Jesus and the two witnesses
There are several parallels between the ministry of Jesus, and that of the two witnesses.
The two witnesses prophesy for 1,260 days, the time that the woman is nourished in the wilderness in Revelation 12:6, and Jesus also ministered for about three and a half years. In my view the 1,260 days is symbolic of the remaining time of the church in this present age, from the time the last of the New Testament books were written.
The two witnesses are described in connection with measuring the temple; Jesus identified himself with the temple. [John 2:19]
The two witnesses have power to call down fire on their enemies; John the Baptist said Jesus will “baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and with fire.” [Matthew 3:11] And Jesus said: “I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?” [Luke 12:49]
The two witnesses have power to shut heaven, so that there is no rain in the days of their prophecy. Rain represents the word of God. [Isaiah 55:10-11] Heaven being shut, and no rain, signifies a time when the word of God is withheld; it is not understood. Jesus foretold this, when he said his disciples would not be able to see “one of the days of the Son of man.” [Luke 17:22] He said, “the night cometh.” [John 9:4] This pictures spiritual ignorance and superstition. He said an enemy would sow tares among the wheat. [Matthew 13:25] The sun would be turned into darkness. [Acts 2:20] The sun represents the gospel, which clothes the woman in heaven. [Revelation 12:1]
The two witnesses have power to turn the waters to blood. The waters are the living waters, that flow from those who believe in Christ. [John 7:38] Jesus turned water to wine at the wedding at Cana. [John 2:6-11] Teachings of the gospel that are like wine to believers are as unpalatable as blood to the unbeliever, just as waters appeared as blood to Israel’s enemies in the days of Elisha. [2 Kings 3:22] They mistook waters for blood, and they were slaughtered for their mistake.
The two witnesses are overcome by the beast and killed, and Jesus was killed. Their enemies mock them, and send gifts to each other. Jesus was mocked, and Pilate and Herod became friends at the same time. [Luke 23:11-13]
The corpses of the two witnesses revive, and Jesus also rose from the dead. [Matthew 28:5-7]
The two witnesses ascend to heaven, and Jesus also ascended to heaven.