I think I wrote this in my previous blog earlier this year but it is so important I want to write it again. The Two Witnesses we’ve probably heard of them but who are they, what will they be doing. Will they receive the love (support) they need when they come? Will they be received by the world or only by the Church?
In my previous blog, I talked about the fact that some think the Two Witnesses to be the Davids, both father and son. That is, David who killed Goliath at the age of 17 and the Son of David who defeated sin on the Cross at the age of 33. But we know that the description in Revelation 11 does not fit these two renowned persons.
Some also say it is or will be Moses and Elijah. Well I want to say that it will not be these two in persons but their spirits that will come on certain selected persons. Like Revelation 11:3 puts it, power will be given to them by God. That is like saying, the spirits of Moses and Elijah will be imparted to them so they will be able to do what they have to do (cp. Numbers 11:16-17).
These persons – who are chosen before God (cp. Revelation 11:4) – cannot in their own power do any of the work(s) that will be given them. Like as it is with this Christian blogging that I do, it is by the grace of God that I’m able to write; it is not by my own will or calibre.
Now I always ask the question, “why Moses and Elijah, why not other persons?” Well, this will be the focus of this note. The Two Witnesses will be Moses and Elijah because the description of their works given in Revelation 11:5-6 fits them. Like Moses, one of the Witnesses will be able to turn the waters into blood and cause plagues. And like Elijah, one of them will be able to shut the heavens so that it does not rain upon the earth. This is why some think the Two Witnesses to be Moses and Elijah. The only thing unique to them is that fire can come out of their mouths to devour their enemies, which has never been done before.
But my reason which I want to give is different. They will be Moses and Elijah because unlike Moses, Elijah got fed up in God’s business and was not able to continue. He asked for his life to be taken away from him when there was more for him to do. Moses on the other hand too, was not able to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land himself because of a fault. Thus, he is more suited for a partner. This is a carnal reason all the same and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
The main reason is that the work is or will be difficult as I deem it, and therefore two persons would be much more appropriate. Like the Preacher said, “Two are better than one…” because when one falls, the other will lift him up and vice versa. It is more spiritual because these two will need each other to complete the assignment. If the power were to be endued to one person, he could foil God’s purpose.
The other reason, which a friend gave some time ago on campus, is that, Moses and Elijah were the ones who met with Jesus during the Transfiguration (rf. Matthew 17:1-3). There is a reason why they met. Probably in their discourse, they talked about Elijah who is to come before the great and terrible day of the Lord. [John the Baptist] Having fulfilled the first part, which didn’t come easy, the last part couldn’t be left to fate, it would spell great catastrophe in the kingdom of God.
Moses stood for the law of God, and Elijah for the prophets. As the mission of Moses and Elijah was, these Two will convict the world with the Law and also confirm the prophecies written in it. These two will preach and prophesy all that is to happen, their preaching shall be like prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
They will do nothing but speak of the woes to come shortly after they are gone, because they’ve been made certain. The power to do miracles and signs and wonders is only to convince many of their testimony, so they would be converted to Christ. The Two Witnesses will be the last attempt of God to save all humankind, once they do not heed to the Gospel pastors preach. When the Two Witnesses are gone, there will be no chance to hear the word of God except what maybe, the angels with the everlasting Gospel preach (Revelation 14:6-12).
So this is my talk on the Two Witnesses. Don’t wait till they come before you receive the Word, you might not live to see their coming. Instead, live a life in the fear of God and it shall be well with your soul. God bless you.