The Two Witnesses
Midway through the book of Revelation, between the sixth and seventh trumpet, there is a periscope involving
a strong angel with a little scroll / book. In this second interlude (Rev 10:1
- Rev 11:14), the Two Witnesses appear clothed in sackcloth and are
prophesying to the world for a period of 3-1/2 years. As His witnesses, God will grant them the authority to:
Kill any who attempt to harm them by fire that flows from their mouths
Have the power to stop the rain while they are prophesying
Have the power to turn water into blood (Rev 11:6)
Have the power to invoke every plague known to man (i.e. diseases, the plagues of Exodus,
etc.) upon the earth as often as they desire (Rev 11:6).
In light of their supernatural powers, it seems highly unlikely that a human being could kill them. Revelation
indicates that the "Beast from the Abyss" will make war and kill the Two Witnesses
(Rev 11:7). While the identity of the "Beast from the Abyss" is not
explicitly clear, the likely individual is the fallen angel king of the abyss named Abaddon (Hebrew) / Apollyon
(Greek) who was released when the fifth trumpet sounded signaling an unfallen angel to use a key to open the abyss
(Rev 9:1-2, 11-12).
Given the length of the ministry of the Two Witnesses (1260 days = 42 months = 3-1/2 years), it is possible to
correlate these events to Daniel's 70th week.
1. In Daniel's prophecy, the 70th week begins with the emergence of the "one who makes desolate"
and midway through this seven year period, Believers will be prevented from worshiping and complete desolation and
destruction will occur. Although Daniel's reference to sacrifice and grain offering do not correspond to the New
Covenant, it is an indication that the worship of God is prohibited.
And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the
week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who
makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes
desolate." (Dan 9:27)
Because the ministry of the Two Witnesses takes place when the Temple is preserved while its
outer court is being "tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months" by the nations
(Rev 11:2-3), it appears that they ministered during the early years of
Daniel's 70th week.
2. Daniel's prophecy of the 70th week indicates that a covenant is made. While there is no
information about this covenant, it is believed to be some sort of peaceful agreement – perhaps it was a covenant
that allowed worship in the Temple, which would be violated when its desecration occurs. In John's third interlude,
when Satan empowers the Antichrist (the Beast from the Sea), the beast is given the authority to act for 3-1/2
years "to make war with the saints and to overcome them." All of this is within the context of the last Gentile
kingdom which God judges to: 1) finish the transgression, 2) to make an end of sin, 3) to make atonement for
iniquity, and 4) to bring an everlasting righteousness (Dan 9:24).
There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority
to act for forty-two months was given to him. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to
blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven. It was also given to him to make war
with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given
to him. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation
of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against
God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.
Because the Antichrist who had the authority to make war with the saints, it appears that he
ruled during the latter part of Daniel's 70th week.
3. Lastly, while the ministry of the Two Witnesses and the reign of the Antichrist are both 3-1/2 years, they
do not appear to run consecutively to equal Daniel’s 70th week of 7 years. The data indicates that the Antichrist
started his reign around the fifth seal and the Two Witnesses were murdered after the 5th trumpet. This overlap
implies that the Two Witnesses started their ministry after the start of Daniel’s 70th week.