Two Witnesses of Revelation
There is a lot of speculation as to who or what the two witnesses are, yet again if one allows scripture to interpret itself, you should be able to discern what or who they are.
Matthew 24:14 "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
Before the end comes the world will be given one last opportunity to her the true word of God and a last chance to accept it, and that is the job of the two witnesses.
Revelation 11:3-11 "And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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."
2 Esdras also known as 4 Ezra 6:26 "And the men that are received shall see it, who have not tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed and converted to a different spirit."
The Apocalypse of Elijah 3:7-15 "Then when Elijah and Enoch hear that the shameless one has revealed himself in the holy place, they will come down and fight with him saying, Are you indeed not ashamed? When you attach yourself to the saints, because you are always estranged. you have been hostile to those who belong to heaven. you have acted against those belonging to the earth. You have been hostile to the thrones. you have acted against the angels. you are always a stranger. you have fallen from heaven like the morning stars. you were changed, and your tribe became dark for you. But you are not ashamed, when you stand firmly against God you are a devil. The shameless one will hear and he will be angry, and he will fight with them in the market place of the great city. And he will spend seven days fighting with them. And they will spend three and one half days in the market place dead, while all the people see them. But on the fourth day they will rise up and they will scold him saying. "O shameless one, O son of lawlessness. Are you indeed not ashamed of yourself since you are leading astray the people of God for whom you did not suffer? Do you not know that we live in the Lord?"
The Book of Jubilees 4:23-36 "And he ( Enoch) was taken from amongst the children of men, and we conducted him into the Garden of Eden in majesty and honour, and behold there he writes down the condemnation and judgment of the world, and all the wickedness of the children of men. And on account of it (God) brought the waters of the flood upon all the land of Eden; for there he was set as a sign and that he should testify against all the children of men, that he should recount all the deeds of the generations until the day of condemnation. And he burnt the incense of the sanctuary, (even) sweet spices acceptable before the Lord on the Mount. For the Lord has four places on the earth, the Garden of Eden, and the Mount of the East, and this mountain on which thou art this day, Mount Sinai, and Mount Zion (which) will be sanctified in the new creation for a sanctification of the earth; through it will the earth be sanctified from all (its) guilt and its uncleanness through- out the generations of the world."
The two witnesses shall prophesy, clothed in sackcloth, if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth. When they shall have finished their testimony the beast shall make war against them and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city where also our Lord was crucified, and the people and nations shall see their dead bodies and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 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. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud and their enemies beheld them.
So we have learned that the two witnesses are capable of speech (shall prophesy), wear clothing (sackcloth), can be hurt, can kill in self defense, and can and will be killed. They have visible bodies, stand upon feet, and will ascend from the earth into the sky. It couldn't be any clearer, these are physical beings.
Who they are can only be speculation since scripture does not say in definitive words. I can only share my thoughts as to who they are, and how I have arrived at it.
Zechariah 4:11-14 "Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth."
These two have been anointed and stand with the Lord. To understand, we need to know what it was to be anointed. It usually meant one or more of the following, note #3;
For the wages of sin are death, and all have sinned. Yet! There are two prophets who did not die. According to scripture, both Enoch and Elijah were taken away from the earth.
Genesis 5:24 "And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him."
2 Kings 2:11-12 "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces."
Hebrews 11:5 "By faith Enoch was translated G3346 that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated G3346 him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."
Jubilees 10:17 "And in his life on earth he excelled the children of men save Enoch because of the righteousness, wherein he was perfect. For Enoch's office was ordained for a testimony to the generations of the world, so that he should recount all the deeds of generation unto generation, till the day of judgment."
Both Enoch and Elijah were translated ("change of place" "put in another place") from the earth (Genesis 5:21-24; 2 Kings 2:1, 9-12), yet scriptures teach that everyone has to die once (Hebrews 9:27). Could it be that the Lord chose them to be his end time witnesses (prophets) and that their deaths were put on hold?
But, just before the END Jesus said: "THIS gospel OF THE KINGDOM" the announcement of the government of God, the RULE of God, the COMMANDMENTS of God, the same Gospel that Jesus PREACHED, shall go to all the world for a witness unto all nations--and THEN shall the end of this world come.
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