Bible doesn’t reveal the 'seven thunders'

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More about the mysteries of Revelation

By Shirley Jones

Revelation 10:1-7 discusses the mighty angel with the little book. The seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered and do not write them.

In these verses, the seven thunders are not revealed.

Revelation 10:8-11: John eats the little book.

Revelation 11:1-6: The two witnesses. According to the dispensationalist interpretation, the Jewish temple will be restored in the first three-and-a-half years of the Great Tribulation also known as Daniel’s 70th week. This will be followed by the “abomination of desolation,” a time when the beast will demand that temple sacrifices cease and his image be placed in the temple and worshiped.

Revelation 11:7-10: The two witnesses, identified as the two olive trees and the two lamp stands, are symbols of the spiritually militant church proclaiming the gospel by signs and wonders. The beast that makes war against them (verse 7) is a description of the persecution of the church, not just two individual prophets. The witnessing church is resurrected even after intense persecution. According to the dispensationalist viewpoint, the two witnesses are supposed to be either Moses and Enoch or Moses and Elijah – two prophets who boldly proclaim God’s truth. The beast or the Antichrist who is the head of one-world government will kill them, but not until they finish their testimony.