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EndTime Prophecy 101 The Two Witnesses
Steve Myers Two men lie dead in the street.For threeandahalf years, they've stopped the rain and condemned the world. The crowdaround them cheers, sparking a celebration of their death. A party atmosphere breaksout and quickly spreads around the world. Their corpses are immediately seen aroundthe globe through Instagram and Twitter. People share photos taken next to their remains.All of the calamity that they've apparently brought on the world has finally come to anend. That's a vivid picture of what the Bible paintsof a scene that lies ahead. But who are these two individualsé Are they really the sourceof international troubles that the world will
soon seeé Stay tuned to Beyond Today as wediscuss who are the two witnesses. Good evening everyone. That is the beginningto an upcoming Beyond Today program where we discuss the two witnesses. Welcome to ourBible study tonight. We are live now at our biweekly Wednesday night Bible studies. Ourtopics for the last few studies have been Prophesy 101. Tonight's subject is the twowitnesses. We're going to be covering the subject a littledifferently than we did on this upcoming program, so this will be something different as tothat. We'll add to it, give some background, talk about a number of different issues. Butwe're still going to deal with the questions
about these two individuals. Who exactly aretheyé Are they symbolsé Are they just merely ideas that are trying to get some other pointacrossé Or what exactly are theyé So that's our goal for this evening as wediscuss who are the two witnesses. So as we begin our live Bible study tonight, let'sask God's blessing on our study and then we'll jump right into it. Okay. So bow your heads. Great loving heavenly Father,God Almighty, thank You so much for Your wonderful ways. We thank You God for Your truth, loveand mercy. We thank You God that You give us a window to look into the future, to havean understanding of what Your purpose and
what Your plan is. So Father we pray for Yourguidance tonight, we pray for Your inspiration on the words that are spoken and on the thingsthat we hear, Father. Most importantly Father, not only to know whether it's some of thethings that are on the horizon, but God, how that impacts our daily life. So please blessus and guide us, strengthen and certainly Father we pray for Your presence in this studytonight. We put it into Your hands and ask for Your guidance and pray all of these bythe authority of our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. Once again, welcome everyone. We're goingto start where that tutorial left off. And that
takes us to the book of Revelation. The bookof Revelation is where you could say the litigation begins. The litigation on the court room,you might say, of the Supreme Court of God on this world. When we look at Revelation 11, we're at thetime of the Great Tribulation. We're at that time of the threeandahalf years where it'sgoing to be difficult times in this world. It will be a dangerous world, it will be adifficult world. This world will be in rebellion against God, and His people, God's people,will be persecuted at this time. So as we look at Revelation 11, we could considerit a prophetic courtroom where testimony will
be given. So here we find that the courtroomis now called to order. The witnesses are going to come to the stand. So when we turnto Revelation 11:3 it says, â€œAnd I will give power to my two witnesses, and they willprophesy 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth.â€� So we have a connection here to Matthew 24where Christ talked about a tribulation that was going to come. And we're told that tribulationwill be for a time and times and ahalfatime, adding up to 42 months in other referencesthroughout the book of Revelation, 1260 days. Three and ahalfyears for the Great Tribulationand the time where the witnesses have power from God.
The Dark AgesHow Dark Were They Really Crash Course World History 14
Hi there my name's John Green, this is CrashCourse World History and today we're going to talk about the Dark Ages, possiblythe most egregious Eurocentrism in all of history, which is really saying something. (We're Europe! The Prime Meridian Runs Throughus; We're in the Middle of Every Map; and We Get To Be a Continent Even Though WereNot a Continent.) But let's begin today with a pop quiz: What was the best year of your life, and whatwas the worst yearé Mr. Green, Mr. Green: Best 1994, Worst 1990.
Oh, me from the past. It gets so much better,and also so much worse. For worst year I'm gonna go with 2001; bestyear 2006. Alright now it's your turn, dear pupils: share yourbest and worst years in comments during the intro. theme music Right, so what you will quickly find is thatyour worst year was someone else's best year. So, too, with history. The period between 600 and 1450 CE is oftencalled the Middle Ages in Europe because it came between the Roman Empireâ€”assuming youforget the Byzantinesâ€”and the beginning
of the Modern Age. And it's sometimes called the Dark Ages,because it was purportedly unenlightened. But was the age so darké Depends on what you find depressing. If you like cities and great poetry, thenthe Dark Ages were indeed pretty dark in Europe. But if like me your two favorite things areNot Dying From Wars and not dying from anything else, the Dark Ages actually weren't that badâ€” at least until the plague came in the 14thcentury.
And meanwhile, outside of Europe, the Dark Ages were truly an Age of Enlightenment.Butwe'll get boring Europe out of the way first. Let's go to the Thought Bubble. Medieval Europe had less trade, fewer cities, andless cultural output than the Original Roman Empire. London and Paris were fetid firetraps withnone of the planning of sewage management of places 5,000 years older like Mohenjo Daroin the Indus Valley Civilization, let alone Rome. But with fewer powerful governments, wars were at least smaller, which is one reasonwhy Europeans living in Medieval Timesâ€”
Uhh THOUGHT BUBBLE I KNEW YOU WERE GOING TODO THAT. Anyway, people in Medieval Times lived slightlylonger â€” life expectancy was 30 â€” than Europeans during the Roman Empire â€” when life expectancy was 28. Instead of centralized governments, Europe in the middle ages had feudalism, apolitical system based on reciprocal relationships between lords, who owned lots of land, andvassals, who protected the land and got to dress upas knights in exchange for pledging loyalty to the lords. The lords were also vassals to more importantlords,
with the most important of all being the king. Below the knights were peasants who did the actual work on the land in exchangefor protection from bandits and other threats. Feudalism was also an economic system, with the peasants working the land and keepingsome of their production to feed themselves while giving the rest to the landowner whoseland they worked. The small scale, local nature of the feudalsystem was perfect for a time and place where the threats to peoples' safety were alsosmall scale and local.