Can you explain the “Two Witnesses” of Revelation?

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“These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth” (Revelation 11:4).

A lamp is a symbol for the Word of God, “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). When Zechariah saw two olive trees in vision, he asked the angel what they represent “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord” (Zechariah 4:6). The olive oil of the Spirit illuminates the lamp of God’s Word. The Word of God with the New and Old testaments are the two witnesses.

In the Old Testament, God also likens the two witnesses to the ministry of Moses and Elijah. Revelation gives a warning to those who would harm God’s two witnesses, the Holy Bible: “If anyone wants to hurt them fire proceeds out of their mouths and devours their enemies” (Revelation 11:5). This happened in the experiences of both Elijah and Moses. Fire came down from heaven on the Egyptians as they rejected God’s Word. And fire also consumed the soldiers when they challenged Elijah who spoke God’s Word. In addition, “These (two prophets) had the power to shut up heaven so no rain would fall in the days of their prophecy; and they had power over water to turn them to blood” (Revelation 11:6). Elijah prayed and the rain did not fall and Moses prayed and the water turned to blood.

In the New Testament, we also have the witness of Moses and Elijah on the mount of transfiguration. And as if the endorsement of Moses and Elijah was not enough, the voice of the Almighty is heard saying, “This is My beloved Son, Hear Him” (Matthew 17:5). This way the Bible was fulfilled for it says, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (1 Corinthians 13:1). On the Mount, two humans redeemed by Christ testified that He is the Messiah, and the third is the voice of God Himself.

The Lord has given us a special message in the Mount of Transfiguration. There are some very troubling days ahead, and now we must spend time on the mountain with God gathering light from His Word that we too like Elijah and Moses can testify of God’s Word.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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