The Two Great Witnesses
The eleventh chapter of Revelation is a very complex and
controversial chapter of Scripture.  It relates to the two
witnesses that will prophecy in the latter days. I have heard
many theories on who  the two witnesses will be; but that's
just what they are,  theories (a theory is a proposed,  but
unverified explanation).  

The question is not, "Who will the two witnesses be?" But
the question is, "Who are the two witnesses?" For the two
great witnesses are not forth-coming, but they are already
here: and they have been here for two thousand years. A
witness is someone  who can testify,  or give evidence,
because he sees or knows by personal presence. No man
has ever seen God face to face, nor stood in His personal
presence;  although we can know and experience the
presence of God by the Spirit of God. The carnal man in
the flesh, without the manifestation of the Spirit, cannot be
an effective witness for God, until the Spirit of God is
manifested through him.  Jesus abides within the born
again sons  of God,  and by the  Holy Spirit  Jesus will
continue to manifest, and to fulfill the plan and the work
of God in the earth through  these vessels of clay;  but
remember we are the vessel, He is the Potter, and we are
used according to His purpose,  His plan,  and His
ordination,  that we may glorify Him.  It was Jesus who
came to bear witness of God in the earth;  and when He
ascended the Holy Ghost came to resume,  and to finish
the work that Jesus started.

With these  thoughts in mind  let us read the eleventh
chapter of Revelation  and let the  Word of God give
explanation for the Word of God. The answer to every
question we have  concerning the  Scriptures will be
found in the Scriptures themselves.

* Rev. 11:1-19 * (Study Text)
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the
angel stood,  saying,  Rise, and measure the temple of
God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and
measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the
holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
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 plagues,      
as often as they will.
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.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great   
city,  which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt,  where  
also our Lord was crucified.
And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and
nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half,
and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them,
and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another;
because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on
the earth.
And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God
entered into them,  and they stood upon their feet;  and  
great fear fell upon them which saw them.
And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto
them, Come up hither.
And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their
enemies beheld them.
And the same hour there was a great earthquake, and the
tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain
of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted,
and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is
past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
And the seventh angel sounded;  and there were great
voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are
become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and
he shall reign for ever and ever.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on
their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which
art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to
thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and
the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that
thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets,
and to the saints,  and to them that fear thy name,  small
and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the
earth.
And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there
was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there
were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earth-
quake, and great hail.

In the first verse John is given a reed and told to measure
the temple of God.  The temple that is measured is not a
natural building, but a spiritual one: it is Christ's Church; for
since Jesus came into the world the temple of God has
been in man.  In Christians as individuals, and as a whole,
we are the temple of God.  The reference made here to
the Old Testament temple is merely symbolism, using the
natural to interpret the spiritual.

Heb. 8:1-2
Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum:
we have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand
of the throne of the majesty in the heavens; a minister of
the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord
pitched, and not man.       

Heb. 9:11-12
But Christ being an high priest of good things to come,
by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with
hands, that is to say,  not of this building;  neither by the
blood of goats  and calves,  but by his  own blood he
entered in once  into the holy place,  having obtained
eternal redemption for us.       

In the Old Testament both Ezekiel (Eze. 40:2-4) and
Zechariah (Zech. 2:1-5) saw the temple of God being
measured. It was measured because prophecy was being
sent forth unto man, telling him to repent, and make ready
the temple for God's presence.  When the temple is
measured it is time for God  to know the extent and the
fullness of his Church.  He will know the length,  and the
breadth, and all that is within it: for it's time for his temple
to be made complete.

In the second verse the outer court of the temple is left out
and not measured for it is given unto the Gentiles. At this
time God will already know the measure of the outer court,
for the Gentile dispensation will be over.  But it's time for   
the inner court of the temple  to be measured:  and it is   
given unto the Jews.

The early temple had an outer court and an inner court.   
The outer court was much larger than the inner court; but  
the inner court (given unto Israel) is where the Lord will  
place his throne, and will dwell for ever. Israel is the inner
court that  has not yet  been measured.  But when the  
remnant of the Jews have entered into the tabernacle not
made with hands, then shall the inner court be measured,
and the temple made complete.

Eze. 43:5-7
So the Spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner
court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.  
And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and   
the man stood by me.
And he said unto me, son of man, the place of my throne,
and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in  
the midst of the children of Israel for ever,  and my holy
name,  shall the house of Israel no more defile,  neither
they,  nor their kings,  by their whoredoms,  nor by the
carcases of their kings in their high places.      

Eze. 44:1-2
Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the  
outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east, and
it was shut.
Then said the Lord unto me;  This gate shall be shut,
it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it;
because the Lord,  the God of Israel, hath entered in
by it, therefore it shall be shut.  

The last part of the second verse in the eleventh chapter    
of Revelation tells us  that the holy city  shall be trodden
under foot forty and two months. Most people believe that
the holy city  mentioned in  this passage of  Scripture is
referring to Jerusalem. But I believe that the Bible conveys
to us that the holy city spoken of here is New Jerusalem,
which is the Church.

Gal. 4:26
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the         
mother of us all.      

Heb. 12:22
But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city
of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
innumerable company of angels.       

Rev. 21:2
And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming
down from God  out of heaven,  prepared as a bride
adorned for her husband.   

The holy city being trodden under foot for three and a half
years is the revelation of a time of repression and
persecution that the Church will endure just before Christ's
return.  It was also revealed unto Daniel in Dan. 7:21-26
that the saints would be overcome by a horn, or governing
power, that will "prevail against them" for a short time. The
horn will "wear out the saints of the most High," and they
shall be "given into his hand" until a time and times and the
dividing of time (3 1/2 years). And no where in the visions
of John or Daniel do we see Jesus returning for the saints
before the time of tribulation and  persecution of God's
people; who are being tried, made white, and made ready
for the coming of the "Bridegroom."

In the third verse of the two witnesses are given power,
and they prophesy a thousand two hundred and three-
score days, clothed in sackcloth. Their being clothed in
sackcloth is a sign of mourning, mourning for those who
need deliverance. And again, this is revealing the time of
Israel's deliverance drawing nigh.

In verse four we  have the revelation  of who these two
witnesses really are. They are the two olive trees, and the
two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. As
I said before a witness is someone who sees or knows by
personal presence. Jesus and the Holy Ghost are the only
true witnesses of God.  Man is a witness for God only by
the manifestation of one of these working through him.
Jesus and the Holy Ghost  receive the Spirit  and power
from God, and they then impart the same Spirit and power
unto man.

Zech. 4:11-14
Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two
olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon
the left side thereof?
And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these
two olive branches which through the two golden pipes
empty the golden oil out of themselves?
And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what
these be?
And I said, No, my Lord. Then said he, These are the two
anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.   

In verse five the Scripture says that if any man will hurt
them, fire shall come forth out of their mouth and devour
their enemy. If we understand the meaning of the words
that are being used in this passage of Scripture we can
comprehend the spiritual revelation that is being given.
The word "hurt" here in verse five does not mean bodily
injury, but it simply means "to grieve," or "to distress."
And this is surely what the world is doing to the Spirit of
God today; and it will wax worse as the end time draws
closer.

The fire  that proceeds  out of  the mouth  of these two
witnesses is the judgment that they shall speak against the
wicked, and the unbelieving.  Not only does this judgment
speak of spiritual death,  but it also speaks  of everlasting
damnation in the life hereafter.

One of the reasons that Christians do not readily acknow-
ledge that these two witnesses are Christ and the Holy
Ghost is because in verse seven it is written that the beast
that ascends  out of the bottomless pit  shall make war
against them,  and shall overcome them,  and kill them.
Again,  we have to understand the spiritual interpretation
of what is being said  to get the real meaning.  "To make
war against" means to cause strife and conflict; and Satan
has been waging war against God and his saints since the
beginning of time,  but the end time battle  will be an over-
whelming manifestation of evil contrived and perpetrated
by Satan.

When the two witnesses are "overcome" it means that
they are successfully resisted and opposed. When they
are "killed"  it means that they,  or in this instance their
testimony and influence,  are destroyed,  or it's nullified.
The gospel of Christ will be set at naught even as it was
in the days of the crucifixion; Jesus could not have been
crucified if He had not first been brought to naught, or
(reduced to nothing) in the eyes of the world. And in the
days that are to come the great false prophet, known as
the Antichrist,  could not set up his kingdom,  and cause
the unsuspecting world  to accept a lie,  except first the
truth be cast down and brought to naught.

Mark 9:12
And he answered and told them,  Elias verily cometh first
and restoreth all things; and how it is written of the Son of
man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought.   

Acts 4:11
This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders,
which is become the head of the corner.

Apostle Paul revealed unto us that this falling away from
the truth would come to pass just before Christ's return.
A "falling away" means to terminate,  or to diminish, or
decline.  Paul also wrote that  there is something which
withholds that Wicked One from being revealed until his
time has come. He cannot take his position in the temple
of God,  showing himself to be God,  until
he who now
letteth will let,
(he who now hindereth will hinder) until he
be taken out of the way
.  Then,  and only then,  can the
great lie and delusion be manifested.

2 Thess. 2:1-8
Now we  beseech you,  Brethren,  by the coming  of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither
by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the
day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man deceive you by any means:
for that day shall
not come, except there come a falling away first
, and that
man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who
opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped;  
so that he as God sitteth in the
temple of God, showing himself that he is God
.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told
you these things?
And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be
revealed in his time.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:  
only he
who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way
.
And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord
shall consume with the
Spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness
of his coming.

This same revelation is opened up to us also in the book
of Daniel in several chapters when the  "daily sacrifice is
taken away."  We will not go into these Scriptures at this
time, but will go into them in depth in chapter eight entitled
"The Daily Sacrifice Is Taken Away."

In verse eight the dead bodies of the two witnesses lie in
the street  of the  great city,  which spiritually  is called
Sodom and Egypt,  where also our Lord  was crucified.
Now we know that these two witnesses are not going to
be killed,  but their testimony will be  set at naught and
made of none effect.  Remember,  this is true only as far
as the world and the false religions are concerned; for the
true Church will be purged,  made white,  and blameless,
and will be looking for the coming of  the King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords. We also know that the dead bodies of
the two witnesses will not literally lie in the street; there will
not even be literal bodies that will die.  The "dead bodies
lying in the street" is a metaphorical phrase, and we have
to understand what is being implied by it. In the Old Testa-  
ment when a dead body was left in the street, unburied, it
was a sign of shame and reproach being brought against
that person.  When the Scripture  says that  their dead
bodies shall lie in the street, it's referring to the time when
a reproach is brought against the Church and the truth, and
a censorship is brought against the gospel of Jesus Christ.

2 Thess. 2:9-12
Even him,  whose coming is after  the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders,  and with all
deceivableness  of unrighteousness  in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they
might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:
that they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.     

In verse eight we read that the street where the bodies of
the two witnesses lie is in actuality a spiritual street, and
it's called Sodom and Egypt,  where also our Lord was
crucified.  Now we know that Jesus was crucified outside
the city walls of Jerusalem at a place called Golgotha. But
spiritually it was indeed Sodom,  a place of iniquity and
rebellion;  and it was also spiritually Egypt,  a place of
bondage and unbelief. The world today is headed at full
speed toward this spiritual Sodom and Egypt,  and the
truth of Christ's gospel is failing in the world as righteous
judgment is  turned away backward.  The world does not
want to hear the  name of Jesus,  for his name offends
many; and although Jesus is the only way, the only door,
to salvation and eternal life,  multiple thousands think to
enter in by another name and another way.

Isa. 59:12-15
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our
sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us;
and as for our iniquities, we know them;
In transgressing and lying against the Lord, and departing
away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
And judgment is  turned away backward,  and justice
standeth afar off:  for truth is  fallen in the street, and
equity cannot enter.
Yea, truth faileth;  and he that departeth from evil maketh
himself a prey: and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no judgment.       


In chapter eleven of the book of Revelation, verse eleven,
the Spirit of life from God  enters into the two witnesses,
and they stand upon their feet once again.  This is a time
of prophecy being fulfilled,  and a sign of life being given
unto the dead. This event was foretold of by Ezekiel in his
vision of the valley of dry bones ( Eze. 37:1-14 ). Life will
be revived not only in the two witnesses, but through their
testimony the nation of Israel shall at last be raised from
death unto life.

When they ascend up to heaven in a cloud this means that
the time has come for a promise to be fulfilled, and a time
for the covenant and the Spirit of God to be delivered unto
man. The covenant of the  New Testament and the Spirit
of the Lord Jesus Christ  will be sent once again to the
nation of Israel.  When Moses ascended upward unto Mt.
Sinai the covenant of God was delivered unto the children
of Israel. For Moses brought down from the mountain with
him the ten commandments, which God gave to him for a
testimony and a covenant between Himself and man.

There was another ascent upward in the Old Testament  
which symbolized a time of promise being fulfilled and the
Spirit of God  being sent down unto man.  This was when
Elijah ascended up to heaven  in a cloud in the presence
of Elisha; and a double portion of the spirit of Elijah was
received by Elisha.

Many Gentiles refuse to believe that the nation of Israel
will actually receive salvation through the blood of Jesus,
and the New Testament; but the Bible says to let God be
true, and every man a liar. There are too many Scriptures
pertaining to the  salvation of Israel to list them all,  but I
have listed a few of them.

Isa. 11:10-11
And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall
stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles
seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
And it shall  come to pass in that day,  that the Lord shall
set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant
of his people.      

Isa. 59:20-21
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that
turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
As for me,  this is my covenant with them,  saith the Lord;
my Spirit that is upon thee and my words which I have put
in thy mouth,  shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of
the mouth of thy seed,  nor out of the mouth of thy seed's
seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.  

Acts 15:14-16
Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the
Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
After this I will return,  and will build again the tabernacle of
David, which is fallen down;  and I will build again the ruins
thereof, and I will set it up.      

Rom. 11:11-15
I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall?  God
forbid:  but rather through their fall salvation is come unto
the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the
diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much
more their fullness?
For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle
of the Gentiles,  I magnify mine office:  if by any means I
may provoke to emulation them  which are my flesh, and
might save some of them.
For if the casting away of them  be the reconciling of the
world,  what shall the receiving of them be,  but life from
the dead?     

Rom. 11:25-28
For I would not, Brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this
mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that
blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of
the Gentiles be come in.
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall
come out of  Sion the Deliverer,  and shall turn away
ungodliness from Jacob:  for this is my covenant unto
them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning  the gospel,  they are enemies  for your
sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for
the fathers' sakes.  

We resume again in the eleventh chapter of Revelation, in
verse fifteen. The time has finally come for the sounding of
the last trump, for the seventh angel sounds his trumpet.
This is the day that the saints of God of many ages have
long awaited. At the sounding of the last trumpet it will be
time for the righteous dead, and all the saints to receive
their reward (verse 18). And it's also written here that it is
time for the wrath of God to be poured out upon the wicked
and the unbelieving who have destroyed the earth.

In verse nineteen the temple of God is opened in heaven,
and in His temple there is revealed  the ark of His Testa-
ment.  This Scripture is further confirmation that it's time
for the salvation of Israel;  for the temple of God is the
Church,  and the ark of His testament,  His covenant, is
Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  The temple being opened
means that it becomes more visible, and more accessible,
with all obstructions removed, permitting passage for all
those who would enter in. For the time has come for Jesus
to be revealed, at last, to the chosen of God, Israel. And
his covenant of the New Testament is made known among
the Jews, who are the first-fruits of all his increase.

What a glorious day that will be, the Temple of God will
be completed, the Bride of Christ will be ready for the
Bridegroom, The Harvest of the earth will be ready for
"the gathering in," for the first-fruits are ready for harvest.
Chapter 5
Latter day prophecies in Revelation and Daniel.
The Word And Prophecy
Prophecy Of The Last Days
End Time Prophecies
Latter Day Prophecy
The Word And Prophecy
Jesus Is The Light Of The World
Prophecies concerning the end time.