Reading in Revelation 11:1-14, Christ gives two witnesses power to preach during the first half of the tribulation. Some have speculated these two to be Moses and Elijah. They witness that Jesus is the Son of God, the heir of all things, and ask that all repent, fear, and glorify God.
The two witnesses along with other servants of God (the universal church) are given power over the antichristian empire. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. They have power to strike the earth with plagues and give testimony.
So in this vision, there is a battle between good and evil. Then the beast from the abyss attacks and kills the two witnesses. They lay in the street without burial for three and one half days until they are resurrected to life.
At that moment, fear came over the antichristian empire since they knew God was on the side of the witnesses. The two witnesses hear a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on (v. 12). Then, a severe earthquake destroys one tenth of Jerusalem. Seven Thousand people were killed.
The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon (v. 14).
A lesson we can take from this reading is to not be influenced by world opinion of the universal church. The world will not like the judgment but God works through the church to fulfill His purposes.
This day with God, let us pray for the power to face our challenges. Let us rely on God to bless us with strength to overcome difficulty in life by accepting His power. Let us make it a priority to listen, praise, and worship God even in difficulty. Let our witnessing be genuine and from the heart.