The two witnesses!
Scripture reading for December 20th: Revelation 11:1-19
God’s love for mankind always goes the extra mile. He sent His Son into the world to seek and save lost people. He sent the Church into all the world to share the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. During the great tribulation, God will send two witnesses to the world with supernatural power to declare His power one final time to those still living in rebellion on the earth.
“”And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lamp-stands that stand before the Lord of the earth.. 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. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have the power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.” (Revelation 11:3-6)
The identity of these two witnesses has been debated by many over the years. Some think that Enoch and Elijah would be good candidates since neither one died, but were taken to heaven by miraculous means. Others think the description of their powers make Elijah and Moses better possibilities. These witnesses will have supernatural power similar to those exercised by these Old Testament prophets. They will bring judgments on the earth to demonstrate God’s absolute power over nature and people’s futility to resist Him.
“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.” These powerful witnesses will be killed at the end of the 1,260 days set by God. The peoples of the earth will think they won for three and a half days. Then, miraculously, the breath of life enters them and they hear a voice from heaven, “Come up here!” God demonstrates again His power over death for His saints!