Revelation 11 continues the second woe (11:14) with the appearance of God’s two witnesses, who have been given great power through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This power allows them to release judgment on the earth in the same manner as Moses and Elijah. Often these two are interpreted as two men, yet the Bible reveals something different. These two are not men as many have supposed, but are identified as two olive trees and two candlesticks (11:4). With this identification, we know these two are Israel and the Church (as the evidence below will make clear) which have reawakened to the power of Christ (the Holy Spirit), being purged and made white through the persecution of Antichrist (Dan. 11:35; Rev. 6:9-11).
These two Scriptures clearly identify Israel as the natural and green olive tree and the church as the wild olive tree grafted into Israel. To understand these witnesses as two men is to move away from the clear teaching of Scripture.
“The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches” (Rev. 1:20).
“Ye are my witnesses, says the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me” (Isa. 43:10; cf. Deut. 7:6-8).
CONCERNING THE CHURCH
Scripture is clear the two witnesses are Israel and the church. To see them as two individual people moves us from the clear teaching of Scripture. As we understand the implications of you and I being the witnesses, there is absolute awe as we consider what we will soon experience. Reread these Scriptures about the two witnesses. Discern the reality of these two witnesses and let them move you to great expectation and a renewed search for the power of the Holy Spirit within you.
Have you received the Holy Spirit since you committed your life to Jesus? It’s entirely possible to feel you are committed to Jesus, but have only a superficial relationship with Him because the Holy Spirit is not within you. Then ask and answer this question: Is the Holy Spirit alive and active within you?
Let us strive to be people who are doers of the word we know and allow the Holy Spirit to rise up in us like a mighty wind.