Last time we looked at the rod, as an instrument of judgement, and instrument of correction, and instrument of comfort (to the obedient). In Revelation we see a “reed” like unto a rod:
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
Here we see this reed (which is like a rod) is used to measure the temple of God and those who worship therein, in case there was any mistake who he was talking about.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
We see Paul speaking to the Corinthian church, informing them that THEY are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in them.
So what is it exactly that God is getting at in Revelation 11? He’s measuring the temple, in fact the Church? What instrument is He using? A reed? What is that reed like?
God is bringing a correction measurement to His body:
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
Let’s look a little closer at this measuring process:
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Part of the temple is left out, the outer court, which isn’t measured? Part of the temple is not measured, is in fact given over to the heathen for 42 months (3 1/2 years)? What part of the church/body might that be? Why is it left out?
I’ll confess, I’m uncomfortable leaving a post on a question like this but I think this is worth some meditation. I think that we can find a hint in the candlesticks which we see seven of in Revelation 1:20 and by the time we get to Revelation 11:4 we see only two of. Maybe we should also consider what a candlestick represents and why 5 of them are missing after 10 chapters of Revelation. I think both are left out for the same reason, that one is a clue to the other. I’ll deal with that more next time but for now hope you would consider:
Why are the outer court and the 5 candlesticks left out and what do they represent in Revelation 11?