Throughout the history of man's 6,000 years on earth, God sent His prophets to tell mankind about His ways and the need to repent of their ways and turn to Him. But man is filled with such pride and self-will that, for the most part, he has not listened to God or turned to His ways. Only a very, very few through time have listened.
The overall history of man is that he will not listen to God. Knowing that man will not listen to Him, God sent his prophets, not only to tell people to turn to Him (repent of their ways), but that disobedience to their Creator would have consequences. God sent prophets with specific messages about what would happen to them if they did not listen.
For six millennia, God has been patient toward man's unwillingness to listen to Him through His prophets. This has much to do with why God is once again—one last time—sending His prophets (His two witnesses) into the world in the most powerful way yet.
The early Church had some prophets, but they were sent to the Church and not the world. John, who wrote the Book of
Revelation, was not sent to the world with the prophecies he wrote. Jesus Christ is the Prophet of God spoken of in scripture, and certainly, as the Son of God, there is none other like Him. As for the other prophets among men, one must go back more than 2,500 years to find those whom God worked through in a great way. Yet, of all the major and minor prophets of the Old Testament, you will find that most were sent to the nation of Judah or Israel (or both), but they were not sent to the world.
One of the most notable times when God gave great power to a prophet was just over 3,000 years ago when He raised up Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. This time marked the beginning of a new phase in God's plan—to work with a physical nation. At that time, God chose to begin revealing Himself to part of mankind in a greater way than ever before.
It is important to understand the story of Moses so that you can grasp the magnitude of what God will do through His end-time prophets. These two prophets will be sent into the world! In actuality, there has never been a time when God has given such power to His prophets to accomplish so much, and on a worldwide scale. These two witnesses will be the most formidable prophets God has ever used in all 6,000 years of human history.
Moses was understandably concerned that the Israelites would not believe him, so he asked God, "Who shall I tell them has sent me unto them?" God simply responded, "Tell them I AM has sent me unto you." But God also told Moses to tell the Israelites even more, instructing him to say, "This is what you shall say to the children of Israel, 'The ETERNAL God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me unto you'" (Exodus 3:15).
Moses was to address the Israelites, and even Pharaoh, in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner. It was not Moses' responsibility to try to prove this in some way; it was God's. God showed the Israelites and Egypt that Moses was His servant and His prophet by fulfilling what He said through him.
You should note that God did not use the gift of healing or the performance of other miraculous signs to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, and He will not use such signs in the end-time to reveal where He is working and with whom. Some people believe that God will perform such signs in the end-time to reveal His Church and His true servants. That is not true. lust as God humbled Israel and Egypt in Moses' day, He will do the same during the end-time. The whole world will be humbled before the power of Almighty God.
This miracle of God, the exodus of a nation of people from Egypt, sent fear throughout the world. God will once again show unrepentant mankind the consequences of opposing Him. The Almighty God is going to bring about the end of 6,000 years of man's self-rule on earth.
What God did through Moses is small by comparison to what He will do through His two end-time prophets—referred to as His two witnesses. Hopefully, you will begin to see the magnitude of what is being said in this book and what is about to come.
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