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More on the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11

 

There is much to learn as the time grows short. The popular belief is that the Two Witnesses of Rev.  11 are two individuals gifted with extraordinary gifts of the Spirit. There is truth in this, but not complete truth, because the understanding is only partial. Paul often refers to the Church as the body of Christ indicating that we are both individuals, but at the same time we are one. This is the same perspective that we must use in relation to our understanding of the Two Witnesses. Much of scripture has multiple levels of understanding. This is no different. Just as the name Jacob and Israel are used alternately in scripture to refer to both an individual and also a nation, so too are the Two Witnesses of Revelations, both individuals and groups. In Rev.  1:20 Jesus reveals a great Mystery concerning the Lamp stand’s John sees. He says the Lamp stand’s are the Churches. If we go back to Rev. 11:4, we see that the Two Witnesses are called both Lamp stand’s and Olive Tree’s. This harkens to a Mystery revealed by Paul in Romans 11, concerning the relationship between Jews and Gentiles. In Romans 11:24,25. He describes how we are grafted in the natural Olive Tree, which is Israel. So if we go back to the Two Witnesses we see how they are also Olive Trees. Given this understanding, the understanding of Rev. 11 is deepened. It then connects to several other passages of both the Old and New Testament. Zechariah 4 also speaks of Two Olive Trees, just as Paul spoke of them in Romans 11. Ezekiel 37 speaks of the joining of two sticks into one. Both, becoming one in his hand, never to be divided again, and being one nation having one King. The Two Witnesses of Revelation again.  This in turn makes sense of Dan. 7:21 and Rev. 13:7 where the Anti-Christ is given power to make war with the saints and overcome them. Just as the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11:7 are overcome and killed. Given this further understanding we can now see the connections between 1 Cor. 15:52, 1 Thess. 4:15-17, Rev. 11:11-13. These passages all are about the same resurrection of the dead in Christ and the transfiguration of those who are not killed. There is more connected to this but that relates to other portions of prophecy.

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