Separating the weed from the wheat
The Bible is like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle that will only present a comprehensible picture if every piece is fitted into its correct place, with the Book of Revelations its concluding Chapter. This prophetic Book is in turn loaded with Old Testament symbolism that will indeed convey the intended message to the reader if it is applied correctly. The two witnesses of Chapter 11 is no different.
Mention is made here of two “martyrs” (G3144) that will operate in the end-time. The word “martyr” is normally used for someone who died for a cause, in this case for the Gospel, but that does not mean that people can not be living martyrs for Christ. For instance, Apostle Paul was such a person (cf Gal.2:20) and these two witnesses will be in that same pattern as Paul.
To identify the two witnesses, one has to scrutinise their job descriptions: “They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood…” (Rev.11:6)
THE FIRST WITNESS
Eliah: This verse points to two well-known Old Testament prophets that are easy to identify. The first is indeed Elijah. He was the one who “shut up the heavens” when he prophesied: "As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word." (1Ki.17:1) The Apostle James made special mention of the power God invested in this “Elijah (who) was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.” (Jas.5:17)
There is another ordinary human being lurking in the shadows of the present time, who will fulfill the role of Elijah after the example of the historical Elijah. He will be called Eliah to distinguish him from John the Baptist, the one who was called to herald the First Coming of Jesus. Eliah will herald the precursor to the herald of the Second Coming of Jesus who will be the Antichrist.
No, Eliah will not stop the physical rain from coming down from the sky, but he will definitely stop the myriad of different theologies, doctrines, and interpretations that rain down on Christians, which divide and drive them into different sheep pens, instead of being one United Flock of the Great Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
Moses: The other Old Testament prophet that can be deduced from Rev.11:6 is Moses, who turned the water in Egypt into blood, of which we read in Ex.7:14-24, and which made the water undrinkable. There is a Moses also lurking in the shadows of the present time, who will be the alter ego of the Eliah job description of the witness of Rev.11.
Where Eliah’s task will be the spiritual unification of Christianity, in particular the Dutch Reformed Family of Churches in South Africa, the assignment of Moses will be to make the political waters that divide South Africans “undrinkable”, bringing all the different secular “tribes” of the South African society together and unite them into one “Israel” and lead them out of the bondage of physical Apartheid, imposed on them by successive political rulers, to their promised land, right here at the foot of Africa.
THE SECOND WITNESS
As strange as it may seem, but the two job descriptions of Eliah and Moses are rolled into one and represents only the first of two witnesses that are mentioned in Rev.11. the second witness is also identified by an Old Testament prophet that turned water into blood, but this one is a bit more difficult to identify.
In 2 Ki.3:16-23 we read: ‘
"This is what the LORD says: I will fill this valley with pools of water. For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink…. The next morning, about the time for offering the sacrifice, there it was—water flowing from the direction of Edom! And the land was filled with water. Now all the Moabites had heard that the kings had come to fight against them; so every man, young and old, who could bear arms was called up and stationed on the border. When they got up early in the morning, the sun was shining on the water. To the Moabites across the way, the water looked red—like blood. "That's blood!" they said…”
Oh yes, Elisha did not actually turn the water into blood, but to the Moabites it looked authentic: “that’s blood, they said.” To the Reader of Revelations Elisha points to the successor of the first witness, as Elisha was the successor of Elijah of the Old Testament, and the “Moabites” point to humanity not hearing God’s Voice calling for repentance, but hankering after the desires of the flesh as Lot’s oldest daughter desired to have a child (Moab) with her own father. This yearning fits in snugly with what Jesus told His opponents’ about their desire after the “Father of the Lies”: “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Joh 8:44)
The successor of Eliah-Moses is the Antichrist. However, we are not going to discuss this end-time figure here, because our focus in this website is the work of Ezekiel BenBUZI who, as Moses-Eliah, has the task of being the last prophet before the Old-World Order is destroyed in the fire of the "great tribulation". In our next article we will have a look at Ezekiel BenBUZI, God’s end-time priest, that is prophesied in the Bible Book that bears his name.
I am Barend Williams, a seventy two year old pensioner living in the Cape Province of South Africa. On Good Friday of the year 1985 I had a close encounter with the Divine, which totally changed my direction in life. I hope you find the articles here a Blessing from heaven. Amen.