Blog Post #1004 January 17, 2018: The Two Witnesses
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Blog Post #1004
January 17, 2018
The Two Witnesses
3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” 5If 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 They have power to shut up the heavens 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.
7Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. 8Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10The 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.
11But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. 12Then 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.
13At 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.
Revelation 11: 3-13
The two witnesses from Chapter 11 in the Book of Revelation in the Holy Bible. They are two instrumental figures in the End of Days, during that time, we Christians believe, leading up to end of the world as we know it, the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and for His followers an eternity with Him in His kingdom.
But who are the two witnesses mentioned in the passages above? Where do they hail from, and what specifically are they doing during that three-and-a-half-year period before being murdered?
Those questions are left unanswered in the Book of Revelation, giving me the opportunity to explore the possibilities when I wrote my novel, The Last Prophet. In the novel, I gave the prophets the names John March and Moe Princeton, and made them both Americans. I had no motives really for doing this, really, other than the fact that most of my readers would likely be American, and wanted my audience to identify with them as closely as possible. In The Last Prophet, John March and Moe Princeton move to Israel for the final confrontation with the Beast, which of course happens there, and it’s also where they are called up into Heaven after being murdered by the Beast.
Will these prophets, when they appear, be American? Only the Lord can say with any real certainty. I think it unlikely that these two prophets will come from Europe, Asia, Africa, or from anywhere else outside of the Middle East. Since the Lord has so often worked through his chosen people Israel in the past, and the final battle is mentioned as taking place on the battlefield of Megiddo (Rev. 16:16) in Israel, it would seem to follow that they would be Israeli.
Whether American or Jew, their mission will be important, namely, to “prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth…5If 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 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain .” It seems they are given power and authority that extends beyond the power of prophecy. Like the prophets Elijah and Elisha, these two witnesses are given a power by God to call down famines, plagues, and the like, upon the people. Beyond this, however, we know precious little about these mysterious figures.
7Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.’
So, when their work is done, they are murdered by the Beast, who in The Last Prophet I named Abe Addon (Ab addon-Abaddon-the Destroyer). Since they are attacked and murdered by the Beast, it seems plausible that these two witnesses would have at least several encounters with the Beast before the final encounter comes. In The Last Prophet, much off the story centers around encounters between the Beast (Abe Addon in the novel) and John March.
It had long been a desire of mine to write a book based on the Book of Revelation, a biblical book rich in the supernatural, vibrant imagery and poignant symbolism, and powerful warnings for those who reject God. In The Last Prophet, the two witnesses are real, every day people, who suddenly find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. When he first learns he’s been chosen by God, John March questions the revelation. It takes a miracle, a torrential downpour of rain and a rainbow on a clear day, to convince him it is real. Then later, even after having witnessed God’s handiwork in having sent several global plagues, John still doubts his selection and his ability to carry out his duty as God’s chosen prophet.
So, in The Last Prophet, as in the Holy Bible, the men and women depicted have many of the same character flaws the rest of us share. It seems reasonable to assume that the two witnesses who appear in the End Times will have such flaws as well. Who knows, perhaps we’ll live long enough to see them for ourselves?
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