Importance of Two Witnesses

God is going to magnify His two end-time prophets in a way that He has never magnified His prophets before. Approximately one-third of the Bible contains prophecy from God, and nearly 80 percent of that prophecy applies to this end-time.

The major work of these two prophets will be during the last three and one-half years of this end-time—the most momentous time in all human history. This final period will be the culmination in God's plan of salvation, reaching a pinnacle, through this transition, from one age into another. When this period is over, the result will be good news for this earth and all mankind. However, the transitional period will be horrifying!

The majority of prophecies given by the prophets of old, including those given by Jesus Christ, are for our time now. Early prophets were not to witness the fulfillment of these end-time prophecies. Moses, King David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel did not see these prophecies fulfilled. Even Daniel, to whom God gave very specific prophecy concerning the end-time, did not see these prophecies fulfilled.

After Daniel wrote the prophecies God gave him, he asked God about their meaning. Notice what God told Daniel about what he had written, "And He said, 'Go your way Daniel because these words are closed up and sealed until the end-time " (Daniel 12:9).

This time in all human history is so important because these prophecies pertain to our time now. It is at this time that God will accomplish the fulfillment of all the things written by all His prophets of old. This too is why God places so much importance on the revelation and work of His two end-time prophets. These two people will reveal the present-day meaning of all the end-time prophecies, and they will witness the fulfillment of all the writings of the prophets of old.

The work of these two prophets will be powerful and mighty before God. They will be instrumental in revealing God and His truth to this earth with power and strength on a scale that mankind has never witnessed in ages past. These two witnesses will proclaim the meaning of prophecies that have been hidden from man—prophecies that occupy over 25 percent of the Bible. They will give testimony (witness) of the validity of God's word that is to be revealed to man over the next few years. Then they will also witness their fulfillment, as will the rest of the world.

How important are these two witnesses to God's plan? What kind of significance does God place on them and their role? This can be answered in part by understanding some of the symbolism God gives concerning them.

God the Father and Jesus Christ inspired the prophet John to write the Book of Revelation. John never saw the fulfillment of what he wrote because it was not about his time. The beginning of Revelation is mostly about the Church of God that would continue for nearly 2,000 years, leading into the very end-time. John gave testimony about seven Church eras that would exist through this time. One era would follow another until the last era, the Laodicea era. The Church is in that era now, and near the end of it. Laodicea is the last era of the Church before the return of Jesus Christ as King of kings to rule the earth in God's government. Man's government is about to be brought to a close.

In the first chapter of Revelation, John describes these seven Church eras, in symbolism, as seven golden lamp stands. Certainly this symbolism is important to God because it is about His Church that has continued since the day of Pentecost in 31 A.D., with each era leading into the next, until the end. The next two chapters go on to describe the unique characteristics and role that each era would fulfill.

Later, in the Book of Revelation, God gives more symbolism that reflects the importance of His two witnesses. Notice what God says:

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth [symbolic of humility]. These are the two olive trees, and the two lamp stands standing [Gk.—set, established] before [Gk.—in the presence of] the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:3-4)

A literal translation of this last verse is saying, "These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands which are established in the presence of God unto the earth." These two people are represented as two lamp stands and two olive trees, which God sets before Him to reveal His will to the whole earth.

This symbolism is of great importance to God. It represents what He is about to accomplish on the earth through His two end-time prophets. The symbolism of the Church and these two witnesses is also recorded in Zechariah. This prophecy in Zechariah places great importance on the symbolism of the lamp stands that concerns the Church and the olive trees that represent God's two witnesses.

Zechariah was awakened out of a sleep by an angel and asked what he had seen.

I have looked, and behold a lamp stand all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top of it, and two olive trees by it, with one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side of it. (Zechariah 4:2-3)

This is the same symbolism that was given to John concerning the Church eras and the two witnesses. Zechariah continued to question the angel:

What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candle stand and upon the left side thereof? And I asked further and said to him, "What are these two olive branches which go through the two golden pipes to empty the golden oil out of themselves? " And he answered me and said, "Don 7 you know what these are? " And I said, "No, my lord. " Then he said, "These are the two anointed ones that stand before the Lord unto the whole earth. " (Zechariah 4:11-14) This prophecy in Zechariah is the same as what is clarified more fully through John in the Book of Revelation. These two olive trees that stand beside the candle stands, which picture the seven Church eras, symbolize the importance, magnitude and power that will conclude nearly 2,000 years of Church history and 6,000 years of man's self-rule. God's two anointed ones, His two witnesses—His two prophets, are established to witness to the whole world about the greatest phase yet of His plan and purpose for mankind. It is the prophetic transition from one era to another, from man's self-rule to God's rule, from the firstfruits of God's Church to the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

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