…and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. – Revelation 11:8
Let’s just think about the Sodom part of this verse. As I was wrestling with what this meant, I needed to remember the story of Sodom. I recall Abraham’s pleas but no righteous were found. Fire and brimstone come crashing on that city and justice rained down.
So, if I am to think of this when I read Rev 11:8 how am I to understand it? If it is symbolically the place where the Lord was crucified then is it right to think of it in a reversal?
So, instead of raining judgment on the wicked city, judgment lands on the only righteous One. I think that’s how we are to understand the two witnesses who are killed in the wicked city instead of the unrighteous.
But, just as Christ was raised and brought up to heaven so too the witnesses. THEN a taste of the judgment to come for some and leaving the rest in terror and they gave glory to the God of Heaven.
Imagine, the day Christ was crucified. The city was filled with nothing but unrighteous people like Sodom but the judgment fell on the only One who was righteous in order that he might save the unrighteous! Amazing!