“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing  before the God of the earth.”  (Rev. 11:3-4)

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Measure  the  Temple  of  God,  the  altar,

 and  those  who worship  there  (Rev. 11:1) 

 

1.    “Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod.  And the angel stood saying, ‘Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.”

n                 The purpose of measuring “the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there”  is to check and see whether or not they are built in accordance with God’s plans and instructions (Ezek. 42:15-20; 43:10-12).

n           The “temple of God”  refers to the spiritual church ( 1 Cor.3:16-17; 6:19-20).

n           The “altar”  represents the saints’ worship and prayers (Heb. 13:10-15).

n           “Those who worship there”  refers to the Christians who worship the heavenly Father.

n                 In the End Time God wants to check, evaluate and correct all Christian churches, ministries and individual believers with the purpose of restoring them to the true apostolic “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.”  (Jude 3)

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The  Temple  in  Jerusalem

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The  Holy  Place  of  the 
Tabernacle  and  the  Temple

 

 

The holy place was 40 cubits long, 20 wide, and 60 in height. It contained one golden lampstand, a single table of the bread of the Presence, and one altar of incense which is made of acacia wood, overlaid with gold.  Burning of incense signifies prayers of the saints (Rev. 8:3-4)

 

 

 

Altar of Incense in the Tabernacle

 

 

The Holy Place in the Temple

 

Do  not  measure  the  outside  court  that

has  been  given  to  the  Gentiles  (Rev. 11:2)

2.    But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles.  And they will tread the holy city under foot for forty two months.

 

 

 

The Gentiles were not considered as part of God’s chosen people by the Jews therefore they could only enter the Court of the Gentiles, but not the main parts of the Temple.  There was a wall of separation between the Court of the Gentiles and the main temple (Eph. 3:14).

 

The “holy city” refers to Jerusalem, which together with the temple, would be destroyed after the Messiah had been “cut off” or crucified, as prophesied by Daniel (Dan. 9:26).

 

Forty two months is a symbolic period Jerusalem is defiled by the Gentiles.

 

The Court of the Gentiles represents the denominational churches, congregations and ministries that follow the pagan and worldly pattern of worship, practice and systems of administration. 

 

They call Jesus “Lord” but He said to them, “I never knew you.” (Mt. 7:21-23)

 

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Destruction  of  the 

Temple  in  Jerusalem

 

“Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came to Him to show Him the buildings of the temple.  And Jesus said to them, ‘Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left  here upon another that shall not be thrown down.”  (Mt. 24:1-2)

 

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After the Jewish revolt in 66 A.D., Vespasian and then his son Titus crushed all resistance. The Temple was destroyed in 70 A.D. Stephen's and Paul’s preaching tended to liberate Christian thinking from the necessity of a temple (Acts 7:46-50; 17:24-25), and Paul thought of the church and Christians as the new temple (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20). For John, the ideal which the temple represented will ultimately be realized in a “New Jerusalem” (Rev. 21:2). 

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The  Two  Witnesses  prophesy 
during  a  time 
of  Great  Sorrow

 

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”  (Rev. 11:3)

 

·        A witness refers generally to a person or thing that bears testimony to people, events and things seen, heard or experienced (Jn. 15:27).

·        God called those who believe He is the One True God to be His witnesses (Isa. 43:10-11).

·        The Lord Jesus Christ said: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8)

·        The “Book of the Law” that is placed beside the ark of the covenant is a witness against the rebellious people (Deut. 31:26)

·        The two witnesses “will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days”.  The prophetic month consists of thirty days, therefore it is equal to forty two months which is the same length of time as the period when the Gentiles tread the holy city of Jerusalem under foot (Rev. 11:2).

·        The two witnesses are “clothed in sackcloth” which is usually worn by prophets (Isa. 20:2)   Sackcloth is worn during the time of great sorrow and mourning (Gen. 37:34-35).

 

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The  Two  Witnesses  are  the
Two  Olive  Trees  (Rev. 11:4)

 

 “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing  before the God of the earth.”  (Rev. 11:3 -4)

 

n                 Zechariah saw the vision of a golden lampstand.  “Two olive trees are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at the left.”  Zec. 4:2-3)

n                 “So he said , ‘These are the two anointed ones, who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.”  (Zec. 4:12-14)

n                 There is an Israelite “remnant according to the election of grace” (Rom. 11:1-7).   The Israelites who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are called the “natural olive tree”.  Gentiles who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ are called the “wild olive tree”  (Rom. 11:11-24).

n                 There are two distinct groups of Christians in the Early Apostolic Church – the Jews and the Gentiles (Acts 13:42; 15:13-21; 18).  Peter was an apostle to the Jews and Paul was an apostle to the Gentiles (Gal. 2:7-9; Rom. 11:13).

n                 In the End Time there are two distinct groups of 144,000 servants of God.

The figure “144,000” is not a literary numeric number but a symbolic one.

n                 “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12; 12:17; 22:14)

 

n                 The Two Witnesses – the Messianic Israelites and the Gentile Christians - both belong to the same “Body of Christ”, which is the one and only Church (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Gal. 3:26-29; Eph. 2:11-22; 4:4).

 

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Natural Olive Tree

(Messianic Israelites)

 

The first group of 144,000 “servants of God” consists only of “all the tribes of the children of Israel(Rev. 7:3-8) .

There are no Gentile Christians in this group.

“Those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.” (Rev. 2:9; 3:9).

Wild Olive Tree

(Gentile Christians)

 

The second group of 144,000 “were redeemed from the earth.” (Rev. 14:3).

It consists of Gentile Christians.

“. . . These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. . . And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God.” (Rev. 14:4-5).

 

n                 “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Rev. 14:12; 12:17; 22:14)

 

n                 The Two Witnesses – the Messianic Israelites and the Gentile Christians - both belong to the same “Body of Christ”, which is the one and only Church (1 Cor. 12:12-14; Gal. 3:26-29; Eph. 2:11-22; 4:4).

 

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The  Two  Witnesses  are  the
Two  Lampstands  (Rev. 11:4)

 

“And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.  These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing  before the God of the earth.”  (Rev. 11:3-4)

n           In the Book of Revelation lampstands represent churches (Rev. 1:20)

n           The Two Olive Trees represent the Israelite Christians and the Gentile Christians.  The Two Lampstands also represent these Two Churches.

n           The Lampstand also symbolize God’s Words.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psm. 119:105). 

n           The Lord Jesus Christ said: “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”  (Jn. 5:39)

n           The Two Lampstands represent the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible.

 

No  one  could  harm  these  Two  Witnesses

 

“And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies.  And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.”  (Rev. 11:5)

 

“And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.”  (Mk. 16:20)

 

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The  Two  Witnesses  have  Ministries 
similar  to  that  of  Moses  and  Elijah

(Revelation 11:6)

       “These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and  to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.” 

 

n                 “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.” (Jas. 5:17-18; 1 Kn. 17:1; 18:1).

n                 Praying for rain symbolizes praying for the Holy Spirit (Hos. 6:1-3; Zec. 10:1; Joel 2:23, 28-29; Acts 2:16-18).  One of the main characteristics of the End Time ministry is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:4).

n                 The first plague that Moses struck Egypt was to turn the waters into blood (Ex.7:7-25)  Moses also struck Egypt with nine other plagues until Pharoah let the children of Israel go.

n                 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.  And he will turn the hearts of the fathers  to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” (Mal. 4:4-6)

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The  Two  Witnesses

are  killed  by  the  Beast

(Revelation 11:7-10)

 

7     When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

8       And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our  Lord was crucified.

9       Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow  their dead bodies to be put into graves.

10        And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

 

·                    The death of the Two Witnesses, namely the anointed servants of God, is evident by the decline in the visible Church that did not receive guidance of the Holy Spirit and the infiltration of heretical and muddled theology.  The One True God was replaced by polytheism.  Papal hierarchy had taken over the lordship of Jesus Christ and church administration,   Baptism into the Lord Jesus Christ, Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with tongues and Washing of Feet were not practiced anymore.  Unleavened bread and pure grape juice were not used in the Holy Communion.  The Seventh Day Sabbath was replaced by worshiping on Sunday by Christendom and on Friday by the Muslims.  The Holy Bible is no longer the standard of practice and instruction in their false religions.

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The  Two  Witnesses  are  restored  to  Life

(Revelation 11:11)

 

“Now after the three and a half days the breadth of life from God entered  them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.”

 

·                    The Two Witnesses who are the Two Olive Trees are restored to life in the End Time, which means “the restoration of all things” before the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (Act 3:18-21).  The symbolic 144,000 Messianic Jews and the 144,000 Gentile Christians are the true churches, congregations and ministries that share the same beliefs.

·                    They believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the One True God who manifested as the Father (Creator), Son (Savior) and Holy Spirit (Comforter).

·                    They baptize in the name of the Lord (Father) Jesus (Son) Christ (Holy Spirit) with head bowed in the likeness of the Lord’s death, and in the living water that has Jesus’ blood because of the Spirit’s witness.

·                    They believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with tongues as the Spirit gives utterance.

·                    They practice washing of feet to have a part with the Lord Jesus Christ.

·                    They partake of Holy Communion and believe the one unleavened bread and pure grape juice as the spiritualized flesh and blood of Jesus Christ.

·                    They obey all the Ten Commandments including keeping the Seventh Day Sabbath holy from sunset to sunset.

·                    They pursue peace and holiness and await the return of Jesus Christ. 

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The  Two  Witnesses  ascend  to  Heaven

 

“And they heard a loud voice from heaven to them, ‘Come up here.’  And they ascended to heaven in a cloud and their enemies saw them.”  (Rev. 11:12)

 

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands.” (Rev. 7:9)

 

May God bless you

 

 

A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong

to a Congregation in Houston, Texas on July 1, 2006

This article was published on this Website on August 4, 2009

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