D285 - Two witnesses of the Lord will appear in Jerusalem
Like the role of John the Baptist who was the forerunner announcing the arrival of Jesus, there will be two witnesses (not one this time round) at the end of time who will appear in Jerusalem (called the ‘great city’ in Rev 11:8) testifying of the good news.
These two persons will be given special power from God so that
‘fire (can) flow out of their mouth and devours their enemies’ (Rev 11:5) and they will also have ‘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’ (Rev 11:5-6).
In other words, they appear to have immense supernatural power; compare that to D276 – Satan’s demonstration of power will be at his height and many believers will be deceived.
Who are these two witnesses?
We would not want to speculate here but they are addressed as ‘the two olive trees and two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth’ (Rev 11:4).
How will they dress?
Apparently in sackcloth (Rev 11:3).
What will they do?
They are to testify, and we believe, of Jesus (Rev 11:7). The Greek word for ‘testify’ is marturia or witness/ provide evidence/ testimony.
And because they can be seen worldwide (Rev 11:9), we think that here is one way of doing global evangelism to reach the whole world so that everyone is without excuse
(Please seeD267 – The Gospel must be preached throughout the world before the end will come).
When will it take place?
We know that they will be in Jerusalem for a total of 1,260 days and that equates to 3.5 years (assuming 360 days per year) – Rev 11:3.
But will it be at the beginning of the Great Tribulation or even before that? The prophecy does not clarify the start time although Rev 11:2 says that the outer court will be ‘given over to the nations and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months’.
It seems to parallel the Great Tribulation but we are unsure. If it does not precede the Great Tribulation, then it could yet provide believers with another indicator to act and run.
Remember, that the start of the Great Tribulation is marked by ONE clear event – the Antichrist declaring himself as God in the Third Temple (D273 – The Great Tribulation begins when the Antichrist declares himself as God at the Temple).
D286 - Two witnesses will be killed and their bodies seen by everyone
At the end of their assignment, these two witnesses will be killed by ‘the beast that comes up out of the abyss’ (the Antichrist or his accomplice).
Despite the fact that the two witnesses had supernatural power, they were ‘no match’ for this beast. And their dead bodies will be seen on the street for 3.5 days by all –
‘from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations (Rev 11:9)’, translated from Greek as follows:
The Greek words and the accompanying translations are seen below:
- Laos for peoples, and it covers a people, first the Jews and then the Christians,
- Phule for tribes, and it includes every race of people,
- Glossa for tongues, or tongue/ language/ a nation (distinguished by their speech), and
- Ethnos for nations, or a race/ people/ nation/ the nations/ heathen world, Gentiles.
It is the same geographical description used to describe how the Antichrist will be given the authority to make war against the saints in Rev 13:7; he will have much authority across the world or a big part thereof.
Here is a side note:
If you were with the Apostle John writing two thousand years ago, would you consider how this could have been possible for viewing to be carried out by everyone in the world? But we know for certain that this is possible even now. And it can only improve into the future.
Interestingly, in Rev 11:10, it says that
‘those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another.’
Even in our current world of social media, we can see how this scenario could play out.
D287 - Two witnesses will resurrect after 3.5 days
Rev 11:11-12, it talks about a time when the
‘breath of life from God will enter them again and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 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.’
This will be followed by a great earthquake whereby a tenth of the city (Jerusalem) will fall and seven thousand people will be killed (Rev 11:13).
The Apostle John had made known to all of us that this event, like all prophecies in the Bible, will surely come.