whether the Two Witnesses
(a) are people,
(b) returned prophets of old,
(c) or symbolisms for churches: Jewish & Christian
'they' show up in the 2nd half of Daniel's 70th Week,
which is after
the anti-christ is 'revealed' as not being a peace-maker but instead a very harsh & unholy character that wages war on
Christians-Jews+any one against his social/economic/militaristic worldview
And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in
this manner be killed.
Rev 11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to
smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall
overcome them, and kill them.
Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies [shall lie] in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was
Plus---- the 2 bodies, will not decay for the 3 days they are laying dead in the streets of 'the Great City
I'd say the 'Great City' is not Jerusalem, but could perhaps be:
Washington/NYC, or even Geneva, Brussels, London, Ridyah, or other places as conditions change in relation to the world relative to the latter day
stream of events.
the 'Great City' is the base, or seat-of-power for the anti-christ empire
and will not be Jerusalem,
because Jerusalem could very well be one of the 'two witnesses'
the other could be the former Constantinople as it was once the cradle of
the new-testament Christianity cult...
here's a theory, the two witnesses, are the two cities, Jerusalem & TheNewCity (Istanbul nee Constantinople)
which will in the "70th week" will both be destroyed by the anti-christ,
1,260 days after he breaks the 7 year peace treaty with many nations.
Imagine two cities nuked or nutron-bombed, 2 cities that were the
root cause for much of the worlds religious zealotry & resulting troubles,
the populations would indeed rejoice at their elimination