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Let us keep pressing forward and encouraging one another to Seek first His Kingdom, and know The King IS coming back soon. Amen?
Revelation 11:3 ... and I will grant authority to my two witnesses,
and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days,
clothed in sackcloth..
Taking the day-year principle of Eze 4:5-6 into consideration,
those two witnesses would have to witness for 1260 years. No one
in this age lives that long, so who can they be? The Next verse tells us who they are.
Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two
candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Hummm ... olive trees and candlesticks. What can those figures
mean? Unless the Lord's Two Witnesses are a pair of real elderly
fruit-bearing olive trees and a couple of really ancient, oil-dripping
candlesticks, then, like it or not, we are dealing with figurative Language my brother.
So let's see if we can find biblical definitions for olive
trees and candlesticks.
To sort these figures out we probably need to apply one of the
rules of hermeneutics1. Now, hermeneutics is not a discipline we
play games with to fit our doctrines. It is a sound study of how to
interpret either the spoken word or a written document. Hermen-
eutics has some excellent, time-tested rules. Among them is the
rule of "scriptural adjacency." That rule states: When you read
something you don't understand, first study the surrounding text,
then the chapter, then the book in which that chapter appears,
then the testament that contains that book, and finally, relate the
verse to the whole Bible. That is one of the rules, and it's a very
good one. In other words ...
We don't go to the Old Testament for definitions of New
Testament figures when there are New Testament definitions
that fit perfectly! 2
In Rev 11:4 quoted above, the Two Witnesses of the Christian Era
are described as olive trees and candlesticks. To find the correct
definition for those figures, we should find the closest contextual
address which explains them. Lo and behold, right in Revelation
we find candlesticks defined:
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest
in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The
seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the
seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven
so, you still think two people are witnesses? So much to know and study huh?
Praise God for His provision. Its not a mystery as some would like to say.