Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood,[a] saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2 But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. 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[b] of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. 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. Revelation 11:1-6
During the seven year tribulation the Lord shall raise up two witnesses upon the earth who shall prophesy for three and a half years. They will be empowered by God to declare His message and if anyone tries to kill them, fire shall proceed from their mouths and consume them.
These two witness will move in supernatural power and resemble prophets of the Old Testament. Many have tried to figure out the identity of these two witnesses. We should never be dogmatic or argumentative about the identity of these witnesses, but as I have studied scripture I would like to share who I believe who these two witnesses are.
There are only two people in the biblical record who have never tasted death and both of them were mighty prophets of the Lord. Their names are Enoch and Elijah. Enoch was the seventh from Adam and walked on the earth for 300 years. He was a prophet of the Lord and we know this because in Jude 14-15 it states: 14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
And in Hebrews 11:5 it states: 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; [a] for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. In the book of 1 Kings chapter 17 we are introduced to the prophet Elijah and in 2 Kings 2:1-18 we are given the account in which Elijah is taken to Heaven in the chariot of fire and never tasting death.
Both of these men never tasted death and were mighty prophets of the Lord. Again their identity is not revealed in the book of Revelation but what we do know is that both of them will move in the power of God’s kingdom and will be used as God’s judgment upon the wickedness of humanity.
As we continue to move forward the earth continues to be filled with greater darkness. We move closer and closer to the rapture of the church and once the bride of Christ has been removed the seven year tribulation will begin shortly afterward. Let us be faithful witnesses on the earth at this time in history and simply follow the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit. May we be the sons and daughters who God has called us to be.