The Two Witnesses

So live that we wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. (Will Rogers).

  1. The Temple of God (vv. 1-2) - When the Rapture of the Church takes place (which could happen at any time (I Cor. 15:52) Israel will build a temple in Jerusalem (vv. 1-2) which may be referred to as the Tribulation Temple.
  2. The two Witnessess (vv. 3-14)

a. Prophesying for 1260 Days (vv. 3-6)- Two witnesses will come on the scene (vv. 3-4). I believe that the 144,000 Jews will be converted through the preaching of these two witnesses during the first half of the tribulation. It is not known for sure who these two witnesses are but many speculate Moses and Elijah. Merrill F. Unger says this is unlikely since both of the witnesses are killed and resurrected, something which could not be true of these OT prophets as glorified men (Mt 17:3). John Walvoord suggests they will be raised up from among those who turn to Christ in the time following the rapture. The important thing is that God gives them power to perform miracles that will confirm their divine empowering (vv. 5-6).

b. Killed and Dead for Three and a Half Days (vv. 7-10) - When they have finished their testimony the beast will make war against them and kill them (v.7). Because of the anger against them their dead bodies will not be put in graves (vv. 8-9) but allowed to lay on the street 3-1/2 days. The people will celebrate with banquets and an exchange of gifts (v. 10).

c. Raised and Ascended to Heaven (vv. 11-14)- At this point the witnesses are resurrected(vv. 11-12), an earthquake strikes the city of Jerusalem and seven thousand people are killed as a tenth of the city is destroyed (v. 13). The people are fearful and will outwardly give glory to God but are not genuinely touched, as future events will reveal (vv. 13-14).


I need to make sure my wittnessing for the Lord is not governed by circumstances but is genuine and coming from my heart.

Revelation 11:1-12 (English Standard Version)

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 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 would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may 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 kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here!" And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.

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