We have talked about the return of Jesus, but at that time there will be several other people who apparently have to come first. Who are they?
Elijah the Prophet
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome Day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.” (Mal 4:5-6)
The scribes insisted that Elijah must come first, referring to the prophesy of Malachi. Jesus confirms this “Elijah does indeed come first, and he restores all things.” (Mat 17:12) Jesus then said that Elijah had already come referring to John the Baptist. Does that mean the Elijah still has to come?
The Two Witnesses
In Revelation we read
“And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.” If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 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 and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.” (Rev 11: 3-6)
So who are these two witnesses? From the powers that will be given to them, it sounds like they could be Moses and Elijah! Or Enoch and Elijah? Or are they symbolic?
They witness for three and a half years. What will they witness about? Always keep in mind what God is doing, About the coming Kingdom I should think!
What they have to say will not be popular, and they end up being killed by the enemy! But to their great surprise the witnesses come to life again and are taken up into heaven in a cloud (sounds familiar doesn’t it?), while the whole world watches on television – take that you sceptics! And for good measure God follows that up with a powerful earthquake that collapses part of the city and thousands who have come to gloat, end up dying.
We are certainly in for thought-provoking times!