The Two Witnesses

 (KJV - AMG Bible)

Revelation 11:1-13 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months (3 1/2 years.) And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, (same amount o time) clothed in sackcloth (same period (I'll prove it to you) that Gentiles tread the holy city under foot) . These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant (the remnant is still waiting for Jesus to arrive) were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Question # 1 Who are the two witnesses? "And two olive trees by it, one upon the right [side] of the bowl, and the other upon the left [side] thereof. (Zechariah 4:3) Then answered I, and said unto him, What [are] these two olive trees upon the right [side] of the candlestick and upon the left [side] thereof? (Zechariah 4:11)

"And I answered again, and said unto him, What [be these] two olive branches which (I) through the two golden pipes (II) empty (III) the golden [oil] out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these [be]? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These [are] the two (I) anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:12-14)
Zec. 4:12 -- (I) Hebrew by the hand; (II) Or, empty out of themselves oil into gold; (III) Hebrew the gold. Zec. 4:14 -- (I) Hebrew, sons of oil - Scripture references: Rev. 11:4; Zech. 3:7; Luke 1:19; Josh. 3:11, 13; Zech. 6:5.

"These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. (Revelation 11:4) Thus saith the Lord of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. (Zechariah 3:7)

And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings. And behold thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season. (Luke 1:19,20)

Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap. (Joshua 3:11,14)

"Who are these two annointed ones? And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27) Because of Hebrews 9:27 they were prophets who lived on the earth and did not die when they departed. Here is evidence of two who are with Jesus in bodily form. Mathew 17:1-4 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elijah talking with him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

"What does it mean to be transfigured? Transfiguration # 3339. Metamorphoo; denoting change of condition.. Used of Jesus involving the miracle of transformation from an earthly form into a supernatural which is denoted by the radiance of the garments, also the countenance, suggesting what the bodies of the righteous may be like in the age to come (1Cor. 15:51f.)

"What Jesus was teaching in this miracle was that Moses and Elijah where still alive and are the only two that are qualified to become the two anointed in the streets of Jerusalem. Moses and Elijah both did powerful miracles. Moses had power from God to part the sea and bring about many other miracles and Elijah called fire from heaven. Elijah was translated when he was taken up: "And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, [there appeared] a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (2 Kings 2:11)

"Moses was said to have died, it was written but they never found his remains. "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (Romans 5:14) "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. (Jude 1:9) The fact that the archangel Michael brought Moses's body to heaven (the rest of the dead are still in graves on earth. Their bodies have not been resurrected at the beginning of the Tribulation. The Rapture is simultaneous with the Tribulation. The two are mutually exclusive) proves where Moses's body is located: in heaven confirming the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah.

Question # 2 When do they get killed by the Antichrist?

Revelation 9:11,12 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. (Satan's other names) One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

When did Satan enter the King who became the Antichrist and told everyone to take the mark? in the middle of the tribulation. Here is proof of that:

Revelation 13:1-5 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns (ten kings) , and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (Count from the middle of the Tribulaiton to the end 3.5 years Jesus returns and takes his power away from Antichrist by creating the war of Armageddon.)