“One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.”
The reader may be excused for thinking that when an article is published entitled “Two Witnesses” by a website specializing in affairs of the end times, the article will LIKELY concern itself with the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
The two END TIMES witnesses of Revelation 11.
But NO, this article’s thrust is on that ancient Biblical law that the truth of a matter may be decided by TWO or THREE WITNESSES: the testimony of ONE WITNESS was NOT being enough TO CONDEMN A MAN.
“At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.”
“Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.”
At least TWO witnesses were necessary to establish the facts of any crime, particularly those crimes which called for the death penalty. This was such a fixed part of Jewish law that it was referred to in the New Testament as well as the Old. John 8:17 records that Jesus Himself referred to that part of the law.
“It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.”
The preceding will serve as a sort of introduction to this piece, which will argue that the primary reason for the Book of Jude is to provide a SECOND WITNESS for the apostle Peter’s second epistle, particularly the 2nd chapter of 2PETER.
In fact, over HALF of Jude directly refers to what is said in 2PETER–and the Book of Jude is only ONE chapter: 25 verses long.
Among the more acclaimed is
Jude 1:4 and 2PETER 2:1.
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.”
Jude 1:8 and 2PETER 2:10.
“Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.”
“But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.”
Jude 1:6 and 2PETER 2:4.
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment”
Jude 1:7 and 2PETER 2:6.
“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly”
Jude 1:10 and 2PETER 2:12.
“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.”
“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption”
And lastly, Jude 1:11 and 2PETER 2:11.
“Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness”
“Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.”
If the reader will only spend several hours studying the little Book of Jude and compare it to the 2nd chapter of 2PETER, he will, no doubt, see many of the similarities between the two.
SO, when the reader sees “TWO WITNESSES” he MIGHT think of the two witnesses of Revelation 11.
BUT, he may ALSO think of the phrase “TWO or THREE WITNESSES.”
AND, he may ALSO think of the Books of Jude and 2PETER.
WAS the reader informed about Jude and 2PETER before reading this article?
WHAT does the reader think now?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE 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?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 22, 2022.]
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