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Milestone 27: The Two Witnesses' Deaths

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Milestone 27: The Two Witnesses' Deaths

Primary References: Revelation 11:3-14

 

The activities of the sixth trumpet close with the deaths of two witnesses who have been prophesying for 1260 days. They appear to be God's last prophets and their deaths officially close the days of prophets since, based on Mighty Angel's testimony, the seventh trumpet reveals the mysteries of God and this is imminent. Whoever these witnesses are, God protects them from their enemies by fire emanating from their mouths and devouring any desiring to harm them. Later, Jesus uses this fire during the battle of Armageddon. For now, the two witnesses not only minister with God's power, but also under His protection. This only serves to frustrate and anger their chief enemies, the antichrist and Satan, who have hated them and anxiously waited for an opportunity to eliminate them. After 1260 days, the antichrist is finally able to satisfy his lusts and kill the two witnesses.

Only after God removes His protective shield is the antichrist able to destroy the witnesses as he kills them and leaves their bodies to rot in the streets of the city that God calls Sodom, Egypt and the city of Jesus' crucifixion - Jerusalem. By calling her Sodom, God declares she is sinful and spiritually dead. By calling her Egypt, He declares she is carnal and worldly. The witnesses' deaths trigger worldwide celebrations and gift exchanges. Just as tribulation saints come from every definable group of people, those rejoicing over the witnesses' deaths also come from every definable group of people.

By the world's joy following the witnesses' deaths, it is obvious they have condemned the world of its sin and the plagues punishing their sins have only served to further anger and infuriate them. By the nations' anger after Jesus' coronation (trumpet seven - next section), it is likely they have proclaimed the new King's (Jesus Christ) upcoming coronation. Probably, from the moment of the antichrist's appearance after Jesus broke the first seal, the two witnesses have foretold Jesus' reign and prepared the world for it. Now Revelation builds the expectation of this event in a rapid-fire crescendo of the Mighty Angel's royal proclamation (Revelation 10), the two witnesses' declarations (Revelation 11), and finally culminates with Jesus' heavenly coronation (Revelation 11).

After lying on the streets lifeless, motionless for 3 ½ days (one day for each coming year of judgment in the great tribulation), the Spirit of life from God enters them, stands them on their feet, and calls them to heaven. In contrast with the church's instantaneous and unobservable rapture, these men slowly ascend while their enemies watch in fear. Unlike the church's rapture, news organizations will probably catch their ascension on tape and constantly replay it for several days afterward. Within an hour of their ascension, a great earthquake destroying ten percent of the city and killing 7000 people hits Jerusalem. Those left are terrified and finally give God glory but this long overdue single act of worship is not enough to avoid the judgments coming during the next 3 ½ years.