With the light apparition in my painting ‘The Guardians of The Voice’ I have been led to look at the Two Witnesses in Revelations who may have been the men in white at Jesus’ tomb. Owning a near-death experience, I will go into a realm few can follow.
In the previous article we saw God’s two anointed witnesses: the Word of God and the Spirit of God, be totally disrespected by the spirit of hypocrisy. This type of total disrespect will kill the ability of any true conviction upon sinners. Consequently sinners will have no fear to become religious hypocrites who call themselves “Christian”.
But now we see that God ended this day of hypocritical darkness. Spiritually this period of time of disrespect towards the Word and the Spirit lasted three and a half days. But now the day of God’s wrath and judgement upon hypocrisy had come!
“And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.” ~ Revelation 11:11
This event parallels the opening of the sixth seal, shown earlier in Revelation 6:12-17 where the final part reads:
“For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” ~ Revelation 6:17
So how did it happen that the two witnesses were brought to life in the hearts of people?
First a true ministry stood up and began to declare the full truth of the gospel: including the message that there is still only one church! Their message declared an end to hypocrisy and an end to man rule in the church. The spiritual New Jerusalem was preached with walls of salvation. And the gates of righteous judgement were established to keep hypocrisy out. Within this city is only sin-free holiness because of the very presence of Almighty God in their midst.
People began to repent of their separate Protestant and Catholic identities at the call:
“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 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.” Revelation 18:2-4
As people came out, a spiritual cloud of witnesses was formed (see Hebrews 12:1) and the two anointed witnesses began to be highly honored and to rise above the confusion of spiritual Sodom and Egypt (see Revelation 11:8) where they had been left dead.
“And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” ~ Revelation 11:12
This is exactly what Jesus told the hypocritical Chief Priest (one of his enemies) before his crucifixion.
“…Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” ~ Matthew 26:64
The cloud of witnesses is referred to in a number of places in scripture. Also in many places in scripture the witness of God’s mighty power is often shown within the context of powerful storm clouds.
It is all showing the difference it makes when God’s Word is fully respected and obeyed, and his Holy Spirit is powerfully working true righteousness among his people.
At this time many people got delivered from the bondage of false Christianity and “came out of Babylon” to stand separate and completely for the full gospel truth.
Consequently, at that time a significant part of false Christianity fell away from a false profession and fully died out to the self-life so that they could fully consecrate to the Lord.
“And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.” Revelation 11:13
The spiritual earthquakes God sends are not intended to physically kill anyone. They are intended to wake up people to their need to repent of all sin and to fully consecrate their lives to God. When people do this, they die to their own way, so that they might live a new resurrected life in Christ Jesus.
- “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” ~ Romans 6:1-4
- “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17