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Topic: CLUE (09/06/18)
TITLE: What are These?
By Michelle Gretz
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The results from our most recent study left us all in a state of awe, and so it really must be written down for others to review and consider. We decided to hunt for clues to the unknown identity of the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11. Their identity has become one of the cold case mysteries of the Bible, but we decided it was worth reopening and taking a fresh look. So we divvied up our tasks as follows:
Karen (the gardener) -Olive Trees.
Barb (the home decorator) -Jewish candlestick.
Wendy (the librarian) - Biblical References of Two Standing by the Lord
Brenda (the reader) – Revelation 11 and Zechariah 4.
Two weeks passed before we eagerly met together for our joint review.
Karen reported that trees in the Bible often symbolize people or certain positions people held, and she couldn’t help but look into some other common trees mentioned in the bible. In summary, there is evidence the Olive Tree and its oil, in particular, symbolizes a Prophet and their prophecy, the Fig Tree and its figs represents the Levitical High Priest and the congregation, and the Grapevine and the grapes represent a King and his citizens.
Barb reported the candlestick symbolizes the church. The seven lamps of fire represent the Holy Ghost, but she wasn’t sure what the olive oil represented.
Wendy reported several instances where there are two mentioned standing with the Lord. These included the two men who appeared with the Lord at Abraham’s tent. Later these same two are identified as angels rescuing Lot. She also mentioned it is possible that the cherubims with the flaming sword in the garden of Eden might have been 2. Symbolically there are two cherubim with the Lord in the Holy of Holies. Additionally, in the temple are two doorposts standing by the Door. In Daniel, there are two talking to one another on the banks of the river when the Lord appears. When he speaks, he identifies one of the two as Gabriel. Then in the New Testament, we have two angels seen in the tomb where the Lord’s body had lain. When Jesus ascended into heaven two angels suddenly appeared and stood by the apostles.
Brenda reported that while reading Zechariah over and over again, she was struck by the number of times Zechariah asked, “What are these”? And the number of times Gabriel answered, “Don’t you know”? She began to feel that Gabrielle thought Zechariah should know and did know. Eventually, she even laughed as it dawned on her that Gabriel, himself, could be one of the two olive trees. She said, “It felt a bit like the time Jesus spoke to the woman at the well who mentioned the Messiah.” She didn’t know the very person speaking to her was the Messiah. Jesus had to come right out and say, “I that speak to thee am He.”
For a little while, we all just sat in stunned silence. The findings and the implications were more than we could fully absorb. When we did begin speaking the thoughts just flew through the air. Could it be that these two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11 have been in existence from the very beginning? If that is the case, they have been a witness to everything, everyone throughout all time. They are more than just two prophets. Could it be they will come to this earth not as angels, but as humans? If the Son of God came from heaven by means of a miraculous birth, why not two angels? With God all things are possible. Can you imagine this world hating and killing Gabriel? Perhaps they are the two who will sit on the Lord’s right hand and left.
We hereby present these clues and our findings to the Christian Community for their consideration.
All biblical quotes are from the KJV.
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