The two witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven!
Q.: Who are they? Are they Elijah and Moses, or someone else coming in the spirit of Elijah and Moses only? Moses and Elijah are up in heaven and have immortality. They cannot die. Who would recognise them and what would be the purpose of them lying dead in the streets? We should rather trust the words of Jesus.
The Two Witnesses!
GOD has two special Witnesses that were murdered or destroyed and resurrected again. Of these GOD says: “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.” [Revelation 11:5].
Now it is true that GOD gave us special Pentecostal Power to be His special Witnesses and we could say that the gift of tongues fires out of our mouth, but I would not go as far as to say that anyone could hurt Moses or Elijah up in heaven who have already immortality. How then could they be slain and their bodies lie exposed for three and half prophetic days or three and half years? In their glorified immortal state they would not be subjected to death.
JESUS declared of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, “They [plural]are they which testify [witness] of Me.” [John 5:39] and again :”This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a Witness unto all nations.” [Matthew 24:14].
Protestant Commentator George Croly wrote: “The ‘Two Witnesses are the Old and New Testaments…..The essential purpose of the Scriptures is to give Witness to the mercy and verity of GOD. Our Lord commands, ‘Search the Scriptures,…they are they which testify [witness] of Me.’
To hurt the Word of GOD is to oppose, corrupt, or pervert its testimony, and turn people away from it. Judgment fire pronounced against such will devour them in the lake of fire [Malachi 4:1; Rev.20:15, ; 22:18,19].
“And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
Now remember that Revelation 10 stops all wild speculations for the end-time after the great disappointment which occurred in 1844 A.D. at the end of the 2300days/years of Daniel 8:14 and the Arab league in 1840 A.D.. Let us not be fouled by the Roman Futurism adopted by Protestants, that there will be such a thing as 3 ½ years etc. still to come. No more date setting please for this side of the second coming! It is only certain events remaining to be fulfilled such as the Sunday-law enforcement, the mark of the beast 666
The period of the 1260 days is variously referred to in the Scriptures. It appears in three forms: As 1260 days in Revelation 12:6
As 42 month in Revelation 11:2 and 13:5
As 3 ½ times in Daniel 7:25 and 12:7, Rev.12:14.
These all refer to the same time period and can easily be calculated. A time is a year, as evident from Dan. 11:13, marginal reading. A year has 12 month, and a biblical year contains 12 month and exactly 30 days each. As an example, the record of the flood in Genesis 7 and 8 that it came on the 17th day of the second month [7:11] and the waters subsided on the 17th of the seventh month [8:4].
That the flood continued for five month-from the second to the seventh month. Reference in Genesis 7:24 reveals that “the waters prevailed upon the earth 150 days. Our calculation shows 5 months. This text mentions 150 days, or 30 days to a month. One prophetic day stands for a literal year [Ezekiel 4:6 Numbers 14:34].
Thus we have a definite measure for calculating the prophetic periods, bearing in mind that in prophecy a day is equal to a year of ordinary time.
During this time of the 1260 years the witnesses are in a state of sackcloth, or obscurity, and GOD gives them power to endure and maintain their testimony through the dark and dismal period.
How are the two Witnesses further identified? “These are the two olive trees, and they the two candlesticks standing before GOD of the earth.” Verse 4
Evident allusion is made here to Zechariah 4:11-14, where it is implied that the two olive trees are taken to represent the word of GOD. David testifies, “The entrance of Thy words gives light and Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” [Ps.119:130,105]. Reference is made to the sanctuary of GOD where the oil of the olive trees fed the seven branched candlestick continually day and night. [Hebrews 9:2]. That which gives the light, is the Holy Spirit. In God's sanctuary temple, the candlestick or lamp stand, stood opposite the table of show bread. The bread of life is Jesus and also His word, the Bible. We should never ever open God's word without prayer for the Holy Spirit enlightment if we want to come to the right conclusions.
Unless one returns to the first love, Jesus will remove the candlestick from you, unless you repent.-Revelation ch.3 i.e. He will take the Holy Spirit from us.
To compare Moses and Elijah to olive trees and candlesticks is unreasonable and nowhere found in Scriptures. The setting of the Two Witnesses in Revelation chapter eleven shows by its first two verses and the last two, that it refers to the judgment of the heavenly temple sanctuary of GOD. Laodecea means judging the people and we are living now in the judgment hour of God.
Papal Rome had outlawed the Holy Scriptures during its long reign of 1260 years from 538 A.D. to 1798 A.D.
“And they have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy; and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” V.6
In what sense have these witnesses power to shut heaven, turn water to blood, and bring plagues on the earth? Elijah shut heaven so that it did not rain for 3 ½ years, but not on his own, but on the word of the Lord.
Moses by the word of the Lord turned waters of Egypt to blood? No! It was his brother Aaron the high priest: "God spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt...."--Exodus 7:19. Moses stretch out his hand, but Aaron used his rod for the miracle. Just as these judgments, recorded in their testimony [witness], have been fulfilled, so will every threatening and judgment pronounced by them against any people surely be accomplished. Of these two, only Moses was dead and resurrected again. Elijah never saw death and went up in a chariot of fire.
“As often as they will” means that as often as judgments are recorded on their pages to take place, so often they will come to pass. An instance of this the world is yet to experience in the last seven plagues.
Now, remembering that the Ten Commandments are also called the tables of testimony [Exodus 31:18; 32:15]. That is why at the end of this chapter, in Revelation 11:19 the ark of the testament is mentioned which contain the Ten Commandments up in heaven and seen opened. It wasn't until after 1844 A.D. at the end of the great and bitter disapointment that the first-day Adventist Protestants saw the ark opened in heaven at the end of the 2300 days of years prophecy declaring the cleansing of the sanctuary temple. The judgment mentioned here coincide with Laodecea [meaning judging the people] and Yom Kippur by our Lord Jesus Christ our great and high Priest. When they saw the 10 Commandments in heaven with Jesus, they also saw Christ's seventh-day Sabbath as its centre and the only command speaking of holiness. They had no choice other than becoming Seventh-day Adventist proclaiming the Good News of the Judgment in the setting of the "Three Angel's Messages in Revelation 14:6-12.
“And when they shall have finished their testimony [their witness], the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against 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.” Verses 7,8
When they shall have finished their testimony or witness, that is, in sackcloth. The sackcloth state ended. A “beast” denotes a kingdom or power [Dan.7:17,23]. The question remains, when did the sackcloth state close? And did such a kingdom make war on them for 1260 years?
We already showed that the 1260 years of papal supremacy had outlawed the Word of GOD from 538 to 1798 A.D. but the tenth part of the city is apparently the most wicked part and the greatest offender.
France or the Franks, were one part of the 10 Divisions of the Roman Empire after its collapse. Three of them were uprooted by the little horn power according to Daniel 7 and 8 in order for the little horn to grow exceedingly great, greater than Alexander the great. This cannot refer to Antiochus Epiphanes who never changed GOD’S laws and times. The Papal see however claims divine power to modify divine law and changed the Sabbath to Sunday and the time from sundown to the darkest hour of midnight.
France was the atheistical power here compared to spiritual Egypt. On the 1st November in 1793 A.D. the holy Scriptures were banned in France and also GOD’S weekly cycle. After exactly 3 ½ days of years, as the Bible prophesied, till June 1797 the Scriptures or the two Witnesses stood on their feet again.
Were they exalted to heaven after that date? Oh yes, shortly after 1797, in 1804, the British Bible Society was organized and followed by the American in 1816.
Before 1804 the Bible had been printed and circulated in 50 languages. But by 1942 translated in whole or in part to 1,058 languages and has since been voted the number one best seller in the world.
Here is another version of the two witnesses:
The two groups of the ten virgins in the parable of our Lord found in Matthew 25. All ten virgins went out to meet the bridegroom. All had lamps and vessels for oil. For a time there was seen no difference between them. So with the church that lives just before Christ's second coming. All have a knowledge of the Scriptures. All have heard the message of Christ's near approach., and confidently expect His appearing. But as in the parable, so it is now. A time of waiting intervenes, faith is tried; and when the cry is heard, "Behold the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him," many are unready. They have no oil in their vessels with their lamps. They are destitute of the Holy Spirit.
They are two different witnesses. Without the Spirit of God a knowledge of His word is of no avail. The theory of truth, unaccompanied by the Holy Spirit, cannot quicken the soul or sanctify the heart. One may be familiar with the commands and promises of the Bible; but unless the Spirit of God sets the truth home, the character will not be transformed. Without the enlightenment of the Spirit, men will not be able to distinguish truth from error, and they will fall under the masterful temptations of Satan.
The class represented by the foolish virgins are not hypocrites. They have a regard for the truth, they have advocated the truth, they are attracted to those who believe the truth; but they have not yielded themselves to the Holy Spirit's working. They have not fallen on the Rock, Christ Jesus, and permitted their old nature to be broken up. This class are represented also by the stony-ground hearers. They receive the word with readiness, but they fail of assimilating its principles. Its influence is not abiding. The Spirit works on man's heart, according to His desire and consent implanting in him a new nature; but the class represented by the foolish virgins have been content with a superficial work. They do not know God. They have not studied His character; they have not held communion with Him; therefore they do not know how to trust, how to to look and live. Their service to God degenerates into a form. "They come unto thee as a people cometh, and they sit before thee as My people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts goeth after covetousness."--Ezekiel 33:31. The apostle Paul points out that this will be the special characteristic of those who live just before Christ's second coming. He says, "In the last days perilous times shall come: for men shall be lovers of their own selves....lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof."--2. Timothy 3:1-5.
But in the context of Revelation 11, we see the 1260 days of years reign of the papal see and that same time period expressed as 1260 days of years during which the two witnesses were given power but clothed in sackcloth.
The Bible is exalted, next to JESUS CHRIST our Logos up to heaven more than Moses and Elijah. For more details www.come2jesus.info/apocalypse.htm