"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."-John 5:39
I mentioned the 2 witnesses a few
weeks ago at testimony service and it appeared to spark an interest in the hearts of some people and
so I figured I should share it in depth. I have done this years ago, but the
audio was corrupted and so it's good that I make a new audio so that it can be
on the sermon page as well as on WTPR.
all being said, Have you seen some of these
movies about the 2 witnesses where they show literal fire coming out of their
mouths like dragons? Now that's a confirmed false prophecy sanctioned by Satan
the real dragon, isn't it? Is it not written in Revelation 20:2 that "..he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
which is the Devil, and Satan,
and bound him a thousand years." For them to have literal fire comes from their
mouths shows they do not understand symbols of prophecy at all.
in the Bible do we see any patriarch or prophet breathing fire like this. Even
Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego didn't have fire come from their mouths, and they
stood inside a furnace heated 7 times hotter than it was designed to burn.
Notice what it says in Revelation about these Two Witnesses.
KEY VERSE / DESCRIBING THESE
going further we need to always understand that 2 Peter 1:20-21 says "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21, For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
The Word of the Almighty is the only
tool we have to define prophetic symbolism. One must understand that the book
of Revelation is almost entirely written in prophetic symbolism. And the only
way to define those symbols is to study the entire Bible. Fact is, there are
404 verses in the book of Revelation, and 278 of those verses can be found
almost word for word in all the other books of the Bible. The simple truth here
is, if you want to understand prophecy, you must allow the Bible to define the
symbols first. For those of you that would like a jump start on learning what
many of the symbols mean, I have a huge study
defining every symbol in Revelation
on the site now. The link
is in box #7 of the sermon notes.
OK, the two witnesses were just
described here as "two olive trees" and "two candlesticks"
in Revelation 11:4. Before going further I always like to check and see if any
aspect of a prophecy is repeated elsewhere in the Word. Doing so makes defining
the symbols that much easier. In Zechariah 4:2-6 we read, "I have looked,
and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his
seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top
thereof: And two olive trees by it,
one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?"
This is what I truly find
fascinating about prophecy and the Scriptures. There are actually many
instances in the Word of God where the symbols are directly defined after a
prophet sees them in vision. That is a good thing because it allows us a quick
and precise definition. So... what are these symbols defined as?
Zechariah 4:5-6, "Then the
angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what
these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD
unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit,
saith the LORD of hosts."
As we see in this passage, the
definition of the two olive trees which hold the oil and the lampstands which
bear light are actually defined as something resulting from the work of the
Spirit of God and not the power or might of mankind. So almost immediately we
discover that the two witnesses cannot possibly be "men" like the
Hollywood movies and false prophets keep saying.
However, it doesn't end there by any
means. There are numerous aspects to this prophecy that further confirm this as
fact. And please remember that, "...no prophecy of the scripture is of any
In other words, my opinion of what a prophetic symbol means is useless. It can
only be defined by the same Author that penned it. And when it comes to
prophecy, that Author is our God. In fact, Christians have always known that
the Word of God is most definitely defined as a righteous source of light, for
it is written...
If the light of Scripture dwells
within the heart of the obedient child, then that child will also see that the
olive tree in prophecy is defined as "righteousness" for it is
Both the Old and New Testament bear
witness unto the Lord Jesus Christ and His work of salvation for all mankind.
The Old Testament ANNOUNCED HIS COMING, and the New Testament CONFIRMED HIS
ARRIVAL. Jesus Himself declared that we should, "Search the scriptures;
for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me."-John
5:39. His two witnesses have done this all along. Fact is, as I hope to
illustrate here, the VISION IN Revelation 11:1-12 was describing the
"OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS" as the Two Witnesses.
Today, most false teachers and some
honest but misguided Christians, have been declaring that the two witnesses are
going to be Moses and Elijah because of what is penned in... Revelation 11:6
which says, "These have 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."
In order to grasp the prophetic
truths of the two witnesses, you have to first realize just how time is
calculated in the Word of God. Knowing the prophesied time of their arrival
allows for clarity in definition. For example, notice the 1260 years and how
often they appear in prophecy...
There's a reason I shared that.
Please stay with me on this. To understand the forty and two months that the
beast will reign, we must first find the method of time the Bible declares for
prophecy. Our God says in Ezekiel 4:6 "I have appointed thee each day
for a year" The day for a year time calculation is also mentioned in
As students of prophecy we find the
Bible acknowledges a month to be 30 days long, because in, Genesis 7:11 we see
the rain started on the 17 day of the 2nd month, and in Genesis 8:3,4 we find
the water receded at the end of 150 days. Then it says the ark rested on the
17th day of the 7th month. That's exactly 5 months to the day. If we divide the
150 days by the 5 months you get 30 days per month. Plus, ask any Orthodox Jew
today and he will tell you that yes, a biblical month as it was understood back
when the Word was penned was in fact 30 days.
So this means, 42 months multiplied
by 30 days for each month equals exactly 1260 days. According to Ezekiel 4:6
and Numbers 14:34, that's actually 1260 years in our reality. Daniel as well as
Revelation speaks of a "time, times, and half a time" which is also 3
and a half years, which is also 42 months, which is also 1260 days, which
prophetically speaking is 1260 years when the Vatican did in fact kill hundreds
of millions of Christians between the years 538AD to 1798AD further confirming
that in prophecy a day does in fact equal a year. That being said, how does any
of this have to do with the two witnesses? As we read earlier, it says this in Revelation
11:2,3, "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. And I will give power unto my two
witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore
days, clothed in sackcloth."
Did you notice the two witnesses are
not only testifying in sackcloth, they do so for exactly 1260 days as well?
First of all, what theme runs throughout Scripture in regards to the wearing of
sackcloth? It always represents mourning of some sort, does it not? As
Christians do we not mourn when we are persecuted for spreading the love of the
Gospel? This is something every Christian today can attest to first hand seeing
how we're so very near the end when persecution is to return. But in this case, historically speaking that is, the
mourning in this passage that warrants the wearing of sackcloth is in direct
response to the suppression of the Roman Catholic power that was openly and
quite viciously persecuting anyone that would speak of the Word of God in a
trusting manner. The prophecy again said.
It says here a beast will rise up
that will make war and eventually kill the 2 witnesses, right? Fact is, when
the Reformation of Martin Luther hit France it was accepted with open arms.
However, the Roman Catholic Papacy was very angered by this open acceptance of
the Truth mainly because it exposed them and their prophesied evil agenda.
So...the French Revolution was initiated by agents of Rome to further quench
the truth. In fact, the revolution was a movement that was totally against any
form of religion. Anyone found embracing the Truth in Scripture were destroyed
openly and completely. The massacre of Bartholomew is open evidence of that
fact. The historic facts and figures can be researched in the book, "AGE OF REASON" by Thomas Paine if you have a mind to look into it. This book was sweeping
the Nation at that time declaring a belief in self over and above the
Lord as being the proper thing to do. So, to understand this prophecy, we need
to ask, did France make war on the Bible during this Revolution as
the prophecy intimates here?
On the exact date of November
10, 1793, the French National Assembly decreed in Paris that the Christian
religion should be abolished, and the Bible suppressed at all costs. With that
declaration the Old and New Testaments of the Bible were prophetically killed
just as the prophecy stated. Did you also notice the prophetic admission of the
articles I just read
when it came to killing the Bible? One of the authors actually said "the
Bible had been slain in France." The prophecy was boldly fulfilled! But
wait.. there's more.
During this "age or reason" all the
Bibles were burned in public to demonstrate their complete rejection of the
Almighty and His will. It was then the Vatican contrived "goddess of
reason" was declared as the truth during this time by the leaders of the
movement. The people actually rejoiced over the fact they got the Bible
out of their lives. They celebrated, they sent gifts to one another, they
rejoiced in great multitudes. And yes, prophecy even saw this long before its
time. As we saw in Revelation 11:10 it stated plainly that, "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." A sobering thought is that this sounds like
today doesn't it? Whenever you share the Bible with some people today they get
extraordinarily angry with you.
Do you recall that video I put up a
few years ago about the Christian student that was ridiculed by their
classmates and teachers for being a Christian? That same demonic spirit is
running rampant today.
Ok, getting back, did you notice in
verse 8 of Revelation 11 that the 2 witnesses' bodies were in the street that,
"spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt?" The key word here is that
they were SPIRITUALLY called Sodom and Egypt. But why? Many false
preachers like to twist that prophetic fact out of context to gain support for
their prophetic heresy. Using simple Biblical jurisprudence one can see what's
really being said here...
Revelation also declares that this
"great city" is also the place "where our Lord was
crucified." How does that match up in prophecy?
And did they not declare themselves
to be above God to the point of declaring the Bible was slain and God was dead
back then? The depiction of Sodom is defined and confirmed in the rampant
immorality that resulted in France after the Bible was removed from society.
The depiction of Egypt in prophecy fits this time in history as well. With the
declaration that "GOD IS DEAD" in the streets of France, the
self-exultant claims of Pharaoh echoed over time with uncanny accuracy. Take
note of the following quote that confirms this defiance...
What a clear and precise echo is
this of the Pharaoh when he said in Exodus 5:2, "...Who is the LORD, that
I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD..."
This "age of reason" is what History
also calls the "Age of terror in France." But what of the statement
made in this prophecy in regards to, "...here also our Lord was
crucified" in verse 8? Simple reality here is, Jerusalem was under the
control of Rome when it crucified our Lord, just as France was under
Roman Rule in the day they supposedly killed God. Anyone found preaching the
Truth in France was guillotined immediately! The blood actually ran through the
gutters of the streets of men, woman, and even little children that did
"certain crimes" that offended the prelates who drove the hatred of
the general public. Jesus DID SAY in Matthew 25:40, "Verily I say unto
you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye
have done it unto me" Did He not? So, just as they killed our Lord in
the same decadence driven society under Roman Rule in 31AD, they did the same
thing to His followers in France under Roman rule. In so doing they performed
an uncanny duplication in perfect clarity that you could actually picture their
dead bodies lying, "...in the street of the great city, which spiritually
is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified"
Historic fact is, in November of
1793 the French government voted religion out and the Bible was abolished in
France as we just learned. After a short period of time the people started to
realize the nation of France was about to crumble to nothing because of the
sheer stupidity of the laws put in place. Their decadent behavior was literally
wreaking havoc on all they held dear. They needed a way to prevent anarchy from
spreading as the norm; so they decided to vote religion back in when all they
held dear was about to disappear like the skin on a rusted heap in a junkyard.
So, that begs the question. How many years passed between the time they
outlawed the Bible, to when they brought it back in?
Remember that according to Ezekiel
4:6, "...I have appointed thee each day for a year." And when
speaking of the two witnesses after they had been killed, Revelation 11:11 said
that, "after three days and an 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."
Within exactly THREE AND A
HALF YEARS from when they removed the Bible from society, we see the
Bible came back into society in a very graphic manner. How graphic you ask?
Revelation 11:12 says, "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."
As we see here, the Word of God was
to ascend to Heaven in front of the Lord's enemies. This symbolic language of
Revelation 11:12, is declaring that the two witnesses will become great and
well known by all on earth, including those that hated it. In fact, Daniel 4:22
confirms it when it says, "It is thou, O king, that art grown and become
strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and
thy dominion to the end of the earth." Common sense tells us
that if all the earth witnesses this ascension, that means the wicked were
aware as well.
So, how did the Bible ascend to
where everyone saw it? Historic fact confirms that directly after the Bible
"came back to life" that day, we see it becoming VERY GREAT all over
the world. Or as Daniel just put it, "to the end of the earth." What
I mean is...
Since that day the Bible continues
to be the number one best seller the world over! And all during this time of
the Bible's prophesied popularity we see the wicked of the world have been
mystified as they watched how this mere book has been able to glorify the God
of Heaven ever since they voted it back into society! This brothers and sisters
is a fact that anyone with an ounce of sense can realize no matter what side of
the fence they stand on.