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Are The Two Witnesses Here Now?

Throughout Bible History, God has raised up numerous prophets, a number of whom were incredibly powerful in word and deed. Because these individuals were sent directly by God to testify before mighty kings and rulers, frequently under very adverse and hostile conditions, they were often given miraculous powers, through The Holy Spirit, as proof that they truly were from God. These powers were also necessary for their own self defense. Moses and Elijah and Elisha are three of the best-known examples from different times.

The Two Witnesses According to The Bible, there will be, in the end time, two prophets who are going to be vastly more world-famous, and immensely more supernaturally-powerful, than any that have ever existed before. They are known in Scripture as The Two Witnesses.

Students of Bible Prophecy have long speculated who the Two Witnesses may be when the time comes. Some people in our time have even believed themselves to be one of the Two Witnesses. Is that possible? Could the Two Witnesses be around somewhere right now?

First, anyone who may be thinking of going into the "Two Witnesses business" (ignoring the fact that they will not be volunteers, or in any way self-appointed - God Himself will choose them when the time comes) may want to carefully consider what that will involve. They will have a very difficult and unenviable task -

  • An extremely dangerous and stressful mission, without let-up for at least 1,260 days (3½ years). (Revelation 11:3)

  • Due to the dazzling religious fraud and deception that will exist at that time (Revelation 13:5-18), the two witnesses will be hated by millions of people (Revelation 11:5,10). It seems quite likely that the only human friend that either of the witnesses will have during the time of their ministry will be the other witness.

  • They will kill numerous people, albeit in lawful self defense, as specifically prescribed by God (Revelation 11:5).

  • They will cause tremendous damage, through plagues and weather disasters, that they will have the power to cause at will (Revelation 11:6).

  • Upon completion of their duties, they will be viciously martyred in Jerusalem, by Satan himself (Revelation 11:7), where their bodies will be left in the street for over 3 days (Revelation 11:8-9) - they will not be given even a simple funeral, and chances are their dead bodies will be brutally abused as they are shown on news media all around the world (Revelation 11:9-10).

But will they be true servants of The Lord? Yes. Will God Himself have chosen them? Yes. After their brutal deaths, will they be resurrected to glorious eternal life? Yes.

Could they be around somewhere right now? Based upon the progress in the fulfillment of the prophecy, illustrated by Daniel's Statue, I would say that they are almost certainly around somewhere right now, although they themselves may not yet be aware of their eventual calling, and may not yet even know each other. They could even still be children, or young adults, living a normal life (the kid who delivered your newspaper this morning could just as likely be one of the Two Witnesses some day as anyone else) - although I do expect that they will be, or will have been, very interested in Bible study.

Their ministry definitely has not yet begun, but there will be little doubt when it does. When should we expect the Two Witnesses to appear on the scene? There are a number of factors, but here are two that you can count as certain -

What Does The Bible Actually Say About The Two Witnesses?

"And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth." These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before The Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want."

"Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth."

"But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on."
(Revelation 11:3-12)

Fact Finder: Who will the Two Witnesses be sent to prophesy to?
Revelation 13:5-18

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