Resurrection of the Two Witnesses

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TWO WITNESSES’ RESURRECTIONBut after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on. At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon. (Revelation 11:11-14)

Resurrection – The phrase, “after the three and a half days” could be compared with Jesus being resurrected on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). Great fear would be the expected response to a double resurrection. Such fear can be a positive thing, however, since the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).(1)

Ascension – The command, “come up here,” is understood by some to speak of the Rapture of the church, though here it is a call to
only two people.(2) Jesus’ friends watched Him ascend to heaven (Acts 1:9–12), whereas the witnesses’ enemies will see them resurrected and will be shaken with fear.(3)They went up to heaven in a cloud” is a possible allusion to the cloud which received Jesus at His ascension (Acts 1:9).(4) 

Earthquake – Earthquakes are often given as a symbol of great upheavals in social and spiritual order as in Ezekiel 37:7; 38:19; Haggai 2:6; Mark 13:8; Hebrews 12:26.(5) A great earthquake occurred when the sixth seal was opened (Revelation 6:12), and there will be a greater one when the seventh bowl is poured out (Revelation 16:18–20).(6)

Gave Glory to God – To some, this phrase does not likely signify conversion, repentance, or thanksgiving, but rather intellectual recognition, which is its usual sense in scripture (Joshua 7:19, John 9:24, Acts 12:23, Romans 4:20).(7) To others, they see amid this widespread damage and death, a Godly fear that turns into genuine faith and repentance by many that see the resurrection and ascension of the two witnesses. To fear God and glorify Him is the authentic response to the eternal Gospel that is to be preached to all still alive on the earth (Revelation 14:6–7).(8)

The Third Woe – The third woe is the sounding of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 11:14) that was discussed previously.

Up Next –  A woman clothed with the “sun.”

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References

  1. Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (pp. 1901–1902). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
  2. Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1902). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
  3. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 599). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
  4. Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 577). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
  5. Robertson, A. T. (1933). Word Pictures in the New Testament (Re 11:13). Nashville, TN: Broadman Press.
  6. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 599). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
  7. Vincent, M. R. (1887). Word studies in the New Testament (Vol. 2, p. 520). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
  8. Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1902). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

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