The Two Witnesses
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth” – (Rev.11:3).
Just before the great tribulation, while the
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According to the law, two witnesses are required before a person is put to death. “At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death…” (Du.17:6). Before the wrath of God falls upon the world and millions die He sends two witnesses preaching the gospel of Christ one last time to the four corners of the earth. They will preach the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, with their hands on a KJV Bible as faithful and true witnesses of Jesus Christ. This kind of preaching has never been popular and the Beast will hate them and kill them, as the world hated and killed the Lord Jesus for preaching the truth. Prophet preaching cuts to the bone. No more milk toast, goody-goody, all sugar coated preaching, but these two preach all the truth in boldness and power of the Holy Spirit - which is the Spirit of truth – (Jn.14:17).
They won’t be wearing thousand dollar suits and alligator shoes and Rolex watches and flying their own plane around with their own TV show. The won’t be entertaining people with their jokes and singing and jumping up and down and running around the church like an actor. They won’t be tickling people’s ears to get as much money as they can. They are clothed in sackcloth – sackcloth is a symbol of repentance and humility and a turning away from the things of the world and turning to Christ. Their sackcloth is a constant reminder to the whole world to repent of their wickedness and get saved by Christ before God’s judgment falls upon them. Their ministry is not for sale – Satan cannot buy them. They are dressed like Elijah and the prophets of old and like John the Baptist dressed in Camel’s hair sackcloth. Like John the Baptist, these two witnesses will prepare the way of the Lord Jesus’ second coming. John’s message was “repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” – (Mt.3:2). And now the literal kingdom of Christ is about to come when Christ rules as King of Kings over the earth and all who have believed His gospel of the kingdom will rule and reign with Him. “… They would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” – (Mt.11:21).
They are God’s two olive trees and His two candlesticks, God’s two anointed ones. They are anointed with the Holy Ghost, filled with an abundance of the Holy Spirit. God’s oil pipeline runs right into them like the pipes of the Old Testament candlesticks. There two witnesses will give more light in their preaching than any preachers since the early church. They will bear witness unto the truth and Bible truth is light. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” – (Ps.119:105). And the center of their light and preaching is the Lord Jesus Christ. Like two John the Baptists – “The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. That was the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world” – (Jn.1:7,9). They will be burning and shining lights for Christ and all who reject Christ will be burnt. Candlesticks not only give light, they also burn. These two witnesses call down fire upon their enemies who try to harm them and stop their preaching like Elijah did. They will bear witness of Christ.
The candlestick (Menorah), between two olive branches, is the emblem of Israel. And the witnesses will end their ministry in Jerusalem, slain by the Beast there. They will preach to the Jews of Israel who are blind and in the darkness of their sins. They will bear witness of Christ, the perfect Jew and Messiah of Israel and a remnant of Jews will be saved. “To him give all the prophets witness” – (Acts 10:43). Jerusalem is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt because Sodomy is legal and acceptable there and the Jews are very worldly.
They are under God’s witness protection for 1260 days and cannot be killed during their ministry. Like the government protects witnesses because of their testimony, so God protects His two witnesses until they’ve given their testimony to the whole world. No man can silence their preaching for 1260 days. They preach like the prophets of old – pure and bold with the power of the Holy Spirit. Their fame will be worldwide and their names will be household words.
They will be miracle-working prophets and their miracles will be of wrath and not grace. They have power to shut the heaven so that it doesn’t rain on earth for the whole 1260 days. This gets them world–wide attention and a world–wide pulpit to preach the truth – for free. There is no water of life while they preach that Jesus Christ is the true water of everlasting life. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” – (Jn.4:14). “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink” – (Jn.7:37).
Then comes double trouble – they turn the water upon the earth to blood. All the wells of water, all the streams and rivers and reservoirs of water are turned to blood. And also with the power of God, they smite the earth in God’s behalf with other plagues as often as they want. God has such confidence in them to do His will, they are allowed to do this.
Immediately when their 1260 days’ ministry is over the Beast kills them. They are probably beheaded like the other tribulation martyrs soon to come – “Beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God” – (Rev.20:4). And John the Baptist was beheaded by the king when his ministry was over as well. I believe they preach in several nations around the world, a global ministry, but they come to Jerusalem at the end of their ministry and die there – “For it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem” – (Luke 13:33). They are God’s prophets that preach to both Jew and Gentile.
The two witnesses become two martyrs for Christ – for that’s what martyr means - a witness. A witness who pays the death penalty for telling the truth. They are hated so much for preaching the truth that they are denied a decent burial. Their corpses are left to rot in the street for three and a half days as the TV cameras of the world watch. “If ye were on the world, the world would love its own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you” – (Jn.15:19). This truth is dramatically shown with the death of the two witnesses. Their corpses are a public spectacle. Righteous prophets are always a torment to a wicked people.
Instead of a time of mourning at their deaths, the wicked world has great joy and send gifts to each other in a satanic Christmas celebration. After 3˝ days, as the world watches on TV and celebrates and make merry, the two witnesses’ corpses come alive and stand on their feet. It’s resurrection time for the two saints of God. God’s prophets are vindicated before the eyes of the world and now great fear falls upon the world. They know now that there is a righteous God who will judge them. Their resurrection puts a damper on their satanic Christmas celebration.
Then they ascend up to heaven as God’s voice
speaks – “Come up hither.” And the
people of the world watch them ascend up to heaven like the disciples watched Jesus
ascend up to heaven 2000 years ago. And immediately,
The ministry of the two witnesses for 3 ˝
years and their martyrdom and resurrection and ascension in
Are you saved and born again of God’s Holy Spirit? Have you been born again into the family of God? Is God your Father and Abba – your daddy? Has the seed of the Word of God germinated in you and produced a new birth?– “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever” – (I Pet.1:23). Repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart and you will receive forgiveness and remission of sins and be born again. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – (2 Cor.5:17). Be made righteous with God through His beloved Son – “For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” – (2 Cor.5:21). Then you’ll be a witness for Christ. Be a born again child of the greatest Daddy in the universe – God the Father.
The two witnesses are coming soon.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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