The Latest News About “Spiritual Sodom"”
“And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom...”. Rev. 11:8.
“This verse may lend the greatest support of all concerning my position on the two witnesses.”
The above sentence is a quote from the first manuscript of my commentary on the 11th chapter of Revelation, written in 1979. The first publication of the manuscript in book form came out in 1990, and the final and current version was published in 1994. Through all these past 29 years nothing has occurred either on the world scene or my perspective of Revelation 11 to change my convictions regarding the identity the apostle John simply referred to as “two witnesses”.
As perhaps most readers of this newsletter realize, these two witnesses are typically believed to be either Elijah and Moses, or Elijah and Enoch. This interpretation could be true insofar as the literal meaning of the passage is concerned. That is, these two (whichever pair is correct) may be specially prepared and set aside to be supernaturally endowed to proclaim to the whole earth the “good news” of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ for a literal 1260-day period. This supposedly would be during one half of the final seven year period before Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom on earth for 1000 years. There are many prophetically-inclined individuals who have written voluminously on this line of thinking. I have read many of the studies which are available, and I recommend to the reader to familiarize him/her self with these presentations.
While I am totally open-minded to the literal approach to the study of Revelation, I’m persuaded beyond any reasonable doubt that the “two witnesses” also has an altogether OTHER meaning (long-range) in addition to the literal viewpoint. My belief is that these two witnesses also refers to two nations which have been specially endowed by God over a 1260-year period. My book spells this out in greater detail. But here today, I want to discuss again one particular aspect which I think adds credence to my position — that which relates to “spiritual Sodom”.
Back in the early 80s, soon after the Lord stirred my spirit along the longitudinal lines of reasoning about the two witnesses, I recall thinking that, if I was right, things should start occurring which would add credibility and confirmation of the ideas which were surfacing in my mind. In fact, many substantiating things did occur, too numerous to mention here. But let me discuss today one in particular with which you are all familiar.
It was in 1984 that the disease AIDS first made big news in the US. Initially, the reports that came in revealed that the disease was almost exclusively found among male homosexuals. As time progressed, the disease began to affect women, heterosexuals and children. The progression into these other areas is believed to have been due to homosexuals who had sexual relations with bisexual men who then had sexual relations with their wives, bisexual men and their relations with prostitutes, drug users who used the same needles, and finally transmitted to children through infected mothers. The disease is so widely and universally spread today that few people even know that it started in the male, homosexual community.
Over the past 30 - 50 years there has been a big push from the homosexual - lesbian - ‘gay’ community to make their lifestyles more acceptable in the world, especially now in the USA. This push has been on many fronts. It’s quite amazing, really, how effective they have been towards achieving their goal. The desires of this group of people is not merely limited to becoming accepted socially. Indeed, they want their relationships to be legally recognized the same as marriages between men and women. That is, ‘gay’ men and lesbian women want to be married and have it sanctioned by the state. Massachusetts has already put into effect laws allowing same-sex marriage.
Recently the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage must be allowed in this state. And that ruling has almost overnight become the ‘law of the land’ here in the state where I presently live. Let me quote from two articles which appeared this week in my hometown newspaper, the Davis Enterprise:
“Shelly Bailes and Ellen Pontac celebrate at 5:10 p.m. Monday as Yolo County Clerk-Recorder Freddie Oakley pronounces them married. Eleven same-sex couples were married Monday night at the Yolo County Administration Building in Woodland. Another six ceremonies were scheduled for today.” Here’s another:
“Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin are photographed at home in San Francisco in March. Today, Mayor Gavin Newsom will marry the couple, making them the first same-sex couple to be wed in San Francisco.” (Note that it was the mayor himself who officiated this marriage.)
Pictures of all four of the above individuals accompanied the articles. Both articles were very supportive of what happened this week between these two couples, and looking forward with glad anticipation of what is to come. In other words, the applause is not merely coming from other homosexuals on the sidelines giving their approval, but strong endorsement from the news media as well.
There is a significant response among Christians and certain, sane organizations to what the California Supreme Court has engineered. It appears that there will be a ballot measure before California voters this fall. It is fairly certain that the majority of Californians are opposed to same-sex marriage. And if the measure passes, the decision of the Supreme Court would be over-turned, and then the judicial system would have no authority to over-rule the law.
Now back to the main thrust of this newsletter:
I presented the above information to you so that you can see how God’s Word in Revelation 11:8 fits into the picture of real-life, current events. The passage prior to Rev. 11:8 points out that when the testimony of the “two witnesses” is completed that they will be killed! And looking back at the verse quoted at the beginning of this article we see that their “dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom...”.
It’s really quite clear what this passage is saying if we just let the words soak into our minds a little bit. This is not a happy revelation, but the two witnesses will eventually die. Regardless of which way we think about this matter, that is, the literal 1260-day sense involving just two individuals, or the long-range, 1260-year period of two national witnesses, the Biblical forecast is that the witnesses will be killed at some point. God is going to allow this to happen. The word of God plainly reveals it. But, as I stated at the onset, I’m concentrating today on the long-range aspect of the prophetic meaning of this passage. How does it relate to you and me — NOW?
Ladies and gentlemen, in spite of the ever-increasing ungodliness piling up in our lands, I believe without a doubt that the national two witnesses have been, and remain so even today, Great Britain and the United States of America. There are no places where the Church has been so involved and responsible for proclaiming the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the earth over the past (almost 1260 years) as from within the framework and power structure contained within these two nations. Even a minor study of the history of the Church’s powerful preaching, teaching and Bible dissemination emanating from these two nations into other nations should provide ample proof to anyone willing to do the search. This includes both the sending of missionaries and financing the missions of same. The vast majority of monetary giving for missions and proclamation of the Gospel throughout the Church age has come from Great Britain and the United States of America. (I’m speaking of documented facts and have the books on hand to back up what I just said.)
The emphasis and evidence I wanted to convey to you today lies in the reality of what is happening in my own ‘backyard’ at this very moment. In addition to being one of God’s two primary witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ to humans on planet earth, in these last days we are fast becoming a land which the Bible refers to as SPIRITUAL SODOM. Satan knows very well who and where the witnesses are and, therefore, desires and makes every attempt granted him to destroy the powerful anointing and blessing which has been upon GB and the USA.
I realize that this is not a happy note being sent to you today, my beloved friends. But even if it isn’t fun to read, my heart remains glad. Why so?, you may ask. Because I find joy in the realization that God’s Word is true regardless of whether I am addressing the brighter or darker side of it. Who knows, perhaps we, the Church, won’t even face the darkest hour. This brings up a whole other subject, not designed for this article — that is, the Rapture. When does it occur? Will all the saints of God be removed from the earth before the final Tribulation, or not. ??? These are questions perhaps for future articles.
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22:20
Respectfully submitted, in Christ,