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The Faithful Witness From Above
The English word "witness" is used to translate the New Testament Greek word, pronounced mar-toos , which itself literally means witness (see Martyrs to understand how "witness" came to mean "martyr").
Although many have, and continue to, claim to stand in place of, or to speak, for Christ (see False Christs and False Prophets), only Christ is qualified to speak as the Christ. The most that anyone can be is a servant (see Minister - which means nothing more than servant) of Christ, as even Christ Himself is a servant of God, speaking His words, not their own, as for example, stated at the beginning of the book of Revelation (which means revealing - see Apocalypse), "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him":
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John [i.e. the apostle John, not John the Baptist]: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this Prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
"He that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: He that cometh from heaven is above all"
John the Baptist (see John's Testimony) was "the Elijah to come," a pre-figure of the end-time two witnesses, of Christ, who will be sent by Christ, as a final testimony to the world before Christ's return (see The Elijahs and the notes for Revelation 11 in Revelation 9-11). John taught only what he was taught from God i.e. "a man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven."
"3:26 And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him.
Even Christ Himself spoke only "from above" (see Jesus The Apostle):
"5:31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. 5:32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
Christ came to do what The Father sent Him to say and do, the first time. When He returns, He will complete what The Father sent Him to say and do (see Why Two Comings Of The Christ?, The Coming World Dictator and The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth). Christ, for the most part, did not come to be accepted by most of humanity at His first coming, only by the "firstfruits" (see Pentecost: Firstfruits Of The Spirit and Why Can't 'The Chosen People' See?).
"8:14 Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 8:18 I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me.
Fact Finder: (a) Who was "the Ancient of Days"? (b) Who was "the LORD God" of the "Old" Testament?