And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.[Revelation 11:3-4]
Who are the two witnesses in Revelation 11 and where do they fit in the final timeline of God’s prophetic clock?
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Many people believe that the “Two End-Time Witnesses” will be Elijah and Enoch, or Elijah and Moses.
Enoch, Elijah and Moses in their day fulfilled God’s purposes for them.
The 11th Chapter of Revelation does not say that God is going to send “Two Witnesses” from Heaven.
Throughout history there have been certain generations in which God has “raised up” certain individuals to carry out a specific task for Him. The same will be true for the generation that we are now living in. It is important to emphasize strongly the term “raised up.” We find throughout Scripture that the Lord “raised up” His Prophets.
One very important fact is the fact that there is no place in the Bible that states that the “Two End-Time Witnesses” are sent from Heaven. If that were the case, then it would have been clearly stated in the Bible.
Deuteronomy 34:6 tells us that God buried Moses in a Valley in the land of Moab. Revelation 11:8 states that the bodies of the “Two End-Time Prophets” will lie in the street for 3 ½ days. One of these dead bodies cannot be the dead body of Moses. That would mean that Moses will have died twice. That cannot be, because Hebrews 9:27 states that it is appointed unto men once to die. (NOT TWICE)
Also, there is a great misconception that Enoch & Elijah did not experience death. However, that is not true. When the Scriptures speak of death, it is in reference to physical death, because Ecclesiastes 3:11 states that the Lord has planted “ETERNITY” in our hearts. Our Spirit is “ETERNAL.” Only our body will experience death, not our Spirit. This very fact is clearly stated in Ecclesiastes 11:7 which declares that at death, our body will return to the Earth, and our Spirit will return to God who gave it. When God took Enoch & Elijah, only their eternal Spirits departed, their physical bodies were left behind and became dead corpse here on Earth. Therefore, coming to this understanding, the bodies of Enoch & Elijah indeed did experience a physical death.
The 34th Chapter of Deuteronomy states that God Himself buried the physical body of Moses. Therefore, it becomes evident that after God took Enoch & Elijah, that just as He did with Moses, God also buried the physical bodies of Enoch & Elijah here on Earth at locations not revealed to us.
The Lord is not going to transport 2 individuals from several thousand years ago to minister to a generation that they cannot even identify with. The only way that an individual can identify with a generation, is to experience the times of the generation that they grew up in.
The Lord will do what HE has always done, which will be to “raise up” 2 individuals from a generation that they were born in, and grew up in, which in this case will be His “Two End-Time Witnesses.”
Because of the “enormity” of the task that the Lord will assign to the “Two End-Time Witnesses,” that just like Moses, the Lord will first take them through many years of a Spiritual wilderness experience which will be His method of development and training for them.
The two “End-Time Prophets” will not be newly converted Christians. They will be seasoned Prophets who have withstood the test of time.
The Bible clearly points out to us that the Lord delights in “raising up” people to fulfill a particular task that He has for them in their generation. Throughout the Bible, God shows us time and time again that He is in the “raising up” business.In Matthew 3:9 JESUS told the Jewish people to not look back to Abraham, that God was able to “raise up” stones to fulfill His purposes.
There is zero doubt in my mind that they are alive at this present time of December, 2017. It is quite possible that at this present time of December, 2017 that they do not even know that the Lord has chosen them to be the “Two End-Time Witnesses.”
As explained earlier in this article, the “enormity” of the task that the Lord will assign to the “Two End-Time Witnesses” will require that they go through many years of a Spiritual wilderness experience which will be the Lord’s method of development and training for them.
It is my belief that at the time that the Lord reveals to them that they are the “Two End-Time Witnesses,” that HE will not immediately thrust them into functioning in their role as the “Two End-Time Witnesses.”
It is my belief that the Lord will likely reveal to them their role as the “Two End-Time Witnesses” a few months in advance or maybe even longer, before being thrust into functioning in their role as the “Two End-Time Witnesses.”
This unveiling of their assignment from the Lord may be a step by step process of coming to an understanding that they have been chosen for their role as the “Two End-Time Witnesses.”
It is my belief that the “Two End-Time Witnesses” will need to know their role a few months in advance or maybe even longer in order to fully come to terms that they have been chosen for such an “enormous” task from the Lord.
Also, they will most likely still need further development and training of a different sort from the Lord before stepping into their role as the “Two End-Time Witnesses.”
The “Two End-Time Witnesses” will bring forth God’s “message of truth” UNHINDERED in the 1st half of the final 7 years of this present Age.
In the 2nd half of the final 7 years of this present Age, the Lord will send strong delusion through the false prophet and antichrist so that those who rejected God’s “message of truth” delivered by the “2 Witnesses” in the 1st half of the final 7 years of this present Age, should believe a lie.
The false prophet and antichrist will be able to accomplish their deception UNHINDERED because the “Two End-Time Witnesses” will have been taken out of the way at the end of their assignment in the 1st half of the final 7 years of this present Age.
It is very likely that the “Two End-Time Witnesses” will minister independently from one another during their ministry.
I truly appreciate your comments and respect your interpretation of the two
Witnesses. However, I respectfully disagree with your conclusion.
First — Malachi 4 solidifies the coming of Elijah before the Day of the Lord. Moses is also referenced in the same passage. There is no reason to read Malachi 4 in any other way than straight forward.
Second — The two witnesses come working signs and wonders identical to Moses and Elijah
3 — Jesus is glorified on Mt Hermon in the presence of Moses and Elijah — who appear with Him indicating they
Are connected to the coming kingdom
4 — Just because Hebrews 9 affirms the death and subsequent judgment of all men, doesn’t mean that someone cant die twice. Lazarus died twice as did Jairus’s daughter and others resurrected in the Old Testament. So Hebrews 9:28 is not to be taken in a strict, rigid sense but in a general, universal sense.
5 — the Jews and nearly all the Talmudic teachers expected both Mose and Elijah to return ad witnesses before the Day of the Lord — obviously this is the rabbis interpretation — but the rabbis know the Hebrew Scriptures inside and out
6 — the two witnesses will fulfill the prophetic pattern set in the Exodus, when Moses and Aaron testified before Pharaoh.
7 — these two anointed ones (Zech 4) will be the primary catalyst and divine vessels administering Gods trumpet and bowl Judgments during the final 3.5 years of this age.
8 — I do not believe it is necessary to insist that Enoch or Elijah died physically. The book of 1 Enoch clearly suggests otherwise. He was translated into the spirit realm, as was Elijah— most likely
Given a spiritual body (1 Cor 15) — which explains how Elijah and Moses were alive in spirit form on the mt of transfiguration. Although Moses did die, it is nothing for God to give him a physical body for his final
Encore. That would perhaps explain why Michael and the devil fought over the body of Moses.
9 — having said all of that , there is not enough Biblical support to 100% dogmatically prove the identity of the 2 witnesses. But the best biblical case is for Moses and Elijah in my humble opinion
Once again, I want to strongly emphasize that the Lord always raises up someone from their generation. Otherwise, that person would not be able to identify with the very generation that they will be ministering to. I strongly believe that the Lord will be releasing the “Two Witnesses” this year, during the Fall Feasts. In just a few months, you will know for sure who they are.
I understand the premise of your argument … however it is only speculation. The gospel message transcends all generations and cultures, and therefore the message of repentance and faith in Jesus will be exactly what our generation needs. Isnt that what the testimony of Scripture has always been? An ancient message for every generation
The Church today believes that God is sending the “Two Witnesses” with a message to be delivered to the ungodly, to the contrary, God is sending these 2 individuals with a message to the Church which has become apostate. I have written a great deal about this subject. If anyone would like a copy of more articles that I have written about this subject, email me at: (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Where in Scripture does it say they are only witnessing to the apostate church? Again. The gospel message is for the ungodly and the apostate alike. Just as Moses a d Elijah preached to the ungodly and the apostates of their generation. Its both/and. Not either/or