By Douglas W. Krieger
The identification of the 2 Witnesses and after they shall seem upon the prophetic scene takes an eschatological again seat to what they really do. we have now entered the cosmic court of the Almighty - this can be the aim of John's Revelation. The Lamb is coming in judgment and His judgment is altogether righteous; even though, ahead of the decision and next sentencing, the witnesses needs to come forth to testify - actually to prophesy. they aren't the accused. they're the plaintiffs. those witnesses were compiling proof nigh 4,000 years opposed to an implacable foe who is aware he has yet a little while.
it's time to current the proof. Why? simply because actually hundreds of thousands have paid with their very lives. those are the slain - martyred; whose blood cries out from underneath the altar to be avenged. On trial is a thief and a robber, a assassin from the very starting of historical past - person who got here to scouse borrow, to kill and to ruin. He has performed every thing conceivable to intimidate the witnesses, lest he be convicted of his excessive crimes and misdemeanors opposed to God and humankind. His identification is understood to all.
The trial, even supposing occurring for hundreds of years in which ratings of tales were given through numerous souls from each tribe, kingdom, tongue, humans or even from kings in contrast Destroyer and Desolator - has entered its ambitious and ultimate seven-year section. lamentably! From the murky abyss arises a determine to accuse the brethren yet one more time - yet they aren't on trial - the satan, devil, the Dragon, the Beast and fake Prophet are and all they "who reside on this planet" are on trial.
it's going to seem all through this article that worry and intimidation - you could name it "witness tampering to the uttermost" - will and has been frequently utilized by this artful deceiver who again and again both murdered the trustworthy fans or attempted to bribe them from giving testimony opposed to his evil cabal.
The be aware for "witness" within the Bible's Greek has its root within the notice "martyr" - for those witnesses upon giving the end result in their testimony opposed to the depraved One's nice urban, Babylon . . . opposed to his apostate spiritual, exploitative advertisement and corrupted political method, recognize full-well that in the event that they accomplish that, and so they most probably will, they probably should pay with their lives, so expensive can be their disclosures. yet they be aware of, in addition, a "great cloud of witnesses" have long past on prior to them; many perished for a similar purposes and plenty of of them survived his onslaughts.
ultimately, the witnesses are as prophets - keen to inform all and to cajole multitudes to think there is a larger lifestyles past this temporal faded the place actual justice and lasting peace abides forevermore. "The Witnesses" are higher than lifestyles. The nearer you progress into their heritage, previous, current and destiny, you unavoidably observe that with no their unmitigated testimony and ultimate flurry of intimidation, besides their willingness to put down their lives, if desire be, to realize that ultimate climactic verdict, sentence and execution opposed to their foe . . . the extra you understand it was once worthy all of it: "Shall now not the pass judgement on of the entire earth do right?"
This isn't really a simple learn - it's a theological bombshell whose ramifications on the shut of this age are outstanding. this day, the 2 Olive timber and the 2 Lampstands, so pointed out as those Prophets, Witnesses, in Revelation eleven, are engaged in a divine drama whose finish used to be prophesied approximately 4,000 years in the past, and a few say nigh 6,000 years. those volumes might represent the magnum opus of Israel and the Church within the Latter Days. The courtroom is looking forth His witnesses . . . and would not you recognize it: you're certainly one of them! now could be no time to run from it - you cannot - you have been subpoenaed to testify and there's no turning again. you are going to testify for a few 1,260 days with energy and authority. Will the witnesses inform the reality, the full fact and not anything however the fact, so assist you God? YES!