Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative

Interlude: The Two Witnesses

The Two Witnesses

In contrast to the 144,000 sealed bond servants of God, who were introduced at the beginning of the trumpets, the Two Witnesses are introduced at its end.

Because the Two Witnesses have died by the end of the second woe (Rev 11:12-14), their ministry of 3-1/2 years does not overlap entirely with the 3-1/2 year evil reign of the Antichrist (Rev 13:5-7) and last half of Daniel's 70th week.

This implies that the ministry of the Two Witnesses began before the desecration of the temple and before the midpoint of Daniel's 70th week.

This is consistent with the earlier observation that after the divine consequences of the sixth trumpet, no Believers have survived.

When the Two Witnesses were on earth, clothed in sackcloth and prophesying to the world, they had the authority to:

  • Kill any who attempt to harm them by fire that flows from their mouths (Rev 11:5).
  • Stop the rain while they were prophesying (Rev 11:6).
  • Turn water into blood (Rev 11:6)
  • 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).

The ministry of the Two Witnesses ends when they are murdered by the Beast from the Abyss (Rev 11:7). Because the abyss (Rev 9:1-2, 11-12) was associated with a place that confined evil fallen angels (Luke 8:26-31; Matt 8:28-32; Jude 1:6-7), it suggests that the Two Witnesses were killed by an evil angel.

The bodies of the Two Witnesses will be on a street in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified (Rev 11:8), which would be in the vicinity of the present day Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Their bodies will be left out for public viewing for 3-1/2 days (Rev 11:9-10), in which people worldwide will rejoice and celebrate, because there will be no more prophetic indictments nor harmful spectacular natural events and plagues.

With an audible voice from heaven, the world will see a visible rapture of the Two Witnesses and followed by an earthquake that destroys 1/10 of Jerusalem and kills seven thousand. This produces great fear among the people, and many will praise God (Rev 11:11-13). What is uncertain is how many will come to a genuine faith in God.

It is significant to note that the second woe is now past, which associates the end of the Two Witnesses to the end of the sixth trumpet (Rev 11:14; 9:12).

For the seven churches, the onset of the Two Witnesses indicates that the Great Tribulation and the desecration of the Temple will start soon; but their ministry will end with the sixth trumpet and second woe.

For deeper study:

The Strong Angel's Little Scroll

Fallen Angels: free or confined?

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The Seventh Trumpet

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The Sixth Trumpet

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