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This Bible Study was originally written by Roger Christopherson & published at http://www.theseason.org/
The two witnesses are [men] whom God will give supernatural abilities, to allow them to stand and witness for God's people. They are true believers who know and trust on the Lord Jesus Christ.
The prophets of God and our Lord Jesus Christ have given us all the information that will happen during this time, the woes of the sixth trump, mark the end of flesh man.
This chapter is going to reveal to us something that is going to happen just prior to the gathering back to our Lord Jesus Christ; we’re speaking of the two witnesses, and what shall happen to them.
There is no secret here, for God is letting His elect know these events that mark the last three and a half days of
this earth age of flesh man.
The "first woe" starts during the fifth trumpet. During that trump when the fallen angels are released from their holding place in the abyss, and cast out onto the earth. They were held there in the abyss because of their coming to earth, without being born first to a flesh and blood woman, in the days prior to the flood of Noah, thus trying to destroy the lineage that God selected to bring forth the Messiah into this earth age. God destroyed those living on the face of the earth; except for Noah and his family, and at least two of each race, if they were also saved on the ark as some believe.
John Rhine's note: This is only speculation on my part, but I personally believe many more of the races of mankind were saved. Because I don't believe Noah's flood was worldwide. I believe only Lucifer's flood was worldwide, but not Noah's. My thought is, If God said the races, His sixth day creation, were very good in Genesis 1:31 and Satan goal was to destroy the pedigree of Adam and Eve's Seed, from which Christ was to be born, why would God want to kill off the sixth day creation, after telling them to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
There was and is now a war going on in heaven, and when that war is over, God will cast Satan and his angels out onto the earth. When they arrive here on earth, these fallen angels will spiritually strike all mankind in the same manner as when a scorpion physically strikes a man. Those not sealed with the truth in their minds, or foreheads will be rendered spiritually defenseless against the first woe to come over the earth, just like a victim is rendered physically defenseless when struck by a scorpion.
This "second woe" that is within the sixth trumpet, will end the moment that Satan, acting as the "instead of Christ", rises and kills these two witness. The moment that this happens, it will mark the final three and a half days of this earth age. After this will start the third and last woe.
11:1 "And there was given me a reed like unto a
rod: and the angel stood, saying, rise, and measure the
We find that this "reed" that John has given is not for making a measurement, but it is a "scepter". This scepter is given for judgment and destruction. The destruction will be for tarring down a temple and alter that was in place along with all them that worshipped there. This will be at the time when Satan will be sitting on that throne in the temple in the role of the spurious messiah, i.e. false-christ.
Satan will be calling himself God, and the people will be
making sacrifices to him, and the world will believe him.
This is the time that Jesus
called "the abomination of desolation", as spoken of by Daniel in
Daniel . At this
time Satan, "the son of perdition" will be revealed in his temple at
II Thessalonians 2:2 "That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand."
Remember that this letter from Paul was in response to the warning to the brethren given in I Thessalonians 4:13-17. "But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as other which have no hope." Paul was explaining where their loved ones were that had died. Those loved ones were not out there in a hole in the ground, but their soul went instantly to be with the Father. It was from that, many even today misread what Paul was saying, by dropping the subject, "where are the dead", then they created their fly-away theory. Your "breath of life body" which is your soul, is what goes back to the Father at death, not your flesh body. God meets the soul of each person who dies in this earth age, and their remains, the remains of their flesh body decays back into the elements that it is made of.
However, this letter by Paul the Apostle is to alert you and me who are living in this final generation, that a very important event will take place before our Lord's coming at the seventh and final trump. If you know this in your mind, then when it happens you will not be shaken by it. God is in control, and He is letting you know directly those things that must happen to test the people living in this final generation. Be aware that God has given Satan permission to do what is written in His Word, so don't be shaken by what you witness.
II Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition."
The day that is the subject here is "the day of the Lord", it is the day our Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to set up His Millennium Kingdom for that thousand year period. This day of Christ's return will not occur until after the other event of this "second woe" of the sixth trump happens. Mark it well in your mind, for you will see this "man of sin", Satan first, before you see Christ return. Satan is the "son of perdition", and he will commit the "abomination of desolation" that our Lord spoke of in Matthew 24:15.
Paul is warning us; "Let no man deceive
you by any means"; not by some revelation of an evil spirit that appears to
be from God or by some minister, or a tradition that has been taught by your
church. Satan will be here on earth and
bring all of his supernatural evil forces with him as he "sits on his throne
II Thessalonians 2:4 "Who [Satan] opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he [Satan] as God sitteth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
Satan will be thrown out of heaven on to the earth along with his fallen angels, and he will present himself as God, at his coming.
His time will be short, it's been shortened from three and an half years, to five months. So a temple will be quickly built for him, and he will be sitting on his throne in that location.
John's note: I'm not so sure about this being a brick and mortar Temple that is being talked about in 2 Thes. 2:4. I believe this Temple is in people's heart.
Satan, "the son of perdition" will say all the right words
to get Christians that are not sealed with the truth,
in their minds, to believe him to be the Christ.
He will do all the miracles and say all the right words to
draw unsealed Christians to him. This role that Satan
will play must be done before the return of Jesus Christ,
and Satan will demand the worship of those that claim
the name of Christ.
Jesus spoke of this spiritual destruction in Matthew 24:15, 16
"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation,
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let
him understand:)"  "Then
let them which be in
Those of God's elect have eyes to see and understand what
Jesus is telling us here. Those elect will fly nowhere, but be
here on earth and see Satan "sitting on that throne calling
himself God". Expect it to happen, and know that this "covenant" by Satan will cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease.
The "sacrifice and oblation" is what we call our Communion
Table, and it will stop because most Christians, in their
human bodies, will believe that Jesus Christ is present with
them. Jesus' commanded us to continue to take the
Communion, the cup and the bread until He returns to take
it with us in His Heavenly Kingdom. That time of His
Millennium Kingdom starts at His return.
The "desolator" that causes this end is Satan,
and the "abominations" are the lies and
wonders that he does to cause Christians
to believe him.
Our Lord Jesus Christ calls this time, "the
abomination of desolation". "The desolation"
is when they will stop taking the Communion,
because the Christians that are not sealed
with the truth, actually believe Satan is Jesus
the Christ; the Messiah.
If you read this and live in the final generation,
God expects you to understand what it is
going on when you see it happen.
You will be tested!
11:2 "But the court which is without the temple
leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles [nations]:
and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months."
The Lamentations of Jeremiah recorded this future destruction in about 588 B.C. in Lamentations 2:8 the "line stretched" is speaking of the scepter that John had been given. Lamentations 2:9 "Her gates are sunk to the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars; her king and her princes are among the Gentiles [nations]: The law is no more [where the law is not]; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord." Though the time is established at forty two months, we know from Jesus that it was shortened to five months.
Notice that the "king" is spelt here with a small "k", for it is speaking of Satan.
The "princes of
Even today God's laws are being changed and altered by religious men, and those laws go against what the Scriptures really say.
These false prophets of the "House of Israel" who are not
the Jew’s, have no vision, for they have placed Satan in
their visions where God ought to be.
These so called Christian preachers and their
doctrines teach their flocks to chase after the
first supernatural person that arrives calling
They are instructed to take a ride with him through the air, just as in a fairy tail.
Though the inner part is destroyed, the Gentile
part of the temple will be left standing.
This part includes much of the Christian
world, because they still think they are Gentile:
What ever they do then at that time,
they do in ignorance,
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."
Now we'll focus in on the last three and a
half days of this earth age, and every one
on earth will take part in one way or
God is placing these two witnesses on earth ahead of time for the sole purpose of witnessing for Him. They will warn all of mankind, and the sackcloth indicates that this warning to mankind of their sins is to be their only mission.
11:4 "These are the two olive trees, and the two
candlesticks standing before the God of this earth."
In Zechariah 4:3, 11, and 14 these two witness are the "olive trees", In Revelation Jesus reveals to John that "the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."
Are we speaking then of two churches or two people?
Jesus said that the churches of
John wrote this book of Revelation to us after our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, took him "in the spirit" from where he was in the the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God in that first century after the crucifixion.
Our Lord took John spiritually,
"in the Spirit,"
to witness and write about what will
be happening, both in heaven and on earth,
during the twenty first century,
on "the Lord's Day."
[the day He ends this earth age, through and
including, His 1000 year Kingdom on Earth],
i.e. The millennium.
Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Silly Christian, salvation is spiritual, of the soul, not of the flesh!
So we see John, the Christian realist, who knew there was no "easy ride", imprisoned or exiled to the isle of Patmos for preaching and teaching God's Word. Hey, that's better than the bloody beating Paul took on Mars Hill. When the going gets a little rough, just remember the crucifixion of our Lord.
What does it mean that John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day? What's the Lord's day? I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Remember we discussed earlier how that one should read and study the entire Word of God? Well, here is an example of a verse that a student of the Bible would immediately understand. The "day of the Lord" is spoken of in Isaiah 2, 2 Peter, 1 Thessalonians, etc., and is a time yet future, beginning with the first day of the millennium, the day the Lord returns, His day, the Lord's day.
If you're not familiar with God's Word you may be unprotected and susceptible to listening to the unlearned tell you that it's now Sunday on the isle of Patmos!
But know this well. The understanding of verse 10 is extremely important in order to know the time frame of the Book of Revelation. The Lord's day is where John was taken when he saw the visions.
Let's look at a few verses concerning the day of the Lord. Paul talks about Christ's return, the day of the Lord, in 1 Thes. 5:2.
Do Sunday's sneak up on you like a thief in the night? Do they take you by surprise? If they do there's a new thing out now called a "calendar" which will let you know when they are coming.1 Thes. 5:2
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
Christ's return will only come as a thief in the night to those who aren't watching (which is the majority of Christianity), to those who do not have the seal of God, His word, in their foreheads. God's children, His servants to whom the Book of Revelation is addressed, have the solar calendar, if you will, i.e. the calendar of events in the order in which they occur.
What happens before and the day Jesus Christ returns is REVEALED in this Book of Revelation. Stay with us and you'll soon know, too!1 Thes. 5:4-6
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Peter also discusses the day of the Lord in his second book.
So the Lord's Day will be 1000 years commencing at Christ's return. We call it the millennium, which means a thousand. It is His Sabbath, the day of rest, the 7th day.2 Peter 3:8
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
You just read happens on the day of the Lord, so don't listen to this "it happened on Sunday" stuff anymore! The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
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They, the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, had the "key of David" and they could identify the "Kenites", the sons of Cain, and they knew of their origin and false teaching and doctrines.
So we see that when Satan is here on earth
in the role of the spurious messiah, these two witnesses or "olive trees" will be here to
witness against him. Those two churches
Revelation 11:5 "And if any man will [desireth to] hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will [shall desire to] hurt them, he must in this manner be killed."
When these two witnesses appear on earth and start their witnessing, there will be no doubt as to who they are.
Many religious leaders today speculate and name names, but that is not important.
You will know them by their words if you are in tune with God's Word.
Remember, because the prophets and saints of old have died and gone to be with the Lord, they would not be in flesh and blood bodies.
Since, these two witnesses have flesh bodies, and Satan will slay them, and they will shed their blood, we know they are not prophets and saints of old
The power they use to defend themselves will be given by God when the Satan arrives in person.
That power will end exactly three and a half days before the sounding of the seventh trumpet.
We know that will be, because God has written in this book, the Bible and this is a sign for us to watch for.
It is an important sign for each of God's elect to remember.
It marks the end; when the two witnesses are killed, the seventh trump will sound in three and a half days.
11:6 "These [two witnesses] have power
to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power
over water to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as
often as they [the witnesses will."
The "waters" that these two witnesses have power over are the nations and peoples of this earth.
There is power granted to these two, to smite peoples and nations.
They will be able to call down plagues when ever and where ever necessary.
When you see the written word come true before your eyes,
you will know what to expect next.
Believe it when you see it come to pass.
As long as you are in your Heavenly Father's care,
you will not fall under any of their curses, plagues, or torments.
The witnesses will use their powers only on Satan and his followers.
If you have made a commitment to Satan in ignorance, then many of these will fall on you.
Remember from Revelation 9:4 "hurt only those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads." Go back and review.
"And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war on them, and shall overcome them, and kill them" Verse 7.
The witnesses are here on earth for a set time,
and that appointed time only the Father knows,
Satan defies God and has these two witnesses killed.
Satan's angels are the beast from the bottomless pit
and when he has taken all the abuse from the two witnesses that he can handle,
he will kill these two witnesses.
Don't forget the first warning that God gave
to Satan when he arrived here on earth..."touch not those that have the seal
of God in their foreheads."
The Christians alive that have not the seal of God in their minds will look on these two as real trouble makers. If you see a person that really rubs the church world the wrong way as he brings forth the Word, and he causes things to happen even to those that do not respect them. They will rejoice when Satan finally rising up against God's command to him, and kills them. Remember that these two witnesses even caused the plagues to hit them, and the rain to stop and prevent their crops from growing. The people of the world will be angry at these two witnesses for the trouble they have caused.
11:7, 8 "And when they shall have finished their
testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [abyss]
shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." 
"And their dead bodies shall lie in
the street of the great city, which spiritually is called
Once Satan and the people of the earth have had enough of these two witnesses judgments on them,
Satan will rise up and kill them.
Remember that the two witnesses’ purpose for being on the earth at this time is to witness against Satan.
The elect and those sealed know what is going on and what to expect,
They will not be surprized to see these two witnesses taken to
The entire world will witness the murder by Satan of these two.
God gave the order to Satan from the very beginning,
"touch not those that have the seal of God in their foreheads",
and Satan violated that order from God.
The bodies of those two witnesses’ will lie in the "street", which in the Greek text reads "plateia", or "broad place".
This will more
than likely be a stadium or a large hall in
These murders will start the entire world into a celebration.
The murders will also set off a chain of events,
so that all the rest of Bible prophecy will be over in just three and a half days.
This marks the end of this earth age of flesh man.
In Satan's mind, he'll think he has put down the only thing that hindered his claim to deity.
Satan's throne is in the
While the two witnesses were still alive, they brought the spurious messiah's life and power into question, and made the lives of the whole world just plain miserable.
These two witnesses brought into question each of those false traditions that the Kenites promoted within the churches, especially Christian churches, and even most Christians wanted them out of the way.
The entire world will rejoice over the death of the two witnesses, except for God's elect and those with the
truth stored in their minds.
This time of celebration will be like the fourth of July, Christmas, Passover, and Ramadan all rolled into one, for
it will be a celebration like this world has never seen.
On the screen of every TV channel, there will be the
dead bodies of the two witnesses, as the liquor
flows, the prayer and praise goes up to their god Satan.
The key to understanding that this event is taking place in
When Satan and his
fallen angels are in power there, it will be exactly like it was in old
God's Spirit allows us to see
the only location that this could take place is in
The instant these two witnesses are murdered, the warning as told to His elect by our Lord Jesus Christ
of "three and one half days" will be remembered and will start, for this is "the abomination of
Satan the desolator will declare himself to be God, and that is the abomination.
His elect know this then marks the final 84 hours of this earth age of flesh man.
At this time you will see other major events taking place,
such as in Ezekiel 38, 39, for then also
entire Arab world will come against true
However for those three and a half days, much of the
world will be in celebration.
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
Most of all mankind on the earth will be
celebration, except for God's elect.
God's elect, are those sealed with the truth in
their mind, they know that the end is only a
matter of days, and our Lord is even at the
Most Christians by this time will simply be
worshipping Satan as their messiah in
ignorance, and even more tragic is that they
will face the true Messiah in three days and try
to give reason why they played the role of
harlot with Satan.
This, Christ's unfaithful bride, will feel the
shame of their action and wish the
mountains would fall on them.
This will happen in your
lifetime for we are living in
the final generation of this
Believe it not!
When you feel the shame,
you will believe it.
Now the victory comes:
after three days and an half the spirit [breath] of life from God entered into
them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw
That soul that was taken from their
bodies by Satan
will return and these men will come back to life.
Most Christians will not even be aware of these two
witnesses until the end of this period, for they will
believe that they will fly out of here.
Do you see why that doctrine of devils, the rapture
doctrine is so dangerous?
It gives a false hope to Christians, and causes them to
disregard those parts of Scripture that prepare us
for this end time.
The fear that comes over Christians at this time is a
When the two witnesses come to their
feet, this "paralyzing fear" ["epipipto",
in the Greek], terrorizing fear will grip the
world for they will see what they
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."
Every soul on the face of the earth will see these two witnesses ascend up into heaven.
This is a rapture those that have followed Satan as the spurious messiah are going to miss.
These two saints will ascend up to heaven.
At this same instant, the seventh trump will sound, and Christ will come here to earth, and;
This brings on the third and
final woe on the face of the
earth that will close out this
earth age of flesh and blood
Revelation , 14 "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."  "And the second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly." 
These 7000 men in
This number accounts for all the angels that came with Satan, for they will not be in this earth age any
Satan's time of story telling is over. His tricks and lies will be no more in this earth age.
The remnant that is of God's election will give glory to God because it is over.
The tribulation and great time of testing of these flesh bodies, as well as this entire earth age of men in
the flesh will be over.
This is a time that our generation will see because we’re living in this final generation. [the Fig Tree
The third woe now starts, and the destruction of everything that we knew in this realm of flesh and blood man is over and done with.
Revelation "And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of Our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
This verse takes us into the next chapter,
that's dealing with the Seventh trump and
the setting up of the Jesus Christ's
Kingdom of the Millennium age.
Live Link to- John Rhine's summary of our "Mystery Babylon" study:*#1 Live Link to- #8076 "Let's talk about "The Building of Mystery Babylon"
*#2 Live Link to- #8077 "Let's talk about Creation'"
*#3 Live Link to- #8078 "Let's talk about the 'Kenites' who are building this city"
*#4 Live Link to- #8079 "Let's talk about this city", i.e. Mystery Babyon
*#5 Live Link to- #8080 "Let's events leading up to "The Cup of Wrath"*#6 Live Link to- #8081 "Let's talk about the Nephilim,the fallen angels"
*#9 Live Link to- #8084 "Let's talk about The Two Witnesses and the Abomination of Desolation"*#10 Live Link to- #8085 "Let's talk about "The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Seventh and Last Trump
*#11 Live Link to- #8086 "Let's talk about Jesus Christ's kingdom of the Millennium" Mystery Babylon is destroyed
*#12 Live Link to- #8087 "Let's talk about Judgment Day" Mystery Babylon is ancient history