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The Two Witnesses (Hebrew: עֵדִ֔ים, "Rhodim") are two individuals, concepts or "corporate beings" described in chapter 11 of the Book of Revelation in the events leading up to the second coming of Christ.
"'And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.' These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. these have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire. When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into the graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Now after three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come up here.' And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven." (Revelation 11:3-13 - New King James Version)
Growing interest in the identity of the two witnesses of Revelation 11 and the timing of their appearance, has inspired eschatological debate for centuries. Are they two literal individuals or are they symbolic of a concept (e.g., the Old and New Testaments of the Bible) or corporate entities which symbolize peoples? Are they here now if they are personified - or are they yet future, as millenarian Hal Lindsey claims they are - ready to appear on the apocalyptic scene, along with the Antichrist? Perhaps they represent the witnessing Church since Jesus sent out his disciples "two by two". On the other hand, could they be some form of reincarnation of Moses and Elijah because both of them were prophets; Moses struck the waters of the Nile and they turned into blood; and Elijah commanded the heavens that it rained not and did so for three-and-one-half years. Indeed, the other witness may be Enoch (i.e., Elijah and Enoch), because he, like Elijah "was taken" (i.e., did not suffer physical death). They could simply be two Jewish prophets (as the Left Behind Series claims) who in the period of the 70th Week of Daniel (yet future or partial) come in the power of Moses and Elijah and are representative of the law (Moses) and the prophets (Elijah). Indeed, some claim that the notion of a yet future 70th Week of Daniel is a Catholic (Jesuit) conspiracy to take the heat off the papacy as the "seat of the antichrist system" and to place the onus on a yet future and literal person who will be the incarnation of Satan himself - who, as the beast will "make war against them, overcome them, and kill them" -- hence, this prophecy of a future personification of "The Antichrist" is erroneous and has already been fulfilled in history. To be certain - Roman Catholic eschatology affirms the coming of the Antichrist.
Their description as "two olive trees and two lampstands" is taken as symbolism and/or allegorical. This hermeneutical approach to the Bible is adjudged by some as "hyper-allegorical" juxtaposed to a more "literal" interpretation; however, those who adhere to a Christian fundamentalist reading of the Bible (i.e., inerrancy) do not find common ground on the exposition of the identity of these Two Witnesses. Through commentary and exposition the Two Witnesses could be considered as both symbolic and as literal (i.e., representative of peoples). Controversy over the symbolic, as well as literal interpretations of the Two Witnesses, as Israel (the "two olive trees") and the Church (the "two lampstands") creates a great deal of eschatological debate between strict Dispensationalists and Progressive Dispensationalists; whereas such debate may be considered as non sequitur insofar as Preterists and Historicists whose views of the Two Witnesses place them outside the chronological timeline (70 AD for Preterists) or wholly in the realm of the symbolic - relegated to the Church only in any future unfolding of prophecy as seen by many Historicists.
Views among those who adhere to a literal one-thousand years premillennial earthly kingdom (i.e., the millennium is yet future) complicate the Church's participation in the 70th Week of Daniel (i.e., yet future). The three dominant positions among these Premillenarians (be they evangelical, Catholic or Orthodox Christians - and for that matter, among other Christian sects) regarding the final 70th Week of Daniel insofar as the Church's participation concerns are: Pretribulational (the Church will rapture at the commencement of the 70th Week of Daniel), whose commencement is normally announced by the infamous "Treaty of Hell and Death" (i.e., the treaty or "defense pact" of the Antichrist with Israel); Mid-Tribulational or "Pre-Wrath" (the Church will be raptured in the middle of Daniel's 70th Week - i.e., after approximately three-and-one-half years); and Post-Tribulational (the Church will be raptured will take place at the end of the 70th Week of Daniel's prophecy just prior to the "wrath of God" or "wrath of the Lamb"). Some theologians believe that the two olive branches represent the peace on Earth that the witnesses try to bring to the sinful Earth, and the two lampstands represent the light for Christ that they shine for Christ.
Post-Tribulational icon Dr. Robert H. Gundry states in his classic, The Church and the Tribulation, especially in reference to Post-tribulationalism and the identity of the Two Witnesses - having both the Church and Israel throughout the 70th Week of Daniel's prophecy presents formidable eschatological challenges to wit:
“If the Church is to go through the tribulation, God will work simultaneously with two groups of covenant people, Israel and the Church. Millenarians of all varieties, including pretribulationists, should find the possibility of such simultaneous workings hard to deny . . . But it is not merely a matter of dealing with two groups at once. It is a matter of dealing simultaneously with, and through, two groups of redeemed people and witnesses. Will two diverse groups of saints, those who belong to the Church and those who belong to Israel coexist on earth and perhaps live according to different regulations? If so, will the tribulational Church be composed exclusively of Gentile believers? Will two distinct companies of witnesses preach the Gospel, maybe variations of it? Such questions arise quite naturally if we take the tribulation as transitional. But the mere existence of these questions does not preclude the possibility of the presence of the Church in the tribulation.” (The Church and the Tribulation, Robert H. Gundry, Zondervan Publishing House, 1973, p. 23).
What Gundry suggests is anathema to strict Dispensationalists whose pre-tribulationalism demands a complete separation of the Church from Israel and a primary commitment of the Almighty to Israel within the crucible of the 70th Week of Daniel—although Dispensationalists recognize a redemptive witness to the Gentiles through the evangelistic witness of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists. Those "saints" evangelized through this preaching of the "gospel of the kingdom" and who perish under the onslaught of the beast, constitute the tribulation saints who "come out of great tribulation."
Religious-political ramifications of Israel and the Church
Obvious collaboration between the "witnesses" is "eschatologically suggested" by those who espouse the two to be Israel and the Church—what form of cooperative witness seems crucial; especially with regards to the religious-political ramifications thereof. Naturally, evangelical support for the nation of Israel is viewed by a growing number of Israeli Jews, as well as diasporic Jews (especially Zionists), as beneficial to the survival of Israel and highly influential upon American foreign policy, whether the imagery of the Two Witnesses is reflected in this Evangelical-Jewish Zionist alliance or not. Furthermore, if the book of Revelation is to be viewed as a cosmic courtroom wherein the "Great City" is on trial, and the "Judge of all the earth" is pending a conviction by calling forth witnesses to "testify" against Babylon the Great (i.e., "the Holy City" vs. the "Great City" or New Jerusalem vs. Babylon the Great) - then "Biblical collaboration" at the mouth of "two witnesses" prior to a conviction and ultimate sentence would be mandatory.
David Brog, former chief counsel and later chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter, recently highlighted the current support for Israel, among evangelical Christians in his book Stand with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State. Brog's central thesis, both as a Jewish American and as the current Executive Director of the newly-formed Christians United for Israel, is unabashedly pro-Israel, and affirms that evangelical support for Israel should be encouraged by American Jews and should provide a forum for evangelical Christians to express their views on Capitol Hill. He is at the helm in galvanizing support for this newly-founded Evangelical-Jewish lobbying organization on behalf of Israel. Brog (who is Jewish, not Christian) has an executive board for Christians United for Israel consisting of prominent evangelicals: Michael Little, John Hagee, Gary Bauer, and George Morrison — all evangelicals, and all actively engaged in pro-Israel activities — activities which include "A Night to Honor Israel" held throughout North America, as well as recent involvement in the annual AIPAC gathering in Washington, D.C. (Jerry Falwell was also a member of the executive board of Christians United for Israel until his death.) Such support for Israel is vehemently opposed by many on the left and right.
Christian Zionism – a phenomenon commenced in Great Britain in support of the Jewish State and championed by many American evangelical leaders throughout the past century, sees in Israel's rebirth the fulfillment of Bible prophecy and the countdown to the Second Coming of Christ. The proliferation of evangelical Christian organizations or Jewish organizations reaching out to one another with the common goal of supporting the survival of the nation of Israel in the U.S. and elsewhere includes: Bridges for Peace; the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews; the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem; Operation Exodus; Israel Awareness Day (and their writings attest as well). Likewise, but with less verbosity are those mainline Christian organizations and some evangelical leaders (along with their writings) who oppose the current alliance between Jews and evangelicals in support of Israel and her policies.
Most evangelical churches and organizations in the USA in support of Israel are Premillenarian in their Weltanschauung – with the majority being pretribulational; hence, criticism on the part of many Jews that the main purpose of such support for Israel among evangelicals is self-interest and spurious at best, and conversionary at worst. Furthermore, some evangelicals propose that the current Evangelical-Jewish alliance in support of Israel will not last and is contrary to Bible prophecy.
In addition to these suspicions from both Jews and evangelical Christians, there is religious-political angst expressed amongst co-religionists (Jewish and Christian) who view this Jewish-Christian solidarity on behalf of Israel as a mixture of Church and State and ipso facto contrary to the American experiment; especially, as it pertains to neocons both within and without the immediate US political administration, who some say are egging the alliance forward to suffice their own socio-political agenda and have little or no spiritual interest in the dynamic. They point out that theocons (in particular American Catholics), who are allied with neocons (notwithstanding Jewish suspicions from time to time among the neocons) are drawing American evangelicals, who affirm they are under "Biblical mandate" to "bless Israel", into a religio-politico maelstrom which, in the end, will politicize the American Church and compromise her "spiritual mission" and put America into a "crusader" mindset in defeating radical Islamists and hedonist secularism in America, rather than fulfilling the great commission of Jesus in the saving of souls for the coming premillenarian kingdom, not the "kingdom now". Instead, some Theocons are now about galvanizing Evangelicals and Catholics in a great crusade against American hedonistic secularization and, interestingly enough, Israel is inadvertently caught up within that dynamic.
In attempting to exegete Revelation 11 commentators who hold to a Premillenarian eschatology generally fall into three areas of interpretation in the identification of the Two Witnesses: (1) The Two Witnesses are individuals either manifested in some form of reincarnation; or “in the spirit” of Biblical prophets who once appeared in Bible history; or simply as two individuals newly arrived on the earth; (2) the Two Witnesses are corporate in nature (human) standing for the Church only or for Israel only; or both Israel and the Church; or for both Jewish and Gentiles believers in Jesus; and (3) the Two Witnesses express Biblical concepts (i.e., the Old and New Testaments; the Law and the Prophets; Mercy and Grace).
Their chronological order aside, the purpose and destiny of the Two Witnesses is to decry the reign of the Antichrist-Beast, and to attest against that “Great City”—Babylon the Great. Likewise, in that they are called to “prophesy” and wear “sackcloth” (a Biblical designation of a “call to repentance”) they assuredly are at the nexus of announcing the “gospel of the kingdom.”
John's Apocalypse (i.e., The Revelation of Jesus Christ) is considered by most Christian theologians to be the apostolic writings which incorporate more Hebrew (i.e., Old Testament) Scriptures into the text than any other book of the New Testament. The images, symbolism, and allegorical language used throughout the Revelation are impossible to fathom or interpret without a fairly comprehensive knowledge of the original "Testament".
Israel and the Church
The Two Witnesses have been identified as Israel and the Christian Church. The number two has been associated with the witness of Israel to the gentile nations during the 70th Week of Daniel's prophecy. The olive tree in the Scripture signifies Israel. The "witness of the Church" is signified by the two lampstands, whose identity was disclosed by the seven golden lampstands (i.e., candlesticks) revealed in Revelation 2-3 as the “churches.”
The two witnesses can be interpreted as representing the Church or similar concept. The 1599 Geneva Study Bible asserts the two witnesses are the exclusive purvue of the church. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible gives a somewhat collective expression of the Church as the singular witness. John Wesley in his commentary on Revelation 11 suggests a more spiritual, almost ambiguous, application. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible interprets the two witnesses as the true Church in counterdistinction to the antichrist system of Roman Catholicism. Ross Taylor's Verse by Verse Commentary on Revelation clearly defines the Church as the "two olive trees and the two lampstands."
The identity and importance of the Two Witnesses as actual individuals is held by numerous Biblical literalists. Thomas L. Constable, John Walvoord and J. Dwight Pentecost of Dallas Theological Seminary provide a dispensationalist interpretation of the two witnesses as two "new individuals" to arrive on the prophetic scene yet future. Paul D. Feinberg defends the pre-tribulational rapture.
The Eastern Orthodox Church teaches that the Two Witnesses will be Enoch and Elias (the two individuals who entered bodily into heaven), who will be sent back to earth to preach during the Great Tribulation, and they will be the last martyrs before the Second Coming.
Biblical literalists have incorporated the developments in electronic communications systems with the interpretations of the scripture: "And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves" ( ).
During the 1930s, when television became commercially available, Knoch stated that invention merely needed to be developed further for the literal fulfillment of the above scripture. Two years after the launch of Sputnik, Bloomfield said the events of Revelation 11:9 would be covered by “some kind of television.” In 1962, the first satellite to relay a television signal from Europe to North America was Telstar. Hal Lindsey referred to that specific communication system in his explanation. By 1999, John F. Walvoord,:574 Tim LaHaye, and Grant Jeffrey, leading proponents of the literalist view and authors of best sellers, had explained Revelation 11:9 in terms of literal fulfillments through some form of worldwide satellite television system.
Finally, some note that Jesus' remarks inhave a miraculous connotation associated with them – “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” They say this has strong implication that one of the Apostles is still alive, a feat that is easy to do when it comes to the power of God. Jesus was talking with Peter but referred to John when Peter inquired of what death he would die. They conjecture that with this type of interpretation, individuals like Enoch, Elijah or Moses would not be suitable in that they were under Old Testament law and not under the grace found in the New Testament … therefore, one of the apostles could still be alive today? Some think John must have died after he wrote the Revelation – but his death has never been confirmed in history.
- The Tribulation
- Prophecy of Seventy Weeks
- 2300 day prophecy
- Day-year principle
- Abomination of Desolation
- Whore of Babylon
Relevant Biblical texts
- Revelation 10, 11, 12, 13, 16-21
- Genesis 37, 39-50
- Daniel 7-12
- Zechariah 3-8; 10-14
- Matthew 24
- Luke 17:20-37; 21
- Romans 9-11
- I Corinthians 15:50-58
- I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11
- II Thessalonians 2
Notes and references
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