The Two Witnesses: Olive Trees and Candlesticks
“…What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?...What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth” – (Zech.4:11,12,14).
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth” – (Rev.11:3,4).
These last two prophets of God preach the gospel of Christ and also the
wrath of God upon all Christ-rejecters. They will preach repent and believe the
gospel of God’s grace or perish. There’s is an endtime
worldwide ministry and they finish in
In (Zech.4) the two olive trees and candlestick are two Jewish leaders:
Joshua the high priest, and Zerubbabel the governor.
They were enabled by the Holy Spirit to stand against seemingly insurmountable
difficulties. They were empowered by the Holy Spirit to rebuild the Jewish
The two witnesses are described as olive trees and candlesticks as God’s
Holy Spirit continually supplies them an abundance of power to preach boldly in
the face of a wicked Antichrist and a wicked world. They are not a priest or a
ruler, but two prophets. They don’t build a temple made with hands, but help to
finish building the spiritual temple of God, the true church, which is not
built with human hand’s but by the power of the Holy Spirit. The
They preach boldly against the Jews building the tribulation temple (Rev.11:1,2) and sacrificing beasts. It’s a direct attack against the Father, and a repudiation of His beloved Son on the cross as the sinless, supreme, one-time sacrifice for sin. The Jew’s newly built tribulation temple is a total rejection of Christ and will become the “abomination of desolation” when Antichrist proclaims himself as God there – (2 Thes.2:4).
Olive trees exude olive oil and are a symbol of the Holy Spirit as light. The candlesticks are light bearers. Thus we see a beautiful picture of two chosen witnesses for Christ, anointed by the power of the Holy Ghost, preaching God’s gospel of light in the midst of a sin-blackened world ripe for judgment. The witnesses are light bearers, as candlesticks are, preaching Christ the light of the world.
As John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way of Christ’s first coming, so these two prophets will prepare the way for Christ’s second coming. John also was a candlestick light bearer, bearing witness of Christ. “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). Again “Ye sent unto John and he bear witness unto the truth. He was a burning and a shining light…” – (Jn.5:33,35). They are two burning and shining lights – stars for God – standing before the God of the earth. They not only give Bible light, they burn anyone who try to snuff out their light – (Rev.11:5).
They help to finish God’s Church, His holy temple, as Joshua and Zerubbabel helped to build the O.T.
Olive oil not only gave light but was used to make the holy anointing oil that was used to anoint the priests and kings and prophets. The Lord Jesus is all three of them, and so He is the Anointed One, the Christ and Messiah. The two witnesses are filled with the boldness of the Holy Spirit, boldness like lions – “…and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” – (Acts ). They will be full of courage, not college. They definitely won’t be seduced in Bible schools. They will come out of nowhere on the day of their showing to the world, and then it will be their time to shine for the Lord. It will be God’s appointed time.
The two witnesses will have a special unction and anointing of the Holy
Spirit and will be taught the truth concerning the identity of Antichrist, whom
they speak boldly against. “Little
children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went
out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued
with us: but they went out, that
they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. These
things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you, But the anointing which ye have received of him
abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing
teacheth you all things, and is truth, and is no lie,
even as it hath taught you, ye shall
abide in him” – (I Jn.2:18-20,26,27). And it’s not happenstance that
Notice the “us” verse in (vs.19). Surely God is giving us a hint of the
national home of Antichrist which is the
PTL, every born again Christian has the anointing and unction of the Holy Spirit of truth and will know the Antichrist when he is revealed to them by the two witnesses. The Antichrist people here are members of a church made by hands and baptized outwardly with water that can never wash away sins, but they have never been baptized by Christ by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ not made with hands – (I Cor.12:13). “…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost” – (Mt.3:11). They are false Christians.
The Holy Ghost in the two witnesses and all born again Christians, will prevent them from being spiritually seduced by false teachers: The Holy Spirit will surmount all false teaching.
The witnesses will be clothed in sackcloth, maybe made of badger skins. When the Jews moved the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness the candlestick was covered by rough badger skins that was the outward covering of the tabernacle when it was standing as well – (Num.4:9,10 – Ex.26:14). God is telling the world “Don’t badger my two witnesses or they will turn on you like badgers when attacked.” “If any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies…” – (Rev.11:5). You must not badger God’s two candlesticks when they give their testimony to the world. “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses” – (Heb.10:28).
They are two candlestick light bearers that will give more Bible light in their preaching than any preachers since the early church. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” – (Ps.119:105). They will be burning and shinning lights for Christ, who is the light of the world. God’s oil pipelines runs right into them like the pipes of the O.T. candlesticks. The time of their showing is coming soon – (Lk.1:80). They do not hide their light under a bushel, but let it shine worldwide – “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men…” – (Mt.5:15,16).
Are you saved from your sins and been born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell and become a new born creature in Christ. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. Being baptized with water will never save you, you need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit by the Lord Jesus – “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” – (I Cor.12:13). You need to be born again into the family of God instantly and God becomes your Father and you will inherit all things. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7).
God will give you eternal life if you truly believe. O do not spurn the grace and love of the Father in giving His only begotten Son as Savior. Repent of your sins and humble yourselves at the foot of the cross and call upon the Lord Jesus to save you. Be born again and become a witness for Christ.
Pastor Mike Storti
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