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Genesis and the two witnesses
Elements of the prophecy of the two witnesses of Revelation 11, possibly alluding to the account of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden in Genesis 2 & 3 are identified in the table below.
|Genesis 2 & 3||Rev 11 & 12|
|two trees||And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil||These are the two olive trees|
|lord of the earth||and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. [Gen. 1:28]||standing before the God of the earth|
|clothes||they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed … And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons … Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them||they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun
the sun became black as sackcloth of hair [Rev 6:12]
|fire||he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life||And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies|
|threat of death||of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die||and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed|
|no rain||the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth||These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy|
|waters||a river went out of Eden to water the garden||and have power over waters to turn them to blood|
|the ground cursed||cursed is the ground for thy sake||and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will|
|the serpent||the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil||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. [The serpent in Rev. 20:2] … that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world|
|mother of all||Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children … And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.||And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.|
|ruler of all nations||and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.||And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron|
|the head of the serpent
|And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.||And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon …
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.