Last updated on August 12, 2023
Who Are The Two Witnesses?
The Bible tells us that God will enable his two witnesses to prophecy in the last days. But who exactly are these two witnesses? And how do we recognize them?
The “two witnesses” are the two olive trees and the two lampstands according to the Book of Revelation.
Revelation 11:4, They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”
The Two Lampstands
Moreover, a lampstand represents a church or a congregation.
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Therefore, the two witnesses are two churches or congregations.
The Two Olive Trees
Additionally, they are also the two olive trees.
The Prophet Zechariah had a vision of the lampstands and the olive trees. This vision gives us an insight into the true identity of the two witnesses.
Zechariah Chapter 4:2-3 “What do you see?” he asked. “I see a solid gold lampstands,” I replied, “with a bowl at the top and seven lamps on it, with seven spouts to each of the lamps. 3 There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”
An angel gave the prophet Zechariah the answer to what the olive trees symbolized.
“What are the two olive trees on the right and left of the lampstand?” And I questioned him further, “What are the two olive branches beside the two gold pipes from which the golden oil pours?”
“Do you not know what these are?” he inquired.
“No, my lord,” I replied.
So he said, “These are the two anointed ones who are standing beside the Lord of all the earth.”
Furthermore, The LORD referred to Israel as an olive tree.
Jeremiah 11:16, The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit:
So, according to the Prophet Jeremiah, Israel is an Olive Tree.
Israel Divided Into Two Factions
Furthermore, Israel is divided into two factions.
1 Kings 16:21 Then the people of Israel were split into two factions; half supported Tibni son of Ginath for king, and the other half supported Omri.
Since that time, Israel has been divided into two houses. They are the house of Judah and the house of Israel.
Gentiles as Grafted Wild Olive Shoot
Additionally, gentile believers are considered to be wild olive shoots that have been grafted into the olive root of Israel.
Apostle Paul explained in Romans 11:17 “And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;…”
Anyone who believes in our Lord Jesus Christ will be counted as a member of God’s household. And, a person doesn’t have to be a “Jew” or a “Hebrew” by bloodline to become part of God’s household as Apostle Paul explained in the following verses.
Ephesians 2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you who are Gentiles in the flesh and called uncircumcised by the so-called circumcision (that done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
And in Ephesians 2:19-22 The Holy Spirit through Apostle Paul said, “Therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens of the saints and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. In Him the whole building is fitted together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together into a dwelling place for God in His Spirit.”
So the Gentile believers will also be part of the olive tree of Israel. Therefore, they will also prophesy as part of the two witnesses.
In fact, the Gentile believers will represent spiritual Israel in the last days.
Two Witnesses Given Power
God will enable his two witnesses. He will give them power in order to fulfill this prophecy in the “last days”.
Revelation 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
and in Revelation 11:6, They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
The vision of Apostle John above about the Two Witnesses correlates with the vision of the Prophet Joel below.
Joel 2:28-32 And afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on My menservants and maidservants, I will pour out My Spirit in those days. I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD. And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD promised, among the remnant called by the LORD.”
Therefore, we can conclude that the Two Witnesses are Judah and Israel. They are the two olive trees and the two anointed ones and also the two lampstands which are the two congregations of Israel.
Psalm 74:2 Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
Mount Zion is another topic I will cover in another blog.
I hope that this blog has helped you gain an understanding of who the Two Witnesses are. I will expand more on this topic in future blogs.
May God bless you all! All the glory be to God. Thank you, LORD. Thank you, Jesus Christ! HalleluYah!