Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees
, and the two candlesticks
standing before the God of the earth.
What do the candlesticks represent?
Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the
seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Now we know that Candlesticks = Churches
If the Two Witnesses are only two churches, which churches are they?
Rom 11:17 And if some of the [Jewish] branches be broken off, and thou [the Gentile church], being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and
with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.
Rom 11:24 For if thou [the Gentiles] wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive
tree [the Jews]: how much more shall these [the Jews], which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
This is talking about the Jewish and Christian churches which are the two witnesses! So, lets confirm this with scripture.
Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
1948AD - 1260 = 688 AD in which the Dome of the Rock was built on the temple mount!
And this fits history perfectly! As of 1948, the Jews are no longer witnessing in the nations. The Abomination that maketh Desolate was set up in 688,
and the Jews were driven into the wilderness of the nations at that time.2 Now, 1260 years later, there is a new autonomous nation of Israel, and
the Jews are back in the Holy Land again. So the Jewish people are one of the Two Witnesses of the Christian Era.
We can see 688 to 1948 as the time of Jewish witness, but what about the second witness, the Church? How can the churchs time of witness be over
since we are still here? Well, look at what has happened to the Church since 1948. Most Christian homes have a Bible, but few Christians still read
them or continue to witness to the lost. The immorality, involvement in the occult and satanism in the western nations has mushroomed since 1948, and
the church has done little to slow the decay. As a result of our apathy and questionable lifestyles that followed, much of the Gentile church has
fallen into apostasy.
Most churches in this country are terminally ill, many have already fallen away, and Europe is far worse. Many are beyond reach, the sin unto
spiritual death (1 Jo 5:16). Since our battle is really spiritual, one is inclined to wonder if the coming destruction of the visible Church may not
be more spiritual than physical. If it is, we are frighteningly close to that hour:
Rev 11:7 And when they [the Two Witnesses] 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.
This is from the a book called the "False Prophet" written by Ellis Skolfield. It is completely free. I highly recommend this book to anyone who
truly wants to be able to read the word of God without bias and use scripture to interpret scripture. God Bless!
You can find the book here: www.ellisskolfield.com...