Nehemiah 8:10 Nehemiah 8:11 ) .

Because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth;
not because they were tormented by them, but because they were now freed from their tormenting ministry; they had tormented them by the preaching of the Gospel, which is foolishness, and the savour of death to natural men, and gives them pain, and fills them with vexation and wrath; by their testimony which they had bore for Christ, and against antichrist; by their sharp reproof of them for their false doctrine and will worship, and their impure lives and conversations; by their own holy lives, which would sometimes flash light into their consciences, and make them uneasy; and by their foretelling the calamities and ruin, temporal and eternal, that would come upon them; but now they are silenced, and they hear and see no more of these things at which they rejoice.

Revelation 11:10 In-Context

8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9 Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.
12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Revelation 3:10
  • 2. Nehemiah 8:10, 12; Esther 9:19, 22
  • 3. Revelation 3:10
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