The Two Witnesses of Revelation

To my surprise, a person went to my blog to see if I was claiming to be one of the two witnesses described in the book of Revelation. I do not know where such a rumor could have started, but it did not start with me. I will not be one of the two witnesses, but then the question is, “Who will be the two witnesses?” I will explore this question a little in this piece.

Many people think Elijah will be one of the two witnesses. As for the name of the other, many suspect either Enoch or Moses. Why either of those two? I will go into those reasons right now.

Elijah and Enoch are the only two people in the Bible that never died, so suspicion falls on them because of that very reason. Moses, however did die, and so how is he suspected of being one of the two witnesses? In Revelation 11: 3-12, the ministry of the two witnesses is given. Starting with verse 5 we read, “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven that it  rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”

Elijah as described in the book of 1 Kings 17 told King Ahab of Israel that it will not rain. From that day forward, Israel saw no rain for three and one-half years. Elijah in 2 Kings 1 had fifty men with their captain sent from King Ahaziah to take him by force to Ahaziah. Since they did not ask politely, but instead said to him, “Man of God, the king says to come down.” (Elijah was on top of a hill which is why they said to come down), but Elijah answered them, “If I am a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty.” Immediately fire came down from the sky and consumed them. Another fifty with their captain came and the same result occurred. Finally, when a third captain with his fifty came, he asked Elijah to spare them and to please come with him. Elijah was instructed by an angel to go with them.

Elijah used fire to consume people and stopped it from raining which are two signs described the two witnesses will perform during their ministry. In addition plagues and turning water to blood will be performed which is what Moses did in Egypt when trying to get the Pharaoh to release the Jews from their bondage. So, these two are suspected to be the two witnesses since these were signs that followed them in their previous life on earth. Then, does that mean it must be them? No, let us dig a little deeper.

When a saint or prophet walks the earth, they have an anointing on their life. When they die or leave the earth to go to be with God, forever then that anointing leaves them to settle on someone else called by God to be a minister in this world. There is a certain amount of anointing that is always present in this earth and will always be here. Let us examine what happened with the anointing of Elijah.

In 2 Kings 2, the day for Elijah to be taken up into heaven has arrived. Elisha who is the one God has chosen to replace him stays by Elijah’s side all that day. He asks Elijah to have a double portion of his anointing. Elijah says he can only have that if he sees him ascend into heaven. Eventually a chariot from heaven comes down and swoops him up into the sky and Elisha observes it. It is at that point in time, Elijah’s anointing passes on to him. He immediately takes the mantle of Elijah that fell from him when they were parted and came to a waterway in his path and used that mantle to part the waters so he could pass over on dry land. He performed the same miracle Elijah had performed when they crossed that waterway earlier in the day. The anointing of Elijah was no longer on Elijah, but was passed onto Elisha.

In Luke 1 : 17, an angel speaks to Zacharias about the son he will have in his old age. The angel said to him, “Do not fear, Zacharias: because your prayer has been heard; and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John…For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord…and he shall be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah.”

John the Baptist was to have the anointing of Elijah. If that is unclear here, then consider what Jesus said in Matthew 17. In verse 10 his disciples ask him a question saying, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first.” Jesus answered them saying, “Elijah will truly come first and restore all things. But I am saying to you that Elijah has already come and they did not know him. Instead, they did to him whatever they desired. In like manner the Son of man will suffer from them (with them doing the same things to me as they did to John).” It was right then as stated in verse 13 that the disciples understood Jesus was speaking to them about John the Baptist.

The anointing of Elijah was still on the earth. It passed from Elijah to Elisha, and now it was resting on John the Baptist. Some pastors believe John the Baptist was really Elijah, but that is most definitely not the case. In John 1 19-28, we read that some priests were sent to John to find out what right he had to minister in the wilderness like he was doing. In verse 21 they ask, “Are you Elijah?” John answered them and said, “I am not.” If John was Elijah, then he would tell them the truth. He was not Elijah, but simply had Elijah’s anointing on him as described by Jesus and the angel, Gabriel.

So, we can conclude that the anointing that rested on Elijah continues this day on this earth and is available to be passed onto one of the two witnesses. Likewise, we can conclude the anointing of Moses is on this earth waiting to be passed onto the other witness mentioned in the book of Revelation.  If you doubt this then let us consider the scripture, “It is appointed for men to die one time, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9: 27)  Moses died as described in the last chapter of Deuteronomy. So, he has already died the one time appointed to him: however what does it say happens to the two witnesses in the book of Revelation. Let us go back and read more of that passage.

In Revelation 11: 7 it says about the two witnesses, “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them and kill them.” If Moses was one of the two witnesses, then this means he would have to die a second time. That just does not fit with the previous scripture we have read. That leaves me with one conclusion. Moses cannot be one of the two witnesses.

So, to conclude our study, all I can say is we do not know who these two witnesses will be. Scripture suggests to us it will not be Moses, Elijah or Enoch. In my judgment, it will be people who have been born in our time that God is preparing for the dark days ahead that seem to be around the corner. Whenever the time is right, they will appear on the scene and be able to do the same miracles Moses and Elijah did when they walked this earth more than 2500 years ago. They will be able to do it, because the anointing of those prophets has passed onto them after have been waiting for them all these thousands of years. They will be a modern day Moses and Elijah in the respect they have their same anointing, but they are unique people born for our time.




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