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you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back

and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am”

John 14:3).

It is Jesus, in the parable of Matthew 13:44-45, who sold

everything He had, and bought a pearl of great price (the

bride). 1 Cor 6:20; 7:23 remind the bride that she is “bought

at a price.” John the Baptist is a type of friend of the bride-

groom, who makes this declaration himself (John 3:29). The

other friend of the bridegroom, the one assigned to the bride,

is seen in Moses, who leads Israel.

With this background, we can understand when and why

the two witnesses arise from the dead at Revelation 11, and

perhaps who they are. In that chapter, the Lord is speaking of

the Jewish Temple. The two witnesses are concerned with the

Jews in the inner court, rather than the outer court of the Gen-

tiles. They are seen as olive trees and lampstands, which are

typical Jewish symbols. They strike the earth so there is no rain

for 3 1/2 years, and inflict other plagues. Since there is no

damage to the earth up until the time between the sixth seal

and the first trumpet (Rev. 7:3), these Jewish witnesses are

prophetical in the last half of the seven-year tribulation.

When they are through with their work, the Antichrist slays

them. They will lie for 3 1/2 days in a street of Jerusalem, a day

for each year of their prophecy (Rev. 11:3, 11). They are re-

fused burial, so those of the world rejoice over them and view

their dead bodies. However, the celebration is interrupted

when they rise from the dead!

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Their resurrection is for a very

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Certainly, the world will be viewing this on news networks such as CNN,

and it will be fulfilled before their very eyes.

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