Something the LORD showed me awhile back was brought to mind yesterday, in a conversation with a good friend and brother, who pastors a small church in the Bronx, and a sister Jackie’s posting on One in Y’shua. It is commonly misunderstood by many Christians that the two witnesses of Revelation 11 refer to two people given extraordinary power from GOD. This is what my pastor friend, and many believe and are taught. It is easy to think that, when a reference is made in the singular and not the plural. But throughout scripture Israel , Jacob, Ephraim, or Judah are spoken of in these terms, but in reality the reference refers to a nation (plural) and not a single individual. Below is an example of this: Exo 4:22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD: "Israel is My son, My firstborn. Exo 4:23 So I say to you, let My son go that he may serve Me. But if you refuse to let him go, indeed I will kill your son, your firstborn." ' " GOD is calling Israel His son. His first born. But GOD is referring to the whole nation of people and not just one individual. The same is true in the book of Revelations for the two witnesses. Rev 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth." Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. Rev 11:5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. Rev 11:7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Rev 11:9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. Rev 11:10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Rev 11:11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Rev 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
The key here is the words “two olive trees” and “two lampstands”. To understand this we must go to the beginning of the book of Revelations and to the book of Romans. We’ll start with Revelations. Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Rev 1:2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
In the beginning of Revelations, John refers to himself as a witness to the word of GOD. GOD refers to Israel as His witnesses in the book of Isaiah. Isa 43:10 "You are My witnesses," says the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. Throughout history Jews and Gentiles have born witness to GOD. But to show even further who these witnesses of Revelation 11 are we must look at another passage of Revelation. Yeshua later reveals to us a profound Mystery, which sheds light on the identity of the two witnesses. Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Yeshua says lampstands represent churches. So the two witness who are also referred to as two lampstands are in fact two churches. But then how does this relate to them being Jews and Gentiles. For the answer to that we must go to the book of Romans. The Apostle speaks to the Romans concerning another great Mystery. Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Rom 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, Rom 11:18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. Rom 11:19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." Rom 11:20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. Rom 11:21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Rom 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. Rom 11:23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. Rom 11:24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? Rom 11:25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
From this passage we see that Israel is the Natural Olive Tree and Gentile believer are of a Wild Olive Tree. Two Olive trees, just as the Two Witnesses are also referred to as “Two Olive Trees” . And if this is not proof enough, here is another two other passages of scripture not understood properly. Rev 11:11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Rev 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
Does this picture sound familiar? It should. It is given to us in 1 Thessolians.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1Th 4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
One other thing. We know that the Anti-Christ makes a treaty with Israel and that after Three- and-a-half years he breaks it. He will make war with the saints and overcome them. This is recorded in the book of Daniel.
Dan 7:21 "I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, Dan 7:22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
Dan 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High, Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time.
Dan 9:27 Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate."
The Two Witnesses prophesy for One Thousand Two Hundred and Sixty days. By the Gregorian Calendar Three and a Half years equals One Thousand Two Hundred and Seventy Seven days. I wonder what it is by the Hebrew Calendar? Hmmmm…..
Rev 11:3 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."
Rev 11:7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
Sounds like the passage from Daniel 7:21…..
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Rev 11:9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.
Sounds like another Three-and-a-half years…………
Rev 11:11 Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Rev 11:12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
Sounds like Daniel 7:22 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17…………. Brothers and Sisters. I see connections. Scripture is a puzzle and the Holy Spirit shows me where the puzzled pieces fit. Where they connect. I pray this message blesses you. Walk closely in the steps of our Heavenly Father grasping tightly to Messiah’s hand…..HalleluYah! and Amen!