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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Two Witnesses

 I am aware that it is not along the lines of popular theology!
These two Witnesses I believe to be symbolic of the end-Time Church upon the earth composed of the 'Jewish & Gentile' remnant. For they are also the "Two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth" Rev11:4
Zech4:11-14 shows that God’s witnesses of all generations have always been empowered for their ministry by The Holy Spirit as typified by the continuous flow of the “Golden oil” through the Golden Pipes Vs12. This power was also given to the church for the witness of the gospel Acts1:8.
The number Two, like other numbers in the book of Revelation is symbolic, It is the number of divine sufficiency in testimony. Deut17:6 Mat18:16
Jesus always sent forth His disciples By Two together, and in earlier times there were Moses and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb, Zerubbabel and Joshua, haggai and Zechsriah. Paul also on his journeys had with him Barnabas, Silas, Timothy.
The two witnesses then are ‘ideal persons’ having the characteristics of Moses and Elijah.
The text does not say that they are Moses and Elijah. But rather that they have Like the latter special power given them with special reference to the need of the time Rev11:6
These Two witnesses of the End-Time are clothed in sackcloth. Here again, ‘sackcloth’ typify the humility of the end-time remnant. These will not be clad in ecclesiastical regalia, they will not be of high rank and title among men, but of lowly status like Christ’s first witnesses.
Their testimony will not be of progress and world-betterment, nor of peace and safety, nor of anything that the world loves to hear.. and as such this results in anguish, torment and hatred of the testifiers/witnesses...
They testify to death and Judgment, of the Day of wrath and perdition of ungodly men and of the coming of the rejected Lord in flaming Fire 1Thes1:7,8,9
As to the killing of the Two witnesses. Again, this is symbolical language expressing what I believe we are presently seeing coming to pass. (The suppression of the testimony of the Gospel by the beastly governmental powers fully in the hands of Satan) Persecution and Martyrdom among believers is here implied... 
The scene of this killing is “the street of the great city which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt where our Lord was crucified” Rev11:8
Sodom and Egypt typifies the former moral corruptions and of the spiritual darkness of the world. Indeed, is this not also presently a reality which is being facilitated by recent Governmental legislations?
The words “where our lord was crucified” is not indicative of modern Jerusalem. It signify that the Guilt of His crucifixion in Jerusalem is to be laid upon all those in the whole world who have rejected the mercy of the cross of Christ. 
The resurrection of the witnesses by the loud voice from heaven saying to them “come up here”Rev11:12 is the rapture of the church Just prior to the sounding of the seventh Trump, which issues in the Judgment of the dead and the Rewarding of the prophets and saints Rev11:18

1 comment:

  1. Hey John,
    I and another sister, in the same evening, a few years ago, were both studying about the Two Witnesses and the Holy Spirit lead us to the fact that this would be a great army of people, not just two individuals. When we look at things 'spiritually' we do see the Word in a different light. HIS light. We just recently came out of a horrible time experiencing the false church persecuting us. I am glad we went through it. It was needful to be able to have the experience of knowing how the false ones will operate. Of course they use the dialectic, but there is so much more.