Revelation 11 describes two witnesses, which some have suggested are Israel and the Church, Michael and Gabriel, Enoch and Elijah, and a few have determined they are Satan’s witnesses. Who do you believe are the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11? Why? And, how does their death testify to their prophetic message?
How do these two witness in Revelation 11 relate to the witness of the Church now? In Acts 1:8 Jesus declared to His disciples “…you shall be witnesses to Me…” To what event are Christians witnesses of (Acts 1:22, 2:32; 3:15; 4:33; 5:32; 10:39)? In what way are you a witness of this event? What does our Lord promise His disciples in Acts 1:8 they will receive, enabling them to be witnesses? How is the Christian's power the same of that of the two witnesses?
The 22nd in a Series of Studies on Biblical Prophecy
1 2,3 4,5 6 7 8,9
7 Seals broken
6 Trumpets sounded
10 11 12 13 14 15,16 17,18
7 Bowls poured
19 20 21 22
Reign of Christ
1-2 The tribulation temple
3-14 Two witnesses
15-18 The 7th trumpet & the songs in heaven
19 The heavenly temple
3 And I will give power to my two
witnesses, and they will prophesy one
thousand two hundred and sixty days,
clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two
olive trees and the two lampstands
standing before the God of the earth. 5
And if anyone wants to harm them, fire
proceeds from their mouth and devours
And if anyone wants to harm them, he
must be killed in this manner. 6 These
have power to shut heaven, so that no
rain falls in the days of their prophecy;
and they have power over waters to turn
them to blood, and to strike the earth
with all plagues, as often as they desire.
7 When they finish their testimony, the
beast that ascends out of the bottomless
pit will make war against them,
overcome them, and kill them. 8 And
their dead bodies will lie in the street of
the great city which spiritually is called
Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord
9 Then those from the peoples, tribes,
tongues, and nations will see their dead
bodies three-and-a-half days, and not
allow their dead bodies to be put into
graves. 10 And those who dwell on the
earth will rejoice over them, make merry,
and send gifts to one another, because
these two prophets tormented those
who dwell on the earth.
11 Now after the three-and-a-half days
the breath of life from God entered
them, and they stood on their feet, and
great fear fell on those who saw them. 12
And they heard a loud voice from heaven
saying to them, “Come up here.” And
they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and
their enemies saw them.
13 In the same hour there was a great
earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In
the earthquake seven thousand people
were killed, and the rest were afraid and
gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The
second woe is past. Behold, the third
woe is coming quickly.
Definition of a Witness:
“witnesses” [µάρτυς (martys)]
• Originally referred to someone who gave
testimony about something; a witness.
• Eventually associated with those who gave
their lives for their faith. These witnesses will
witness to God’s truth and, they also will give
their lives for Him.
Definition of a Witness:
~ Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when
the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and
you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the
end of the earth.”
~ God’s Sovereign Control
Are YOU a Witness?
Acts 1:8 and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the
Matthew 28:19–20 Go therefore and make disciples of
all the nations, …and lo, I am with you always, even to
the end of the age.” Amen.
Of what are YOU a Witness?
Acts 1:22 “…one of these must become a witness with
us of His resurrection.”
Acts 3:15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God
raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
Acts 2:32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are
Acts 4:33 And with great power the apostles gave
witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 10:39–40 And we are witnesses of all things which
He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem,
whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God
raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly,
Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness shall not
rise against a man concerning any iniquity or
any sin that he commits; by the mouth of
two or three witnesses the matter shall be
Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear, take
with you one or two more, that ‘by the
mouth of two or three witnesses every word
may be established.’
ARGUMENTS FOR ELIJAH
• Elijah will precede the return of Christ.
• Elijah never died.
• Elijah’s miracles are identical to those referred
to in Revelation 11.
• Elijah appeared on the Mt.
of Transfiguration with
ARGUMENTS FOR MOSES
• Moses is mentioned in Malachi
4:4 just before Elijah.
• Moses’ miracles are reminiscent to those
referred to in Revelation 11.
• Moses appeared on the Mt. of Transfiguration
with Elijah & Christ
• The death of Moses was also mysterious
ARGUMENTS FOR ENOCH
• Enoch was a preacher of
righteousness, prophesying the
Coming of the Lord
• Enoch never tasted of death.
• Enoch represented God’s judgment on the days
before the flood.
of being a Christian
would there be enough
evidence to convict you?
• “will make war against them” [πόλεμος
(polemos)] cause strife, engage in combat
• “overcome them” - conquer, vanquish
• “kill them”
Satan will incarnate the Antichrist after Satan is
cast out of Heaven. Satan in the body of Antichrist
will kill the “Two witnesses” at the “Midpoint” of
the 7-year period
• “those who dwell on the earth will rejoice
over them” (10)
• “make merry”
• “send gifts to one another”
• “because these two prophets tormented
those who dwell on the earth”
REACTION OF THOSE LIVING ON THE
EARTH AT THIS TIME TO THE DEATH
Revelation 11:11 Now
after the three-and-a-
half days the breath of
life from God entered
them, and they stood on
1 Thessalonians 4:16–18 For the Lord Himself
will descend from heaven with a shout, with the
voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of
God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then
we who are alive and remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds to meet the
Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with
the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with
Revelation 11:11 Now after the three-
and-a-half days the breath of life from
God entered them, and they stood on
their feet, and great fear fell on those
who saw them.
Prepare to meet the One
“Who was, Who is, and
Who is to come”