The Coming of the Two Witnesses

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“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.”
–Revelation 11:3-4

The man of sin (false prophet, false Messiah) is in control for three-and-one-half years (forty-two months; one thousand two hundred and sixty days).

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”
–Revelation 13:4-5

During that time, the man of sin is NOT unopposed. The false prophet first triumphs completely over the followers of Jesus Christ.

“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.”
–Revelation 13:7

“I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them”
–Daniel 7:21

HOWEVER, the man of sin has to deal with God’s two representatives: the two witnesses.

“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.”
–Revelation 11:3

The two witnesses: TWO SUPER-PROPHETS GIVEN SPECIAL ABILITIES AND POWERS BY GOD HIMSELF. And when God says He “will give power unto my two witnesses,” He is not kidding around.

“And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”
–Revelation 11:5-6

What an epic battle!

The man of sin, powered by demonic and satanic forces vs. the two witnesses, who have powers from God Himself!

So who wins this end times throwdown?

FIRST, the two witnesses finish their testimony.

THEN, at the end of their one-thousand two hundred and sixty-day prophecy/ministry, the witnesses and Satan’s minions square off in one final struggle.

“And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
–Revelation 11:7

The bodies of the two witnesses lie in the streets of Jerusalem for three-and-a-half days because no one will bury their bodies.

“And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.”
–Revelation 11:8-9

The people of the earth–deceived as they are and worshiping Satan–are so happy the two witnesses are finally dead, they celebrate like it’s a satanic Christmas, giving each other gifts.

“And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.”
Revelation 11:10

HOWEVER, it is NOT over!

“And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
–Revelation 11:11-13

Immediately after this, Jesus Christ returns to earth and makes short work of the man of sin, his followers, the beast system of worldwide government, the head of the beast system (also called “the beast“), as well as Satan himself.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [Jesus Christ] was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. nd the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
–Revelation 19:11-14,16

“And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
–Revelation 19:19-21

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
–Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10

Many of the false teachers spend a great deal of their time trying to guess the identity of the two witnesses.

One of the most popular choices among false teachers is Moses, but God’s Word informs the reader that Moses already died–and each man can but die ONE TIME.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
–Hebrews 9:27

HOWEVER, there are TWO men written about in God’s Word who have never died.

One of these men was the prophet Elijah, who was carried to heaven by a fiery chariot.

“And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
–2KINGS 2:11

The other was Enoch, who was translated [ Removed to heaven, as a human being, without death].

“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
–Hebrews 11:5

“And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”
–Genesis 5:21-24

As a final wrap-up, if Enoch and Elijah are the two witnesses, their deaths at the end of their testimony would provide God’s Word with a final proof of Hebrews 9:27.

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”
–Hebrews 9:27

IN ADDITION, God has promised that before the day of the Lord (the return of Jesus Christ), the prophet Elijah would return to Israel.

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
–Malachi 4:5-6

As we are currently living in the end times, it is likely at least some readers will become aware of the two witnesses.

It is a misfortune that the great majority of those living on earth during the ministry of the two witnesses will cheer their deaths.

DOES the reader believe he would cheer the two witnesses or cheer the deaths of the two witnesses?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: June 16, 2020.]

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