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THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

Chapter 11:2-7, Part IV. 25.,

Koshy Zachariah

What we see here is the faithfulness and testimony of the “two witnesses”. Who are these even at the beginning of the tribulation period, ie, during the first 42 weeks or 1260 days of the seventieth week-7 years.

Vs.2,3, “AND I WILL GIVE POWER TO MY TWO WITNESSES, AND THEY WILL PROPHESY ONE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS, CLOTHED IN SACKCLOTH.”

Vs.4, “THESE ARE THE TWO OLIVE TREES AND THE TWO LAMPSTANDS STANDING BEFORE THE GOD OF THE EARTH.”

These two witnesses prophesied for 1260 days before their killing and so it can be assumed that the 1260 days of these verses refer to the first half of the three and half years. There are different views on these two faithful witnesses. One view is, they represent the two Testaments, the Law and the Gospel. Another view is that they represent Moses and Elijah quoting Malachi 4:4,5. “Remember the law of Moses and my servants…behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” Some think these two witnesses are Enoch and Elijah who are to return to the earth for a time. (Mathew Henry). Another view is that they are two faithful individuals.

H.A Ironside opines, “I do not know that we need limit the witnesses to two individuals. The two witnesses might well symbolize the witnessing remnant of Judah as a whole. Walter Scot also endorses this view: “It seems to us that a larger number than actually two is called for, in the solemn crisis before us, also that verse 8 supposes a company of slain witnesses”. However, they could be also two individuals raised by God to be faithful to Him in those days. Thus “God will have a witnessing remnant in Jerusalem, testifying to the near coming of the kingdom, and calling upon all Israel to repent in view of that time of the restitution of all things spoken of by the prophets.” (HAI). The worshippers in the temple in verse 1 are distinct from the witnesses in the city. Walter Scot observes, “The worshippers and the prophets respectively set forth the truths of priesthood and royalty, which unite in Christ in His Millennial reign., He shall be a priest upon His throne.” (Zach.6:13); of this the witnesses testify.” These faithful witnesses are equipped with the power of God.

We read further, “clothed in sackcloth”. This indicates the afflicted condition of the witnesses (Joel 1:13, IKings 20:31, Jer.4:8). These witnesses are designated with titles, “two olive trees and the two lamps.” The undoubted reference as to Zachariah 4. The olive tree speaks of “testimony” (Rom.11). Thus the two witnesses represent the testimony of God. They are also termed “the two lamps”. Lamps represent light. So these witnesses have the light of the Spirit in them. Walter Scot write, “Their testimony is of no uncertain character, for it is carried on in the clear light of God. God is with them spiritually and in power.” Further we are told, that these faithful witnesses “stand before the God of the earth.” Though God is the God of the heavens and the earth, here the specific term “God of the earth” refers to the Lord Jesus Christ who purchased the earth and its people with His own precious blood. The earth belongs to the Lord, Jehovah the Saviour of Israel and He has an undisputed right to the earth. Prophets stand before the Lord of the earth. Walter Scot writes, “They know in whose presence they are and they endure as seeing Him by faith, who to mortal sight is invisible. Thus then the witnesses, be they two or many, prophesy uninterruptedly for an exact 1260 days. Their office and the sorrowful circumstances under which their testimony is carried on, are signified in their clothing of sackcloth. Their testimony is one of power and also one of spiritual light in the midst of the gloom which settles down like a funeral pall over the guilty city of Jerusalem, the greatest city on earth.”

Vs. 5, “AND IF ANYONE WANTS TO HARM THEM, FIRE PROCEEDS FROM THEIR MOUTH AND DEVOURS THEIR ENEMIES. AND IF ANYONE WANTS TO HARM THEM, HE MUST BE KILLED IN THIS MANNER”.

Vs.6. “THESE HAVE POWER TO SHUT HEAVEN, SO THAT NO RAIN FALLS IN THE DAYS OF THEIR PROPHECY; AND THEY HAVE POWER OVER WATERS TO TURN THEM TO BLOOD, AND TO STRIKE THE EARTH WITH ALL PLAGUES, AS OFTEN AS THEY DESIRE.”

 

 

 

 

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