18. The Two Witnesses

Two witnesses, by the Spirit of Christ, preached against the beast that held them in Satan’s hand.

John called the two witnesses two olive trees and two lampstands (Revelation 11:16). The two olive trees who dripped of the oil of the Spirit of Christ were Jan Huss and Martin Luther. The two lampstands were the Moravian Hussites and the Lutheran Church.

In Daniel 12, the angel raised His right hand and His left and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time (Daniel 12:7). This was called 1,290 days in verse 11 and refers to three and a half years or 43 months of 30 days on the Jewish lunar calendar. These were called 1,260 days or 42 months of 30 days on the solar calendar of the Romans (Revelation 12:6).

The Hebrew word for “days” sometimes means years, and from the prophecy of the Messiah’s coming after 69 weeks, we know that Daniel’s days are years.

In 1471, after exactly three and a half years, 1,278 days as years, the Moravian Hussites broke free from the power of the bishop of Rome.

The angel said, “Blessed is he who waits and comes to 1,335 days” (Daniel 12:12). Forty-five years later, Martin Luther began his reformation when he challenged the papacy in a public debate.

The preaching of the two witnesses was compared to Elijah, who prayed, and the rain stopped. Then after three and a half years, he prayed again, and rain covered the earth.

The Book of Daniel said there would be 2,300 days until the sanctuary was cleansed. These 2,300 days, less the 1,290 days, are the one-thousand-year reign of the martyrs with Christ. After declaring independence, the Moravian Hussites were hunted in the woods for three and a half years. John said that after three and a half days, they stood on their feet, and went straight up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched them (Revelation 11:11-12).