Friday, February 1, 2013

Two Witnesses

Revelation 12:1-14 NIV

The Two Witnesses

1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there.

2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

3 And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”

4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.

5 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.

6 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.

7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.

8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.

9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.

10 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.

11 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.

12 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.

13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.

Verse 3    Two Witnesses

Verse 4    Two Olive Trees and Two Lampstands

Verse 10  Two Prophets

Here is an equation in logic from verses 3, 4 and 10.

Two Witnesses = Two Olive Trees = Two Lampstands  = Two Prophets

If we apply the mystery rule in Revelation 1:20;

“The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches

Lampstands = Churches

The final formula comes up with;

Two Witnesses = Two Olive Trees = Two Lampstands  = Two Churches = Two Prophets

Zechariah 4:11, 14;

“What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?”

“These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”

In the Bible, the minimum requirement of witnessing is two.

God the Father bears witness about the Son and the Holy Spirit bears witness about the Son.

Acts 5:32

“We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, Whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

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