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Revelation Chapter 11 – Two Witnesses

 “I was given a measuring rod like a stick and told, “Get up, and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count how many people are worshipping there! But the court outside the Temple, leave that out; don’t measure it; because it has been given to the Goyim, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.”

Yochanan is told to measure the Temple and the altar. He is also told to count the number of people worshipping in the area.

Specific measurements for the Millennial Temple are given to the prophet Ezekiel. In chapter 42, he measures the thickness of the walls, the gates, the gate entrances, the guardrooms, the different dimensions of the courtyard from the north, south, east, and west, the sanctuary, and the Most Holy Place. In chapter 43, he is also given the dimensions of the altar.

Many people believe the sacrifices stopped when Yeshua died on the cross. This is not Biblically accurate. Many years after Yeshua’s resurrection, Sha’ul made a Nazarite vow that included an offering. This supports the truth that Sha’ul never spoke against the Torah, the Temple or the sacrifices of which he was accused by ‘false witnesses.’

“The next day Sha’ul took the men, purified himself along with them and entered the Temple to give notice of when the period of purification would be finished and the offering would have to be made for each of them” (Acts 21:26).

The sacrifices and offerings stopped when the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70. When any Temple is rebuilt, those offerings and sacrifices will resume and there will be people at the altar worshipping Elohim in this manner.

The courtyard outside of the Millennial Temple will not be measured because the goyim, the nations, will trample it for 3 1/2 years. Though the word goyim is translated into gentiles, the word can also mean pagans. The Hebrew word ‘trample’ is ramas and means ‘oppression.’ During the 42 months, the gentiles, will oppress the outer court. According to Webster’s Dictionary, oppress means to spiritually burden, to crush or burden by abuse of power or authority. In the second Temple, the outer court was where the women of Isra’el gathered. Though Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple is not the second temple, the outer court, whether it should be the gathering place for believing nations or women of Isra’el, will be an oppressive place and pagans will destroy it.

“Here is what Adonai Elohim says: ‘No foreigner, uncircumcised in both heart and flesh, is to enter my sanctuary — no foreigner living among the people of Isra’el” (Ezekiel 44:9).

“Also I will give power to my two witnesses; and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two menorahs standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to do them harm, fire comes out of their mouth and consumes their enemies — yes, if anyone tries to harm them, that is how he must die. They have the authority to shut up the sky, so that no rain falls during the period of their prophesying; also they have the authority to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.”

There are several thoughts as to who or what the two witnesses may be. Some believe it is the Jew and Gentile as One New Man witness, but I’m not sure how they dress in sackcloth. Others suggest the two witnesses cannot be individual people because it is not possible that two individuals can affect the whole world with such intensity in their life and death. I beg to differ on that idea because in our world today with all sorts of technology, a one world government, religion, and economic system, two people who breathe fire and turn water into blood can have an affect on the world. The two witnesses are described as ‘two olive trees’ and ‘two menorahs’ that stand before the Lord of the earth as explained to the prophet Zechariah in chapter 4.

He was asked by an angel what he saw while he saw a vision or had a dream. Zechariah responded that he saw a menorah with two olives trees next to it – one on each side. The angel explained the menorah and the olive trees refer to Zerubbabel who will put the capstone in place for the foundation of the Millennial Temple and who will also finish it. Those who see the day when the plumbline is in the hand of Zerubbabel will rejoice. He then says that the seven lamps on the menorah are the “eyes of Adonai that range about all over the earth” (Zechariah 4:7-10).

Zechariah asked about the two olive trees on the right and left of the menorah that poured gold-colored oil through two gold spouts. The angel told him:

Those are the two who have been anointed with oil; they are standing with the Lord of all the land” (Zechariah 4:14).

From Zechariah’s vision, it can be understood that these two witnesses are highly anointed people who have a direct spiritual connection to the “Lord of all the land.” Their power from yod hey vav hey includes fire coming from their mouths consuming their enemies. Whoever tries to harm them will die in the same way.

More specific details are given about these two witnesses. One is that they have power to stop rain during their days of prophesying; the other is they can turn water into blood and to strike the world with plagues whenever they desire.

Elijah during his tenure on earth had the power to stop rain from falling on Isra’el. This suggests that one of the witnesses may be Elijah. Scripture says it is appointed for a man to die once and then face judgment (Hebrews 9:27). Elijah never died but was taken to heaven in a fiery chariot.

Moshe during his tenure on earth had the power to turn water into blood and to bring forth plagues upon Egypt. Moshe did die. He was buried somewhere in the land of Moab, but his grave was never revealed by God.

Both Moshe and Elijah were seen glorified with Yeshua by Kefa, Ya’akov, and Yochanan on the Mount of Transfiguration. At that time, the disciples believed that Yeshua was setting up his Millennial Kingdom and asked if they could put up sukkot or tents for the Feast of Tabernacles. Though they had a correct prophetic understanding, their timing was off. However, the fact that these two men appeared with Yeshua could suggest they are the two witnesses not only to the glory of Yeshua, but his two witnesses who prophesy about him for 1,260 days.

There is another possibility for the two witnesses. Translating the Hebrew from Zechariah 4:14, the words read, “these are two sons of fresh oil.” ‘Fresh oil’ was used to anoint high priests and kings. In Zechariah, the high priest is referred to is Yoshua while the prince/king is Zerubbabel.

Yoshua was the first high priest of the rebuilt Jerusalem after the Jewish exiles returned from Persia. This is not the same Yoshua who brought the children of Isra’el into the Promised Land. This Yoshua descended from the priestly lineage of Levi and Aaron. In Zechariah 3, he stands before Yeshua, the angel of Elohim, and the Accuser. He represents the filthiness of Isra’el their guilt that needed to be judged. Yeshua removes Yoshua’s dung-soiled clothes and replaces them with a clean turban and rich garments. A stone is placed before him representing ‘the Branch’ that has ‘seven eyes’ or is the seven-branched menorah. ‘Branch’ in Hebrew is netzer. From this word comes Nazareth, Yeshua of Nazareth and the word Nazarene.

Zerrubabel returned with Yoshua from Persia. His grandfather, Shealtiel, was the last king of Judah before the Jews were exiled. Zerubbabel became the first king of the re-established city of Jerusalem and the province of Judea. As a descendant of Judah, he was of the lineage of David and ultimately King Yeshua. The name Zerubbabel means ‘pressed out, like an olive, of Babel.’ A related root of Zerubbabel is netzer, the Branch. Haggai prophesies about ‘the Day’ when Zerubbabel will be Elohim’s ‘signet ring’ and his authority is ‘not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of yod hey vav hey.’

“When that day comes,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot, ‘I will take you, Z’rubavel, my servant, the son of Sh’alti’el,’ says Adonai, ‘and wear you like a signet ring; for I have chosen you,’ says Adonai-Tzva’ot” (Haggai 2:23).

These two witnesses symbolizing the High-Priest King Messiah always occur together in Scripture. If they are the two witnesses during the first 3 1/2 years of Tribulation, they will be most likely be prophesying about the filthiness and guilt of Isra’el in the midst of a false Temple with the anti-messiah central to that worship and the false prophet who perform ‘miracles.’

“Who among you is left that saw this house in its former glory? And how does it look to you now? It seems like nothing to you, doesn’t it?” (Haggai 2:3).

“When they finish their witnessing, the beast coming up out of the Abyss will fight against them, overcome them and kill them; and their dead bodies will lie in the main street of the great city whose name, to reflect its spiritual condition, is “S’dom” and “Egypt” — the city where their Lord was executed on a stake. Some from the nations, tribes, languages and peoples see their bodies for three-and-a-half days and do not permit the corpses to be placed in a tomb. The people living in the Land rejoice over them, they celebrate and send each other gifts, because these two prophets tormented them so.”

When they finish giving their testimony, the beast comes up out of the Abyss and fights against them. He is given the power to overcome them and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie on the main street of Jerusalem. Because of the spiritual condition of Jerusalem, it is referred to as Sodom and Egypt.

Sodom was known for its blatant sin of sexual immorality, homosexuality in the days of Abraham. However, the prophet Ezekiel was told the crimes of Sodom included pride, gluttony, and arrogance. She and her ‘daughters’ were careless and complacent so they did nothing to help the poor and needy (Ezekiel 16:49). This is the spiritual condition of Jerusalem: rampant homosexuality, pride, excess in eating and drinking, and an offensive display of superiority.

Their bodies lay in the street for 3 1/2 days and no one allows their bodies to be buried. Some from the tribes, nations, and tongues will see the dead bodies. The people of the Land of Isra’el will rejoice over them. They will celebrate and give each other gifts.

It is apparent from the reaction of the tribes and nations that these two witnesses did not preach a message of political correctness or social justice. They were more than an annoyance, they tormented the people. The Greek word for ‘torment’ in this verse means ‘torture’ or ‘vex with grievous pains.’ The people wanted these prophets dead. After 3 1/2 years, they are killed by the ‘beast’ that comes up from the Abyss, the deep void.

There are two places to dwell in Scripture. One can dwell in the Kingdom or on earth. Even before the Kingdom of Messiah comes, one can be a Kingdom dweller with a focus on the spiritual things of heaven walking in the Spirit. Earth-dwellers could be likened to flesh people whose focus is on the earth and what is happening with the earth.

It is the earth-dwellers who rejoice over the death of these two witnesses for Elohim. They will be so happy that they exchange gifts. Because these are ‘earth dwellers’ and not heavenly minded people, I have often thought that perhaps this celebration will happen around Christmastime when nations around the world send gifts to one another. As Isra’el continues to embrace ‘freedom of religion’ in the Land promised to Abraham, many religions with their idolatrous practices have the liberty to worship whatever gods they choose.

“But after the three-and-a-half days a breath of life from God entered them, they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. Then the two heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up into heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. In that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were awestruck and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

After 3 1/2 days, the prophets of Elohim stand up. They are resurrected to life. This event brings great fear to those who witness breath of Elohim bringing these two back to life. A loud voice from to them and they go up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watch.

This cloud is the cloud of the faithful who attain the resurrection. When Yeshua ascended into heaven, he was enveloped in a cloud. Only 40 days before at his resurrection, Matthew records that holy people were resurrected in Jerusalem. It is these resurrected men and women, the firstfruits of the resurrection, who attained the goal the ultimate goal of the resurrection of the dead (Philippians 3:11).

In the book of Hebrews, a great cloud of witnesses surrounds those who run the race for the ultimate prize. This is not a race for salvation, but a race for complete and final deliverance from death. They run knowing that there will be times of struggle, of discipline, but ultimately their faith run will bring them to the goal of the resurrection of the dead. It is this great cloud of faithful enveloping these two men bringing them into the glory of the Kingdom of Elohim.

“The second woe has passed; see, the third woe is coming quickly.”

The second revelation of despair and the torment from the two witnesses followed by their death and resurrection has passed. The Hebrew word for ‘woe’ is oy and means ‘an impassioned expression of grief and despair. For the earth-dwellers, a third revelation of despair is to come quickly.

The seventh angel sounded his shofar; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah, and he will rule forever and ever!”

With the seventh messenger blowing his shofar, loud voices proclaim that the kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of Messiah. Years ago I heard someone say that the Tribulation is either the last 7 years of this world’s age or the beginning 7 years of Messiah’s reign when he has to cleanup the world before taking his seat of authority in Jerusalem. Because the Kingdom comes to Messiah before the third ‘woe,’ I tend to lean toward the idea that he’s judging the world in order to set up his reign.

“The twenty-four elders sitting on their thrones in God’s presence fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, “We thank you, Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, the One who is and was, that you have taken your power and have begun to rule.”

The twenty-four elders, the leaders of the priestly lineages outlined by King David, thank Elohim for taking power and beginning their rule over the earth. They thank the Elohim of heaven’s armies, the One who was and is and now has come.

“The Goyim raged. But now your rage has come, the time for the dead to be judged, the time for rewarding your servants the prophets and your holy people, those who stand in awe of your name, both small and great. It is also the time for destroying those who destroy the earth.”

The nations raged.

“Why are the nations in an uproar, the peoples grumbling in vain? The earth’s kings are taking positions, leaders conspiring together, against Adonai and his anointed. They cry, “Let’s break their fetters! Let’s throw off their chains!”

He who sits in heaven laughs; Adonai looks at them in derision. Then in his anger he rebukes them, terrifies them in his fury. “I myself have installed my king on Tziyon, my holy mountain” (Psalm 2:1-6).

Now it is time for the rage of Yeshua, the time to judge the dead and reward his servants the prophets and his holy people who stand in awe of his name. Proverbs 30:4 asks an important question: Do you know His name and the name of His son?

For many millennia, the name of Elohim, the yod hey vav hey, has remained a mystery. The priesthood decided that the name of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh should only be spoken on Yom Kippur and then only by the High Priest. Because of this decision, the pronounciation of the name of Elohim has been lost, twisted, created, and everything else. Yet, when yod hey vav hey gave His name to Moshe, He said it was ‘His Memorial Name FOREVER.’ How quickly ‘forever’ became ‘only for a certain length of time.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh – יהוה – Yahweh

Yod is a picture of a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work.’

Hey is a picture of a ‘window’ and means ‘to reveal.’

Vav is a picture of a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding.’

Hey is a picture of a ‘window’ and means ‘to reveal.’

The name of Elohim: “the finished work reveals the binding revealed.”

The name of His Son has also been changed from the Hebrew name given to Miriam and Yosef to an Anglicized form of Latin that now is in English. The ‘name above all names’ has lost its Jewish identity, culture and nation. Standing in ‘awe of His name’ means to know His name and not some translated form.

Yeshua – ישוע

Yod is a picture of a ‘closed hand’ and means ‘finished work.’

Shin is a picture of a ‘tooth’ and means ‘consume.’

Vav is a picture of a ‘nail’ and means ‘binding.’

Ayin is a picture of an ‘eye’ and means ‘to see.’

Yeshua means ‘the finished work consumes the binding [nails], seen.”

Then the Temple of God in heaven was opened, and the Ark of the Covenant was seen in his Temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake and violent hail.”

When Moshe was given the design for the Tabernacle, especially the Golden Menorah, he was told to make it from what he saw on the mountain. This is because everything in the Tabernacle is a shadow of what is in heaven.

Now the Temple of Elohim in heaven opens up and the realities of the shadows are revealed (Colossians 2:16). . The Ark of the Covenant, considered the throne of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh is revealed. Flashes of lighting, voices, thunder, violent hail and an earthquake accompanies the revelation of the Ark.

In Exodus when Elohim wanted to meet with the people, he descended on the mountain with thunder, lightning, smoke, and the sound of the shofar. This was only a glimpse at the heavenly realm and the throne of Elohim and it caused the people to tremble (Exodus 19:16, 20:15).

In the book of Job, the thundering of Elohim’s majestic voices sounds like a roar, like the roar of the Lion of Y’hudah. Lighting is released while his voice, Yeshua, is heard (Job 37:4).

“The lion has roared. Who will not fear? Adonai, God, has spoken. Who will not prophesy?” (Amos 3:8).

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