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Two Witnesses – Revelation

Two Witnesses- Part of the End-Time Revelation

Who are the two witnesses in the Book of Revelation? What will they witness? What are the qualifications for being the chosen witness? Why are their names not mentioned in the Book of Revelation? Was it already fulfilled before the Book of Revelation was written? If it is already fulfilled, what is the idea? What is the purpose of transfiguration? Is it related to the two witnesses? Why are some of the parts of Revelation cross-referenced with the Old Testament? Did it already happen?

If it were Moses and Elijah who would be the witnesses, this would be their third tour on earth. If the appearance of Moses and Elijah is to witness the transfiguration of Jesus Christ, then the two witnesses’ prophesied have been fulfilled. Back to the two witnesses in Revelation 11, the search and guessing continue without Moses and Elijah. If Moses and Elijah would still appear at this time as two witnesses in Revelation 11, then I am seeking nothing!

The coming is open for many seekers who will be witnesses. Witnesses are not mentioned in Revelation 11, so we can continue the guesswork. We should respect everyone’s opinion instead of being offensive or defensive of someone else’s opinion. Let us be calm and listen to possibilities in an honest discussion that may reach a closer outcome of the truth. Then, when the time comes, we might not even be around to know anyway.

The silence of Revelation 11 can also explain why it was not named in the Bible or revealed earlier. God offers mercy, to which He wants to show mercy. I believe it will be announced at any time. It could be one of us, someone unknown to us, or either male or female. Our view might not be good enough for others, but they cannot judge it as useless, irrelevant, or garbage if they are not even involved in seeking the missing link.

We are for God’s truth. I believe He already revealed it to His chosen ones. We cannot judge opinions as untrue because we are not the author that knows the outcome. We are under grace, and all ideas will be treated well unless it is with malice and proven to be with wrongful intention.

God did not fully reveal this End Time event, but it is there written; because this is so important to Him. He wants to find out if we care because if we care, we should start coming back to Him or even ask the Holy Spirit for help. All opinions right now are open and not to be demeaned or mocked.

If we have a personal revelation from God that can help others to lift their Spirit, share it, and be a blessing. Sharing is caring; that is what the Holy Spirit wants us to be, that others may be blessed through us. 

If you are experiencing joy while sharing the blessings, you might also feel the joy God feels. Sharing sometimes brings confirmation of things revealed. Rejection does not mean failure; treat it as the other side of accomplishments. When they reject it because they already have their understanding, then we already did our part.

The Holy Spirit works differently on humans according to their walk. There are religious people, hard-headed individuals, and easy-going individuals from different cultures with different mindsets. The main thing is to let the Holy Spirit use us, and we will never be wrong.

We will achieve as long as our hearts long for God’s love and guidance, with open ears to listen and a clear mind that is not distracted by something else. Those who have their understanding but are available to corrections are good enough as long as they have hearts willing to submit to God.

The Spirit works with our free will and will never interfere with our actions, but the responsibility will be ours. It will be an insult if we do not have open arms to accept Him and let Him do the work. We must submit ourselves with trust and confidence that He will do the rest.

When our hearts share the knowledge of the truth, consider it part of our stewardship; our mission blessed by the Holy One. But, on the other hand, when we neglect to share the truth, it will come back as unfinished work that will later haunt us when our conscience starts to testify of us.

The mystery in biblical understanding is an unexplained event or thing with no definite meaning known to humans. It will not be a mystery, unlike a secret that can be concealed but, later on, will be revealed. Like many learned people before us, our work is why we are still seeking something that has been shown to us and ignored.

Many come and go on this earth and do not witness what was revealed to them during their time because of a lack of interest and the mindset not to accept any other doctrine and the unbelievers. However, as life progresses, we are now at this time where information is only a desktop away. Therefore, we must celebrate that we are part of the secrets that were unfolded, and the identity of the two witnesses could be any of the three primary candidates in Revelation 11. Moses and Elijah, whom we have mentioned above, had already appeared in different scenarios, and Enoch.

Why do we need to rush to find the truth? Instead, let us wait if it happens; it happens. What difference does it make if we are still sinners doomed in darkness unless we call on the name of the True God and are blessed with His mercy and grace?

We need more prayers, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, the witnesses might be revealed to us. What is the significance of knowing it? Will there be any help if we know it? Or will there be a reward? Maybe there is!

Since many are doing the guesswork, we might as well join them. In the meantime, before the guesswork, we have to ask the Holy Spirit if that is the right thing to do. Let the Holy Spirit guide us about this task.

In Revelation 5, Jesus is the only one qualified to open the book of life. Even John, the apostle and author of the book of Revelation is not worthy to open the book of life, as the angels in heaven and even the faithful heroes listed in the book of Hebrews are not named to be witnesses either. Then who will be? Can we include Jesus the Son since his name is mentioned as a faithful witness and John the Baptist, his cousin who is a prophet and baptized Jesus? Both died a horrible death, and both are prophets.

Revelation sometimes comes when you are less expecting it; dreams, signs and wonders, and the desire to spread the good news of the kingdom that the kings and priests will rule.

Many interpretations by learned individuals could be correct or close to being right, but not enough to declare them 100% correct.

Moses and Elijah are seen as possibilities to be the two witnesses, and they base this notion on the power of these two-man of God. However, it makes me wonder because the two had different endings on earth; Moses saw death while Elijah was taken by a chariot and horses of fire and lifted, and his body was never seen anymore.

If the witnesses will be before and after their earthly lives, how can they witness something they did not see? Weren’t they already dead when the people they would catch had never been born yet, not existing before and during their time? How will they know their good and bad deeds? They will end up as false witnesses who are a sin. Disobedience to God’s command is a sin; therefore, it is a disqualifier because disobedience took unfaithfulness out of contention. God had said that Moses would not enter the Promised Land, and he never did and died.

Elijah heard the threat of Jezebel, the wife of King Ahab, known for killing God’s prophets; instead of trusting God’s power, he fled for his life. Not trusting God is a disqualifier! 

Enoch, who walked with God, and the son of Cain, who sinned against God by killing his brother Abel; Enoch, with inherited sin, can also be scrutinized. Is this a disqualifier to be one of the two witnesses?

All possible great men of God could be witnesses, but they were still men with weaknesses. Since sins made men imperfect, this could disqualify all men from being a witness. As revealed in revelation 11— the measurement of many interpretations falls to a physical structure and not the size of faith, which is unseen, and that alone has been neglected to be considered.

God is more interested in His people coming back to Him, not the sacrificial offering that doesn’t please Him, but the heart in submission and the acknowledgment of His existence. The church has long replaced the temple; now, the kingdom replaces the church, and the Son of God taught it. The domain is here now.

This generation and generation will be the kingdom of God, the domain that will be rewarded through obedience and already awarded to the chosen ones. The only missing is to seek the kingdom and His righteousness, and everything will be discerned to them. Remember that if you are no longer in fear that the dark world used as a weapon to shake your mind, you are free from the shadow of fear.

Those who accepted the kingdom will be the king of their domain here on earth. The kingdom is ruled by kings who give provisions, while the church is governed by priests who intercede between God and men. This works perfectly in conjunction with the wisdom of God. Everyone was given a chance, but the measurements of eligibility show that no one will pass the standard of God to be a witness.

No one qualifies to be witnessed due to the imperfection of humans,  bodies, and souls. God is just and wise, and the essential knowledge of Him is already shared within the partakers (chosen ones) of His divine nature (Holy Spirit).

“Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Are those just weaned from milk? Are those just drawn from the breasts? 10 For precept must be upon precept, upon precept, Line upon Line, Line upon Line, Here a little, there a little.”—Isaiah. 28:9-10 NJKV

God says in Hosea, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you”—Hosea- 4:6.

“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Let the light shine brighter before men so they may see the good works of your hands and glorify the Father in all the heavens. Understanding God’s glory is honoring His Son, being a savior. Maybe the world could be saved through him (Son), and he did. 

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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