Revelation 11:3-6 – The Two Witnesses


Revelation 11:3-6


In the midst of a vision about measuring the temple 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 Moses, they turn water into blood (Exodus 7:14-25). Like Elijah, they keep the rain from falling (1 Kings 17:1). Like Jeremiah, they are fiery preachers (Jeremiah 5:14). Like Zerubbabel and Joshua the priest, 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.