The peoples of this world are becoming increasingly aware of political, legal and spiritual issues. Issues involving democracy, freedom of choice, human rights, legal rights, the power of the media, privacy etc. are now well discussed, even amongst the hitherto illiterate masses in the most backward nations. People have also woken up to the enormous greed, corruption and violence that are sweeping the globe. Ignorance had been the norm for millennia; but now there is a great awareness of what's going on; an awareness largely due to the abundance of evidence provided via the media by eyewitnesses. Never a day passes but we read, hear and even see pictures of events taking place all over the world. Eyewitness reports from remote places are broadcast to audiences in all countries. Yes, eyewitness reports are invaluable as any news reporter or solicitor will tell you. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm
Although; In light of the phone hacking scandals it is vital that witnesses are honest, and of reputable character, regardless of the walk of life they are from.
The Ten Commandments Exodus 20
Exodus (KJV). 20: 9 (KJV) Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Decalogueinscripture.htm
In the legal profession the presence of even one witness to a crime or transaction is considered good evidence: but the presence of two witnesses is conclusive. On the evidence of two witnesses, people have been put to death. Most adults know that important legal documents need the signatures of at least two witnesses.
· Marriage Certificates
· Title Deeds to land and property
· Business Contracts
· Powers of Attorney
· Peace Treaties etc.
All these transactions call for at least two witnesses to be present. In spiritual matters it is the same. Witnesses are called for before truth can be established. In Revelation chapter 11 verses 1-13 we read about Two Witnesses who are scheduled by the Almighty God to testify for 42 months to earth's teeming millions about His Truth. Questions concerning them are numerous:
· When do they appear on the world scene?
· Who are the Two Witnesses?
· What do they witness to and what is their message?
Answers to these questions, depending on which Christian group's literature you read, are varied to say the least; but I will not list them all. Instead I will begin by quoting the Bible passage, which tells of the Two Witnesses, and then, after a brief analysis, answer the three questions above.
1 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.
This measuring reed is like a sceptre, and measures for destruction, not for building
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 underfoot forty and two months.
All these particulars refer to an actual temple. The church of God knows nothing of an altar here, of a naos, of a court of the gentiles. All point to the Temple yet to be built in the holy city, i.e. Jerusalem. This Temple will be on earth.
3 And I will give power unto My two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, (3½ years) clothed in sackcloth.
We know two men are to be raised up “in that day”, endowed with wondrous powers to execute a special mission. They are called emphatically “My two witnesses”
4 These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the God of the earth.
Two olive trees, whereby the same two persons are represented standing.
5 And if any will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have powers over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plague, as often as they will.
3. When Do The Two Witnesses Appear?
The answer to this first question is: The Two Witnesses make their appearance on the world scene during the 6th Trumpet (2nd Woe), which occurs towards the latter part of the Seventh Seal. In other words, the Seventh Seal is subdivided into seven stages and the 6th Trumpet is the 6th stage. See http://www.godsplan.org.uk/revelation_%20revealed.htm to get your bearings concerning the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets which all occur during the Seventh Seal.
The record concerning the 6th Trumpet begins at Rev.9: 13 (KJV) and continues all the way through to Rev.11: 14 (KJV). During this 6th Trumpet (also known as the 2nd Woe) ONE THIRD OF MANKIND are slain! (Rev.9: 15-18 KJV). This great multitude, some 2,000,000,000 (2 Billion) people, is about twice the population of China! Pause awhile and consider that staggering fact. Very briefly these are the events leading up to the 6th Trumpet, the 2nd Woe, when this unimaginable slaughter of a third of mankind will occur.
There is a global earthquake and spectacular signs in the sun, moon and stars. Blind panic grips earth's inhabitants, who run to the rocks and mountains seeking shelter from the wrath of the Almighty and His Son Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm Events under this Seal have obviously not yet occurred. After the 6th Seal occurs, the 144,000 servants of the Most High are sealed in their foreheads with Yahweh's Name (Rev.7 (KJV). This sealing work is also still future. It has not yet occurred. When it does occur, sealed believers will no longer need spiritual instruction as to how to live: because they will instinctively know right from wrong.
08 For finding fault with them, He saith, “Behold the days come, saith the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.
09 Not according to the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the LORD.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD; I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their uprighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
13 In that he saith, “A new covenant,” He hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
What wonderful and uplifting verses here in Hebrews, expressed by no other than Our Heavenly Father, Our LORD God, who resides behind the two cherubs, is actually saying, “The days coming when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and Judah” http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm That means us; who have been scattered to all parts of the globe. We are not talking about the old covenant made to our ancestors who left Egypt in a mass Exodus. But a covenant with us who are here, as well as the dead in Christ, and He will put His laws into our mind, and write them in our hearts, and He will be our God and we will be His people. Teaching of Our LORD’s Word will be obsolete because everyone shall know Him from the greatest to the least. If that is not enough He will also remember our sins and iniquity no more. Starting over again, afresh, clean slate. What in this world can be better than this?
The Seventh Seal begins AFTER the 144,000 are sealed.
The Seventh Seal is subdivided into 7 Trumpets, the last 3 of which are called WOES.
See http://www.godsplan.org.uk/revelation_%20revealed.htm for a description of the first four trumpets.
1st Trumpet One (1) Denotes unity: and commencement.
2rd Trumpet Two (2) Denotes difference
3rd Trumpet Three (3) Denotes completeness:,
4th Trumpet Four (4) Denotes creative works:
5th Trumpet (1st WOE)
Revelation 9: 1-12 (KJV)
01 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Star: - The symbol of him (Lucifer) who had already become “fallen” “Before John saw”
02 And He opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
Furnace: - Indicating a place of fire, but not to be confused with Hadēs (Sheol) or with Tartarus. Where the judgements are against Judah and the land. Hence John sees them extended to the whole earth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
03 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
These are no ordinary locusts, “which have no king” Here “men” are the objects of their power to inflict hurt.
04 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
05 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Tormented: - to test (metals) by the touchstone, then to torture. “Torment” is specially connected with demons. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/doctrineofdemons.htm The period of locusts is five months May-September.
06 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
07 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
08 And they had hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
09 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings were as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
Locusts in flight give out a great sound. These supernatural creatures will create fear by the sound of their wings.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
Abbadōn, and Apollyon = the” Destroyer”. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/eviltrilogy.htm
12 One woe is past; and behold, there come two woes more thereafter.
During this Woe the following events will occur:
· The Abyss will be opened and the Beast (the Man of Sin) will be released. (Abaddon)
Leading an army of evil angels he will torture mankind for 5 months: that is, all except those who were sealed with Yahweh's Name (His character as expressed in His law) before the events under the Seventh Seal began.
6th Trumpet (2nd WOE) (Rev.9: 13 - Rev.11: 14)
During this Woe, which lasts 3.5 years, these events will occur:
· One third of mankind will be slain.
· The seven thunders sound. (Rev.10:3-6)
· The Two Witnesses begin their 42-month testimony. (31/2 years)
· They have the power to cause a 31/2 year drought and to plague mankind at will.
· After testifying for 31/2 years; the two Witnesses are killed by the Beast who arose from the Abyss at the 1st Woe. (Abbadōn = the” Destroyer”.) After 31/2 days the Two Witnesses are raised to life, much to the astonishment and terror of earth's population.
· Their resurrection marks the end of the 2nd Woe.
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when He had cried, seven thunders started their voices.
Seven thunders = the voice of the LORD
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, “Seal up those things which the seven thunders ushered, and write them not.”
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, Who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm
Longer literally means that time shall be no longer. I.e. no more delay in executing final vengeance.
7th Trumpet (3rd WOE) (Rev: 11:14 - Rev.19: 21)
During this Woe, which also lasts 31/2 years, the following events will occur:
· The woman of Revelation 12 will be protected in the wilderness http://godsplan.org.uk/messianicage.htm for this period of 1260 days, which is 3.1/2 years. (Rev.12: 6)
· The Beast will cause the world's inhabitants to receive his mark; without which no one will be able to buy or sell.
· The seven last plagues devastate the earth. (Rev.16)
· Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots, is overthrown and the economies of all nations collapse. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/doomofrome.htm (Rev.17 & 18)
· Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) returns to earth at the end of this Woe. (Rev.19) http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
From the foregoing you will see that the Two Witnesses appear on the world scene at the 6th Trumpet (the 2nd Woe), which occurs towards the latter part of the Seventh Seal, when a third of the human race is perishing! This means that in July 2017 their coming is still future.
To identify the Two Witnesses we will look closely at several scriptural clues; the first three of which are the most important because they specifically tell us who the Two Witnesses are.
1. The first clue describes the Two Witnesses in symbolic terms as "Two Olive Trees." (Rev.11: 4, Zech.4:3-11)
2. The second clue tells us that "They stand in the presence of the God of the whole earth." (Rev.11: 4, Zech.4: 14)
3. The third clue refers to them as the "Two Anointed Ones." These three clues are found in this passage:
Zechariah 4: 3-10 (KJV)
03 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
04 Then said he, “these are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
05 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, “ Knowest thou not what these be?” And I said, “No my lord.”
06 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, “This is the word of the LORD unto Zerrubbabel, saying, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
As in the lampstand the oil flowed silently, without help from man.
07 Who art thou, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel thou shall become a plain: and He shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
08 Moreover the world of the LORD came unto me saying.
09 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house; His hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
10 For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet (plumb bob) in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
The seven lamps which thou seest these are the eyes.
11 Then answered I, and said unto him, “What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
12 And I answered again, and said unto him, “What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves.”
13 And he answered me and said, “Knowest thou not what these be?” And I said, “No, `my lord.”
14 Then said he, “these are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”
1. They prophesy for a period of 42 months or 1260 days during the 2nd Woe. (Rev.11: 2-3)
2. Any attempt by man to hurt them results in immediate death. (Rev.11: 5)
3. They are eventually killed by the Beast, the Antichrist Abbadon who are to rise from the bottomless pit http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm The bodies of the Two Witnesses are then exhibited in the city of Jerusalem, where our Lord was crucified.
4. After three and a half days they are resurrected and ascend to heaven in full view of their enemies.
Notice that the Two Witnesses are specifically referred to as 'two olive trees,' 'two anointed ones,' who 'stand in the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.'
The first three clues identify whom and where the Two Witnesses are. The other four tell us what they do and what happens to them. From these clues I do believe that the Two Witnesses are not:
1. The Old & New Testaments. The Scriptures have testified about the Almighty for thousands of years, not just 42 months. Besides, the Scriptures abide forever (Isa.40:8) and attempting to hurt them, by whatever means, has never resulted in instant death. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/dispensationalplan.htm
2. The Holy Spirit. As with the Scriptures, the testimony of the Holy Spirit has continued for a lot longer than 42 months. Besides, the Antichrist could hardly kill the Holy Spirit! Nor can the Holy Spirit's "body" be on mocking display as Rev.11: 9-10 pictures. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gifts.htm
3. Two Men (i.e. Enoch, Noah, Moses, Elijah, Daniel, John the Baptist etc.) At death, these men of God did not go directly to heaven to stand in Yahweh's presence. They were first buried. The Saviour confirmed this when he said to Nicodemus:
This means that these great men of God were not standing in Yahweh's presence when Zechariah's prophecy was given. They were in their graves awaiting the resurrection. John the Baptist wasn't even born at the time. Moreover they will most certainly not be raised to life only to die a 'second death.' Scripture tells us that the 'second death is the 'lake of fire!' (Rev.20: 14 KJV) and that it is appointed unto men 'once to die.' (Heb.9:27) This means that Moses who died in the land of Moab (Deut 34:5) couldn't possibly die again as one of the Two Witnesses.
Revelation 20:14 (KJV) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/deathswallowedup.htm
Hebrew 9:27 (KJV) And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/earthlytabernacle.htm Ecclesiastes 12:7 (KJV) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
God sends Israel His Anointed Ones and His Watchful Eyes. The Prophet Zechariah’s Prophecies on the “Time of the End” for the Redemption and Restoration of Jerusalem and Israel. http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm
Who, then, are the Two Witnesses?
The answer is: The Two Witnesses are the two anointed archangels who stand in Yahweh's presence. They are the highest-ranking angels in the universe and were represented by the two cherubim kneeling on either side of the Ark of the Covenant. Proof of this amazing fact now follows:
18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
Many years later, when king Solomon built his famous Temple, which the
Almighty graced with His sacred presence, these two cherubim were
depicted as follows:
This is exactly the figurative term - Olive Trees - used in…
Revelation 11: 4 (KJV) These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the God of the earth.
Zechariah 4:3 (KJV) And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
To describe the Two Witnesses, the inevitable conclusion must be that the Two Witnesses, who are also referred to as Two Olive Trees, must be the two archangels represented by the cherubim made of Olive Trees on either side of the Ark of the Covenant. Other texts concerning them are found in,
Exodus 37: 6-9 (KJV)
6 And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half (3½ feet) was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof. (2¼ feet)
7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on two ends of the mercy seat.
8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made He the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.
Psalm 80:1(KJV) Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; Thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Bereshith.htm
Psalm 99:1(KJV) The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: He sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.
Isaiah 37: 16 (KJV) O LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, Thou art the God, even Thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: Thou hast made heaven and earth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/jehovah%27sword.htm
01 Then I looked, and, behold, in the firmament that was above the head of the cherubims there appeared over them as it were a sapphire stone, as the appearance of the likeness of a throne.
02 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, “Go in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with coals of fire between the cherubims, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in my sight. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm
03 Now the cherubims stood on the right side of the house, when the man went in; and the cloud filled the inner court.
04 Then the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub, and stood over the threshold of the house; and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was full of the brightness of the LORD’S glory.
05 And the sound of the cherubims’ wings was heard even to the outer court, as the voice of the ALMIGHTY GOD when He speaketh.
06 And it came to pass, that when He had commanded the man clothed with linen, saying, “Take fire from between the wheels, from between the cherubims;” then he went in and stood beside the wheels.
07 And one cherub stretched forth his hand from between the cherubims unto the fire that was between the cherubims, and took thereof, and put it into the hands of him that was clothed with linen: who took it and went out.
08 And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings.
09 And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone.
10 And as for their appearance, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/thestarsalso2.htm
11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.
12 And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had.
Clue 2 ... They Stand in Yahweh's Presence
One has only to consider the construction of the Ark of the Covenant to realise how true this is of these two archangels. They 'stand in the very presence of God' on either side of the mercy seat. The Most High literally communed with the children of Israel from between the two cherubim. They stand in the very presence of the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel!
The Two Witnesses are also called the two 'anointed ones:' because on and through them the Holy Spirit (symbolised by the olive oil) flows. Are archangels (cherubs) anointed? The answer is, yes cherubs are especially anointed to do their work. See concerning the anointed cherub Lucifer. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/books.htm
Yes, angels have prophesied on many occasions. Angels are ministering spirits sent by the Almighty to prophesy, warn, comfort, rescue, feed and punish mankind. At the Saviour's birth the angels of heaven visited earth and even sang anthems of praise to common shepherds. (Luke 3:8-14) The scriptures abound with evidence of angels visiting mankind with special messages from the Almighty. Here are a few texts to prove this point.
· Genesis 19 Two angels were sent to Sodom to rescue Lot and his family before that city was destroyed.
· Judges 6 An angel commissioned Gideon to rescue and judge Israel.
· Judges 13 An angel visited Samson's parents and told them they were going to bear a son who would judge Israel.
· Daniel 3:28 An angel preserved Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego in the fiery furnace
· Daniel 6:22 An angel protected Daniel in the lions' den.
· Acts 5:19 An angel rescued Peter from prison.
· Acts 12:8 An angel rescued Paul from prison.
· Revelation 1:1 An angel delivered the prophecy of the Revelation to the Apostle John.
There are, of course, many other examples of when angels visited mankind; but the above will prove the point.
Why are the Two Witnesses sent?
The Two Witnesses are sent to earth to accomplish the following:
· To witness first-hand the full extent of mankind's sin. Yahweh, the just and righteous judge, could hardly permit the destruction of a third of the human race without first giving His highest ranking angels a chance to see for themselves the full extent of man's unbelief and sin.
· To expose the Antichrist's worldwide deception as he poses as Jesus Christ: and to do so with the awesome miracles listed in Rev.11: 5-6. After all, if evil archangels like Lucifer and Abaddon are allowed to reveal themselves and deceive mankind, would it not be fair to allow holy archangels to be seen? (The two witnesses)
· To warn the human race of the coming Judgement. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm
· To rescue believers from this corrupt system, just as they rescued Lot and his family from Sodom.
The City of Sodom
In the last days of Sodom, the Almighty visited the earth with two angels, who were then commissioned to enter Sodom and verify the reports, which were reaching the throne of God. On entering Sodom these two angels witnessed first-hand the shameful homosexual behaviour of the men and women of that city. (Much like today with same sex marriages, and even the Anglican church is deliberating whether to bless them).They also entered Sodom to rescue Lot and his family. (Gen. 18 & 19) They were probably the same two archangels, the anointed ones who travel the universe with the Almighty God; the two cherubim who 'stand in His presence.'
Long before Moses built the Ark of the Covenant, long before Solomon made two replicas of the cherubim out of two olive trees, these two anointed archangels were with Yahweh, standing in His holy presence. Yes, the two anointed cherubim are the only beings who fit the scriptural clues about the Two Witnesses.
Yes, the whole world will see the Two Witnesses. I also believe that they will visit every continent on earth and warn both saint and sinner just as they did in the last days of Sodom; before that sinful city was destroyed by fire. They will preach to all mankind at a time when a third of the human race is perishing. That is why they are clothed in sackcloth, the ancient symbol of mourning. They present Yahweh's last offer of mercy to mankind. He is holding out the Olive Branch! The olive branch, as we all know, is the universally recognised symbol of mercy and peace. In sending the Two Witnesses to earth the Almighty is offering terms of peace to all humanity. It is His final offer.
Failure to accept mercy will result in death on an unimaginable scale. It is absolutely impossible for me to exaggerate the importance of these facts. Let the reader beware of ignoring them. For near to six thousand years the human race has been allowed to go its way and make a choice; Satan’s system or God’s http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm, or to do its own thing, and the Most High has patiently waited for His Day. That Day is about to begin. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm Are you preparing for it? http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Orion.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/gathering.htm
Long ago Lucifer (Satan) was also a covering cherub. He "stood in Yahweh's presence." He was an "anointed one," full of beauty and radiant in splendour. He travelled the universe with the Most High, relaying instructions to thousands of angels under him. But Lucifer sinned. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm He grew proud and coveted the throne of the Almighty. He began a rebellion, which continues to this day. So he was removed from office and another filled his place. In the book of Ezekiel we read about Satan (Lucifer), the anointed cherub who once stood in the very presence of the Eternal God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/books.htm
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, (Lucifer) and say unto him, “Thus saith the LORD God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: The workmanship of thy tabrets (Drums) and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou was created.
Here is no evidence of a “legend”, but a reality. Satan, the Nachash or shining one, was there. Eve was smitten with his beauty as “an angel of light” and deferred to him as one “possessing this “wisdom”, and believed his power to make good his promise.
Garden of God: This is added to leave us in no doubt as to what is meant by Eden, and to show it was no mere “summer residence” of the “prince” of Tyre, but the garden of Gen. 2:8-15. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/ethhaadham.htm
Thou was created: Not begotten by man, or born of woman. This can only refer to Satan. http://godsplan.org.uk/serpentofgenesis3.htm
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Look at this fallen earth; the way it is today, and deny these words.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
The chapter portrays Lucifer in days gone by when, as an anointed archangel, he stood in the very presence of the LORD; when he walked amidst the stones of fire; when he was perfect in all his ways. Yes, Lucifer was initially a spiritual 'olive branch' through whom the holy oil flowed to lighten others. Indeed he was called the 'son of the morning!' (Isaiah 14:12) Perhaps Abaddon, the Antichrist was another archangel who joined Satan in his rebellion, before he too was cast out of God's presence. I say this because the Antichrist who rises from the Bottomless Pit has the power to kill the Two Witnesses: an act of which ordinary men are incapable.
'But,' you may ask, 'Can an angel die?' Aren't angel’s immortal beings?' See https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Immortality/ for the answer to this question.
The story of Nadab and Abihu, the two eldest sons of Aaron was a reflection of what took place in the Temple above.
Leviticus 10: 1-7 (KJV)
1 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not.
Strange fire: - i.e. fire other than that Jehovah had commanded, required, and given from heaven. It was of their own kindling; so is all that offered to God in worship today. If so, according to John. (John 4:23-24), it is “strange fire”, and deserves the same judgement!
All worship that is not kindled by the Holy Spirit is “strange”, and is of the flesh. (Not spiritual) (John 3:6 and 6:63). It “profiteth nothing” and “God has no respect to it.” (Gen 4: 4-5, Heb 11:4). The introduction of anything “strange”, where all is ordered by God, is abominations in His sight; and calls for, and calls down, His judgement. Thus the first recorded individual use of incense began in disobedience (Lev10: 1) and the last ended in unbelief. (Luke 1:10, 18, 20).
2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
3 Then Moses said unto Aaron, “This is it that the LORD spake, saying, `I will be sanctified in them that come nigh Me, and before all the people I will be glorified. `”And Aaron held his peace.
Note the emphasis on “This” this and nothing else; this very thing. Disobedience here is vital; this is why “judgement must begin at the house of God” (1Peter 4:17), yea “the time is come”.
All worship, which has not Christ for its object, the glory of Jehovah for its end, and the Holy Spirit for its power, will be rejected and judged.
Held his peace: - In solemn submission to God’s judgement of his two sons, just struck dead so soon after their anointing, installation, and investiture.
4 And Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said unto them, “Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.”
5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; as Moses had said.
6 And Moses said unto Aaron, and unto Eleazer and unto Ithamar, his sons, “Uncover not your heads, nether rend your clothes; lest ye die, and lest wrath come upon all the people: but let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the LORD hath kindled.
7 And ye shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die: for the anointing oil of the LORD is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses.
These two anointed sons of Aaron abused the great privilege granted them of ministering in the tabernacle. In a way somewhat similar to Satan, they had been especially anointed of God to stand in His presence and minister with their father Aaron the High Priest.
But Nadab and Abihu sinned and were slain. Their two younger brothers Eleazar and Ithamar replaced them. It is the same with Satan and Abaddon. Both sinned grievously; and like Nadab and Abihu are scheduled to be burned to death.
Only two holy archangels mentioned in the Scriptures are, Gabriel & Michael. They now stand in the presence of the Most High. Carefully note Gabriel's words to Zacharias the father of John the Baptist.
The archangel Gabriel has visited earth on several occasions. He was sent to Daniel to explain the meaning of certain visions.
The remainder of the chapter contains Gabriel's explanation of the prophecy. Gabriel re-visited Daniel some 15 years later to give him skill and understanding concerning the prophecy of the 70 weeks of years.
Daniel 9: 20-27 (KJV)
20 And while I was speaking, and praying and confessing my sin of my People Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God
21 Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.”
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved.”
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy People and upon thy holy city,
· to finish the transgression,
· and to make an end of sins.
· and to make reconciliation for iniquity,
· and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
· and to seal up the vision and prophecy,
· and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: (= 62 weeks) the street shall be built again , and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood. And unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: And in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
We can see from these visits that the archangel Gabriel is only sent to earth to deliver the most important messages: those, which concern the coming of the Messiah. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm I assume from this fact that in earth's final hour, when a third of mankind will die, the archangel Gabriel, the 'olive tree,' the one who 'stands in Yahweh's presence,' will again be sent to deliver Yahweh's final offer of mercy and peace.
Who is the other Witness? Probably the archangel Michael who when contending with the Devil over the body of Moses, left it for the Lord to rebuke Satan. (Jude 9) Gabriel and Michael are the only holy angels named in Scripture. Michael is not the Lord.
To summarise I believe the Two Witnesses of Revelation are not the Word of the LORD, the Old and New Testaments, which have been with mankind for centuries and 'abide forever.' Nor are they the Holy Spirit, Who is not subject to death. Nor are they two righteous men, past or present. The Two Witnesses are two mighty archangels who stand in the Almighty's presence. One is Gabriel and the other is Michael. They are the 'Two Olive Trees" pictured by Moses and Solomon standing on either side of the ark of the testament, which represents the very throne of God. The Two Witnesses will appear on earth at the 6th Trumpet (2nd Woe) when a third of the human race is scheduled to perish. As in the last days of Sodom, they will visit this evil generation with Yahweh's final warning and offer of salvation. They will proclaim the Everlasting Gospel for a period of 42 months after which, like their Master, they will be murdered but will rise again after three and a half days. No other conclusion fits all the scriptural clues concerning these holy beings. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/john.htm
The Two Witnesses preach the same message the prophets of old preached. In a sentence it is: ... Fear [and revere] God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Ecclesiastes 12: 13 KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: For this is the whole duty of man.
Indeed, this is the Everlasting Gospel; the call to have faith in God, to accept His offer of salvation through His Son Yeshua and to keep His commandments. The Two Witnesses will preach the Everlasting Gospel with the added warning of the coming Day of Judgement. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm The plagues they bring down on mankind will vindicate the veracity and authority of the truths they proclaim. Our reaction to their message should be to have faith in Yeshua, the Lord Jesus Christ and then demonstrate that faith http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm by keeping the commandments of the LORD God of Israel; especially His Sabbath command which commemorates His creation. Anything short of faith and obedience is courting disaster! All is here on this site.