The identity of these two individuals is unknown. However, when they do come on the scene, it will be clear that Christ’s Return is imminent.
Revelation 11:3 shows that these two men will be given incredible power for the three and a half years preceding Christ’s Return. If anyone tries to harm them and interfere with their ministry and testimony, “…fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies” (vs. 5). This is comparable to the power that was given to Elijah, as demonstrated in II Kings 1:9-15. They will be empowered to bring drought and famine upon the earth, just as Elijah did (I Kings 17:1-7; Luke 4:25). They will also be able to strike the earth with plagues (Rev. 11:6).
The two witnesses will deliver a final warning to this world’s government leaders, for which they will be martyred. The world will rejoice at the sight of their corpses, which will remain exposed in the streets of Jerusalem for three and a half days (vs. 9-10). But all will be struck with tremendous fear when the two men are raised to life and rise skyward in a cloud (vs. 11-12).
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