There are some that say Jesus can come at any time. That all of prophecy has been fulfilled and there is nothing yet to be accomplished. Well, perhaps they are correct, but I have a hard time with the “Two Witnesses” when I think all things have been accomplished.
God said that He will give power to the two witnesses (Rev 11:6 NIV) “These men have power to shut up the sky 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.”
At one time I thought them to be metaphoric and to be Melchizedek and Jesus who were the two highest priests in the Bible. However it is said in Revelation 11:8 (NIV) Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. So it seems to me that neither witness can be Jesus.
So it seems to me that these two are actually men and not metaphors. They will cause great torment for everyone in the world with their power: all the while proclaiming the true God. They will not be hidden, the world will know about them and the God that sent them.
If these two witnesses must prophesy for almost three and a half years (1260 days – 3.5 years is 1277.5 or 1278.5 days) and then be publicly executed for the whole world to see, at least to see their bodies, then we are more than three and a half years from the end, because we have yet to hear about them.
If you think that I do not display much love and am not much of a Christian because of that, then consider the “Two Witnesses” and how much love they will display to the world. True love is a result of what is said and done; not merely a perception of it. The two witnesses will torment the people of the world in order to attempt to turn them toward God. It should be apparent that treating the world good has not turned everyone toward God. God will use any and all means to wake us up and turn us toward Him and the torment that the two witnesses will unleash on the world at the end of time will be His last attempt.
“O”, by the way, I am not one of the witnesses. I tested the possibility and there was no plague. Just thought you would get a laugh out of that.