Summary: This sermon is designed to encourage believers to prepare for these last days!
Topic: Today, God Is Recruiting People For An End Time Battle!
Introduction: Rev 11:3 “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (3 1/2 YEARS), clothed in sackcloth.” This mighty army of Spirit-filled Christian overcomers which will be the final clean-up troop as the end time Christian era comes to a close. These soldiers of God are characterized by four different names: 1. Two Witnesses 2. Two olive trees 3. Two candlesticks 4. Two Prophets .
I. What do these words,“TWO WITNESS”, symbolize? Were they two persons only or are they a group of people? I personally believe that these are a troop of soldiers that have an inner witness in their spirits of two fathers: The Apostle Paul had this double witness in his heart when he wrote all of his epistles! Here are a couple of sample verses that would declare this truth from the book of Romans:
A. Rom 1:7 “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from GOD OUR FATHER, and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
B. Rom 4:12 “And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of OUR FATHER ABRAHAM, which he had being yet uncircumcised.”
II. What do the words “TWO OLIVE TREES” symbolize? I personally believe that these are two ministries representing both Moses and Elijah that should witness in every spirit-filled believer’s spirit! The Prophet Zechariah desired to know who the “TWO OLIVE TREES” were also:
A. Zech 4:11-14 “Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the LORD of the whole earth.” I believe these “two anointed ones” represent the “law and the prophets” ministry in the body of Christ. Moses represents the law and Elijah represents the prophets - Matt 17:3 “And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.”
B. Matt 5:17-18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law (MOSES‘ MINISTRY), or the prophets (ELIJAH‘S MINISTRY): I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
C. Matt 7:12 “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
D. The Apostle Paul said that the message he was declaring about Jesus as the Christ was revealed within the “LAW AND THE PROPHETS” - Acts 28:23 “And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”