4 and 5. The two witnesses.
And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the 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. (Revelation 11: 3 – 6)
Throughout history, people have speculated about the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation Chapter 11.
Many others think the two witnesses will be Moses and Elijah. In this scenario, it would then be a recurrence of the transfiguration with Moses representing the Law and Elijah the Prophets. Hmm! Maybe.
Still others believe the two witnesses will be the Messianic side of the Church and the Gentile side of the Church. Hmm! Maybe.
Since eschatology has never been my forte, I really have no clue exactly who the two witnesses will be, but I do know this: they will be Elijah-types of prophets. Why?
Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. (Malachi 4: 5)
Elijah does first come… (Mark 9: 12)
It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah… (Luke 1: 17)
Then if you look ahead to the end of Revelation Chapter 11, the seventh trumpet is blown and we see the coming of the Lord.
…The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 11: 15)
As Sherlock Holmes would say to Dr Watson after explaining a mystery, “It was elementary my dear Watson.”
Thus, the two witnesses (also called prophets) have to be Elijah-types of prophets.
But once again, what really sets these two witnesses apart so that they are Elijah-types of prophets?
(Continued in Part 7)