Biblical Prophecy – The Two Witnesses

Posted: June 4, 2010 in Christianity, Prophecy
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While those dwelling on the earth after the rapture are suffering through the seven seal judgments and the trumpet judgments, there will be something else going on. Two men appeared in Jerusalem at the beginning of the seven-year tribulation, just as peace was declared and as the first seal was opened.

[3]“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.  [4]These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that stand before the Lord of the earth.  [5]And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.  [6]These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.  [7]When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.  [8]And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.  [9]Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.  [10]And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.  [11]But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.  [12]And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.  [13]And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.”  Revelation 11:3-13

These two men will suddenly appear on the scene in Jerusalem. They will begin proclaiming the gospel and provide hope for those who have been left behind. Their message will be one of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ. As the scripture states, they will be able to prevent rain from falling for 3½ years. They will also have the power to turn water into blood and cause all kinds of plagues on the earth.

As you can see in verse 6, they will also be invincible (for a time). But in verse 7 we are told that after their 3½ years, Satan in the form of the Antichrist will be allowed to kill them. Not only will their dead bodies be left in full view of all, but the world will actually celebrate their deaths to the point of giving each other gifts.

One thing about a party… it always has to end. God takes care of that little detail a few days later. In verse 11 we’re told that after 3½ days, God breaths life back into their bodies, causing everyone to experience great fear. Then God’s voice, audible to everyone, commands them to return to heaven. In full view of everyone present and everyone watching on their television, computer or cell phone, they rise up to heaven on a cloud!

While everyone is panicking and trying coming to terms with what they’ve just experienced, there is a terrible earthquake that destroys a tenth of Jerusalem and kills seven thousand people. Those who survive realize that God is real and that Jesus is their Messiah and they give glory to God.

Shortly after he kills the two witnesses, the Antichrist, the world dictator, will declare himself to be God and that is when life on earth gets really bad.
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My Notes:

Though their true identity will not be known until their arrival, the Two Witnesses have the same powers demonstrated by Moses and Elijah.

Moses: Appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
Elijah: Appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration.
NOTE: These were not “spirits” of dead men, they were alive and in a physical form. Why else would Peter want to construct three tents (one for each of them)? Had they been in spiritual form, they would have no need for a shelter or resting place of any kind.

Moses: Had the power to turn water to blood and cause all kinds of plagues.
Witness: Has the power to turn water to blood and cause all kinds of plagues.

Elijah: Prayer resulted in no rain for 3½ years.
Witness: Will be able to stop the rain for 3½ years.

God will manifest the Law and the Prophets once again. In the Old Testament, the Law and the Prophets spoke mainly to Israel, but here, they will speak to the entire Earth.

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