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Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Ministry of the Two Witnesses
"The Earth Belongs to HaShem and the Fullness Thereof."
And I Will Give Power Unto My Two Witnesses
By Ben Ruach ha Kodesh (John of AllFaith) � 2.26.08
"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth."
As we consider our near future few events will be more earth-shaking than the ministry of the Two Witnesses.
There are of course those who say we only guess when we speak of the End Times. They demand that all of this is pure conjecture, nothing more. We're just being "negative," they accuse: The future is ours to create!
And I agree!
Like the past, the future is ours to create as we will. And, in foreknowledge of our free choices, HaShem has revealed what we will and are choosing to do and how He will and is responding so that those who choose to embrace God's coming kingdom will be ready.
In an attempt to appear biblically informed and hoping to disprove the prophets of HaShem, these folks sometimes quote the Master himself:
Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
But they should have kept reading!
Matt. 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
The people of Noah's Day (and Manu's) had advance notice of what was happening. And so do we.
In this twenty fourth chapter of Matthew's Gospel the Master gives very specific information, information that could not possibly have pointed to ANY generation in history prior to ours, information that will be fully realized in our lifetimes.
Nearly one third of the Bible, when the Tanach and New Testament are taken together, is prophetic and nearly eighty percent of those prophecies concern our period of time.
In this study I'll be focusing on the prophecies regarding the Two Witnesses.
As is often the case the prophets are clear but require us to do a bit of research to fully understand their purport. The coming ministry of these two prophets is vital to the establishment of the earthly Kingdom of HaShem that the soon coming Moshiach will establish, so let's look into this a bit.
The Two Witnesses
Revelation 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
This prophecy was written several years after the Master's prophecy about the destruction of Jerusalem and its Holy Temple was fulfilled. John is in prison having visions of our generation.
In this vision John is shown the consecration of the rebuilt Temple and the Holy City and the events leading up to it. He is then shown how Gentiles will once again gain control of Israel for another forty two months (or three and a half years). The short-lived return of Gentile rule (as described in the Muslim prophecies) will occur after (and as a result of) the Jews rejection of the claims of Rex Mundi (following his desecration of the newly built temple), which is a topic for another study (See here). In this highly charged setting John introduces us to the Two Witnesses:
Rev 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.
These two prophets will be witnesses against the people of the earth. They will testify to the rightness of God's coming intervention in the affairs of humanity. The word "witnesses" as used here is translated from "martus" which references testifying in a legal, court of law, sense. Their testimony will continue for a thousand two hundred and threescore days, which is to say, for the same three and half year period that sees the Holy City again trodden under the feet of the Gentiles (compare Matt 24:15-20).
What these Witnesses behold among their fellow humans will sadden and sicken them. They will accurately bear witness against the people of the earth for destroying the environment, for waging unjust wars and genocides, for allowing human beings (and animals) to needlessly suffer and die of disease, abuse and starvation while others live in the lap of luxury. They will condemn the deaths of the unborn, the elderly, the weak... They will shine the light of truth on all the evils of humanity and none will be found blameless.
And the Two Witnesses will point an accusing finger of Deja vu at the NWO leaders of the planet who, like the first planetary emperor of the age Nimrod, have set themselves up in opposition to HaShem (Gen 10:9) and who even now are building a metaphorical ziggurat or tower to reach the very heavens (Gen 11:4)!
But HaShem's response will be the same!
As these Two Witness, like modern day Noahs, deliver HaShem's judgments upon our generation they will find no joy in their work. Indeed, the prophet tells us they will be dressed in sackcloth, the garments of mourning. Yet these judgments must come before peace and justice can be established.
Like the prophets of old, the Two Witnesses will make that which is now hidden known, they will identify and judge those who stand in opposition to HaShem and His plans for global peace and good will, and they will act on those judgments.
But the prophets of old, even Elijah, never acted with such power nor on a global scale as these two will!
Rev. 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
So the question is, who are these prophets? We are told that they are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks who stand before HaShem. What does this tell us?
Zec 4:1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, 2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof: 3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. 4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? 5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.... 11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? 12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? 13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. 14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
In a recent post I discussed the "Sheep and the Goats" and referenced them as "Hinderers" (for that study on my AllFaith.com site Click Here or Here to read it on my Multiply site). In that study I explain how the anointing of HaShem is placed upon those who willingly join this struggle for HaShem's Kingdom. This word "anointing" is the literal translation of the word "christ" and all who accept the role of hinderer (compare II Thes 2) are anointed by HaShem, they are, in this sense, christs. It is in this sense that Master Y'shua, who clearly did not fulfill the Messianic prophecies, can rightly be referenced as Christ, the firstborn of many siblings. "Christ" is not synonymous with "Messiah." One christ will be the Messiah. It is he whom Jews and Christians await (for more in this see my Identifying the Moshiach.
In every generation there have been divinely anointed people ready to perform any task for the King. In these last days we are all called to hinder the rise and revelation of the Beast, the Rex Mundi. The Two Witnesses are such 'hinderers'. They stand (in readiness) to carry out their ministry. Of these anointed people Master Y'shua tells us,
Matt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
What these anointed sheep can say is that to the best of their ability they are prepared to serve in any way the Master may desire, however it is always HaShem who delegates the tasks and issues the calls. If one servant falls another stands ready.
The Two Witnesses will be chosen and revealed when the time is right as desired by HaShem. Many are called, but few are chosen.
Rev. 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
No wonder they are clothed in sackcloth! Despite the righteousness of their judgments, in many ways this will surely be a heartbreaking ministry.
Rev. 11:6 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.
The Two Witnesses will minister specifically in and to Eretz Israel, however the scope of their testimony will be global. There is no reason to assume they will only work in Israel of course, they will doubtless appear anywhere on the planet according to the will of HaShem.
By the time the Two Witnesses come into their ministry, three and a half years after the rise of Rex Mundi (the coming Biderberg Merovingian globalist dictator), vast areas of the earth will have been decimated, millions will have been killed by war, revolution, natural disasters and plagues, and now it will be their grim task to add to the devastation! Sackcloth indeed!
Their message will be a simple one, yet oh so profound!
Reject the Rex Mundi Reject the authority of the global government Reject the global tracking and monetary implant Reject the mandated Secular Humanist religion/philosophy that is advancing the Rex Mundi as an avatar and incarnation Reject the False Prophet who will arise from Rome and declare Rex Mundi to be the Messiah. Reject the divisiveness of all man-made religion and philosophy
Embrace the One God according to Light you have been awarded: The Indwelling One.
By this point the identity of the One True God should be more certain for those who wish to know, more obscure for those who don't.
Simple yes, but those who accept their message will have signed their own death warrants. But then again, those who accept Rex Mundi have done the same.
The vast majority of us will not survive the coming seven years, especially the second half. The wise thing to do is develop an eternal perspective and prepare yourself to stand against Hell itself because that is what is coming. Hell and its King.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Do everything you can to stand... and then... Stand!
The testimony of the Two Witnesses will fill the earth. Those who hear them will be called to make a decision. The time for fence-sitting is over.
The Novus Ordo Seclorum or New World Order government will seek to silence the Witnesses and all who accept their testimony.
Once the verbal testimony of the Two Witnesses is complete this will be allowed to happen. They will embrace martyrdom as an example to the rest. Only then will their true testimony be received! The two will be murdered in the streets of Jerusalem!
Rev. 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. 9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. 10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
It will be a wonderful day! That is, wonderful for those who reject the coming reign of HaShem!
The people of the earth who still survive at this point and who still believe in the Rex Mundi and his Secular Humanist world view will have despised the Two Witnesses! The power of their testimony and actions will cause even the most devout Atheist and Secular Humanist to question if perchance there is a God in Heaven, a God who will soon destroy the New World Order and its Elite. But now, now Rex Mundi has destroyed these worrisome prophets! He has proved himself to be all powerful! Indeed,
Rev. 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon [ie Lucifer] which gave power unto the beast [ie Rex Mundi]: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
The people will celebrate the death of the Two Witnesses, but more than that, they will celebrate the death of religion! They will celebrate their victory over this ages-old scourge! Human will and advancement has finally defeated the forces of religion and gods of all sorts! "Long live Rex Mundi!" The new Tower of Babel is almost complete! A New World Order has dawned! This they will believe...
Rev. 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
In passing, it's worth noting that there is a common Christian belief that prior to the rise of the Rex Mundi (some say at the midway point of his reign) there will be a "Rapture" that will rescue all true Christians. This has been the theme of several books and movies lately, most notable the very unbiblical Left Behind series. This verse (verse 13) plainly shows that even towards the end of the Great Tribulation there will will still be a remnant of Believers on the earth: "the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven." The Church of the Last Days is described at Revelation 3:15-20 and elsewhere. There is no way "the Laodicean Church" is going anywhere. Sorry.
Why is this going occur? Why will HaShem send the two Witnesses?
Matt. 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake [ie to save the Jews] those days shall be shortened.