In the run-up to the pagan holiday that is modern day Christmas, I find it interesting that after the two witnesses in Revelation 11 are killed, people across the world celebrate in a way that sounds suspiciously like Christmas. Perhaps they really do die sometime around December 25th?
The hypocrisy of celebrating Christmas as the witnesses lie dead in the street can be expected in an unrepentent world.
I wonder if the tradition of gift-giving and making merry existed during the time/locale of John or even when the KJV was translated into English.
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. 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. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven (Revelation 11: 7-13)
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