The Two Witnesses|
Who are the two witnesses who will preach in Jerusalem?
Dr. David R. Reagan
Who are the two witnesses who
preach in Jerusalem?
Revelation 11 says there will be two miracle working
witnesses of God who will preach in Jerusalem for 3½
years. They will serve as the conscience of the world
and will be hated by most people. The Antichrist will
kill them at the mid-point of the Tribulation, and the
world will rejoice.
The mystery regarding these witnesses has always been
their identity. Who will they be? The book of Revelation
does not tell us. Tim LaHaye postulates that they will
be Moses and Elijah, and there is good biblical evidence
for this conclusion. These two were present at Jesus'
Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3). And the miracles
performed by the two (described in Revelation 11:6) are
those that characterized the ministries of Moses and
Still, I believe the two most likely candidates are
Enoch and Elijah. Both were men of righteousness who
were raptured to Heaven. Neither experienced death. Both
were prophets, and one was a Gentile (Enoch) and the
other was a Jew (Elijah).
I think it is interesting that this was the unanimous
opinion of the Church Fathers during the first three
hundred years of the Church. All of them identified the
two witnesses in their writings as Enoch and Elijah.
One, by the name of Haymo who served as the bishop of
Halberstadt (840-853), even quotes a version of Malachi
4:5 as stating that both Enoch and Elijah will appear
before the day of the Lord. Our modern versions mention
So, we know for certain from the passage in Malachi
that one of the two witnesses will be Elijah. The
identity of the other is unknown. He could be either
Moses or Enoch. I side with Enoch because he was a
Gentile, and I believe the Lord is going to supply two
witnesses instead of one because He is going to ordain
one to speak to the Jews and the other to the
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