The Two Witnesses

(Daniel 12:11-12;  Zechariah 4:11-14; Revelation 11:3-4)

In Revelation 11, the apostle John described two witnesses who will testify against the work of the beast. The Greek text literally says, “I will give two witnesses of Me, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,”1Rev 11:3 which we know are years.

John said these two witnesses were two olive trees2Rev 11:4 and two lampstands. The two olive trees are from the Book of Zechariah.3Zech 4:11 They are two olive trees that drip of the oil of the Spirit of Christ. Trees represent the righteous in the kingdom of God.

Of course, there were more than two witnesses for Christ over these 1,260 years, but Jesus said the Law required only two witnesses.

In the last Chapter of the Book of Daniel, we find two witnesses.

Daniel wrote, “From the time the daily sacrifice is taken away and the abomination of desolation is set up, there shall be 1,290 days. Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335 days.”4Dan 12:11-12

The 1,290 days were the “time, times, and half a time,” that came to an end in 1471, when the Hussites broke free from the power of the beast, through the preaching of Jan Huss who was burned at the stake in 1415.

The words “Blessed is he who waits and comes to the 1,335 days,” brings us another 45 years to the year 1516.

Before his death in 1485, an imprisoned monk named Johannes Hilten, said, “Another one … will come in A.D. 1516, who will destroy you. Neither will you be able to resist him.”5Apology of the Augsburg Confession, 27:3 (Of Monastic Vows

The young monk who would come in 1516 was more blessed than Jan Huss because he would succeed without any violence against him.

John said there were two olive trees and two lampstands. The meaning of lampstands was explained in the First Chapter of Revelation. Jesus said the seven churches of Asia were seven lampstands.6Rev 1:20 The two lampstands of Revelation 11 are the two churches established by the two olive trees.