The Price Paid for Witnessing
Revelation 11:10 says the people of the earth were tormented by the two witnesses. Their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city. It is a disgrace for dead bodies to not get a burial. They now suffer indignity—rejected by the world, even in death.
Those who did this to them are now described as the great city, which figuratively is like:
• Sodom—known for its immorality;
• Egypt—known for Pharaoh’s self- sufficiency and refusal to acknowledge the true God;
• Jerusalem—where Jesus was crucified.
What happened to Jesus in Jerusalem now happens to His witnesses. It is all linked to the death of Jesus. Here are His followers facing their Calvary. The last days of Christ are seen as a way of describing what will happen to His followers as they approach the End.
The High Cost Involved with Following Jesus
The Time of the End is a grim time for those who choose to follow Jesus: facing great persecution and humiliation, without even a decent burial.
In verse 10, the inhabitants of the earth celebrate and send gifts to each other. As happened with the death of Jesus (see Luke 23:12), those who are enemies work together in a common cause.
The world will unite against them.
They will want to rid the earth of them because the preaching of the good news about Jesus has tormented them.
As the true gospel continues to be preached through to the end of human history, it is empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit in a special way. As it has all along, this will draw the attention of the world and stir up enormous opposition, empowered by spirits of devils working miracles.