The Two Witnesses

The Two Witnesses play a major role during the last 3 1/2 years before the return of Jesus. They are two literal men who will stand in Jerusalem and announce plagues and eventually be killed by the Beast

Revelation 11:1-13 1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Jerusalem will be attacked and taken over for 3 1/2 years.

Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

People in the Old Testament wore sackcloth to show they were in mourning.

Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth

These two men will prophesy warnings and coming judgments.

Revelation 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Men will try to harm or kill the two witnesses but God will not allow their deaths until God’s plan for them is finished.

Revelation 11:6 These 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.

Verse 6 allows us to understand that the trumpets are warnings for the wicked

Revelation 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

At the end of the forty-two months God finally allows the witnesses death at the hand of the Beast

Revelation 11:8 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.

Jerusalem has been taken over. Evil and wicked people now stand in this city, God makes sure we understand this location where the Two Witnesses will lie dead.

Revelation 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

People all over the world who went through the plagues of the Trumpets, believe they are now living in a time of peace and safety. But only 3 1/2 days goes by and then sudden destruction will come upon the wicked.

Revelation 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

This is when the rapture of all the dead in Christ happens. The Seventh Trumpet blows and all is finished except for God’s wrath which is to come.

Revelation11:13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Also, like Elijah, the Two Witnesses can consume their enemies with fire if they try to hurt them (Compare Rev 11:5 with 2 Kings 1:10). This fire is said to “come from their mouths.” This fire isn’t literally coming from their mouths but it is fire which comes because of their prayers.

This power was associated with Elijah, whose prayer caused a terrible drought in Israel (1 Kings 17:1).

There are many similarities between Elijah and the Two Witnesses. If we read the story of Elijah we may get a glimps on a small scale of what it will be like in the last days before Jesus comes.

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