One of the more interesting insights of my soon to be published book, The Unveiling is the interpretation of the two witnesses. Here is one of the core scriptures about them:
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the Beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. Rev 11:7-9
The two witnesses that follow the life of the true disciple are his words and works. In the case of Jesus we see a man who spoke great and eternal words and did marvelous works. These two witnesses caused the world to recognize him as a Son of God and great teacher of truth.
Unfortunately as soon as the world began to pay attention to the words and works of Jesus, the beast, who demands a worship of the outer god, corrupted the words and works of Jesus and caused the people to see them through distorted vision. Instead of seeing the kingdom of God as within and believing that seekers could speak great words and do great things as did Jesus the people were convinced that they should listen to an outward authority who would guide their words and works.
Thus were the two witnesses killed. And as they lay dead in the streets of spiritual Sodom and Egypt what do the people do in place of incorporating the words and works of the Master? The scripture rings so clear and true:
“And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another.” Rev 11:10
And what do we do at Christmas?
As a substitute for contemplating eternal words and doing great works we “make merry and send gifts one to another.”
It is difficult to find a scripture that has a more literal fulfillment than this one has.
Don’t get me wrong. Making merry and sending gifts in itself is not a bad thing. The problem is that this is the highlight of Christmas which in turn is seen by the Christian world as the highlight of Christianity and honoring Christ. We have substituted the thrill allowing living words and works to manifest through us to be replaced by celebrating and giving gifts.
As the world celebrates Christmas in an attempt to honor Christ we have allowed his words and works lie dead and untouched in the streets.
But this shall not always be the case. The scripture continues:
“And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” Rev 11:11
The time is at hand when living eternal words will rise again and great works will again manifest. They shall shake the people up like a great earthquake and many will fear the change they represent. On the other hand, the pure in heart will find peace that passes all understanding for great joy awaits them.
May we all experience a gift which surpasses the greatest that money can buy which is the gift of the coming of Christ through you and me – inspiring us to forge ahead and do great things in service of our fellow men and women.
Copyright 2011 by J J Dewey
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2 thoughts on “Christmas Message 2011”
I always look forward to your Christmas messages because they give me renewed hope. This message would have been very timely given how many people are suffering economically.
But this Christmas message is depressing. Where is the light? Where is the hope? When so many are desperately looking for something positive to focus on you give us shaming and an expression of disappointment. It’s reminiscent of a Jehovah Witness trying to rain on everyones’ merriment.
Christmas may be an opportunity for a higher purpose, but for those parents working multiple jobs, trying to raise families, who can’t remember the last time they’ve had a day off, simply having 1 day to sit and decompress; they don’t deserve a chocolate-covered beetle.
Besides, whatever happened to working with how things are and not with how we want them to be?
Uncharacteristic of you, JJ.
Your Christmas messages are always a much anticipated gift!!! Thank you.