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The Two Witnesses

by Rav Sha'ul

 

Two Witnesses and the associated signs are key to end events in scripture.  I'm sure as time progresses it will become ever clearer who or what exactly The Two Witness really are.  Yahweh literally has established two personal witness to mankind:

The Law - which was written by His own hand given to mankind by Moses who represents "The Law".

The Prophets - which spoke the words of Yahweh directly to mankind.  Elijah represents the Prophets of Yahweh.

This is why the Two Witnesses are said to be "Moses and Elijah".  Moses and Elijah are simply physical to Spiritual parallels of The Law and The Prophets respectively.  We see the Two Witnesses spoken of in scripture in multiple locations.  Let's first look in Revelation where they are spoken of:

Revelation 11

1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. 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.

Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

 

In my understanding, Revelation 11:10's 2 prophets are The Law and The Prophets as foretold in Malachi 4:5.  Below is how the Book of Yahweh translated Revelation 11:10:

Revelation 11:10
... because these two prophets; the Law and the Prophets proclaimed every word of Yahweh to those residing throughout the Earth
One difference between us is the translation we use.  I have long since abandoned the traditional translations in favor of the Book of Yahweh which is a much more true and accurate translation to the original Hebrew.  Below is how Malachi 4:5 reads:
Malakyah 4:5
Behold, I will send Yliyah: The Law and The Prophets, which is The Strength of Yahweh, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh.
It has the following footnote:
1. Verse 4:5
Because of the way in which this Scripture was written, many people down through the centuries have erroneously believed that Malakyah was speaking about Yahweh's servant and prophet, who's name was Yliyah.  The word Yliyah means "The Strength of Yahweh".  Yahweh's Laws and the Prophets are the righteous strength of Yahweh. 
Romans 1:6 "for I am not ashamed of the message, for it is The Strength of Yahweh unto everlasting life"
 
Psalms 10:29 "The Way of Yahweh is STRENGTH to the righteous"
Yahweh's Laws show His righteusness and ruling authority; and all of His Prophets proclaimed His Laws.  Yahshua Messiah proclaimed the Law and the Prophets (2 Witnesses) to be Yliyah (The Strength of Yahweh) which was to come, as He said in Mattithyah (Matthew) 11:13-14.
 
The Prophet Malakyah (Malachi) was inspired to write that just before the great Day of Yahweh would come, Yahweh would establish a work to bring on last warning to this world.  This Work of Yahweh is to proclaim Yahweh's Laws and Yahweh's Prophets, thereby turning the remnant sons and fathers to Yahweh before the end comes (Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10).
I believe the Two Witness are:
  1. The Law (Torah, Feasts, Sabbaths, Jubilees, etc.)
  2. The Prophets (of old plus Yahshua)
The Law and the Prophets ARE the Strength of YHWH known as Elijah.  They are once again being proclaimed by His annointed at this time.  The entire world is in rebellion against them as they witness to the entire Truth of YHWH (declard by His Two Witness which are The Law and the Prophets) and the world turns away from them and in effect KILLED them rendering them null/void/abolished... OLD.  The Earth has fallen under the Curse found in the Torah... and is in torment as a result.  And that torment has only just begun.  It will result in the death of 90% of the population.
 
Please consider the meaning of the word Elijah in prophetic terms.  Is it referrig to the literal second coming of the physical prophet Elijah?  Or was Elijah so named by YHWH given the physical prophets role to stand up for YHWH's Word and His Laws... which are The Strength of YHWH and the literal interpretation of the name Elijah?
 

Malakyah (Malachi) 4:1-6  [Heb. 3:19-24]

1(19)  For, behold, the day comes that will burn like an oven; and all the proud, yes, and all who do wickedly, will be stubble --the day that comes will burn them up, says Yahweh of hosts; and it will leave them neither root nor branch.
2(20)  But for you who revere My Name (YAHWEH), the light of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings; and you will go out, leaping like calves released from the stall.
3(21)  And you will tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I will do this, says Yahweh of hosts.
4(22)  Remember the LAW of Mosheh My servant, which I commanded through him in Horeb for all Israyl, with the statutes and the judgments.
5(23)  Behold, I will send YLIYAH*1 *2 (the strength of Yahweh --the correct teaching of the Law and the Prophets) before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahweh;
6(24)  And it will turn the hearts of the fathers (teachers) to the children (converts), and the hearts of the children (converts) to their fathers (teachers); before I come and strike the earth with a curse; (cherem:  utter destruction in The Day of Yahweh).

[ YLIYAH *1   - Traditionally and erroneously represented as Elijah.  This word is composed of two parts: 'yl, (the original  'yl i.e. alef, yod, lamed) meaning: strength, power and might  ["strength, power" -The New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon  p.43a; --"It is commonly thought that the term derived from a root yl or wl, meaning "to be powerful"  -Encyclopedia Judaica, God, names of, EL; & "#410-el from #352-'yl" -Strong's Hebrew Dictionary]; and yah, which is the first syllable and representation of the Name of Yahweh. ["The true pronunciation of the name YHWH was never lost. Several early Greek writers of the Christian Church testify that the name was pronounced "Yahweh." This is confirmed, at least for the vowel of the first syllable of the name, by the shorter form Yah, which is sometimes used in poetry (e.g., Ex. 15:2) and the-yahu or-yah that serves as the final syllable in very many Hebrew names."  -Encyclopedia Judaica, God, names of, YHWH]  Yliyah literally means strength of Yahweh.  The strength of Yahweh which is conveyed to His people is the correct teaching of the Law and the Prophets as taught by His anointed ones. [Ps. 105:4; Mic. 5:4(3); I Chr. 16:11; Prov. 24:5; Zech. 8:9; Matt. 5:17; Acts 14:24; Acts 9:22; Rev. 3:8]
ha-nabia
*2   - Usually translated as "the prophet" but also can be applied to those whom Yahweh made known His will and has authorized to bring forth the correct interpretation of the Law and the Prophets. ["The idea of a prophet is sometimes more widely extended, and is applied to any one admitted to the familiar intercourse with [Yahweh], to whom [Yahweh] made known his will" -Gesenius Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, p. 528b ;"nabia - spokesman, speaker, prophet"  -The New Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon  p611b; root "nub: Action of speaking by inspiration; producing exteriorly the spirit with which one is filled."  -Hebraic Tongue Restored, p. 396 , Fabre D'Olivet;See Zecharyah 4:12-14]. ]


 
In prophetic language was the future Elijah to be a literal man? or the return of The Strength of YHWH "Elijah" being the proper teaching and proclaimation of His Laws and Prophets by those so annointed at the time of the end?  Remember, Yahshua claimed John the Baptist was "Elijah"... And Yahshua correctly identified The Strength of YHWH or rather "Elijah" to be the "Law and the Prophets" which was to come in Matthew 11:13-14
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
Malachi was inspired to write that just before the Great and Terrible Day of YHWH comes, Elijah (The Strength of YHWH) or more specifically YHWH'w Name, His Laws, and His Prophets would once again be proclaimed by His annointed as they prophecy one last warning to the World referece Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10... This "Gospel" that would be preached once again is the Truth of YHWH found in His Law and His Prophets and the fulfillment found in the Messiah (the Salvation of YHWH/Yahshua) which is the Strength of YHWH which is what the word Elijah means.
 
And in that same prophetic language where "Elijah" is used to represent The Strength of YHWH being His Laws/Prophets, what does the word "rain" mean and what does it imply? 
 
And in that prophetic language, what do "water" mean and what does it imply?
 
It would be a grave mistake to take what was a prophetic language spoken by His prophets and apply this language literally not acknowledging the proper meaning and implication of this language in His Word.  "Elijah", "Rain", "Waters of Earth", etc. were all used by His prophets speaking in a specific prophetic language ordained by YHWH meaning:
Elijah - The "Strength of YHWH" being His Law and His Prophets proclaimed by His Witnesses or Lamps bringing forth light to a lost world in "darkness" or disobedience to YHWH.
Rain, Dew, Living Water, etc. - the graces and doctrines of the Spirit of Truth poured out on the Earth by YHWH
Drought - Spiritual barrenness
Seas - nations of people
Waters - nations of people
Light - Spiritual enlightenment
Darkness - Evil, unrighteousness, disobedience
In proper context, the lack of "rain" as "Elijah" prophecies is the lack of Spiritual kowledge of mankind in rebellion as YHWH's Laws and Prophets are once again proclaimed on this earth and the "waters" or nations are turned to blood meaning WAR ...  All too often we take what was written in prophetic language and incorrectly apply literal meaning to what was symbolic leading to a misunderstanding of end events.  As humanity as a whole has committed the Transgression of Desolation " and is in idolatry against YHWH by the worship of pagan doctrines.  There has been no "rain" in prophetic terms which is the context of Eschatological Study.  And the Waters (nations) have been turned into blood as war has erupted across this globe.
 
The story of Elijah in the Old Testament and the 3.5 year famine/drought was a physical metaphore of a greater Spiritual event to later occur during the end of the 6th prophetic day and beginning of the 7th...  YHWH established Spiritual truths using physical events in past history as metaphors to teach us Spiritual Truths concerning Himself, His Messiah (Passover Lamb), and His Timeline. 
 
Please see the following for more on the prophetic language used by YHWH to speak through His prophets... http://www.isaacnewton.ca/daniel_apocalypse/pt1ch02.html
 
So, I ask you... in the prophetic sense... who is Elijah?  Who are the Two Witnesses?  Has there been a lack of "rain" and has the "waters" turned to blood and what about plagues in the prophetic langage? 
 
I submit to you that with the proper understanding of physical metaphors to Spiritual truth and the correct application of prophetic language to historical/current events applied to the basic foundation of YHWH's Plan for Mankind (The Sabbath).

 

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