|Revelation 11:3-12 |
3 And I will give power to my two witnesses,2 and they will prophesy one thousand-two-hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth."
4 These are the two olive trees, and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if any man tries to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours their enemies; this is how any man who tries to harm them must be killed.
6 These have power to shut heaven, so that it does not rain during the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with plagues, as often as they will.
7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, and will overcome them, and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where our Lord was also crucified.
9 The peoples and kindreds and tongues and nations will see their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.
10 And those who dwell upon the earth will gloat over them, and make merry, and will send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented those who dwelt on the earth.
11 And after three and a half days the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who saw them.
12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here." And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies watched them.
2 I will give power to my two witnesses, The witnesses in this chapter, prophesying, devouring their enemies, shutting up the heavens from rain, being killed, lying in the streets, and rising, like the rest of the Book of Revelation, are experienced in the hearts of believers, which experience kingdom-dwelling, early Quaker giant, Edward Burrough wrote:
I was wanton, and lived in the lustful nature, among heathens, crucifying the Lord of Life; but the blood of that which I had slain cried continually, and the witness which lay slain would give me no rest, which the earthly made merry over; and I grew to be weary of hearing any of the priests though never so high, for something which shined deep in me showed me ignorant in all profession, and I was put to a stand many times in myself at those things that had come to pass.
In you, O land, will the Lord manifest his power and will stretch forth his arm for the deliverance of his chosen, and for the redemption of his two witnesses, which have lain slain in the great city in this land, which those who dwell upon the Earth have rejoiced over and made merry, and triumphed in their slaughter;
for I saw myself to be in bondage to my own will and to my own lusts; and through the Word of the Lord spoken to me by him, began to see myself, (the witness being raised), where I was, and what I had been doing,
Exactly how this occurs within a believer's heart is a mystery, which is only revealed by experiencing the revelation (the revealing) of Jesus Christ (who has been hidden).