How many times have you heard of the 'Two Witnesses' that in the Last Days will testify (symbolically) within Jerusalem. How many times have you read these verses and understood what they actually reveal. Begin with the first two verses of Rev 11:3-4, starting in Rev 11:3 "And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." Now we will read the second verse that gives the additional informantion needed, in Rev 11:4 "These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth." Now we have four witnesses, understanding that two groups of witnesses are being described, one group has two 'Olive Trees' , and the second group has two 'Lampstands'. The 'Olive Tree' has always been the Hebrew people, however as this 'Lampstands' are taken from the book of Revelation, in Rev 2:5 the 'Lampstand' is the Gentile church. This should bring to mind that God has an order in all things, and in keeping order as called for within the bible, concering witnesses we are told in Matt 18:16 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.' Certainly in these last days, the Lord will give these witnesses both special powers and authority, about these saying, Rev 11:5-6 "If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want." Finally we are told Satan will be released from the abyss, the witneses before that could not be killed, having now finished their testimony (this may be the 1335 days being faithful), Satan then kills the witnesses as told in Rev 11:7-9 "Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified." Here we learn two important things, it is when Satan is released from the abyss that he kills the witnesses, and Jerusalem where their bodies now lay is called (figuratively) Sodom and Egypt, which may now mean every nation on earth where the Hebrew are scattered. What is further interesting, after the witnesses death, no one on earth appears to mourn, told in Rev 11:8-10 "For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on earth." This may indicate now only the wicked remain upon the earth, the saints as these last now gathered up into the heavens together with those having gone in death before. At this point it should be reminded that no saint will go through the Last Days of Gods wrath, the witnesses testimony occuring during the first 3 1/2 years of Satan release to be ruler over the earth. It is during the first 3 1/2 years that the witness cannot be killed until they finish their testimony, the witnesses remaining faithful for 1260-days, and after remaining faithful until 1335-days, are then called up into heaven, described in Dan 12:11-12 "From the time that the daily sacrifice is abolished and the abomination that causes desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days. Blessed is the one who waits for and reaches the end of the 1,335 days." And this in turn reminds of the last saints whose souls are found in heaven, described in Rev 7:13-14 "Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes-who are they, and where did they come from?" I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation..." Certainly Satan released from the abyss rules for seven years over the earth, of the witnesses that appear those remaining faithful during the first 3 1/2 years, this period than would be the 'great tribluations', and the last saint is now no longer on earth, but found in the heavens, described in Matt 24:30-31 "At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other." And of those that remain on earth, described in Rev 1:7 "Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him." Would a saint 'mourn' in seeing the Christ of salvation coming at last? What is discernment of Gods word, certainly it is not incorrect that there should be at least two or more witnesses to validate a testimony, or matter. Perhaps in this context, could not 'more' be as many as 144,000, described as 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes. Certainly those outside Gods covenant people were called alien, however it should be remembered that a time came when God spliced alien into the body of Gods people. Where this is described, was when God commanded the division of the land, and God said, Ezek 47:21-23 "You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the aliens who have settled among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe the alien settles, there you are to give him his inheritance," declares the Sovereign LORD." And so we have come full circle, with but one last matter. Jerusalem was called the favored city of God, not because of streets and walls, but because of the people. However there came a time that God drove the people from the city. Is it hard then to consider today Jerusalem is where the people have scattered, into all nations of the world. And as this study of witnesses would indicate, the witnesses are described walking the symbolic streets of Jerusalem... of the world. At this time among the Family of God are both Hebrew and Gentile, at this time also the Hebrew are yet scattered within all the nations of the world. So this is a short study, but I hope it has given you encouragement to get into the bible and seek for fourself scripture truth, testing every spirit and word that otherwise comes 'your' way, testing them against the (every) word of God... what comes from God is 'spiritually discerned', by the Holy Spirit within.
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