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Smoke On The Water, Fire In The Sky
by Wayne Blank
Some plainly contradicted what is written in The Bible, so they cannot be the two witnesses. Others were right in what they said, as far as being in obvious adherence with the Holy Scriptures, but I don't believe that any of them were the two witnesses simply because, by definition, the two witnesses don't actually become the two witnesses until God says so, and thereafter only for a specific period of time. God will choose them from among His people, they won't be volunteers (God describes them as "My two witnesses," not "their own two witnesses"), and thereafter the ministry of the two witnesses will last only 42 months, three and one-half years (see 1,260 Days and Never Before, Never Again).
After God gives them the power to be the two witnesses "unto all the world," with miraculous capabilities that have been rarely seen since the days of Moses and Aaron, their responsibilities won't involve sending self-glorifying emails to people who can either easily spot their mistakes, or who are already well aware of most of what they have to say. Their message, their purpose, won't be as much to the "been there, done that" converted, who will love them, and welcome them, and will already be very well aware of much of what they will have to say, but as a final witness and warning to a world of unbelievers, as described by Jesus Christ: "this Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14 RSV, see also The Elijah To Come)
What The Bible Actually Says About God's Two Witnesses
That is not to say that I don't believe that somewhere in the world today are two people who will be the end-time two witnesses. I am certain that they are out there somewhere, not because they are eagerly ripe for the world, but because the world is wickedly ripe for them.
There is nothing that this world hates more than the absolute Truth (the reason that so very few true Christians ever get elected to political office in a democracy, and why no true Christians gain political office in the nations where cutthroat dictators come to power and rule). The reason for the two witnesses' existence, at that time, is to be the final warning, before The Return Of Jesus Christ, to repent and obey God's Truth in a world that is still overwhelmingly under the blinding influence of Satan (see Who Still Rules The World Today?). The Gospel means the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God that will destroy all of Satan's kingdoms (see Gone With The Wind), and that is What Satan Fears Most.
The two witnesses will have the power, not only to back up what they say, but the power to keep saying it before individuals, before hostile crowds, before high government officials, before any police or military force, anywhere, all around the world. After 3½ years, they will be so hated by most of the spiritually-blinded world for telling the Truth of the Gospel that millions will rejoice and celebrate when God eventually withdraws their protective powers and allows their martyrdom. Then, after 3½ days, God will resurrect them from where their bodies will lie dead in the street (for where that will be, see the Fact Finder question below). That is what the Bible plainly says about their 42 month ministry:
"And I will grant My two witnesses power to prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, Clothed In Sackcloth." These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth. And if any one would harm them, fire pours out from their mouth and consumes their foes; if any one would harm them, thus he is doomed to be killed. They have power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire." [i.e. similar to what Moses and Aaron did during The Ten Plagues]
Fact Finder: What is meant by "Sodom and Egypt" in the verses above?