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11:6 days of their prophecy. The “days of their prophecy” are 1260, the first 3½ years of the tribulation. Just as Elijah called for 3½ years of no rain in ancient Israel (James 5:17), so the two prophets will now invoke 3½ years of drought on the whole world. Furthermore, there will be no wind (Revelation 7:1), so that even though waters continue to be evaporated from the world’s oceans, they cannot be translated inland to fall as rain. Probably they will continue to rise until they reach near the stratosphere, there to spread around the globe to reestablish the antediluvian “waters…above the heavens” (Psalm 148:4-6; Genesis 1:6-8), with all their ameliorative effects on the earth’s future millennial climate and longevity.

11:6 all plagues. The plagues being sent on the earth from heaven, as the Lamb opens the seals and the archangels blow their trumpets, are associated on the earth with the invocations of the two witnesses (Revelation 11:3). As they proclaim that these are God’s judgments, many will “learn righteousness” (Isaiah 26:9) and believe on Christ for salvation, even though it may mean almost certain martyrdom for them. Those who refuse to believe will soon come to blame the two witnesses for all their problems, probably as encouraged by television commentators and other news media, and many will seek to kill them, but will be totally unsuccessful (Revelation 11:5), until the end of the days of their prophetic witness.

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