The two witnesses are intriguing figures that come on the world scene. Several characteristics are briefly touched on in this BT Daily.
[Steve Myers] A question came in from one of our viewers and they wrote, "Can you tell me more about the two witnesses? When do they appear? Who are they and what do they represent?" In fact, this question wasn't the only one that came in on this topic. Quite often we tend to get quite a few questions about the two witnesses.
You can find information about the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11 (Revelation 11:1-14 Revelation 11:1-14  And there was given me a reed like to a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given to the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
 And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and three score 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 proceeds out of their mouth, and devours 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 ascends 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 on the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelled on the earth.
 And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell on them which saw them.
 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 beheld them.
 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe comes quickly.
American King James Version×). And in Revelation chapter 11 it's really just a small section of scripture, but it's big on information, big on the topic, big on the end times and the difficulties that are to come. So when you actually look at Revelation chapter 11 it talks about the two witnesses that will appear on the scene and that's what exactly they're doing, they're witnessing against this world. They're talking about God's way.
In fact, the interesting thing is, is they are with the power of God. It says they have power to shut up heaven and in fact it says that "I will give them my power." So God is the power behind the two witnesses, which is kind of a flip to what they're witnessing against.
On the other side we have the beast, the dictatorship, the power that is ruling the world. And that's a power that is an evil power, a satanic power that is opposing God. And so the two witnesses appear on the scene to witness against the world not for following God's way, for doing just the opposite of God's way.
And so when you look at the two witnesses here in chapter 11, we see there's religious deception. We see that it's a very difficult time.
So it's not just an idea here in Revelation 11, it's not just a nice analogy, it's not a metaphor, we are talking about two real people that will stand up at the time of the end and they stand for God's way. And so for three and a half years Revelation chapter 11 it talks about them prophesying 1,260 days. That's three and a half years they'll be prophesying and speaking out preaching the gospel to a world that is in a desperate condition. And so God gives them the power to speak out. And so the two witnesses stand up against evil.
Now there's so much to this topic, it's interesting how they are represented here in Revelation 11. It says they shut up heaven and there won't be any rain. So who are the two witnesses?
Well, it's interesting that reminds us of other figures in the Bible who stopped up heaven and it didn't rain for many, many years. Well Elijah was one of those and Moses was another one who brought down fire from heaven like these two will. So there's a connection there and of course it's more than we have time to talk about on the BT Daily.
But we do have a program that deals with these issues, an entire Beyond Today program that deals with who are the two witnesses. It's coming up shortly on television and you'll be able to look at that in our archives as well.
So we don't have enough time to talk about it right now, but we do know the two witnesses are the two olive branches, they're the two lampstands, they're the two prophets. So what does it all mean? Well, we hope you'll tune into our program and find out those details because it's something that you won't want to miss. Who are the two witnesses?
That's BT Daily. We'll see you next time.