Who are the 2 witnesses that are in the book of Revelations, what's their purpose and why are they there?
- Forrest ToneyLv 72 months ago
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- antoniusLv 72 months ago
Folks, there is nothing in Revelation about supernatural entities. The writers were just writing as such, just as they wrote the other books of the NT to fool the the Judeans to believe that the Messiah they had been told was coming to help them fight the Romans. Those so-called witnesses in Rev refer to certain real persons who were obviously men of authority and power; one would likely have been the emperor.
Don't be fooled by that nonsense.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 72 months ago
“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. 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.” Rev. 11:3-5
These verses refer to Moses turning the waters of Egypt to blood, to Elijah praying for an extensive three-and-a-half year long drought in the Mediterranean region, and to Elijah calling down fire from heaven to consume troops of soldiers sent by king Ahaziah to arrest him. Read 2 Kings ch.1 for the awesome account. Some have already commented on the two olive trees and the two candlesticks significance. In every century there have been those with 'power to smite the earth with plagues'. Such men will continue to be seen to the end of time, as their duration is 1,260 days which is three and a half years (or 'weeks' in the prophetic aspect). Since that length of prophetic time deals with the time of the Church Age from the ascension of Christ, until His triumphant return, there have been such faithful witnesses in every century. They represent not two individuals at any given time, but all the holy ones on Earth who are outstandingly chosen of God to witness to the truth of God and of Christ.
Protestant theologian Mounce has ‘The Futurist’ view of Revelation, writing, “It seems more likely… that they are not two individuals but a symbol of the witnessing church in the last tumultuous days before the end of the age.” They are few in number but powerful in spiritual might. Gaebelein, however, thinks they include a larger group of witnesses in the picture: “Perhaps the leaders would be two great instruments, manifesting the spirit of Moses and Elijah, endowed with supernatural power, but a larger number of witnesses is unquestionably in view here.”
‘The Spiritual’ view holds that the two witnesses represent the witnessing church throughout its entire career. Hendriksen says, “These witnesses symbolize the Church militant bearing testimony through its ministers and missionaries throughout the present dispensation.” Regarding the miracles, Leon Morris writes, “God’s servants in the new dispensation have just as great resources as did Moses and Elijah in the old.” The deadly fire pictures those setting out to destroy them being undone. Lenski writes that “the word in the mouth of the Lord’s prophet-witnesses may be scorned but it is not an empty sound. Its judgments are fire that devours its enemies.” The failure of Julian the Apostate to reimpose paganism in the ‘christianized’ Roman Empire is cited as an example of such an event way back but that event is not taken to be the end of the matter as other Christians have acted decisively in later times. No doubt there will be a yet future application.Source(s): “Revelation – Four Views – A Parallel Commentary” edited by Steve Gregg, (Nelson, 1997).
- Anonymous2 months ago
The Bible doesn’t specifically name them so we can only speculate who they are. There’s speculation among believers that it could be Elijah and Moses, based on the powers they have as written in Revelation 11:6:
6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
First, let’s look at the case for Elijah:
17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.
1 Kings 17:1
1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”
Now, for Moses:
19 The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt—over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs—and they will turn to blood.’ Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in vessels[a] of wood and stone.”
20 Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD had commanded. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood.
God also used Moses to bring plagues upon Egypt as recorded in Exodus.
Another speculation for Elijah and Moses is that they appeared and talked to Jesus during His transfiguration. Once again, who the 2 witnesses are is speculation, as the Bible doesn’t specify who they are. It is more important why they were sent by God, to prophesy.
Hopefully, you will not be here when the 2 witnesses appear. That will occur during the Great Tribulation. Thankfully, I believe that God, in His great mercies, will still give people the opportunity for salvation in very troublous times during the Tribulation. But, you can escape the Tribulation by repenting of your sins and believing in God’s provision for our salvation, His Son Jesus. If you do this before the Rapture occurs, then you will be taken up from the earth before the Tribulation begins.
The Rapture as recorded in Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
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- 2 months ago
The Two Witnesses lead God's elect and testify against the antichrist. The whole world will be deceived into worshiping the antichrist as god. Only the Two Witnesses and God's elect will not be deceived for they are sealed with the truth from God. They testify so that some can come out of the deception and believe the Truth.
The Two Witnesses will be killed at the end of the tribulation, just before the Return of The Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 11:7 “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.”
- 2 months ago
Well, turn to Revelation 11:1-6. In verse 3 we read: “I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days dressed in sackcloth.” This prophecy was fulfilled upon the remnant of anointed Christians during World War I. Why two witnesses? Because the anointed remnant perform works that, in a spiritual way, are like those of Moses and Elijah. Verses 5 and 6 go on to say: “If anyone wants to harm [the two witnesses], fire issues forth from their mouths and devours their enemies; and if anyone should want to harm them, in this manner he must be killed. These have the authority to shut up heaven that no rain should fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every sort of plague as often as they wish.” Thus, we are reminded of miracles performed by Elijah and Moses.—Numbers 16:31-34; 1 Kings 17:1; 2 Kings 1:9-12.
- Anonymous2 months ago
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- Bob LLv 72 months ago
The two witnesses are not named. Speculation on the identities runs anywhere from Moses and Elijah, to the Jews and the Church. All four are mentioned as being witnesses. The purpose of every witness is to provide testimony.
- Anonymous2 months ago
You wont understand the symbolism, but here goes anyway.
They are NOT two individuals, but rather two groups of people.
Our main clue is that they are aka two olive trees standing before the Lord. And two candlesticks.
Revelation 11:4 KJV — These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Paul alone identifies two olive trees, the wild olive tree of Israel, and the grafted in olive tree of the Gentiles. Romans 11.
So the two witnesses of God were the faithful OT Hebrews, and the faithful NT Gentiles. In the NT, God combines the two groups to form the Christian church.
Another way of looking at it is that the two witnesses are the collective writers of the OT and the NT. Their work attested to or witnessed the glory of God. So these are also two "candlesticks" lighting up the glory of the Lord.
In Revelation much figurative symbolism is used. In this case its personification.
BTW, Zechariah in the OT also saw a vision of two olive trees. And he wondered what they were. So he asked an angel. Read Zech 4 for the account.
- Michael MLv 62 months ago
They will be apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe their purpose is to provide clear evidence of the Gospel to the people at Jerusalem to ensure that they have the knowledge to make an informed choice to accept or reject Jesus Christ as their Savior, which will justify the consequences to follow.