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Monday, November 7, 2011

Acts 1:11

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

For further study - Acts 1:8-14

This Scripture, the record of the ascension of Jesus back to heaven, has much to say about the events of that day recorded in Acts, but also about the future. This passage also lays out the plan Jesus had for spreading the Gospel to the world.

Jesus told them to "tarry" there until they had received the "power of the Holy Spirit" which He had promised, John 16, and then be "witnesses" of what He had done, around the world. This message was to go first to Jerusalem, then to Judea and Samaria, and then to the uttermost parts of the earth.

As soon as our Lord had given His disciples His method for spreading the Gospel, a cloud came and took Him up into heaven, Acts 1:9. The truth be known, on a clear day, I pray for clouds because the next verse says, "as He has gone, so shall He return in the clouds".

At that time, "two men in white apparel", Acts 1:10, standing there gave the confirmation that He would return in the same manner and to the same place, the Mount of Olives, Zechariah 14:4.

But please notice the two men in white apparel that gave us this information. I have an idea as to the identity of these two men. Before I tell you, please notice another verse in the Gospel of Luke also written by the author of Acts, Dr. Luke. In Luke 24:4 it records "two men also in white apparel" who told the Mary’s that Jesus was not in the grave but had risen from the dead.

I believe I know who these two men are also. They are the same two men of Acts 1:10. You see, these two men witnessed the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension into heaven and said He would return. These are the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3-12. These two witnesses preach 3 1/2 years from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Their message will be that Jesus Christ resurrected from the dead and went to heaven but is coming again to the same spot where He departed. These two themes will be the message of these two witnesses, which will bring many to Christ during the coming Tribulation Period. I believe that time may well be in the near future.

Remember, before these "two witness" appear in Jerusalem the Rapture takes place. All current events seem to indicate that the prophetic scenario found in God’s Word for the end times is about to be fulfilled, right after the Rapture. Keep looking up……..than Rapture could happen today.

PRAYER THOT: Help me, dear Lord, to be your witness to a lost and dying world where I am, in Jerusalem and then to the uttermost parts of the earth.