In the midst of a vision about measuring the The Jerusalem temple, unlike the tabernacle, was a permanent structure, although (like the tabernacle) it was a place of worship and religious activity. On one occasion Jesus felt such activity was unacceptable and, as reported in all four Gospels, drove from the temple those engaged... More of God, John is told about two powerful witnesses who will prophesy for 1,260 days. These figures represent faithfulness to God in the midst of opposition from the wider world.
The two witnesses are figures that personify the community of faith calling the world to worship God. They wear sackcloth, which is a sign of repentance, and they look like figures from many points in Israel’s history. Like Prophet who led Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land and received the law at Sinai More, they turn water into blood (Exodus 7:14-25). Like A miracle working Israelite prophet who opposed worship of Baal. More, they keep the rain from falling (1 Kings 17:1). Like Prophet who condemned Judah's infidelity to God, warned of Babylonian conquest, and promised a new covenant More, they are fiery preachers (Jeremiah 5:14). Like The governor of Judah who helped rebuild the Temple after the exile More and The successor of Moses, Joshua led the Israelites into Canaan More the A priest is a person who has the authority to perform religious rites. In New Testament times priests were responsible for daily offerings and sacrifices in the temple. More, they are pictured as lampstands and olive trees (Zechariah 4:3, 14). By encompassing the traits of these many prophets and leaders, the two witnesses exemplify the way the faithful are called to bear witness in many times and places, despite hostility from the unbelieving world.