Recounting the Story of the Two Witnesses

One of the many discussed sections of the Book of Revelation and the parallel book of Zechariah concerns the story of the Two Witnesses. The most common theory of the theologians and prophecy writers have taught that these men are two restored prophets: Moses, because he brought about the ten plagues of Egypt in Exodus chapters 6-14 and Elijah when he confronted the prophets of Ba'al, discredited them, and had them killed (see I Kings 18:17-46) as frauds.

When you read the story in Revelation 11, you read about some very incredible men. They will prophesy 1,260 days, likely in the Temple Mount area. They will cause Israel to remember their sin. Some will repent, but others will speak out and be destroyed. The story is recounted here:

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (Revelation 11:3-11 KJV)

Most people who read this story end up with more questions than answers. When they turn to their theologians, they get responses that do not match the text. Sadly, we find out that most of them are followers of Lutheran liberal scholar Rudolf Bultmann (1884-1976), who believed Christianity needed to "demythologize the Bible." They are no different than the Pharisees of Jesus' time whom Jesus chided by commenting "...Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." (Matthew 22:29 KJV) As a result, many people are wondering what the two witnesses really are? Some have asked if some Bible Codes could be done in an effort to find out more.

The Two Witnesses Bible Code

To begin our research, using the theories of Hal Lindsey and others, we search for the terms "Two Witnesses," Moses, and Elijah. We do a search and we come up with this matrix:


In this very "tight" 124-skip matrix from the book of Leviticus, we indeed find our key words in this code. For many people, that would be enough for determine that indeed, Hal Lindsey, R.B. Thieme, Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins, and the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary are right... that Moses and Elijah are the two witnesses. Clearly, the Bible Codes have proven it once and for all.

However, if we were to present this matrix at a Bible Code convention, we would be laughed to scorn. The mathematicians would immediately point out that the risk of this matrix appearing at random is very high. There are only three terms, one of them is five letters, the second one is four letters and the third is only three letters. A viable code should have a lot more letters.

The Jewish element of the convention would immediately mock the "two witnesses" code because it's main concept comes from the Christian book of Revelation. Other elements would take exception to the fact that the word "Moses" is not physically connected to the other words. Other researchers would point out that Moses and Elijah were not alive to witness the resurrection, therefore, how could they be the two witnesses? They would correctly point out that since Moses is already dead, that communicating with him would be necromancy, which is strictly forbidden by the Torah (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).

Digging Deeper into the Bible Codes

After taking a beating at the hands of the Bible Code convention, our Jewish critics, and the mathematical critics, the code researcher will realize that he has to do considerably more work to come up with a viable Bible Code. While Messrs. Lindsey, Thieme, LaHaye, and Jenkins may like the outcome of this code, it will take a lot more convincing to win the hearts of the Bible Code convention. It will also take the finding of a lot more words to defeat the "randomness risk" that comes from small codes.

 

On the next page, we will continue our work and see if we can discover more.

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