Memorise Luke 3:1-18
“who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”
WHO ARE THE TWO WITNESSES?
Now, while Jerusalem in the last days (of 3½ years) will be under Gentile domination, the Antichrist World Dictator holding sway, God will send His two witnesses to testify to the power of the living and true God. Some identify them to be Elijah and Enoch, but others Elijah and Moses. One reason for Moses is the plagues he brought down on Egypt are mentioned as in his power to enact again. Besides, it was Moses and Elijah who appeared together at the Mount of Transfiguration, not Enoch.
As preachers, they will bring to the world both good news and bad news. The bad news is that God is going to judge the world by His wrath. The good news is there is still salvation in Christ Jesus for those who would believe on Him and repent of their sins. Just like John the baptiser, they will call for repentance for the day of the Lord is at hand: “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance” (Luke 3:7-8).
Now, it is God’s purpose to let them flourish only for a short season, and then be killed by the Antichrist. Their bodies will lie in the city plaza of Jerusalem and all over the world men will be able to see their dead bodies displayed for 3½ days. Whilst this may have seemed impossible in the past, now with live TV broadcasts and the advances of the Internet, certainly “they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies” (Revelation 11:9). During this display all who dwell upon the earth will make merry and send gifts one to another because these two prophets had tormented them by their miracles of punishment. But suddenly they shall stand up alive and great fear falls on all who sees them. Then a loud voice calls from heaven, “Come up hither,” whereupon they rise up and will be carried into the air by a cloud. The City will then be shaken by a terrible earthquake that tears down a tenth part of its construction. Seven thousand people will be crushed to death by this big Quake. All the rest of the people will glorify God as they tremble with fear.
In all this, God shows himself to be gracious and merciful in preaching salvation even to those in the tribulation period. At the same time He is the righteous and perfect judge who knows how to punish the wicked.
Thought: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31).
Prayer: Lord, I want Thee to be my Saviour and not my Judge.