The Two Witnesses
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"And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth." (Rv.11:1-4)
This 1260 day period is mentioned several times in scripture, all referring to Rome's dark ages.
Dn.7:25 = time, times and a half (1260)
Dn.12:7 = time, times and a half (1260)
Rv.11:2 = 42 months (1260)
Rv.11:3 = 1260 days
Rv.12:6 = 1260 days
Rv.12:14 = time, times and a half (1260)
Rv.13:5 = 42 months (1260)
Most find Daniel 9's "70 weeks" or 490 days to be 490 years.(using day-year principle)
Prophetic time is always day = year.
The 1260 years have been identified when Rome's Empire fell in 476 AD (Dn.7 beast & ten horns) and 'holy' Rome (little horn) arose ruling from 538 to 1798 when Napoleon ended the Papal States.
(538 to 1798)
Thus the Rev 11 two witnesses happened at that time in 1798 France.("spiritual Sodom and Egypt" i.e. atheist)
At that time the Bible was banned for 3.5 years.
After this the Bible was mass produced and went to all of Christendom.
Revelation is a book of prophecy which uses symbolism.
The symbolism from Rev 11 comes from Zech 4 and 5, about the word of God (candlesticks that are a witness)
Zech.4:3 "And two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side thereof. So I answered and spoke to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? Then the angel that talked with me answered and said to me, Know you not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the LORD (...) Then answered I, and said to him, What are these two olive trees on the right side of the candlestick and on the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said to him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Know you not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth. Then I turned, and lifted up my eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll."
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The most popular opinion found among the Doctors of Theology is that the two witnesses are two prophets that shall come during the Great Tribulation Period, while some say that this prophecy of the two witnesses has a two-fold meaning. However, the Scriptures and recorded history show that the prophecy about the two witnesses has indeed come to pass.
Jesus our Lord said: "And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WITNESS UNTO ALL NATIONS and then shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14). The Gospel taught from the Scriptures was to be a witness to all nations about the loving and saving power of Jesus Christ.
However, when the Roman Catholic Church became a religious dictatorship, the Scriptures were hidden from the vast population, and catechism was substituted instead of Bible study. The Gospel of the Bible became mingled with the pagan philosophies of Sun worship. The worship of the pagan Mother goddess became the idol of the Roman Catholic Church through the worship of the 'Virgin Mary'. When the Gospel became perverted through Romanism, God always had a remnant people who were teaching the True Faith during the 1260 years the Papacy cast the Truth to the ground. These faithful followers of Jesus were hunted down by papal authorities as heretics and criminals. They were tortured on the rack, burned at the stake; and it mattered not what age or sex, they were butchered in the name of Heaven.
When those faithful servants who proclaimed the sacred truths from the Old and New Testaments were tortured, murdered, thrown in dungeons and had to flee for their lives from the papal Inquisitors, the True Faith was forced to go underground. The Gospel set forth in the Old and New Testament that had to be preached into all the world for a witness to all nations before Christ would come again, was forced into a state of obscurity. This is what is meant by Revelation 11:3, "And they shall prophesy a THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND THREESCORE DAYS CLOTHED IN SACKCLOTH."
Sackcloth was worn by the Israelites in times of trouble and grief (2.Samuel 3:31, 1.Chronicles 21:15, 16; Isaiah 37:1). The sackcloth here mentioned in Revelation 11:3 was to mourn the supression of the Old and New Testament by the papal authorities during the 1260 years. The two witnesses, the two olive trees, or the two candlesticks represented the light the Scripture gives its reader.
"And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouths, 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." Revelation 11:5,6
This prophecy is a parallel with that of Jesus in Revelation 22:18,19. "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book."
This will be the fate of ALL those who tamper with the sacred Scripture. These warnings were given by God to warn men against changing or adding to anything written in the Holy Scriptures.
The two witnesses are Two people. One being the last Pope Petrus Romanus the other being his wife.
They have a website called testimonyofthetwowitnesses.com please read it for your spiritual edification. I can assure you they are not false prophets.
Please read the delivery prayer before reading the website; and after you read it, pray it.
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