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The Two Witnesses Of Revelation Essay

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Who are the witnesses of Revelation 11? What is there importance? There are multiple theories on who these witness are. One of the most popular theories is that it will be Elijah and Enoch because they were taken away by God before their death.(2 Kings 2:11; Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5) Others believe that it will be Moses, who turned water to blood and sent other plagues on Egypt, and Elijah because he stopped the rain in Israel for 3 1/2 years. (Exodus 7-12; 1 Kings 17:1) Another theory believes that the two witnesses are the two houses of Israel. Finally, another theory is that these two witnesses will be completely new. All of these have different twists and use scripture to back them up. ...view middle of the document...

Since Elijah and Enoch both went to heaven without dying, God would have had to change their bodily form from sinless to sinful, for sin cannot enter heaven. Some assume that God will have to reverse this in order for them to be killed for the first time. (4) This is the reason Enoch is chosen over Moses, because Moses already has an earthly body. This theory also experiences the same issue as the theory with Elijah and Moses being the two witnesses. Enoch is also in Heaven and is now sinless and cannot die.
Third, let’s examine the idea that the two witnesses are the two houses of Israel. In Isaiah 43:10-12 It says that Israel God’s witness, but who could the second one be? In 1 Kings 12, it shows Israel splitting into two Houses, the House of Judah and the House of Israel. That gives you two witnesses. Another determining factor can be found in Revelation 11:3. It calls the two witnesses “the two olive trees and the two lampstands.” In Hosea 14:5 and Jeremiah 11:16 it calls Israel an olive tree. “The seven lampstands here depict seven ekklesiai, the seven Asian churches listed in Revelation 1:11. The Greek noun, ekklesiai literally means ‘those who anywhere, in a city, village, constitute such a company and are united into one body.’ (2) One can see that in the book of Revelation, a lampstand represents a called out group of people.” (1) This could represent the two houses of Israel. Later in Revelation, we see the two houses of Israel represented by the 144,000. This is a very different twist. However, I don’t see how this theory will fulfill Revelation 11:7. It will be really hard to kill a whole nation and lay them out on the street. This is definitely one of the more interesting theories and has some scriptural backup.
Next, let’s look at the theory that these two witnesses will be two people chosen by God. It could not be Elijah, Enoch, because they are already in heaven and are now sinless. They can not die. I don’t believe it can be Moses because...

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