End-time Bible prophecy reveals that two individuals, called the 2 Witnesses, will proclaim God’s message and work great miracles in the days ahead of us.
God will give them power and special instructions in preparation for Jesus’ return.
But… end-time prophecy also reveals that many “FALSE prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive” (Matthew 24:24)
So, the question is… how can we separate the real from the fake?
Who are the two mysterious figures in Revelation 11? And how can we recognize them?
In this video, we’ll answer those questions with 3 simple points from the pages of the Bible!
To recognize/identify the Two Witnesses, we need to…#1 – Recognize the events leading up to their arrival.
Let’s plot the events on a general timeline…
In the end times, the Church of God will have gone through the “open door” provided by Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:7-8).
In Scripture, an “open door” refers to an opening for the preaching of the gospel (1 Co. 16:9; 2 Co. 2:12; Col. 4:3)
Jesus commissioned the Church to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) and He opens doors for the Church to do this.
So in the last days before the Great Tribulation, those in the Church of God having the Philadelphian spirit will be proclaiming the gospel and the end-time warning message.
But, as described in Amos 8:11-12, there comes a famine of the word when the Church’s organized proclamation of the gospel is shut down.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord GOD, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD, but shall not find it.”
A “famine” of hearing the truth occurs when the nations of Israel are taken over by a foreign power that prohibits the proclamation and practice of the true biblical faith. This happened around 720bc when Assyrians carried the northern 10 tribes of Israel into captivity. It will happen again during the Great Tribulation, when the modern descendants of ancient Israel are punished for their sins (Matthew 24:9; Hosea 5:5; Jeremiah 22:5–9; 30:7).
Now, Matthew 24:15–21 and Luke 21:20–24 make plain that the multinational army described in Zechariah 14:1–2 will have occupied Jerusalem at the onset of the Great Tribulation.
By comparing Luke 21:24 with Revelation 11:2, we see that the Beast power, revealed in Revelation 17, will occupy and control Jerusalem for 42 months, or three-and-a-half years.
To learn more about the Beast power and its mark, just click here… (The Mark of the Beast in 10 Minutes…)
We also see that prior to the Great Tribulation, the false prophet, or Antichrist, will arise, deceive many (Thess. 2:3-4, Rev. 13:11-17), and the holy place will be desecrated (Matthew 24:15)
Then, we find in Revelation 11 the details regarding the two witnesses and what they will be doing leading up to Christ’s return.
“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)
This period of 1,260 days or 3.5 years, includes the Great Tribulation (Matthew 24:21-22) and the year-long period (Is. 34:8; 63:4) of the Day of the Lord. It is during this time that the two witnesses will prophesy carrying on the work of God.
This time period is also when a remnant of the Church will be protected in the wilderness (Rev. 12:14), the 4 Horsemen will continue their ride (Rev. 6:1-8), and the heavenly signs will announce the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6:12-17). All of which will culminate with the return of Jesus Christ (Rev. 11:15; Matt. 24:30) .
To learn more about these events, click here… (Revelation’s End of the World timeline Explained)
So it is right after the False Prophet & Beast Power surround Jerusalem, tread down the holy city, and desecrate the holy place that God will empower two of His servants, known as the Two Witnesses, to make their public appearance in Jerusalem.
God will empower them to deliver His message to a world dominated by the power of the Beast and mesmerized by the illusions of the False Prophet.
It would not be surprising if much of the world mislabels the Beast and False Prophet as God’s Two Witnesses!
That is why it is so important to know what to look for from God’s true end-time witnesses!
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Now… # 2- To recognize the Two Witnesses, we need to know…How does God differentiate true prophets from false prophets?
Jesus explained that prior to His return there would be false prophets.
He said, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matthew 24:24)