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Jesus and the two witnesses

July 31, 2012

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.

  1. August 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    In Rev. 11:1-3 the two witnesses are identified more with the “holy city” in the “court” outside the temple: this court is given over to the nations, who trample over the holy city for 42 months. These nations reflect the enemies of the two witnesses, like those in 11:5.

    Such “unholy” nations (who trample the “holy” city) are later symbolized as the waters over which the great harlot sits (17:1,15). It is probably these waters that are turned to blood in 16:4 rather than the “living waters” of the heavenly Lamb in 7:17.

    Fire in Revelation is especially linked with the seven spirits (the sevenfold fullness of the Spirit). In 4:5 the seven torches of fire are the seven spirits; in 5:6 the seven eyes of the Lamb are the seven spirits; in 1:14 the risen Jesus’ eyes are like a flame of fire. This symbolism could also relate to Jesus’ face shining like the (fiery) sun in 1:16. The vision of this risen Jesus prepares for his mostly fiery words of judgment (calling to repentance) for (five of) the seven churches; what Jesus says to the churches is likewise what the Spirit says to the churches. The fiery seven spirits turn out to be the confrontational Spirit speaking to each of the seven churches.

  2. August 2, 2012 at 10:56 am

    jesusandthebible :

    In Rev. 11:1-3 the two witnesses are identified more with the “holy city” in the “court” outside the temple: this court is given over to the nations, who trample over the holy city for 42 months. These nations reflect the enemies of the two witnesses, like those in 11:5.

    The relationship between the witnesses and the holy city can be understood by considering their clothing. They are clothed in sackcloth; they prophesy for 1,260 days, which is the time that the woman is nourished in the wilderness in 12:6. The woman is the holy city, the bride of the Lamb in Revelation 21.

    The woman in heaven, in Revelation 12:1, is clothed with the sun. But in 6:12, at the opening of the 6th seal, the sun becomes “black as sackcloth of hair.” Why would John say that sackcloth is black, and that it is made of hair? Perhaps it is to connect with the clothing of the two witnesses in chapter 11.

    In prophecy, the sun is connected with the gospel. This is seen in Matthew’s account of the beginning of the gospel. [Matthew 4:12-17]

    Matthew quoted from Isaiah 9:2. The “great light” alludes to the sun, which is called a “great light” in Genesis 1. The message of the gospel illuminates those in the shadow of death, which includes every human. The gospel promises life beyond the grave to those who believe in Jesus Christ.

    The sun represents the gospel, and clothes the woman in heaven, who represents the saints, but the sun is made black by false teaching, and flawed interpretations of prophecy, or by failure to interpret. The light of the sun is obscured by something that John compared with sackcloth. The very same metaphor is used when John introduces the two witnesses; they too are clothed in sackcloth.

    The woman represents the church, and she is clothed in the sun, representing the gospel, but her light is obscure, and does not shine brightly in the world, and in fact it appears as darkness. Christians teaching opposite things, is certainly an example of this sort of darkness. Jesus said,

    Matthew 6:22-23
    The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
    But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

    This can apply to the church as a whole, as well as to individuals. Peter referred to prophecy as “a light that shineth in a dark place.” He described believers as in darkness, awaiting the dawn.

    2 Peter 1:19
    We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

    Thus, the scriptures refer to the saints as stars. The two witnesses clothed in sackcloth are not the church itself, but the Scriptures, and the Spirit. The light of the gospel shines when false teachings and flawed interpretations are overcome, as we can see from the parable of the tares. Jesus said, when the tares are removed from the wheat, “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” [Matthew 13:43]

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