Has The Time Of The Two Witnesses Been Shortened?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer one of them.
Question: Has the time of the two witnesses been shortened too? Or will they still be doing their work for 42 months?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Lance.
Lance sent in an additional email and let us know he found the answer on our site. However, for the benefit of our audience we are going to cover this again as I feel it is an important topic that many are confused about.
We are going to do an overview in this post, for all of the details please see these two previous Bible Q&A’s which I believe are very informative. Please take the time to read these.
- Will The Two Witnesses Appear Before Antichrist?
- How And When Do The Two Witnesses Appear And What Will They Do?
I think some people are becoming confused as they only consider Satan when they hear of Christ shortening the Tribulation and for some reason they are leaving out the Two Witnesses.
Let me ask, what time element does Satan on earth belong to?
The Tribulation, Satan is our Tribulation.
Let me ask another question, what time element do the Two Witnesses belong to?
They both belong to the same time element.
What is the goal of the Two Witnesses?
To uplift the Saints during The Tribulation and prophesy against Satan. The Saints or Elect if you prefer will work hand in hand with the Two Witnesses during the Tribulation.
How long is the time of Satan (The Tribulation)?
In Daniel 9:26-27 we are told Satan confirms a covenant with many for one week. That week is the original seven year Tribulation (now shortened to five months).
How long is seven years?
84 months or 2520 days.
How long is the time of the Two Witnesses (The Tribulation)?
In Revelation 11:3 we are told the Two Witnesses have 1260 days to prophesy until they are killed.
How long is 1260 days?
42 months which is half of Satan’s time which was given as 84 months.
No matter how you slice it, the time of Satan is twice as long as the Two Witnesses.
Satan’s arrival marks the beginning of the Tribulation and at the midst of the week Satan has complete control of the world. The Two Witnesses will appear and prophesy with the Elect, being delivered up for a testimony and complete the scriptures of our Father. They will then be killed and rise three and a half days later and then the True Christ will appear.
We have an in-depth Bible study on this subject we highly encourage everyone to read. It is titled, “The Timeline of the Tribulation“.