Two Witnesses of Revelation

The Final Exodus

by A. Dietrich
Apostasy and the Anti-Church in the Near Future

For the first millennium of Christendom, until the schism between the western (Roman Catholic) and the eastern (East Orthodox) Churches, there was but one Christian church. It was the teaching of this Church that in the last days, “the time would arrive when vast segments of the (Christian) Church would apostacize, when a counter church, formed under Satan’s leadership, would arise and when evil will reign so strongly in the life of mankind that life on earth will become virtually impossible” (Apostasy and Antichrist, Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, NY translated from Russian, 1992, pg 4). Most Christians today would associate this with the time of the “tribulation,” which is spoken of in the biblical books of Daniel, Revelation, and elsewhere.

It is the continuing tradition of numerous Christian denominations that this apostasy will involve the acceptance of a false messianic figure, commonly known as the Antichrist. According to the East Orthodox saint, Zosima, “‘When you hear that the Christ has come to the earth or has appeared on earth, then know that it is Antichrist.'” The coming of the true Christ will be different. “‘It will be neither necessary nor even possible for men to give report to each other of the coming of the Son of God. He will appear suddenly; he will appear in his omnipotence to all men and the whole world at one time'” (Apostasy and Antichrist, pg 29, quoting Bishop Ignaty Brianchaninov, in his Works, vol. 4, p. 275).

Those days will be characterized by a climactic struggle for the allegiance of mankind between the seducing lies of the Antichrist and a prophetic witness to God’s truth and love. The discussion below describes some of the events of the tribulation in order to define the nature of God’s true witness to man during those final days and contrast it with the false spirituality offered by the Antichrist. As these days unfold, what is written here will become clearer and clearer.

Depravity Blinds against Warnings

The Bible and Orthodox Christian tradition teach that the Antichrist will be permitted to seduce mankind at large, and this in order to condemn those that refused the truth and “chose wickedness instead.” (2 Thes. 2:10-12) The book of Matthew (Ch. 24:37-40) testifies that as it was in Noah’s day so it will be in the days of the coming of the Son of Man. “They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and (they) knew not until the flood came, and took them all away.”

Apostasy and Antichrist, comments that this parallel to Noah’s time also indicates that, “unrestrained sensuality, lechery, gluttony and drunkenness will become the norm, deadening man’s mind so that even … the troubles which God will send as a warning (famine, earthquakes, plagues and finally the great agony of Antichrist) will create no feeling of fear or remorse in people drunken with their own corruption. … All the Holy Fathers consider the main cause of the rapid captivation of mankind by Antichrist to be . . . submersion in worldly matters. Since spiritual understanding (is) preserved by the true-Orthodox Christians (in contrast to Christians in name only), only the very small proportion of them who will remain true-Orthodox Christians to the last, living a spiritual life in accordance with the rules of the Holy Church, will at that time be in full weaponry and be able to discern all the snares and cunning of Antichrist” (pp.23,34) What these writers are saying in their way is that to have the spiritual discernment needed in these last days we must be applying ourselves in the Christian faith and life under the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Antichrist Seduces Israel

Antichrist will arise seven years before the return of the true Christ, offering a seven-year covenant of peace. This will be a framework establishing peace for Israel primarily, but its impact will be more far-reaching due to the many alliances and geopolitical interests involved. The Old Testament book of Daniel says that Antichrist will “make a covenant with many” for seven years of peace (Dan. 9:27). The peace of Antichrist does not actually last seven years. Daniel continues that in the midst of that seven years Antichrist will “cause the sacrifice and the oblation (in the temple) to cease” and bring “desolations” (Dan. 9:27; 11:31). This will initiate the greatest time of tribulation the world has ever known; a time that will last approximately three and a half years. So, to be specific, the biblical “great tribulation” lasts only three and a half years and occurs during the second half of the antichrist’s seven-year peace covenant.

But how can the prophecies say that Antichrist initiates a seven-year peace that lasts only three and a half years? Isn’t that contradictory? The solution is that the seven years refers not to the duration of the actual peace that commences, but it indicates that the covenant that is being affirmed is a seven-year plan. Understanding this riddle will help those watching for it to to know when these final years have commenced.

There are other possible clues. It is widely held by students of prophecy that the Jewish temple in Jerusalem will have been rebuilt before the mid-point of the seven-year peace, for at that time Antichrist is said to sit in the holy place of the temple and declare himself to be god. He apparently also causes the temple sacrifices to cease (Dan 12:11) – and so they must have commenced prior. Construction of a Jewish temple and commencement of Orthodox Jewish sacrifices would require agreements between the Aaronic priesthood and whatever other authorities prevail over activities on the temple mount in Jerusalem.

According to Mr. Walid Shoebat, a Muslim convert to Christianity who wrote the book God’s War on Terror (Shoebat and Richardson, 2010), there is an Islamic tradition predicting just this. He says this tradition, “places the ascendancy of the Mahdi (the Muslim Messiah) at the time of a final peace agreement between the Arabs and the Romans (‘Romans’ should be interpreted here as referring to … the West).” He says this agreement, “is said to be mediated specifically through a Jew from the priestly lineage of Aaron. The peace agreement will be made for a period of seven years … ” (God’s War on Terror, pg. 114). He feels that this agreement will likely facilitate the re-building of the temple. This bears great similarity to and in the last point it agrees directly with the East Orthodox Christian tradition. In the readings on the lives of the Saints, the Synaxarion for the feast of Meat-Fare Sunday states: “Antichrist will make every effort so that the Jews will acknowledge him as their promised Messiah. He will succeed in completing the organization of the Jewish government and … the restoration of the temple of Solomon.” (Apostasy and Antichrist pg. 30, paraphrasing the Triodion of the Fast).

Scripture & Tradition say Enoch & Elias Come with Power 7 Years before the End

God does not leave the world without a witness, even during this dark time of Antichrist’s covenant. Antichrist’s deception is challenged by a prophetic witness from God. According to the translators of Apostasy and Antichrist, “Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the Church speak precisely of (two prophets) coming on earth seven years before the end of the world, of their … translation into heaven.” (pg. 30) In the Revelation of John we find, “I will give power to my two witnesses … to shut the heaven so that it will not rain during the days of their prophecy: and they 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 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” (Rev 11:3-7). If the scripture is to be fulfilled someone must come who will minister, according to this narration in Rev.11. Furthermore, the ministry described falls squarely in the prophetic tradition of the Hebrew bible. That is, these are prophets in the classic Old Testament sense.

Identity of the Two Witnesses

The coming of these “two witnesses” is in itself the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. Malachi (Ch 4:5) declared that the Spirit of Elijah must come before the Day to the Lord. Some Christians teach that the two witnesses will be two prophets who had lived during Old Testament times: that God will return them to earth to minister during the time of the antichrist. Some say that God will raise up godly men from within the contemporary church to fulfill this role. Some further teach that this refers to “a two-witness company” of “manifested sons” who arise from within the Church in fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-5 to a godly maturity comparable to the fully matured (in wickedness) company that arises with Antichrist.

Those who teach that contemporary Christians will serve in this way typically couple the teaching with a call to exercise spiritually in order to grow into the “fulness of Christ (Eph. 4.13). This call to struggle for Christian maturity is commendable and is consistent with the exhortation laid out in Ja.5:17 to pray for one another, where it gives Elijah as an example, saying that “Elias was a man of like passions as we . . . who prayed earnestly,” and explaining that his prayers had power to bring plagues, repentance, and healing. This prayerfully empowered Christian witness is precisely the ministry of Elijah that the Bible teaches will prepare mankind for the return of Christ during the final seven years.

To say that full spiritual maturity and empowerment is the calling of all Christians is one thing. It is another to say that an end-time company will rise into that maturity and exercise themselves in a prophetic ministry in the classic Old Testament sense. It remains to be seen who “the two witnesses” will be.

The Two Witnesses Can’t be Prophets?

So to summarize, the original and biblical Christian teaching is that the “Day of the Lord” is to be preceded by the ministry of Elijah and this ministry is fulfilled during the seven years of the Antichrist by the “two witnesses” described in the book of Revelation. These will publicly stand before the Antichrist and the peoples of the world as a witness for God against a coming syncretistic system of iniquity. Ministering in the “Spirit of Elijah” and performing miraculous feats similar to those of Elijah, these witnesses clearly are prophets in the original Hebrew biblical tradition.

Credentials of the Two Witnesses

Some Christian theologies today teach that the canon of scripture was closed because the law and the words of the prophets were fulfilled in the advent of Jesus Christ, and so there can no longer be prophets of God in the Old Testament sense. One holding to such a doctrine might be more comfortable with the idea of two Old Testament prophets returning to fulfill this role than with contemporary Christians rising to such a stature from the ranks of the church. At least these individuals would have already been attested prophets under the Old Testament and could simply continue a prophetic ministry established under that covenant.

Another factor to consider is that these events culminate historical time, and therefore bring mankind to a pivotal deepening in his understanding of himself and of God. Apocalypse refers to the unveiling or revealing of the true nature of God and therefore man and his meaning in time. The two witness, Elijah ministry stands in this pivot announcing the end of the present Christian age and the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ – a time when he will live among mankind openly and physically and his heavenly law will prevail on earth. Prophetic teaching at such a transition can be expected to expand our understanding of the canon (while not contradicting it – no prophetic ministry, not even Jesus’, ever repudiated existing canon; and any ministry to be accepted as prophetic in the Hebrew tradition must prove itself consistent with prior Revelation).

These thoughts might leave one more comfortable with the seemingly unlikely return of two “certified” Old Testament prophets, than with two (or more) modern Christians receiving a special anointing to rise up in a “manifested sonship” ministry. In fact, the traditional teachings of the Christian Church (based on the clear testimony of biblical prophecy recorded before the canon was closed) can put these questions to rest. Let’s look at the story.

Individual Players & Candidates

The primary Biblical reference to the two witnesses is Revelation chapter 11. Here the story reads as though they are two men, not a company, although one may reasonably assume that they would have following. References in the Bible to the Antichrist, including in Rev 11, appear to describe him as an individual man as well, not just as a symbol for a corporate system or cultural group. East Orthodox Christian tradition also takes the two witnesses and this final adversary of Christ as individuals.

Following this model we see Moses and Elijah, who appeared with Jesus when he was transfigured to his heavenly glory before his disciples, and who represent the twin Old Testament pillars of the law and the prophets, seem to be obvious candidates for the two witnesses. A difficulty with this, in the Christian view, is that it would require a reincarnation or resuscitation of the dead followed by a second dieing. The problem is that according to Hebrews (9:27), “it is appointed unto men once to die” (italics mine). Elijah passes this test, for he did not die in Old Testament times, but was taken up in God’s chariot. Moses, however, died and was buried in the land of Moab (Deut.34:6). He would have to be brought back to life to serve, and since Revelation teaches that the two witnesses are slain by the antichrist, he would have to die a second time.

There is, though, a convenient replacement for Moses. The Old Testament reports that prior to the flood of Noah, Enoch “walked with God and was not.” That is, Enoch did not die, but was somehow translated into heaven instead. In support of Enoch’s candidacy is the apocryphal Book of Enoch (very nearly canonized by the early church, and quoted as authoritative in the New Testament by Jude regarding events of antiquity). The book says directly that Enoch will return to earth at the end of time as one of the two witnesses to be martyred in the streets of Jerusalem.

Enoch & Elias Warn During 3.5 Years of Seduction

Orthodox Christian tradition agrees, identifying both the coming end-time prophets with these two Old Testament prophets. According to Apostacy and Antichrist , Tradition teaches that, “The very two who, by the will of God, not having tasted death, were taken into heaven until a certain time, will re-appear on earth before the end of the world in order to fulfill their mission and suffer death. The names of these two holy prophets are Enoch and Elias (Elijah). The Lord will send them into Jerusalem in order to give people in those last days a final and miraculous warning against the deception encompassing them. Without hindrance they will convict all the falsehood of Antichrist for three and a half years (while) he will be preparing himself for the seizure of world power. Not being able at that time to take leave of his appearance of meekness and benevolence even towards his enemies, Antichrist will not be able to hinder or take any sort of violent action against the prophets.” (pg. 30) Another book, Ultimate Things (Dennis E. Engleman, Conciliar Press, Ben Lomond CA, 1995) quotes the Apocalypse of Elijah (a pseudopigraphical work) as saying, “when Elijah and Enoch hear that the shameless one has appeared in the holy place, they will come down and wage war against him saying, ‘Are you not ashamed … ? You are the devil.’ The shameless one will hear, become angry and wage war against them in the marketplace of the great city. He will spend seven days fighting with them and will kill them.” (Ultimate Things, pg. 193)

Church Tradition Teaches Enoch & Elias come 7 Years before End

The translators in Apostasy and Antichrist show that two early-church fathers are emphatic and clear on the identity of the two witnesses, and the nature and time of their ministry.

“St. Ephraim the Syrian (Word on the Coming of the Lord) and St. John the Damascene (A Precise Exposition of the Orthodox Faith) teach definitely that we must understand that the ‘two witnesses’ who are to appear before the end of the world are the Holy Prophets Elias and Enoch. The Tradition of the Holy Church expressed in our Orthodox service books, also speaks for (this) literal understanding. … In the Synaxarion read on Meat Fare Sunday (referred to above) it is said: ‘Seven years before (the end of the world), as Daniel foretold, Enoch and Elias will come preaching to them that they not receive him (Antichrist): Antichrist will torture them and will behead them’ (Triodion of the Great Fast).”

And they continue further,

“In the Menaion (July 20) we read: ‘The Holy Prophet of God Elias was taken up in the flesh in a fiery chariot and is alive even now … and will be seen again in the flesh by mortal men before the Lord’s second coming on the earth. . . . not only as a prophet, but as a martyr. (And,) in the ‘Prologue’ for the same day it is said: ‘Elias will come with Enoch before the second coming of Christ, in order to convict the utter impiety of Antichrist and to comfort the piety of believers.” (Apostasy and Antichrist, pp. 31, 32)

According to Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, by Father Michael Pomazansky (St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, Platina CA, 1997, pg. 337), this is the universal interpretation of the early-church fathers. The two witnesses are Elijah and Enoch; they serve during the first half of Antichrist’s seven-year covenant; and they are martyred and caught up at its mid-point when Antichrist sets up the “abomination of desolation” in the holy place and declares himself to be God.

The Day of the Lord

According to Orthodox Christian tradition then, Elijah and Enoch are the final fulfillment of Malachi’s prophecy that the Spirit of Elijah must come before the Day of the Lord. The image in this prophecy is taken from history, when Elijah prophesied in Samaria during the reign of king Ahab. The prophecy also anticipated the then-future John the Baptist, who preached repentance and baptism in Palestine immediately before the public ministry of Jesus Christ at his first advent. The purpose of this prophetic ministry in each of these references was to call men to repentance and faith in light of the immanence of the Kingdom of God (Matt.3:1,2). This will be the nature of the ministry of the two witnesses.

Elijah’s Powers and Purpose: Elijah, Ahab, and Antichrist

Elijah stood against king Ahab, a man who distinguished himself as the most wicked of all the kings of Israel. Ahab went beyond all others in using his God-given throne in Samaria to promote a system of iniquity, ensnaring the people of God in a blend of Yahwehism and Baalism (1Kings 16:30-34). Ahab prefigured the Antichrist who is yet to come. Elijah called upon Ahab to repent, and exhibited the power to pour out God’s chastisement on the realm in order to bring this repentance about (1Kings 17:1). For three and a half years Elijah held back the rain by his prophetic word (Ja.5:17,18). All this he did in a public way, in order that all the people of the realm might see clearly the issues of their error and God’s righteousness. He did this with one goal in mind: that they might repent! (1Kings 18:20-24,37-39)

Comparing this with 2Kings 1:10 demonstrates that Elijah’s prophetic power included calling down fire. In fact he had the power to call down fire on men in defense of his own person. All these –the political/spiritual situation, the exhortation, and the prophetic powers– are elements of the yet future time and ministry that must come before the Lord’s return. When Malachi (4:5) declares that Elijah must come before “the great and dreadful day of the Lord,” he further clarifies (verse 6) that Elijah’s purpose is to change man’s ways (i.e., bring repentance), lest when Christ comes he smite the earth with a curse.

Two Witness Ministry Parallels Elijah, Moses, and Jesus

We look forward to a ministry in which the two witnesses, whoever they are, will be empowered with the Spirit of Elijah. We read in Revelation 11:3 that, “I will give power to My two witnesses and they shall prophesy one thousand and three score days (three and a half years) clothed in sackcloth.” Revelation 11 makes it clear that they will minister the same way that Elijah did. The context of Revelation 11 (vs. 1,2) and the parallel between Elijah’s ministry before Ahab and the two witnesses before Antichrist lead to the conclusion that this all happens in Jerusalem, the seat of his end-time power.

Plagues for Three and a Half Years; Then Sacrifice and Translation

The details of this story bear amazing parallels not only to Elijah, but to Moses and Jesus as well. In Rev 11:3, quoted above, the two witnesses prophesy for roughly three and a half years. This is the duration of the past ministries of Elijah, who held back the rain for approximately three and a half years (1 Kings 18:1), and of Jesus Christ, whose public ministry was three and a half years. The two witnesses, like the Old Testament prophets Elijah and Moses, will walk in the power to call down fire (Rev 11:5, 2 Kings 1:10, and Ex 9:23); to hold back rain (Rev 11:6 and1 Kings 17:1); to turn waters to blood (Rev 11:6, Ex 7:20); and to “smite the earth with all plagues as often as they will.” Like Elijah they will have power over death that no man may kill them (Rev 11:7 and 1 Kings 17:22). And in a stunning parallel to the ministry of Jesus, at the end of their ministry they voluntarily lay down their lives in martyrdom. They finish their ministry by being slain by the Antichrist; and in three and a half days are raised by God (Rev 11:7,8,12)!

The Death and Catching Up

Since it is clear from Revelation 11:5 that the two witnesses have power to prevent any man that would seek to do them harm, their deaths at the end of their ministry must be voluntary — just as Jesus’ was. This is the ultimate challenge by the power of death. In fact their dead bodies are not allowed burial. Does the Antichrist himself think that Jesus’ body was stolen from the tomb? Nevertheless after three-and-a-half days, in the sight of all and with no possibility for sleight of hand, the two witnesses are brought back to life by God. They stand upon their feet, and are called up to heaven in a cloud. According to the early Church this takes place at the mid-point of the seven years.

Earthquake and Repentance

At this moment there is a great earthquake in Jerusalem (paralleling the earthquake at the time of Jesus’ resurrection: Matt. 28:2, Mark 16:4, Luke 24:2, John 20:1), and finally from the remnant of survivors of the quake comes repentance and faith (vs.11-13). Similarly repentance and faith were the fulfillment and fruit of the past ministry of Elijah, and of Jesus. The entire duration of prophesying and miracles by the two witnesses is purposed to bring this about. Their ministry has all the elements of the prophetic in the classic biblical sense; and in their death and resurrection it is fulfilled.

The Rapture

According to the New Testament the power of the Lord’s resurrection brought many from the graves two thousand years ago. This power is again released by the resurrection of the two witnesses. Scripture teaches that the last enemy to be destroyed is death, and at this moment of victory over the power of death it seems likely that again many will come forth from the graves in and around Jerusalem.

It is tempting to associate this crowning glory of the ministry of the two witnesses with a rapture of the Church as Christ’s power over death and hell bursts forth into the world. What more logical time could there be for the rapture? The ministry of the two witnesses is in complete conformity to, or patterned after, the ministry of Jesus Christ. We see a three-and-a-half year public miracle-working call to repentance ending with death and resurrection. The martyrdom of Jesus involved an earthquake, his resurrection, and the raising of many from the graves. The coming martyrdom of the two witnesses involves an earthquake and their resurrection. The witnesses are themselves revived and caught up into the clouds to be with the Lord; and the corporate eye-twinkling change of the Church occurs the same way. Perhaps many will be raised from the dead at this time.

However, if, as the early Church says, the two witnesses begin their ministering at the start of the seven years, the culmination of their ministry has taken us to their mid-point not their end. It is at the end of the seven years that the Lord returns, the the dead are raised, and all the elect are gathered from around the earth. Perhaps at this mid-point only a portion of the Church, a “manchild company”, in fulfillment of Rev. 12:5, will be caught up with the two witnesses at their resurrection. If so, then these could subsequently be among the elect that will descend from heaven with him when he comes. Revelation 12:1-5 indicates that a “woman clothed with the sun,” travailing to give birth (whom Christian tradition universally regards as referring to the Church), brings forth a “man child” who is caught up to God and his throne. Then in verses 6 and 14, she flees into a place in the wilderness where she is sustained for the next three-and-a-half years and protected from the flood sent after her by the Devil, who also makes war on the remnant of her seed (v.17). This three-and-a-half years seems to be the second half of the seven years of the antichrist.

Witnesses Parallel Moses

We need to look one more time at the ministry of the two witnesses. We have seen some of the parallels with Elijah. But the two witnesses not only have miracle working authority in which they hold back the rain and call down fire; they also call down “all plagues as often as they will” (Rev. 11:6). In calling down a series of plagues before a major world antichrist figure they parallel the ministry of Moses before Pharaoh. Following these events, the translation and catching up to be with the Lord fulfills the hope foreshadowed in the exodus from Egypt. It is leading us to the true and final exodus: escape from a world where death and corruption rule to a heavenly kingdom where death and corruption have fled away.

The Plagues and the Exodus

Moses turned the Nile river to blood; brought frogs, lice, and flies; a murrain on livestock and boils on man and beast. He called down thunder, hail, and fire (Exodus 9:23), locusts, three days of thick darkness (Exodus 10:22), and finally the death of the firstborn of Egypt. These are the so-called ten plagues of Egypt that culminated in the Exodus.

Revelation, chapters 15 and 16, lists a series of seven vials containing seven plagues that are poured out at the end of this age. Such a set of plagues obviously resembles the plagues of Egypt. On examination these plagues can be attributed to the ministry of the two witnesses in chapter 11. The second of the seven vials poured out in chapter 16 made the sea “as the blood of a dead man: and every living thing died in the sea”. The third vial turned the “rivers and fountains of waters” to blood (Rev 16:3,4). These coincide with the actions of the two witnesses described in chapter 11 turning the waters to blood.

The Great Earthquake and Repentance

The series of seven plagues culminates in what seems to be the final earthquake associated with the translation of the two witnesses and possibly with a rapture of the Church. In the last plague a great earthquake is described, “such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” In this earthquake “the great city was divided into three parts” (Rev.16:17-19 Cf. Isa.13:6). This is either the earthquake at the translation of the two witnesses or at the coming of the Son of Man (Rev.11:11-13); or they are one and the same event. Even though there are differences between Revelation chapters 11 and 16, the descriptions can be seen to expand on each other rather than negate each other. It is in this earthquake that “every island fled away, and the mountains were not found”, (Rev.16:20) a familiar reference to the Lord’s return found in Isa.40:3-5 and Mal.3:1-3. If these two references are the same event, then the two witnesses minister during the second half of the seven years and not the first. This coincides with the Apocalypse of Elijah which says that the two witnesses come forward when antichrist sets the abomination in the holy place and declares himself to be god at the mid-point of his seven year covenant – not at the start of the seven years as the Church fathers generally taught.

End-time Ministry Parallels Moses and Elijah – Culminates in the Lord’s Return

If the translation of the two witnesses is at the moment of the Lord’s return, then this seventh plague earthquake must be part of the culmination of their ministry. The preceding six plagues, two of which have been shown to be specifically linked to their ministry, must be poured out at the power of their word. This is consistent with the historical pattern shown in the ministries of Moses and Elijah before Pharaoh and Ahab. Even if the two witnesses are slain at the mid-point of the seven years, fulfillment of their prophetic utterances could occur after their death.

History’s Final Hour

One conclusion can be drawn at least. biblical prophecy declares that mankind will culminate history with an ungodly, anti-Christian political/spiritual system; and that God will mercifully send a powerful prophetic ministry to show this system for what it is, and to call mankind to repentance from it and to faith in Him.

Antichrist’s Rule

Apostasy and Antichrist explains that “St. Cyril of Jerusalem and other teachers of the Church refer the prophecy of Daniel (7:23-25) to Antichrist who has to come . . . and who will be the ruler of the Jews.” They say that, “the fathers Irenaeus, Hippolytus and Ambrose of Milan as well as the early Christian writers Jerome and Augustine, mention that Antichrist will be of the Jewish race from the tribe of Dan,” which is also read in the Synaxarion for Meat-fare Sunday (pp. 25, 26, citing Gen. 49:17, Jer. 8:16, and Rev. 7:4-8). They continue that, “just as the Lord revealed Himself publicly as the Messiah by his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and into the temple, so Antichrist will reveal himself as the (false) Messiah expected by the Jews, the monarch of all the world, in his own triumphant ceremony of entering into Jerusalem and taking up his seat in the temple of Jerusalem, which by that time will be restored.” (pp. 26, 27) It describes this public unveiling as the beginning of his public ministry as a world leader and savior of mankind from its social and spiritual malaise. It surmises that this occurs during a world war or some other condition of world-wide ruin, “when man, having endured all the horrors of it, will not see any way out of his calamitous blind alley, because all the means for the resolution of it will be in the hands of a secret society co-acting with Antichrist.” (pp. 27, 28)

Antichrist Calls Ecumenical Council – Promises Protection to Christians, then Cuts off Eucharist

Antichrist will start softly. The above translators cover this ground citing Vladimir Sloviev in his final work, Three Conversations, saying that, “Antichrist, having attained power, will gather some form of ecumenical council with representatives from all religions. In this council (in Jerusalem) Antichrist will offer to unite all into one fold under one pastor. He will turn his main attention to the Christians of all confessions, promising every sort of protection in return for their acknowledgment of his leadership.” (pg. 33) They declare, “The countless sects, like sheep without a shepherd, will gather to Antichrist as to their own pastor in the re-built temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Here the self-styled ‘Christ’ will receive divine worship, seated on the throne of David. At the same time, the Christian sanctuary will be closed and in it will be placed an idol of Antichrist — a lifelike, speaking statue. This was called ‘the abomination of desolation’ by the prophet Daniel. From that time on, the bloodless sacrifice of the Eucharist will cease on earth.” (pg. 40) This is the midpoint of the seven-year covenant referred to in Daniel (9:27).

Antichrist Opposed by Christian Witness

While the antichrist rules, the two witnesses will oppose him. The translation continues (pg. 24): “The evangelization of the whole world will be completed with the preaching of the Gospel to the Jews in a restored Israel (Matt. 24:14).” They describe as the agents for this the ministry, death, and catching up of the two witnesses followed by a great earthquake in Jerusalem, and add, “The conversion of the Jews will evoke from Antichrist the most intense malice towards all Christians. Then (will come) the ‘great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time’ (Matt. 24:15-21; Rev. 13:7)” (pg. 39) If they are right, then the two witnesses will have served during the first half of the seven years. Antichrist’s horrible response is to martyr them, and then being free of them, in the act called “the abomination of desolation” (Dan. 12:11, Matt. 24:15) he proclaims himself to be God. This is followed by intense persecution by the Antichrist of all who resist him.

Antichrist begins War against Church when Crowned

Describing the second three-and-a-half years, they continue,

“Once he is received by the Jews and, having become their king, Antichrist will begin his struggle with Christ’s Church. He will strive to repudiate the Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and will try to destroy his Church and Mysteries, replacing them with himself, claiming to be a god” (pg. 25). And, “Having attained world power, Antichrist will . . . turn to the merciless persecution of all believing Christians who refuse to worship him as a god. (Dan 7:25; Rev 12:13-17; 13:6,7). Open public Christian worship (the Liturgy) will have to cease. Antichrist and his adherents, writes Belyaev, ‘will destroy the books of the Holy Scripture … They will watch so that the Eucharist will not be celebrated anywhere. All the same . . .the word of God will not be silenced (but will be heard) only in hidden places” (pg. 37)

War against the Catacombs Church = Last 3.5 Years

They cite the early-church fathers as saying that,

“In the last days, Satan will be allowed to make war against the saints of God, and the Church (the woman vested in the sun of Revelation 12) will flee away into the wilderness. These will be the very last times and Satan will slay them. The Holy Church will have returned to the catacombs, becoming very small in number of Her members and heavily persecuted. This … will last for three and a half years and will end with the glorious second coming of Christ (Rev 20:7-12)” (pg. 20).

They continue,

“When the offerings cease in the Church on earth, when all these things come to pass, the second coming of the Lord will follow immediately. … The plagues caused by the two prophets will have ceased and (these) accusers will have vanished from the earth . . . Then, suddenly the vessels of wrath will be poured out upon the followers of Antichrist: sores and boils will afflict those bearing the mark of the beast and the waters of the earth will be turned to blood. … Only the Lord Himself, coming a second time in all his glory, will vanquish him (Mat 24:30,31; 25:31-46; Rev. 1:7; 20:11-15; 21:1-8) (pg 41, 40).

In point of fact, according to scriptures already referenced above, waters turning to blood would likely be in response to the ministry of the two witnesses. It is one of the miracles they are said to perform. Four possibilities come to mind: 1) that they prophesy this and it happens after they die, 2) that it happens a second time, 3) that this refers to the continued effects of the waters having been turned to blood, or 4) that the two witnesses prophesy during the second half to the seven years, which returns us to the difficulty of the “rapture.”

The Rapture and the Last Trump

The American christian teaching popularly called the “rapture of the Church” seems certain to endure into the times of the end. This refers to the catching up in clouds of Christians, both the living and the resurrected dead, who meet the Lord in the air and then descend with him from the heavens. This event temporarily removes the Christian Church from the earth. Many believers in the rapture take this as removing Christians before the seven-years begins. However, in all the events we have seen so far, no removing of the Church at large from the earth, no “rapture” as it is called in America, has occurred which might prevent her suffering the hardships these times will bring. In fact we have seen a catacombs church suffering persecutions during the second half of this time, although this is only a “remnant”. Additionally, according to Fr. Michael Pomazansky, Orthodox Christianity teaches that the resurrection of the dead will be “universal and simultaneous both of the righteous and of sinners.” (Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, pp. 339, 340 citing John 5:29) What he is saying is that the dead are not resurrected until all are resurrected together at the end of time. The closest we have seen to a rapture is the catching up of the two witnesses, which according to our evidence occurs at the earliest at the beginning of the second three-and-a-half years. Is it possible that this event sparks the rapture of the Church?

One of the passages most often cited in support of a pre-tribulational rapture is found in the New Testament letters to the Corinthians. 1 Cor.15:51,52, says “we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump … the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” This is actually the conclusion of a larger passage (vss. 35-58) defining the morality that derives from the tension between our present mortal frame and our eternal destiny. It speaks of the final transformation into immortality to which Fr. Pomazansky refers. This change comes at the last trump, which is at least generally, if not specifically, when Christ returns. It really does not lend itself to a pre-tribulational rapture.

The similar passage in 1 Thessalonians (4:13-18) is an encouragement to those whose loved ones have died, saying that when the Lord returns he will bring them with him (vs.14). But in this case the passage culminates by saying that the rapture of the Church occurs specifically at his return. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (vss. 16,17) There is nothing in either of these scriptures to indicate a pre-tribulation or pre-antichrist event. Quite the opposite. The events described here seem to occur at the end of the tribulation at the actual moment of Christ’s return.

Jesus Himself said that “the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord,” i.e., his return (He is referring to Joel 2:,11,31), would immediately follow the tribulation The book of Matthew (Ch. 24:29-31) records his words: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened and the moon shall not give her light … And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in the clouds of heaven; and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn.”

Verse 31 then continues, adding a second element: “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Reading this in light of Thess. 4:16,17, quoted above, puts the gathering of the elect (the rapture) at the last trump as the moment of the gathering of the Church and of the universal resurrection – and it is after the tribulation. The tribes of earth mourn for they are brought before the great judgment and are proven unjust, and the Church (often depicted as the kingdom of heaven) rejoices in glory, putting off its mortal frame and taking on its incorruptible light. A pre-tribulational reading would require that the Church be caught up into the air at some point before this final return of the Lord, and so at his return descends with him from a temporary vantage point in the physical heavens. This reading is not justified for the Church at large.

To say there is a rapture before or at the mid-point of the seven years, one has to posit at least one of two things. First, the concept of the last trump and the Lord’s return must be interpreted to mean the series of trumpets during the general time of the Lord’s return. This is possible, especially given the plethora of overlapping “seals,” “trumps,” “trumpets,” “vials,” and “plagues” involved in this time. But since it is not the simplest reading, doing so would have to be justified. As we have seen, it is probably not. Second, one must define some form of catching up that is short of and precedes the universal resurrection and final judgment. This is also a possibility, since the two witnesses will be slain and subsequently caught up as early as the mid-point of the seven years, and it is logical to think some others will be resurrected or caught up in sympathetic fashion at the same time as a sort of “manchild company” caught up to heaven before the great tribulation. There are yet more references to consider because these speak of a partial catching up.

One Shall be Taken

The New Testament verses that describe the coming of the Son of man as like the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-42) are often used to support the pre-tribulational rapture theory. In these passages pairs of individuals are depicted as living or working together, when one is taken and the other left. This is interpreted by some to refer to a rapture wherein Christians are snatched up and unbelievers left behind on earth to endure the tribulation. The context of this passage does not justify this reading.

This passage is from the Sermon on the Mount, in which the Lord’s disciples ask Him, “what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Matt. 24:3) Following some prefatory remarks, he responds by saying, “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” (Matt. 24:14) That is a general sign of the end, but in his very next words he gives them a specific sign. “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, … then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. … For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matt. 24:15,16,21) So the “abomination of desolation” is the sign of the onset of the great tribulation.

The passage (verses 22-26) then describes the tribulation, and summarizes that during this time, “if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here [is] Christ, or there; believe [it] not” (v. 26). Christ is contrasting these siren voices directly to his actual coming. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase (the dead in Christ) is, there will the eagles (those that are alive and remaining) be gathered together.” This is a reference to the gathering of the elect at his coming at the end of the tribulation. It seems to indicate that the dead in Christ are with Christ and the living believers will be gathered to them. He goes on to describe it more clearly.

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matt. 24:29-31)

This description of his coming and the gathering of the elect from the four winds is probably the rapture of the elect. It places this event at the end of the tribulation, and culminates the timeline that the Lord gives in answer the question “what will be the sign of thy coming and the end of the world?” (vs. 3)

Following this, from verse 32 to the end of the chapter, Jesus exhorts his followers through several parables and analogies to be watchful and faithful. Verses 36-42 exhort us by making allusion to Noah’s time to keep watch and be ready. He intimates that those caught up in worldly pursuits and failing to enter the ark of God’s grace will be taken away in the “flood” of the events associated with the Lord’s return (v.39). In this image, those taken are taken by a flood, not saved by their Lord. It does not allude to the rapture. He immediately follows this with examples of two people working side-by-side until suddenly one is taken away and the other left (vss. 40,41). The image here is one typical of the ancient middle east, where towns were fortified but the people left them during the day to work in their fields. While in the fields they were subject to attack by enemy marauders. In this metaphor those taken were abducted by an enemy. This is parallel to the image of the flood taking away the unsuspecting, and it does not allude to the rapture. He concludes the exhortation with the analogy of a steward, saying of the evil steward, “The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for [him], and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint [him] his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (vss. 50,51) The images in this exhortation are not images of a “rapture” taking the righteous out of harm’s way. Those taken out in these parables are the wicked and the froward. They are set aside to be burned. Those “left behind” are not left behind in the contemporary sense of not being taken along when we go somewhere; they are the faithful that are preserved and remain in God’s kingdom.

Even though in the above context the reference to one taken is to the unworthy being taken, the image also occurs in Luke, where the word “taken” probably does refer to the rapture. We will look at this passage a little further on. But first we will dig a little further into Matthew.

Matthew 13 also teaches on the theme of the unrighteous being taken from the kingdom before the Lord returns. Here it is taught that the Church is like a field sown with wheat, but in which tares (which look like wheat while growing, but produce a bitter, black, poisonous head of grain when mature) are also growing. God’s solution is to “‘Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.'” (Matt.13:30) Matthew, chapter 16, clarifies that this has an end-time reference. “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works (Matt. 16:27).” Returning to Matthew 13: “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity: And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. … The angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Matt. 13:41,42,49,50) In Matthew 13, as in Matthew 24, the “taken” are the wicked. It should not be assumed then that every reference to a Christian being taken, even if taken by angels, is a reference to the rapture.

Some read Luke 17:34-37 to say that those taken out of the way are being preserved from devastation. Luke 17 is actually a truncated rendition of Matthew 24. Both passages refer to a specific place and time: to Jerusalem at the start of the tribulation – the moment antichrist perpetrates the “abomination of desolation.” It is the moment to take flight. “In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:31,32) From the discussion above we realize this is the beginning of the great persecution and may be the moment of the martyrdom and catching up of the two witnesses. Revelation (11:11-13) adds that at this time there is an earthquake that destroys a tenth of the city.

Both gospel passages tell us that at this time those who are spiritually prepared must take physical flight. The Matthew passage says to flee Jerusalem or be destroyed in it. The Luke passage says the same thing under the images of Noah entering the ark, Lot fleeing Sodom, and the worker abandoning the field. Both passages say that those failing to enter the ark (by fleeing Jerusalem) will meet destruction.

Luke 17 continues, “I tell you, in that night there shall be two [men] in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two [women] shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two [men] shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. (vss. 34-36) This seems like the moment that the prepared are to flee Jerusalem described in Matthew 24. But in Luke when the disciples ask where those taken are to go, and the Lord answers, “Wheresoever the body [is], thither will the eagles be gathered together.” (v.37) When we saw this in Matthew 24, it referred to Christ’s return after the tribulation and the gathering of his elect – probably the rapture – and it was distinct from the “one taken and the other left.” But in Luke the “one taken and the other left” has multiple meanings: the flight at the midpoint of the 7 years of the antichrist, the persecution that follows it for 3 ½ years, and the in-gathering of the elect at the Lord’s return following the great tribulation. It may also refer to a pre-tribulational rapture of the two witnesses and perhaps other believers with them.

There Will be False Christs

During the tribulation following the abomination of desolation, especially if its commencement coincides with the martyrdom and catching up of the two witnesses, one would expect a great anticipation of the Lord’s immanent return and a great desire for the catching away of the Church. In Luke, the question of where the disappearing are taken is answered with “Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.” Neither the nature of the question nor the answer are clear. Matthew teaches that at that time false Christs will be declared to have appeared “here” or “there,” in the “desert” or the “secret chambers, and exhorts us to “believe it not” (Matt. 24:21-26). In Matthew (vvs.23-29) these false claims are thrown into clear contrast with the true coming of Christ: “As the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall the coming of the Son of man be.” The next verse (vs. 28), “For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together,” is less clear, and could make multiple references. We have suggested that it refers to the dead in Christ (the carcase) and those alive and remaining (the eagles) at Christ’s return. But it may also respond to the question of where the false Christs are: “Wheresoever the carcase is, there shall the (vultures) be gathered together.”

Job 39:30 describes the eagles or vultures that feed their young from the carcasses of the battlefield dead. This underscores that the tribulation -the last three and a half years- concludes with the horrible battle of Armageddon, at Christ’s return. During the tribulation the false christs will be calling and gathering their armies to resist Christ when he comes. Jesus is saying not to be deceived by the vultures to go out and follow them and become food for them, but to wait for his return, which will be a descent from heaven seen by all men everywhere at once.

The Woman and the Manchild of Revelation 12

In Revelation chapter 12 the Church is shown as a woman in travail to bear a man child who is to be caught up to God’s throne and to rule; and she is confronted by the great red dragon “having seven heads and ten horns” ready to “devour her child as soon as it was born” (12:1-4). The child is born and caught up to God, and the Church flees into the wilderness where she is fed for a thousand two hundred and sixty days (vs.5,6). Fitting this image to what we’ve seen so far, the child born and caught up to God could be an image of the two witnesses as they rise up and fulfill their prophetic calling. They culminate their ministry by submissing to their own martyrdom, and they are caught up to heaven. Meanwhile, the Church flees to the wilderness. This would seem to refer to the literal flight from Jerusalem by believers living on the earth during the ensuing great tribulation, yet found worthy to remain in the ark of God’s grace.

The Church is sustained in the wilderness for one thousand two hundred sixty days. There is some difficulty in that Daniel (Dan. 12:11) seems to describe the time following the desolating abomination as twelve hundred ninety days, and the New Testament references give twelve hundred and sixty. (Rev 11:2,3, Rev 12:6, and Matt. 24:15). The woman of Revelation 12 is sustained in the wilderness for exactly the duration (one thousand two hundred sixty days) of the ministry of the two witnesses given in Revelation 11:3, and Revelation 11:2 seems to identify the time of the great tribulation (“the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months “) with the ministry of the two witnesses. If so, this would put the two witnesses in the second 3 ½ years, whereas the early Church assigned them the first 3 ½ years.

If, as seems likely, the flight of the Woman is at the midpoint of the seven years then at that time we have both the catching up to the throne of the man-child expressed in the start or end of the ministry of the two witnesses and we have the flight to the wilderness of the Church that bore him. The man-child would be Elijah and Enoch, who at this time either begin their prophetic ministry or are martyred and raised from the dead. This manchild ministry could even include some of their followers; but it would not include the entire company of the Church. Some in the Church will take physical flight to a place prepared for them in the wilderness. The statement “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (vs.11) could refer to either group, or both.

Conclusion: The Witness and the Real Exodus

Any of the scenarios we have described, drawn from the various biblical references involved, clearly define the ministry of the coming two witnesses as a prophetic ministry patterned on the Old Testament prophets. In this ministry, God’s prophets will both call for repentance and will call down plagues in order to substantiate their authority and to bring the repentance about. God will honor and validate their word with plagues upon the wicked, with repentance of the contrite, and finally with a radical exodus of his chosen people from captivity in the mortal trials of this fallen world. This is the ministry, in the spirit of Elijah, of the two witnesses; which will herald the soon coming return of Jesus Christ in that great and terrible day of the Lord, prophesied so long ago.

According to the translators of Apostasy and Antichrist (1992), “Our faith and the facts and events of our time convince us that the ‘great tribulation’ will occur in the near future” (pg. 4).

 

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    Dear Sir or Ma’am,
    Reply to your information of the “Two Witnesses”. Enclosed is my testimony. please read.
    Please read my testimony with patience. Over 15 years in Christian ministries that is built on word of God. In 2009, true Spirit of God came upon me and revealed that I was not saved, neither filled with his Spirit, nor worshiping Creator, and had numerous demons and one devil in my body. As true believer how could this have happen to me? True spirit of God revealed hidden truths about Churches around the world. In 1992 receive water baptism. Later that year received spiritual baptism of Holy Spirit speaking in Tongues while hearing preaching of Acts 2. From 1992 until 2007 in ministry observed disturbing events to believers, ministers, and me. One night in 1991, a famous minister gave call for prayer. I and a friend went in line. when minister prayed over people there was power coming from him and getting stronger as he got closer, then he was in front of me and said, I believe God has touched this child?, then power in minister ignited same power r in me and so strong that it was an expression of someone taking their fist and punching the whole world. Within myself said, That’s not Holy Spirit of God? and spirit said to me it was and I’m blaspheming God. While leaving said not a word because did not understand what happen. Almost every year heard or knew a believer become mysteriously ill and received prayer but later died. Heard others were healed but later illness returned and they died. Some believers talked about at their church that believers were dying from their sicknesses without healing even though they were prayed by pastoral staff. Almost every year heard through media and believers talking about ministers, priests, bishops, evangelists, preachers, or pastors committed marital affairs, divorces, sex crimes, and misuse of tithes, false prophecies, and false doctrines. Then heard ministers were getting ill and dying without healing from God. Many times my spirit stirred with questions to God about events h happening in churches including myself, but preoccupied with several ministries. In 2006, observed in church again of believer who became ill and every Sunday service ask for prayer to receive healing from God. Which prayer staff did every week but he died. Then the hearing of God’s word preached in churches or through well -known ministers were not sounding right. I thought why God? As days passed questions to God became over empowering in my mind that I literally turned away from doing ministry in the churches and purposed in my heart to seek God in prayer for the truth. Some questions were why are believers getting ill and die without God’s healing? If they do get healed why does illness return and they die? Why ministers struggle with power of sin but yet I see and hear power of signs and wonders in churches and places where huge gathering of believers? Why are believers not persecuted from non-believers of the world especially in America? Every early Sunday morning seek God in prayer. There were a few believers in room as well. We would r read a few scriptures then everyone would pray for requests given by pastoral staff. I would try to pray those requests but found myself fully focus on God for the truth concerning me, churches and her believers. End of 2007 did not hear from God. Continued in 2008 and that Tongues, which is a gibberish babble progressed more in prayer. Pray at home, while driving, at Public Park, and in prayer room on Sundays. Asked God what spirit praying? Many days waited for an answer but no response. End of 2008 did not hear from God. Continued 2009 and that Tongues speech increased even more followed by dreams and spiritual encounters in my sleep which could not explain. One night during mid- week terrible thoughts enter my mind had to sit down and tilt my head over in prayer asking God stop these thoughts. While praying top of my head warm like fever, getting warmer, hot, than hotter, than piercing hot like a sword pierced into flesh of head. Lift my head back because never experience God that way on my body, but Acts 2, John 1:30-34, and Joel 2:28 testify God’s Spirit comes on your flesh. In 2009 felt a tug of war between my spirit and another spirit in my body during prayer? By November 2009, started seeing visions in prayer one vision showed potted vessel being smashed without hands and remains were pure darkness. Regardless of Tongues speech, dreams, visions, and tug of war in my body still prayed every Sunday one hour and wouldn’t stop until I heard from God. First Sunday of December 6, 2009 that Tongues speech I was praying changed tone of my voice as if it were arguing with somebody. Then stopped it and said that is diffidently not of God! So kept this Tongues praying spirit silent before God in prayer. Those that were in prayer room did not say a word to me about what they heard and carried on praying. Next following Sunday on 20th while in prayer kept quiet and waited for God. Than heard his voice first time and he said to me, my child what do you want to know?? In my mind and heart said to him, I want to know truth. There was no response after I answered him and hour of prayer ended then left for first service believing God would reveal the truth to me but none of the other believers heard our conversation. Next day that evening went to sleep and moment eyes closed was in spirit realm. My body asleep but my spirit sitting up in bed and see a little bright figure Jesus man appear from my chest and then looked up and saw another little bright figure Jesus man coming towards me and these two identical Jesus figures were going to fight, Because the one outside my body wanted in me but the one coming from my chest wanted to stay in me. Then all of sudden interrupted them and said wait a minute there’s only one Jesus, will real Jesus please stand up. Then woke up so fast not realizing which one is real Jesus. That night not able to sleep then went to work but my mind still wondered about spirit realm and these two identical Jesus. Next night after going to sleep went into spirit realm again and saw little bright Jesus figure man in my! chest hold a key in his hand. Then saw a great big dark ugly hand of Devil take the key from little bright Jesus figure and immediately woke up in terror that God has handed me over to Satan. That night didn’t sleep but went to work. I started fasting and praying, (this is happening a few days before winter holiday). That evening fell asleep praying and immediately into spirit realm and saw myself being yelled at from a man’s voice up above then sent downward into darkness to be tormented all over my spiritual body. Woke up in great fear that God rejected me, but still prayed and prayed but no answer and didn’t go back to sleep. That morning went to work but no sooner started the day had to leave and get to church fast for prayer because my whole spirit body was vexed sore. Met two ladies at church who are part of prayer staff and prayers were offered up to God but there was no relief. So left and went to another church and received counseling and prayer, but there was no relief for my vexed spiritual body. Went home calling prayer lines requesting deliverance, but still no relief? That evening spent eve of holiday with family curled up on a couch just tormented. After that night only thing remembered was driving during daytime on highway desert in Mexico and all of sudden scales came off my face and vexation left my spirit body then realizing where I was and what was going on around me. What am I doing in Mexico? I’m not dying in Mexico so headed to border of USA. Late evening arrived home family was shocked to see me alive, because went missing three days and three nights. From there extended family relocated me out of state because was not able to get sleep because of tormenting spiritual dreams. I was a nervous wreck. My family could not understand what had happen to me because I had been in Christian churches most of my life. After relocating with extended family I struggle daily with sleep, my body, and mind still in shock from what took place in my life. First few weeks were beyond human understanding, because that little bright Jesus figure in my chest was not the true Jesus. Night and day never received any amount of sleep maybe a couple hours a day but even that during those hours I was up every 15 minutes from tormenting dreams. When I try to sleep would go into spirit realm seeing me in a light that turns into darkness and a great spiritual warfare taking place. The true God had not left me because his Holy Spirit was around showing me what exactly is happening. It was when he touched my head with the power of his true Holy Spirit. Remember the questions I had for God? I did not write a journal because what was happening to me literally almost took my life twice, but God’s mercy sustains me because I chose to respect him regardless of what he allowed happen to me. He will always be a good God and Creator no matter what. Then for sleep tried taking sleeping pills, but did not work. Then was advised to take heavier drugs but refused. I knew this was a spiritual matter not earthly . Nothing on this earth would solve this problem. I still kept contacting prayer ministries but still no deliverance from the power of this devil. Then one night had a vision that I was in a chamber with a dozen believers and all of sudden heard a man’s voice saying not many of us is going to make it. Then one by one I saw believers go up in bones, ashes and smoke. Then just before I went up in smoke a woman’s voice said to me why you are here? And I said because of worshiping a false god and sexual sins. Then immediately went up in smoke then into outer darkness heading downward and seeing other believers go quickly into the lake of fire. I was getting closer and there was nothing I could do but watch in horror going down into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:10-15 the first death is physical and second death is spiritual. Then all of sudden out of nowhere without hands I was pulled back then awoke from the vision in the middle of night repeatedly saying out loud I was supposed to go there. Later that morning found local Christian church and looked into counseling and prayer but pastors and prayer staff could not understand or had spiritual knowledge of what was happening to me. They prayed and prayed for many days but nothing happen. So after a month of trying to get spiritual help from that church went and tried another Christian church, but ran into the same thing. Then tried another Christian church but when they prayed still in stronghold of darkness. Even went to a huge Christian church that was fully staffed and sought counseling but they had no spiritual understanding or knowledge either of what was happening to me and prayer staff prayed for me but nothing happen. Every church I went to the same thing they would counsel and pray then I’d go home believing God answered their prayers then try to get sleep but immediately into spirit realm still in stronghold of the devil (darkness). Over and over again, but I did not give up. Then one day while family was gone went into a room and fell on my knees for hours weeping and wailing before God confessing all seven sins at was keeping me in this darkness and was so loud that I thought my vocal cords were going to come out of my mouth. That night nothing changed still in darkness with no sleep. Then gather my thoughts and searched internet to meet Christian ministers in person or over the phone who have power of God to cast out devils. I found one Christian man I called and he prayed over the phone for me but nothing happen. He asks to keep calling but still nothing happen. Then found another minister who is famous around the world for having power of God. Contacted his assistant and just happens to be in town the next day. So made arrangements to attend meeting then paid a fee and afterwards met at a private location for intercessory prayer while minister prays for power of God. Did all that was requested then went to receive prayer from two ladies that are Christian believers while this minister prayed for power of God. Three hours later left and went home got to sleep nothing happen still in stronghold of this devil. As the days passed started thinking about God’s knowledge pertaining to the body of Christ and thought there must be a member in the body that has power of God to break this work of the devil. Four months night and day searched internet and put in prayer request to Christian deliverance and prayer ministries. I was all over the world through internet sending prayer requests over and over again to Christian website everywhere in USA, parts of Australia, New Zealand, Africa, India, Israel, Canada, and United Kingdom. My prayer request went to Christian deliverance ministries, prayer ministries, prayer cloth ministries, famous network prayer ministries, and famous faith healers prayer ministries, famous preachers, prayer ministries, even one famous minister from Africa, who took my prayer request and prayed at Upper Room in Israel for my deliverance. It didn’t matter if they were Assembly of God, Methodist, Baptist, church of God, Pentecostal, Catholics, monks, nuns, denomination, or non- denominational. If they co confessed to be Christians and believed in Jesus Christ and teach the word of God I sent in my prayer request for power of God. None of these Christian ministries were able to deliver me from the stronghold of this devil in my chest. I was receiving over 500 emails from believers within the first six weeks from Christian ministries confirming my urgent prayer was submitted and many believers were praying over it immediately. There were some nights tried to sleep but into spirit realm and I saw very few believers that had the Holy Spirit (running water from above) around them. I saw spiritual warfare with a few of these saints and was overcome by this devil. Then a few nights later tried sleeping as usual same thing into spirit realm still in darkness but this time the darkness was moving like a huge vortex while I’m inside and looked up saw hundreds of bright faces of believers and heard their voices praying but I’m still in darkness. Then woke up which I didn’t want to but further investigate how is this possible when contacting Christian Ministries and hundreds of believers sending their emails and confirming they are praying for me but still not delivered from the powers of this devil? No matter the circumstance kept pressing on to find Christian believers that have power of God and cast this devil out of me. Then tried sleeping during the day but again still into spirit realm and this time I’m in my body lying there in darkness and a figure of a man came up to me and I couldn’t see who he was because the darkness covered his appearance and he reached into me and pulled out darkness from my body and all these little dark spirits came out of my belly and within that moment I knew what it was that Tongues spirit and a few scriptures came to my mind, because I remember when receiving spiritual baptism in church it affected my spiritual body not coming from above on flesh of my body. So that tells me that they were antichrist spirits according to 1 John 4:1-3KJV. Then in Matthew 12:26, and if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? So it had to been an angel of the Lord removing the work of the devil. Even though some demons were removed still night and day could not get rest from being in this stronghold of the one devil in my chest. Still searched internet for Christian deliverance ministries and putting prayer request into many Christian prayer website over and over again. Tried sleeping during day again but still went into spirit realm and this time saw above me this bright large image of a Jesus figure man that look like the one in my chest that was keeping me in stronghold of darkness. This bright large Jesus figure was very angry and not saying nice things to me. Then I started seeing church leaders and many believers that looked like this Jesus image, they dressed and spoke like him and they followed him. When I woke up realized something was very wrong, but couldn’t understand at the time what I saw. The fourth month my sear ch was getting slim in prayer ministries and deliverance ministries, but found two deliverance ministries left one Africa and USA. If both did not have power of God I would be force to contact every Christian church corner street of America. So first contacted deliverance ministry in Africa one of many but again nothing happen still in darkness. Then contacted the other in USA one of many and corresponded with Christian minister but was hesitant and didn’t want to precede any further but somehow he persuaded me and gave him prayer request then he wanted detail information of what was happening to me. Again hesitant but he assured me they know how to handle this kind of demonic activity. However in my detail information about this devil, I remembered as a very young girl during that eve winter holiday waiting for Santa (I’m a child didn’t know any better)and all of sudden the tree crackled and couldn’t see what was going on got scared then something entered my chest. Then after that I forgot about it because I was so young. Why did this happen and why for so long I did not remember? Then emailed detail information and he responded back by telling me that his prayer team will work on this spiritual matter right away. Well I still didn’t get any rest day or night as usual and continued contacting more prayer ministries still sending my prayer request over and over again every day and night. Then searched internet for small Christian church website and sent in my prayer request or called them. Then three days and three nights later by the grace of God woke up in bed but my body was a sleep and my spirit was sitting up in the spirit realm and everything looked dark gray. All of sudden I sense a presence so peaceful and gentle come closer and closer to me. Then I knew right away it was God the father’s Spirit embraced me so gently and we went up and up. I saw nothing but dark gray matter around me and then we pause for a moment and then I heard cry of a baby. Then said That’s the spiritual birth according to what Jesus told Nicodemas in John 3:1-21. Once I said this he lowered! red me d own then further down and I saw my room in full color and then upon my bed still in the spirit realm the blood of Jesus came over my head and my eyes started to see clearly then I woke up in my body. It was after eight o’clock in the morning. I was so excited about the birth and thank true God. Also knew right away it was the last deliverance ministry I found and contacted from USA. So I email the minister immediately and ask to please keep me in prayer. Still contacted more Christian ministries, but when I did this it would interfere with the true Spirit of God and couldn’t understand why this was happening. Then the next few days try get sleep but still into spirit realm. Every night saw God’s true Spirit in my spirit covering the darkness in my spirit. This darkness would constantly try to pull me down into the bottomless pit every night, but thanks to true God the darkness could not take me and woke up relieved to know that God’s true Spirit is in me. Then after a few days from my spiritual warfare was really tired and laid down in bed no sooner put my head on pillow felt this warm oozing liquid run down the flesh of my head and for moment in my mind said That’s the anointing from story of prophet Samuel pouring oil on David to be King of Israel. No sooner went to sleep and into spirit realm but this time in my body which was asleep but my spirit was awake and all of sudden that bright little Jesus figure man was pure darkness and quickly flew out of my chest and then immediately woke up, after that devil left it felt like a huge fat elephant lifted off of my body. I felt so light and free. Completely amazed that God took care of me through this one deliverance ministry I finally found the power of God in these few believers out of all the Christian ministries I contacted after four months of searching night and day around the world. Why? 2 Timothy 3:5, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2 Thessalonians 2: 3 let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
    A few days later still in spiritual battle night and day as I try to sleep and devil would keep trying to come back in my body, but this time there was someone else in me and it was Christ. His hands would reach out from within me and push away that devil from my chest in the spirit realm. Romans 8:9, but ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Then a few days later God showed me who was cast out of my spiritual body. It was Lucifer, the god of this world. In Matthew 7:23 and Matthew 25, Jesus says not everyone that calls me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven but he who does the will of my father. (John 17: 4, 11),(Ephesians 5:31, 32). Jesus is the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by me. (John 14:6). (Matthew 12: 39-42, Matthew 24:4, 5, 11, 12, 23, 24), (2Corithinians 11:13-15, 26), (2 Peter 1:1-3). (2Timothy 3:1-5), (Hosea 4: 8-12)
    In Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4: 1-14, Jesus is full of the Holy Spirit of truth which is the father and he is being tempted of the devil. The devil comes to Jesus as an angel of light speaking the word of God. There is a battle between two identical Jesus in th mount of temptation. Only one is the real son of God.
    The devil shows himself to men as God with all power, lying signs, and wonders to deceive men to worship him as God sitting in the temples of God that men have build for him (Satan’s earthly kingdom). Christ who came in the flesh knew what the devil was doing to deceive men and Christ overcame that temptation by the power of the Holy Spirit of truth. A believer will only know the difference between the true light and the false light in the fullness of the Holy Spirit of truth- the father John 3:1-16. Apostle Paul knew this when wrestling with the evil forces in heavenly places and also said its no marvel for Satan transforms himself as angel of light and his workers. Again men are tempted and deceived by Satan showing he is God with all power, lying signs and wonders using the word of God in the name of God (Jesus Christ) in the temples (men’s body or building set up for worship) of God. 2 Thessalonians 2:4
    In the revelation and prophecy of Jesus Christ in my testimony concerning all Churches are ruled and in operation by Satan and his forces of evil. (Isaiah 14:12-17, Jeremiah Chapter 50 & 51, Revelation 17:1-6, Revelation 18: 1-5, Lamentations 4:12). This earthly kingdom is a root and off spring of Babylon, Tower of Babel. Her leaders have turn away from the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and taken over with a false gospel of another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:3-4). This falling away from the faith has been in all Churches for hundreds of years and her works have reached unto heaven. (Revelation 18:5) Her dependency is on money, wealth, and worldly goods instead of faith, love and truth of Almighty God and his son Jesus Christ. One of the great signs of Satan’s deception (lies) is the spiritual tongue phenomenon. Take a look in Genesis 11:1-9 the Tower of Babel, the men were of one language and came together as one and the Lord knew they would do all in their hearts could imagine together as one against the God of heaven and earth. So he scattered the men by confusion of languages. The men could not understand each other and left off building the city. In fulfillment of Christ sufferings, death, and resurrection of the dead in Acts 2:4-6, they were all filled with Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitudes came together, and were confounded, because every man heard them speak in his own language. God restores back communication among men of different speech. This is according to Acts disciples of Christ have come together as one to receive the promise of the father. This was evidence that God gave power to unlearned disciples to communicate gospel of Jesus Christ to other nations in their own tongue. This was to help spread the gospel.
    In the churches today it is evident that this gift of tongues is not active in the churches (lying signs and wonders of Satan in the last days). The tongues that you hear in the churches among ministers and believers is part of the Babylonian period where the sound is heard with mixtures of languages (confusion) in a believer only to draw people together as one and form the spiritual tower of Babel which is literally the house of iniquities in high places in Revelation. This tongue phenomenon in the Christian churches is not of the true God, but of Satan and connection with mystery of iniquity in high places. If a believer were to speak this gibberish tongue that you hear in the churches no nations on this earth would understand it. The word of God says tongues are a sign to non-believers, who speak in a different language than what the believer speaks. So If I had the true gift of tongues from God and I’m on a missionary trip to Peru and run into a field of native tribes and did not have knowledge of their language but have the power of the Holy Spirit, which would communicate to them through me (earthy vessel) in preserving my life to witness to them the gospel of Christ. Please Note: If you encounter this gibberish tongue from a minister, a prophet and felt something enter your spirit or your spirit felt stronger or made your spirit feel good, or after this encounter started having dreams of bright beautiful backgrounds of persons, places, or things, especially seeing lit up children, not coming from true God but Satan. These dreams are from mystery of iniquity 2 Thessalonians 2:7, which brings corruption to the flesh and those around. Jude 1:8. If happening to you forgive these ministers. Get out from among the ways of theses churches and ministries immediately. Seek the true God fervently through prayer by confessing your sins and pray for God’s truth. He will save your soul from very strong lies of Satan 1 John 4:1-3KJV. When persons spirit is dead (sins, transgressions) their flesh is alive in works of unrighteousness and he or she is blind because lies of Satan (darkness) until true Spirit of God (true light) comes from above on their flesh and brings their spirit to life then the flesh dies according to the cross of Christ which is the power of God unto Salvation Ephesians 2:8, John 17:2, 3, 20, Joel 2:28. Then God’s true Spirit, the heart of the father reveals to believers who Jesus Christ really is. Matthew 16:13-17, 2 Corinthians 3:3, 5-6 and Romans 8:16. Since the increase in churches and her leaders there has been astonishing increase in divorces, murders, suicides, demonic activity, mental and physical illnesses, abortions, sexual fornication, hunger, starvation, natural disasters, financial crises, poverty, hate crimes, drugs and alcohol abuse, and deaths. Where is the connection between these two? Paul says, in Galatians 1:6-12 when men (church leaders) are preaching and teaching false gospels it comes with a curse and that opens the door to Satan. 2 Thessalonians 2: 7-12. Apostle Paul’s speaks of the mystery of iniquity already does work. Paul knew from revelation of Christ this was already happening in the churches in his days and it still happening in our days but getting worse. This mystery of iniquity is about works in the spiritual realm. Revelation 16:14, for they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings (church leaders) of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Revelation 19:19, then I saw the beast (devil creature) and the kings (church leaders) of the earth and their armies (deceived believers) gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. This is a spiritual battle not earthly. That’s why we see so many churches and her leaders with a great company of believers gathering to worship and teaching false gospels for quick way to believe and receive Christ. To the naked eye believers and workers of God look, talk, act, think, and walk on this earth like Christ but under powerful deception(lies) of Satan. Mystery of iniquity is works of destruction from the spiritual realm through the flesh of deceived believers. This happens through lying dreams, lying signs, lying wonders, false prophecies, false teachings, and false tongues that go in and out of believers then transferred to their families, friends, cities, nations. That’s the connection. Revelation 18:23. Remember Matthew 24: 24. If it were possible they shall deceive the very elect. That tells me the elect of God are congregating, fellowship, and working side by side with false believers and false workers of God in churches and ministries around the world. This is why the true God pulled me out of the churches and allowed me to escape with a testimony of Jesus Christ to tell you the truth. Come out from the ways of these churches and ministries with all lying signs and wonders. Come out from the teachings of false gospels and doctrines (they are cursing people not blessing). Come out from reading the books of believers stories in Christian book stores and churches. Come out from the teachings of man and the rudiments of this world. Come out from among the ways of churches and ministries. Come out from the different translation of the word of God. Revelation 18: 4 and I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
    Seek the Lord your God quickly while it is day for spiritual truth and understanding to separate yourself from the lies and deception of Satan coming as a false lord. GET OUT NOW AND SAVE YOURSELF AND FAMILIES FROM THE CURSES THAT ARE COMING FROM THIS ADULTEROUS WOMAN. Revelation 17:1-6 I have told you the truth and my testimony is true and from Almighty God and Lord Jesus Christ. These spiritual revelations and spiritual understandings are from Christ. Even now I battle with the god of this world and this devil creature (beast) to deliver this truth to you. I am a witness by the power and anointing of the holy spirit of truth in seeing this great deceiver ruling the churches and her leaders. By the Holy Spirit of truth the real Jesus Christ is in my spirit and we are one just as he and the father are one John 17:10,11,21,22,23,26. Revelation 19:10-16, 20-21. I have told you the truth therefore my hands and heart are clean of your blood and the blood shed by these churches and ministries around the world before the eyes of Almighty God and father of the Lord Jesus Christ amen. Revelation 18:24.
    Recent email to a christ believer-
    there is a lot to say about these church buildings. please listen, these places are called in matthew 24 “secret chambers”.
    there are two identical jesus christ. One is true the other is a false image that these places do their worship, teaching, etc.
    you must NOT go with these people in these places.. read matthew 17:1-5. Any 4 walled building (man-made) set up to represent God, like a sanctuary, tabernacle is defiled—all of them around the world, even in Israel, all of them in our nation in the eyes of the true living God. they are defiled by the god of this world. this has been going on for centuries, generation after generation and now the time has come for them to be revealed.
    the resurrection-”last day” will soon be here.
    At the mount of temptations, the devil shows Jesus ALL the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them. what Jesus saw then and spoke of in Matthew chpt 24 is what we are seeing today.
    please seek God in prayer at home for holy Spirit of truth. He will keep you from being seduce of false teachings of men. in our time we are flooded with all kinds of Christianity false teachings…this is the falling away of the true faith. read 1john 2:26-27, Hebrews 8:10-11, matthew chpt 24
    the true Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, called of God after the order of Melchizedek, a High priest -Hebrews 7:3,13-17, 24-25.
    read also Hebrews 8:1-2, verse two tells directly that in Christ Jesus our place of worship is not in man made buildings. John 4:9-24. reread verse 20-24…..
    in conclusion-
    Ephesian 2:8-9….the true Gospel -God sent his son and raised him from the dead on the third day. Luke 24:44,46-47, Galatians 4:4-5, I Corinthians 1:17-18
    A letter sent to another christ believer
    hope this letter finds you. I sent my testimony a few months ago. I’ve enclosed a shorter version in hopes that you’ll be able to read since there is a lot of information. I’ve also enclosed scriptures proving what Im saying is all true. The holy Spirit shows the scriptures to me. As you know I mention there are two identical jesus. All churches that teach jesus are not following or representing the true Lord. Any church or christian minister to teach believers that we are not in revelation and the antichrist is coming, and if you receive the mark of the beast, you can not be saved. This is all false teaching of the antichrist! Please listen, I will show you in scriptures…first of all when Jesus was at the mount of temptation, the devil appeared to him looking like him (identical). So the devil showed Jesus all his glory on the earth and how he was deceiving man to gain false worship. So the devil tempted the real Jesus by saying if you be the son of God and speaking God’s words to Jesus (remember Jesus is the word of God). the devil lost! Praise God because Jesus was full of the holy Spirit of truth (the Father) while in the sinful flesh like us but Jesus knew no sin. Do you see this? There was a battle between two Jesus. Only thru the Holy Spirit of truth you will be able to see who is who and get the victory over the lies and spiritual deception of satan. 1 John 2:26-27
    You ask why does God allow the devil to do this? 1 John 3:8, 2 Thessalonians 2: 10-12, John 3:19-21.
    So the mark of the beast is of this world, death, hell and the grave Revelation 13:8. This mark has been around since the beginning of time. The antichrist, which is the devil started during Apostle Paul and among the disciples. Acts 20:28-31, 1 John 2:18-19
    today is what Jesus saw in matthew 24 and at the mount of temptation. We are in fulfillment of 2 thess 2:3!
    If you read Acts 1:9-11, after Jesus ascension in enters the Holy of Holies then takes the book from God the father and opens the seals immediately, Revelation 5:1-7 and Revelation 6:1-2. John is one of the disciples that went to the island of Patmos to receive the book of Revelation to prepare the servants of God what was to happen in the last days. Read mark 14:62, john 21:20-24, Revelation 1:2, Acts 1:13
    there’s proof we are in Revelation now!
    So the real Jesus saves men’s lives Luke 9:56. The real Jesus conquered death, hell and the grave Hebrews 2:14-15
    God sent his son and raised him from the dead on the third day. The real Jesus destroyed the body of sin, therefore the mark of the beast can be removed by the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit of truth! Philippians 3:7-11, John 17:1-3
    The real Jesus conquered the power of sin, sickness, generational curses, and all the powers of Satan and the third of the fallen angels.
    The disciples and Apostle Paul preached the same gospel nothing added or taken away. Please read,
    Luke 24:44, Acts 2:31-33, 4:10,33, 10:39-41,42-43, 13:27-30,37-39, 14:22, 15:11, 17:31-32, 26:8,22-23
    please turn from the ways of these churches and their teachings. Seek God for the truth (holy Spirit of truth). Be connected to God and the kingdom not the ways of the world. Come out of these churches- they look in the natural beautiful and in great order, but in the spirit realm they are dead mens bones! I am a witness by the power and anointing of the holy Spirit of truth! I see this every night in the spirit realm and warn many christians to get out and seek God for the spiritual truth. These believers are dying in their sins from false teaching of another gospel under the control of the god of this world!
    Revelation 18:4-5,22-24!

  5. The symbol at the top of the page is the all seeing eye. It is an occult and masonic symbol.

    The apostacy has been ongoing since the church began 2000 years ago. Most churches are already fallen, hence they put masonic/satanic symbols upon themselves to show it. They have the mark of the beast already.

  6. icliks says:

    Travis, thanks for your response. I agree that most churches have already fallen into apostasy. I’d like to clarify the use of the “all seeing eye” at the top of my blog. First of all, the blog is not the production of any church, but is my individual responsibility. Second, you and I probably agree that the Mason’s all-seeing eye refers back to various symbols, principles, or deities, typically worshiped under the guise of the sun. In these forms it is much older, and the conspiracy is much older than 2,000 years. My guess is that the particular art used on this blog’s header is from India.

    I picked it from the plethora of stock templates WordPress has to offer. At the time I had recently been working on the Norway Spiral research, which is posted in my blog under the Earth-Changes heading. It reminded me of the swirling portal that I think the Norway spiral was attempting to open; a type of portal that I think was in use in very ancient times.

    I chose to use it because this blog is fundamentally about tracking and exposing the arrival of the antichrist and his (its) New World religion, and about clarifying that this will be the reinstatement of a a very ancient and even exotic power. I am doing this in the hope that Christians will be more able to recognize the deception, and resist it.

    Did you read my post? Thank you, if you did. If not, I hope you give my content a try and judge my spirituality by it and not by the graphic at the top of the page.

    In any event, thanks for your comment!

    icliks

  7. tito says:

    The British Israelists believe the Two Witnesses are USA and UK, Japheth and Manassah

    • icliks says:

      It’s an interesting idea. I agree that UK and U.S. might be Joseph and Manasseh (I don’t think you meant Japheth) but it would be hard for me to say that the description of the ministry of the two witnesses, which is very straightforward and realistic, should be analogized into some kind of a history of two nations. For example, at the end of their ministry they are killed and lie in the streets of the city 3 1/2 days and then they are resurrected. This could happen to the population of a whole nation I supposed, but it’s really not what seems to be described. Etc.

  8. joanofarc77 says:

    12/17/2013 Vision

    He showed me 2 HUGE WARSHIPS on the water Heading to their destination at a very fast pace. POWERFUL STRONG READY FOR WAR HUGE!!!!! (larger than any actual warship) These words were said…

    “THE 2 WITNESSES ARE ARRIVING” ————–

    i woke from the vision and was happy! Glad to know they are on there way!! It means that Jesus is at the door! Yay! Yay! Yay!

    I have been wondering who they would be–never guessing they would be shown to me as the MOST POWERFUL WAR SHIPS EQUIPT FOR WAR–VERY COOL. No faces-no origin- but they were POWERFUL!

    These 2 witnesses have been born and called for this very reason-God has awoken them to God’s knowledge of his mysteries of heavenly things. I am sure that he has been training them greatly in spiritual warfare-teaching and showing them the dire realities of a godless world-evil governments and the darkened hearts of men-the pure corruption they have seen already and what happens when we as humans follow the principalities of darkness-Satan.

    I bet they have gone hand to hand “spiritually” speaking with Satan and his legions on more than just one occasion. They know the spiritual truth!

    Satan and his followers have known who these 2 witnesses were at birth and have been trying to kill them and destroy them ever since. The devil knew before they even knew. Amazing stuff here.

    They have probably been training for a lifetime but they were unaware of it at the time. I believe that when God made his wake up call on them-showing them the truth of God’s existence as well as the devil’s existence-they were shocked-just as troubled as Daniel was with some of the visions God had revealed to him.

    I believe God took the scales off the 2 witnesses eyes and they experienced much-remorse for a time. Hardly believing that they would be called-humble and unholy-sinful-untrained and possibly shocked by it all. God has been showing them-teaching them.

    From what I just saw in my vision of these 2 witnesses as powerful ships–they have grown and had their lessons and they now have accepted this covenant with God and accepted their mission-wearing “Jesus’s robe of rightiousness” now. There is only one who is sinless and righteous and that is Jesus! We are only made righteous by HIS ROBE.

    I can assume that they have passed their training with A+++ scores-their walk in the extreme fire has refined them like Gold-because those 2 ships were more powerful than any other ships I have ever seen.

    I believe they have been sitting prayerfully waiting for God to call them out. I am thinking of the words. “Here AM I Lord! SEND ME!” Their spirits calling out for the Lord to rise up against their enemy-the devil-unleashed for a time on earth-the rumblings are great-waiting to war with the devil in Jesus name- as they wait on God to move.

    I believe that the 2 witnesses only know each other by spirit at this time. God has intimately introduced them in spirit work and training and he has told them how they will meet and come together-manifesting in the world. They will know each other when they step out. 1st one and then quickly the second will come. God’s prophecy fulfillment.

    Some have said that they are coming from a life of holiness…raised up to be HOLY MEN their whole lives but I don’t believe that is the truth. My spirit says no.

    I believe that they have most likely walked the walk of a lowly servant in hardships-pain-physically -mentally-spiritually-rejection -abandonment-sin-and have experienced great trials and tribulations for many many years… everything painful that a man can experience in the world.

    Jesus came into the world lowly-a baby born in a manger- and I believe these two witnesses will arrive in the very same manner-humbled and lowly servants of Jesus…filled with the power of prophets and of course-empowered by the majesty of our Almighty Lord Jesus Christ–because he is the ONLY ORIGIN OF TRUE MIRACLES! Facinating! Spectacular!

    Yes-the 2 Witnesses called out of sin. Jesus did this often-using great sinners in the Bible-The human struggle with sin-great. They would surely not be able to relate or understand where or how to help men get spiritually ready for the Lord if they hadn’t.

    How else would these 2 witnesses ever be able to understand the plight of others and be able to call out sin fairly and justly if they hadn’t walked the very same sinful walk at one time? They will be unique and not your “holier than thou” type. I will believe that those who truly are close to the Lord will know them because God will nod and whisper in their spirits.

    I have seen many claiming to be “one of the endtime witnesses” and yes-out of curiosity I have watched and listened to them with spiritual eyes and ears. NOPE. Only one man that I hear has made me wonder about him-the profoundness of his words gives my spirit a chill-a resounding empowerment when I listen to his words-ALWAYS and say “wow…is he one? Profound!”

    Some say it will be a man and a woman-I believe this to be true.

    “The Adam & Eve dream team-fire breathers-last call callers.”

    These 2 men have seen and experienced it all. They have been called out of their sin and taught how to “measure” because they are just 2 regular human beings on earth who have walked as sinners and now accepted the calling of becoming ‘martyred’ saints. Now endowed with the enlightenment of God–they will step out to pave the way and help others.

    They have been taught about hate-they have received lessons of hate from so many. Evilness- lessons of the hearts of men. They have been repaid back bountiful evilness for their goodness that has dropped them to their knees. God is giving them lessons on how to deal with the hate by these lessons.

    They will be the most hated men.So of course God would have to continually show them the hate in men’s hearts-they would never be able to stand for their calling if they hadn’t had a lifetime of abuse-evil-monsters and satans hateful penetration attempts to their hearts.

    They have learned to love God-trust-wait and keep loving…even through all of the lies-slander-hate-malicious attacks upon body-character-even death threats. God has been teaching them much in the physical as well as the spiritual. He has already shown them the protection that he has placed over them-the covering-Angels-interventions so amazing that they are giddy. They are and have witnessed the spiritual truths of heaven and possible that they are called the 2 witnesses due to all of the revelation they receive from God.

    They are called upon by God to call out the churches-7 churches of revelation-to get them prepped and ready and back to their 1st love-Jesus of Nazareth. God is always so good he gives “last call” and these two witnesses will be last call-callers.

    They also know how to measure the “church” because they most undoubtedly went into the churches long ago speaking the truth of their spiritual experiences-and were seeking help- desperate and they were turned away by most-called demonic-crazy and rejected by the very ones who speak with the Holy Bible words but can not reach the understanding of the words in their hearts-these two witnesses were not recognized by the church-abandoned-scoffed at-rejected.

    There love for God is immense and I believe that their love for men on earth is immense also. They are willing to go up against Satan and his folliwers down here to help them-knowing how they will die. That surely is a mighty love for people and their souls. Don’t cha think?

    God has let them be in spirit very often so their fear is gone when it comes to physical death-they are aware of heavenly things so profound and amazing that they understand that as long as they keep their eyes focused on Jesus…they fear them not!

    The only thing that has made them any different from those down here? They were chosen by God for this mission. We do not have God’s mind-but God knows these 2 intimately. He chose them because HE KNOWS WHAT WE DON’T KNOW. His ways are not our ways. Some of the “holier than thou” out their may object to that statement above but I will not retract it.

    I believe they truly understand what sin is and where it takes you-hell-once the Lord called them out and opened their eyes to the truth.

    I feel Jesus telling me that he will move the SPIRIT & POWER over them-amazing Biblical prophets of old-they will be filled with the spirit of these two men.

    It will be like a MIGHTY great gust of wind when it happens–God the Father moving over them…kind of like blowing their sox off their feet and replacing them with -golden fiery slippers of heaven! Hehehe

    “Men on fire! & The odds are always FOR them”

    They will NOT FAIL because God has empowered them with the ability to bring and perform miracles and “bring down the house” so to speak. Anybody who seeks to harm them or kill them or come up against them will die the very way they plot. No gun control on them ha!

    Since I know the Bible stories are true from my own personal experiences-I can fully understand this and accept this in my mind. EXCITING STUFF GOING TO HAPPEN!

    What I am very clear on! JESUS OF NAZARETH IS ALIVE. PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED BEFORE MY VERY EYES! Very exciting time for us to be chosen to see the return of Lord from the skies! Repent and turn from sin Call upon Jesus to be saved. 2 Witnesses arriving soon means tribulation is starting…huge catastrophic earthquakes coming and 7th seal broken… JESUS LOVES ALL PLEASE CALL UPON HIM HE WILL SAVE YOU! PROMISE HE WILL!

    Shalom

  9. Dan says:

    The Bible never tells us to look for the coming of the AntiChrist. We are supposed to look for Jesus’ Coming and be ready. Don’t be caught up on topics which will not bring someone to salvation our mission should be to preach the gospel through love. However since it was mentioned let me mention this I personally believe in a pretrib rapture. Unfortunately you didn’t give other pertaining verses that say it is so. Having said that , Based on the parable of the ten virgins . I believe if you aren’t looking for Jesus Coming pretrib , if He does you may miss it. Think about this how can you be ready for something you don’t believe in? This is not an argument just my opinion based on everything I have studies. Do with it as you will. God Bless

    • icliks says:

      Dan, thanks for the comment! I will quote some of your points and respond.

      “The Bible never tells us to look for the coming of the AntiChrist.” Why then does the Bible spend so much time describing the antichrist, his methods and campaigns both past and future? Are we to not read those parts? If we read them are we not to pray and seek for understanding of them? Of course we are. Who among us do understand them? Precious few. What I seek to do, when I focus on that which this page doesn’t really, is to enable people to understand the signs of the times (Luke 21:28). If they don’t, the soon coming events will all just be fear and confusion for them.

      “We are supposed to look for Jesus’ Coming and be ready. Don’t be caught up on topics which will not bring someone to salvation” You must be responding to my blog as a whole, not this article particularly. I agree of course with the guidance, but I see around me a multitude of Christians who think perhaps that they are looking for Jesus, but in reality are complacent and putting a great deal of their trust in the world. Then there is a larger multitude who are not Christian and are putting their trust in the world. I am peeling the veneer off the world and forcing a decision.

      “Unfortunately you didn’t give other pertaining verses that say (a pre-trib rapture) is so.” I gave the versus needed to prove that the rapture is not pre-trib and the piece was already plenty long. Did you read the whole thing?

      “I believe if you aren’t looking for Jesus Coming pretrib, if He does you may miss it.” I believe if you are looking for a pre-trib rapture and there isn’t one but there is a false pre-trib rapture you may fall for THAT. Then if you miss being “raptured” in the false rapture you may become so despirited that you give up the faith thinking that God has rejected you. It seems at least that you and I both agree that a proper understanding of the timing of the rapture is important, which is why I wrote this article in the first place.

      Again, thanks for your concern and comment!

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