I periodically get enquiries about the two witnesses mentioned in this passage of Scripture and meet not a few people who think they are the witnesses themselves. And they seem to be multiplying, filling the world with hundreds of 'two witnesses'. I don't know how many people seduced by vanity and self-glory think that they are those two 'special ones'.
"Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the malak (angel) stood, saying, 'Rise and measure the temple of Elohim (God), the altar, and those who worship there. 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 underfoot for forty-two months. 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 Elohim (God) of the earth. 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. 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.
"Now when they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Master (Lord) was crucified. 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. 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.
"Now after the three-and-a-half days the Ruach Chayim (breath of life) from Elohim (God) entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 'Come up here.' And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand men were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the Elohim (God) of heaven. The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly" (Rev.11:1-14, NKJV).
Historically, the two witnesses have been interpreted in all sorts of different ways. For the Seventh-Day Adventists they are purely symbolic of the Old and New Testaments and that they were 'killed' during the French Revolution. For the early Christians like Tertullian, Irenaeus and Hippolytus of Rome, they are the literal translated prophets Enoch and Elijah who never tasted death. Others propose it will be the literal Moses in place of Enoch because of one school of thought that claims Moses was translated too. Matthew Henry believed that the two witnesses were the Jews and Gentiles as a whole, and in more recent times they have been identified as the 'Israeli Republic' and the 'Christian Church'.
Recently a new ministry coming out of India under the leadership of Vincent Selvakumar has appeared claiming to be centred around this series of events. It us asking for money and selling DVD's with a special prophetic message. They are currently looking for $1,300,000 which they say is needed to buy a certain house in modern Jerusalem presumably where the two witnesses will live when they have found them.
Like another bogus movement that started a few years ago claiming to be a 'gathering of apostles', I fear that the Body of Messiah is about to be duped by a new lawless scam.
I cite the 'gathering of apostles' for good reason because I have had contact with this group over the years and know some of its members. If ever there was a Torah-less pot pourri of every doctrine and babbling charismatic spirit under the sun, this was/is it. These are not Yahweh's end-times apostles if for no other reason they belong to the Wild Lawless West and Yahweh's apostles were never Torahless. I have heard some of the nonsense that they spout. And I fear this latest movement, however well-intentioned, is going to be little different.
For one thing, the true Body of Messiah is not split up into specialist ministries as if they were their own 'churches'. All the offices must function alongside each other in regular Torah-observant, prophetic congregations. The two witnesses are, moreover, operating in the same spirit as those two who appeared to Yah'shua (Jesus) on the Mount of Transfiguration before the eyes of the presiding apostles, Peter, James and John. Who were these? Moses and Elijah, representing the Torah (Law) and Nevi'im (Prophets), respectively. In other words, the fullness of Emet (Truth) and Power is represented by the PROPHETIC and the DAVAR-EMET or WORD OF TRUTH (i.e. TORAH) as echad or one. They are the ministrations of Judah and Ephraim, the two heads of Messianic Israel under the overall headship of Ephraim. You can't have the one without the other any more than you can have a one-sided coin. Take either one of these away and you either end up with the legalistic spirit of anti-messianic Judaism or the spirit of lawlessness as typified by the charismatic movement.
So who are the two witnesses? On one level they represent Yahweh's devarim or words (Moses) and His prophecies (Elijah). Both of these must bear fruit together (the two closely juxtaposed olive trees of Zechariah 4) and are (together) Lamps (Menorahs) or Lights to the world, for you will recall that the Bible repeatedly speaks of Father Yah's Torah (Law) and Testimony being lights.
Those who attack either the Torah (mitzvah/commandment-keeping) or the Nevi'im (prophecy), and 'murdering' them (i.e. refusing to accept one or both as part of congregational lifestyle and ministry) are the same people in spiritual Sodom and Gemorah (Christianity pretending to be 'Jerusalem') who murder the two witnesses. Yah'shua (Jesus) said:
Those believers, whether of 'Christian' or 'Messianic' persuasion, who reject Torah and commandment-keeping or who reject the true spirit of prophecy (as opposed to the counterfeit garbage spewing out of the charismatic movement) thus identify themselves as being hostile to the two witnesses. They are seeking to destroy - or have already destroyed - Yahweh's Davar (Word) out of the congregations. Not only that, but they rejoice at having done it, sending each other carnal 'presents' of mutual self-congratulation (ministries, teachings, books and websites defending their lawlessness) when prophets of Yahweh raise their voices in condemnation of their lies. For when those presented with the Emet (Truth) refuse to embrace it and are as a result (because of the spiritual doors they have opened in believing and promulgating lies) plaged by demonic rage at the 'presumption' of these men of Elohim (God) challenging their lies, the only relief they can obtain is by silencing or destroying them by either character-assassination or even murder so that the torment of their defiled consciences can be ended.
"He who rejects Me, and does not receive My devarim (words), has that which judges him — the Davar (Word) that I have spoken will judge him in the last day" (John 12:48, NKJV)
However, you cannot kill the Emet (Truth) - ever. Destroy it, as you suppose, and it will resurrect again, just as the two witnesses will be resurrected. The Torah (Law) will return no matter how much the enemies of emet (truth) rant and rage against it, declaring it to have been killed by its own Creator!
I cannot tell you how many times the enemies of the spirits of Moses and Elijah have tried to destroy this mimnistry. They have character-assassinated us online and in newspapers, lied about us, and tried to destroy our families. They thought us dead but we have arisen each time, and with more adherents to the Emet (Truth) each time too. We are not the 'problem' any more than the two witnesses will be but what they represent and the Elohim (God) whose character is thus represented by them.
Yahweh's devarim (words) will always be glorified, and thus He will be glorified Himself, bringing judgment on the enemies of the Davar (Word). And when the witnesses resurrect, fear will strike these enemies as they are left behind in the hell of their own rebellious making while the witnesses return home to the Paradise of Elohim (God).
So I have to say that this latest claim is simply another manifestation of the spirit of lawless Ephraim which without Torah is always wide open to the spirit of deception as has been amply testified historically. I am sorry that our Indian brethren, heavily supported by believers in China, are being sucked into yet another lawless lie. I ask the leaders who I almost certainly have a true lev (heart) for Yah'shua (Jesus) to soberly and prayerfully consider these things. I do not wish ill on them, but repentance and reformation, the path we must all walk.
The spirit of the Two Witnesses is represented by the Two Sticks of Ezekiel 37 which are the tribes of Judah and Ephraim with their tribal companies - 12 tribes of Israel in all. And you will recall, very clearly, I hope, from the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah that when Yah'shua (Jesus) "the Branch" returns to the earth to rule that all 12 tribes will be "in the land" in their respective territories. You will also recall from that key chapter that those 12 Israelite Tribes will be commemorating - not the miracles of the original Exodus out of Egypt that we memorialise each Pesach (Passover) but the even greater miracles that will have witnessed the return of all 12 tribes back to the Promised Land before the Two Witnesses appear and before Messiah returns! And before that we must have the Final Gathering into Cities of Refuge.
This has not yet happend because, as I explain in great depth in my sermon series, Jacob's Trouble (please carefully study it if you have not done so yet), the modern state called the Israeli Republic is not the restoration of biblical Israel but a counterfeit. It will be destroyed.
This is a very important understanding and key teaching in the last days. The two witnesses as persons will not appear in the Promised Land until the counterfeit Israeli Republic is swept away and the scattered 12 tribes return just before Messiah arrives. So for goodness sake, don't contemplate moving there! The Illuminist Rosthschild puppet state has to go before you can do that safely and under Heaven's protection as described in Isaiah 4. For more information on this, please see The Bozrah Breakout.
This is the first testimony of the Two Witnesses and it was the same one given to the first three presiding apostles operating in three different apostolic offices themselves: that there must be a union of the Torah (Law) and Nevi'im (Prophets) under proper apostolic headship and toqef (authority) IN Yah'shua (Jesus) the Messiah which must be accompanied by a reunion of the 12 Tribes in their two principle divisions of Ephraim and Judah, first gathered separately in 12 international locations, and then in the Promised Land itself.
By all accounts the Two Witnesses have extraordinary power that not only affects every nation but the nations and their governments know where their troubles are coming from. This latest lawless rabble will not produce them until they have repented of their lawlessness and embraced Torah. This latest 'ministry' is to be based in the Jerusalem of the Middle East, in the modern Israeli Republic, whose political divisions are Judea, Samaria and Gallilee, not those of the 12 Tribes because the 12 tribes aren't there. Not even the Tribe of Judah is there yet even though there is a sprinking of Judahites amongst the Jewish population.
Of course, so many Christian pundits (and many Messianics) are claiming that all the unrest in the world and the attempt by the élite to destroy freedom and democracy and seize power portends the imminent Secong Coming. I have to tell you, most soberly, that we are at least a generation away from that. So, no, the two witnesses are not about to appear and investing in that expensive house in the City of Hagar, which is Sodom and Gemorah, is a total waste of believers' money and effort which could be better spent evangelising for Yah'shua (Jesus) and teaching the truth about Torah (Moses) and the spirit of revelation/prophecy (Elijah). The important thing for now therefore becomes:
The two end time human witnesses will turn up all on their own without the aid of any 'ministry' or need expensive properties, which reminds me of the time the Jehovah's Witnesses bought a mansion in California and waited for Elijah's return dressed in white. He never came. As for the doctrines of this 'Two Witness Ministry', they are so lawless and unbiblical that Yahweh will never use them for anything more than bringing souls to the simple truths of the Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus). If they try to step beyond that simple evangelical task, they will walk out of Yahweh's favour and into condemnation.
- 1. Teaching people about the Messiah Yah'shua (Jesus) as represented by Yah'shua (Jesus) Himself and the apostle Peter (on the Mount of Transfiguration);
- 2. Teaching people about the importance of obeying the mitzvot (commandments) in Torah (start with the 10 Commandments making sure you don't follow the Saturday or Sunday Sabbath errors, learning instead abour the Creation Calendar and the festivals of Yahweh) as represented by the First Witness and the apostle James; and
- 3. Teaching the people the importance of contemporary revelation and prophecy whilst trusting in Yah'shua (Jesus) and obeying the Torah in divine tavnith as represented by the Second Witness and the apostle John.
I want to thank our brother for bringing this matter up and hope this has been a useful object lesson in keeping our eyes on the whole Besorah (Gospel) and not dissociated fragments of it. There are plenty of scam and deceived ministries out there and we don't need another one. Let's get back to the tasks at hand.