The Two Witnesses – Revelation 11:1-14
I. THE MINISTRY OF THE WITNESSES
a. The place of their ministry
Matthew 24:15 (NASB) “Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand),
Matthew 23:39 (NASB) For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
b. The period of their ministry
c. The description of their ministry
Deuteronomy 19:15 (NASB) “A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.
Mark 6:7 (NASB) And He summoned* the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits;
Acts 13:2 (NASB) While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” The power of their ministry
II. THE MIRACLE OF THE WITNESSES
a. The messengers can cause drought
1 Kings 17:1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”
James 5:16 (NASB) Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
James 5:17-18 (NASB) 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
Malachi 4:5-6 (NASB) 5 “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. 6 “He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”
Matthew 16:14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”
Matthew 16:28 (NASB) “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Matthew 17:1-3 (NASB) 1 Six days later Jesus took* with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led* them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Matthew 17:9 (NASB) As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead.”
Matthew 17:10 (NASB) And His disciples asked Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”
Matthew 17:11 (NASB) And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
b. The messengers can turn water to blood
c. The messengers can cause death
III. THE MARTYRDOM OF THE WITNESSES
a. The purpose of the martyrdom
b. The reaction to their martyrdom
IV. THE MIGHT OF THE WITNESSES
a. The resurrection of the witnesses
b. The rapture of the witnesses