WHO ARE THE TWO WITNESSES?-PART 2


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WHO ARE THE TWO WITNESS?- PART 2.


 

After I wrote the first study called “THE TWO WITNESSES-WHO ARE THEY?” the Holy Spirit revealed to me that there are many prophecies in the book of Revelation that will have a DUAL fulfillment. The FIRST fulfillment will concern the church in this PRESENT world which will be the FIRST harvest of believers in Jesus Christ at the end of this present world and right before the 1000 year reign of Jesus. And the second fulfillment will concern those who will be saved DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus.

Now, in part 2 of this study called “WHO ARE THE TWO WITNESSES?- PART 2”, I am NOT going to go over all the verses that teach us that the two witnesses are two GROUPS of people as opposed to just being two individual people. So just in case, you have not read part 1, please understand that the Bible itself teaches us that the two withness are the Christians and the Jews.

We all agree that ONLY Christians will be saved during this present world. In other words, ONLY Christians will be given eternal life to rule and reign with Jesus in the world to come. And we all agree that there will be people saved DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus. And that means that there will be TWO HARVESTS. The first harvest will be AT the second coming of Jesus BEFORE the Millennium. And the second and final harvest will be at the END of the Millennium.

To say that another way, many prophecies that we KNOW for sure will be fulfilled at the second coming of Jesus before the Millennium will also have ANOTHER fulfillment at the end of the Millennium. For example, most Christians know and understand that there will be a WAR right before the Millennium and that there will also be a war after the 1000 year reign of Jesus is finished. The war before the Millennium is commonly called the Battle of Armageddon. And the war after the 1000 year reign of Jesus is widely known as the Battle of Gog and Magog.

Now, in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39, these two separate wars that will be just over 1000 years apart but yet they appear to be the same war. But when we read Revelation chapter 16 and chapter 20 then we can see for certain that there will be two separate wars. For all the Scriptures that teach us that there will be two separate wars, one before the Millennium and one after the Millennium, please read the study called “IS THE 1000 YEAR REIGN OF JESUS LITERAL?” But for now, please know and understand that Ezekiel chapter 38 covers the war at the END of the Millennium and Ezekiel chapter 39 covers the wore right BEFORE the 1000 year reign of Jesus. You would think that the chapters in the book of Ezekiel would have been written in the order that they will happen but it is just the opposite in this instance of the two wars.

We also all agree that there will be two JUDGMENTS, the judgment seat of Jesus Christ and the white throne judgment. The judgment seat of Jesus will be at the second coming of Jesus BEFORE the 1000 year reign of Jesus and the white throne judgment will be the FINAL judgment after the Millennium has ended.

So then, with all these SAME kind of things happening at the END of the Millennium which already happened BEFORE the Millennium we can begin to see that the end of the 1000 year reign of Jesus appears to be a mirror image of what will take place right before the 1000 year reign of Jesus. I have already shared with my readers all the Scriptures concerning the WRATH of God being divided into two HALVES where the first HALF hour of God’s wrath will take place at the second coming of Jesus right before the start of the 1000 years. Then God will remember mercy and lift his wrath for 1000 years because we again see the wrath of God after the 1000 years are finished. Please read  Revelation chapter 20 in its entirety on your own but for right now I will just quote verses 7 through 9.

 

Revelation 20:7-9.

 

“And when the thousand years are expired, (Or when the 1000 year reign of Jesus has ENDED then) Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (Speaking of Satan being bound for 1000 years in the bottomless pit)

8.  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (Speaking of the final war in Ezekiel chapter 38. Remember that Ezekiel chapter 39 covers the war right BEFORE the Millennium that Jesus will END at his second coming. According to Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3, all the instruments of war will be beaten into farming equipment or plowshare and the people will NOT learn war anymore DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus. The Millennium will be a reign of PEACE having NO wars. And then, according to Joel 3:9-11, and Zechariah14:11-19 all the plowshares will be beaten BACK into weapons of war. In other words, the same plague of the wrath of God BEFORE the 1000 years will also end the final war at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. FIRE will come down from God and the skin of the wicked will melt off their bones as they are standing on their feet, according to Zechariah 14:12)

9.  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

 

Clearly, Revelation 20:9 is the FINAL half of God’s wrath. Clearly the final war in Revelation 20:7-9 is the same war in Ezekiel chapter 38 which is against Israel when they are at PEACE having NO WALLS to protect themselves. And clearly, there will be many things that will happen at the END of the 1000 years that will be like a MIRROR image of the things that will occur BEFORE the Millennium.

Having said all of this about the mirror image of what takes place before the 1000 years will also take place after the 1000 years, I now want you to read Revelation 11 about the TWO witnesses.

BUT I want you to please read Revelation 11:1-19 in a DIFFERENT LIGHT. I want you to read Revelation chapter 11 in the light of having TWO fulfilments, one before the 1000 years and one after the 1000 years. I want you to see the two witnesses as witnessing SEPARATELY. In other words, I want you to see that the CHURCH will be the witness BEFORE the 1000 year reign of Jesus during the 3 1/2 years of the great tribulation who will take part in the FIRST harvests to rule and reign with Jesus DURING the Millennium. And then I want you to see the second withness as being ISRAEL who will be the witness to the Gentile nations DURING the Millenium. And then after the fulness of the Gentiles has come in during the 1000 year reign of Jesus there will be a MIRROR image of the 3 ½ years called the Jacobs time of trouble. And after ISRAEL, the second witness has finished her testimony there will be ANOTHER rapture at the END of the Millenium.

 

Revelation 11:1-19.

 

“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. (Keep in mind that the temple of God will not be COMPLETE until the SECOND HARVEST of the saints is reaped or gathered at the end to the 1000 year reign of Jesus)

2.  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. (Speaking of both right before the 1000 years and right after the 1000 years)

3. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Now, we have all assumed that the two witnesses will prophesy together at the same time during the same 3 1/2 year period of the same great tribulation. But what if we have all been wrong, including ME? What IF Jacob’s time of trouble is at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus? What if there are TWO times of the Gentiles, one during this PRESENT world and one during the world to come? We know that Israel will be saved DURING the world to come or during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. We know that many of the Gentile nations will be left alive in the mortal bodies to go into the Millennium along WITH the REMNANT of Israel to be taught of the Lord. So surely there will be both Jews and Gentiles SAVED DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Therefore, the TIME of the GENTILE does NOT end completely at the second coming of Jesus. And that means that there must be ANOTHER time of the Gentiles DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus)

4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (If you do not understand that the two witnesses are the church and the Jews then please stop here and read part 1 of this study called “THE TWO WITNESSES-WHO ARE THEY?”)

5.  And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. (The fire represents God’s word of prophecy warning the wicked of the judgments of God that are prophesied in God’s written word)

6.  These have the 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 all plagues, as often as they will. 

7.  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. (Now we know that the beast is speaking of Satan who gives the power to the beast over ONE-FOUTH of the earth. And we know that Satan will be bound in the BOTTOMLESS pit for a 100o years. Therefore the beast will NOT ascend out of the bottomless pit UNTIL the 1000 years has ended. And then Satan will deceive the nations one final time to make WAR with the saints. So I believe that this verse is another hidden clue to let us know that the revelation of the TWO witnesses will have TWO fulfillments, one BEFORE the 1000 year reign of Jesus and the other one after the Millennium has ended. Again, ONE witness is the CHURCH which will be raptured BEFORE the 1000 year reign of Jesus. And the OTHER witness is Israel which will be raptured at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus.Please understand that the church in this present world has both Jews and Gentiles. And likewise, those who will be saved in the world to come during the 1000 year reign of Jesus will ALSO be bot Jews and Gentiles)

8.  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. 

9.  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 

10.  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. 

11.  And after three days and a 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. 

12.  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. (This is the THIRD of seven figures or types of the rapture of the church. BUT we all know that ONLY the CHURCH will be raptured at the second coming of Jesus before the Millennium. We all agree that when a Jew becomes a Christian then they are a PART of the CHURCH. The church is NOT Israel and Israel is NOT the church. In the church, there are no Jews and no Gentiles. We become a new creature created in Jesus Christ. So HOW can BOTH the church AND Israel be raptured at the SAME time? Before this new revelation came to me, I taught that it MAY be that the 144000 sealed of ISRAEL will be caught up into the air to be protected during the WRATH of God but they will NOT be CHANGED from mortal to immortal. In other words, ONLY the CHURCH will be given eternal life to remain with Jesus and the remnant of Israel will be brought back down to the surface of the earth in their mortal bodies. That is ONE POSSIBILITY. But now, I am seeing another possibility that the two witnesses will witness at DIFFERENT TIMES and there will be TWO raptures. One rapture will be before the 1000 years for the FIRST witness, the church. And the other rapture will be for the SECOND witness, Israel, at the end of the Millennium)

13.  And the same HOUR was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant was affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. (Remember that the HOUR represents the WRATH of God which will be divided into two HALVES. The FIRST half an hour of God’s wrath will be poured out by Jesus before the Millennium and the last half of God’s wrath will be poured out at the end of the Millennium. Also, keep in mind that NOT every detail of a DUAL prophecy is fulfilled at BOTH fulfillments)

14.  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe comes quickly. 

15.  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever. 

16.  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshipped God, (Again, we see BOTH the church AND Israel)

17.  Saying, We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which are, and was, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned. 

18.  And the nations were angry, and your WRATH has come, (Remember that there will be TWO HALVES of the wrath of God. The first half-hour of God’s wrath will be executed by Jesus at his second coming before the Millennium. God will remember mercy and lift his wrath for 1000 years. Then the second half-hour of God’s wrath will be poured out at the end of the Millennium) and the TIME of the dead, that they should be JUDGED, and that you should give REWARD unto your servants the prophets, and to the SAINTS, and them that fear fear name, small and great; (Again, we know that the CHURCH will be judged at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ at the rapture of the church before the 1000 year reign of Jesus. And ONLY Christians in this present world will be judged by the name written in the LAMB’S book of life. In other words, if your name is NOT found written in the LAMB’S Book of life then you will NOT be given eternal life at the second coming of Jesus to rule and reign with Jesus DURING the Millennium. And we also know that there will be ANOTHER judgment after the 1000 years has ended which is called the white throne judgment. And the saved DURING the Millenium will be written in ANOTHER book of life. So there will be two separate judgments 100 years apart and there will be two books of life, the Lamb’s book of life and ANOTHER book of life) AND should destroy them which destroy the earth. (Remember that two separate two wars, the one before the 1000 years and the one after the 1000 years will BOTH be brought to an end by the WRATH of God. BUT the wicked will not be DESTROYED in the lake of fire until the 1000 years have ended. And we know that many of the wicked will be SLAIN at the second coming of Jesus to be judged at the final judgment at the end of the Millennium) 

19.  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightning, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”

 

My point is to show my readers that even while we KNOW full-well that many things which will occur before the 1000 year reign of Jesus  will ALSO be REPEATED in a like manner at the end of the Millennium but yet we read the book of Revelation as if EVERY verse applies ONLY to the second coming of Jesus before the Millennium. In other words, even though we know full-well that many of the other prophecies written in the Old Testament have DUAL fulfillment we still read the book of Revelation as only have one fulfillment before the 1000 year reign of Jesus. And this includes me, as well.

I began to see two POSSIBLE interpretations of many verses in the book of Revelation many years ago but it never occurred to me back then that BOTH interpretations were correct. I did not see back then that one interpretation would be fulfilled at the second coming of Jesus before the Millennium while the other interpretation would be fulfilled after the 1000 year reign of Jesus ends.

With that being said let is read Revelation 4:1- where we see the first of seven different figures or types of the rapture of the church.

 

Revelation 4:1-11.

 

“After this, I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1 is known by all PRE-tribulation rapture believing Christians as a type, figure or example of the rapture of the church. Pre-trib Christians use this verse as well as verses 4 and 10 that teaches us about the 24 elders to teach that the 24 elders represent the CHURCH. Buy WHY 24? Why not 12 elders to represent the Apostle of Jesus as the first leaders of the church? I will answer this question in a moment)

2.  And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 

3.  And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 

4.  And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. (Now I myself believe that the 24 elders represent BOTH the church AND Israel. In other words, John saw the WHOLE big picture of BOTH the church which will be saved in this PRESENT world AND the children of Israel who will be saved DURING the world to come. To say this another way, many prophecies in the book of Revelation give us a picture of BOTH the church AND Israel. They give us TWO separate events in the ONE picture. We have the ONE picture of twenty-four elders which represents the TWELVE Apostles of Jesus sitting on 12 thrones AND the TWELVE leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel sitting on the other 12 thrones)

5.  And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 

6.  And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: (Compare to Revelation 15:2,3 “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God

Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints.” Here we see BOTH the church AND Israel getting victory over the mark of the beast. We see TWO different WITNESSES. We see TWO different songs, the song of Moses for the saved of Israel during the world to come and the song of the Lamb for the church saved during this present world. We see two different harvests having the harps of God) and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 

7.  And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 

8.  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 

9.  And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever, 

10.  The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 

11.  You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure, they are and were created.”

 

The reason that I believe that the 24 elders are BOTH the church AND Isreal is that there will, indeed, be TWO harvests, one before and one after the Millennium. Also, we can clearly see that the FOUNDATION of the sitting of God ahs BOTH the TWELVE Apostles of Jesus AND the TWELVE tribes of Israel.

 

Please read Revelation 21:9-15.

 

“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife. (Please notice that the church in this present world is the BRIDE of Jesus right now. But at the coming of Jesus, we will become the WIFE of Jesus. And at the same time that the church becomes the WIFE of Jesus, ISRAEL will become the promise BRIDE of Jesus during the Millennium. Then at the end of the Millennium Israel will become a part of the WIFE of Jesus)

10.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed to me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (Remember in verse 9 the angles said let me show you the Lamb’s BRIDE and the Lamb’s WIFE which is not called the CITY of God. I believe that the city of God is both literal AND figurative at the same time. God dwells in both a literal temple or tabernacle that is a literal structure. But God also dwells in his SAINTS which he has made pure by the blood of Jesus. So both the literal and spiritual city of God will descend from heaven at the end of the Millennium)

11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 

12.  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates, twelve angels and names are written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel

13.  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 

14.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (So then, the twelve tribes of Israel represent TWELVE of the 24 ELDERS and the twelve Apostles of Jesus represent the other TWELVE of the 24  ELDERS. And the WHOLE CITY or the whole WIFE of Jesus is BOTH the church of this PRESENT world AND those saved DURING the world to come)

15.  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.”

 

And when we COMPARE Revelation 21:15 with Revelation chapter 11 as the TWO witnesses being the church and Isreal we can see that the CITY of God in Revelation 21:9 is the WIFE of the Lamb and that the WHOLE church is the TEMPLE of God in Revelation 11:1. In other words, Israel will become a PART of the church DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus to fulfill the words of Jesus saying that the FIRST shall be LAST and the LAST shall be FIRST. The Jews were the FIRST chosen people of God but they will be the LAST to receive eternal life.

 

Let us read Revelation 11:1 again.

 

“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.”

 

Can you now see how the temple of God, the city of God, the wife of God and the church are ONE and the self-same entity? Can you now see that the church will not be COMPLETE until the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus? Can you now see that ONLY the bride of Jesus during this PRESENT world will be given eternal life in the world to come? Can you nows see that we who are saved IN this PRESENT world will rule and reign with Jesus over the mortals during the Millennium to teach them about salvation? Can you now see that the NAME of Jesus the ONLY name given among men whereby we ALL MUST be saved? And, therefore, the world to come will be like the church is in this present world. In other words, the world to come will be ANOTHER age of the church where BOTH Gentiles AND the children of Israel will be saved.

During this PRESENT church age, the vast majority of the witnesses for Jesus have been Gentile Christians. And during the Millennial church age, I believe that the vast majority of the witnesses for Jesus will be ISRAELITE Christians. I believe that there will be BOTH Jews and Gentiles saved during the Millenial church age in the world to come. And I believe that after the 1000 years has ended and Satan is allowed to ascend out of the bottomless pit that the LITTLE season will be a MIRROR IMAGE of the last 3 1/2 years of the GREAT tribulation that will take place in THIS present world right before the coming of Jesus.

For further study of WHY I believe that some of the verses in the book of Revelation will have DUAL fulfillment please read  “REVELATION CHAPTER 16” of the verse by verse series of studies on the book of Revelation. You can scroll down to my commentary on Revelation 186: 12 and begin reading there to the end of chapter 16. You can also read “REVELATION CHAPTER 22” You can scroll down to the end of on commentary on Revelation chapter 22 where I have ANOTHER interpretation of Revelation chapter 16. I placed this other POSSIBLE interpretation at the very end because I do not want to CONFUSE my readers by giving them two correct interpretations at the same time. I will continue to teach BOTH interpretations because I believe that they are BOT correct interpretations and we do not always know what PART of dual prophecies will be fulfilled at each fulfillment until AFTER one fulfillment is fulfilled. We do NOT have to know every detail of the prophecies that are for ONLY the children of Israel because we are NOT Israel. We are the CHRUCH. The church does NOT REPLACE Israel. And as you have seen in this study of God’s word, the church will not be complete UNTIL Israel, the SECOND WITNESS of the TWO witnesses in Revelation chapter 11, is saved DURING the Millennium.

Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

 

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