How And When Do The Two Witnesses Appear And What Will They Do?
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 some of them.
Question: How and when do the two witnesses show up and what will they be doing when they get here? Where will they be? What will they be doing? Will they be helping us by their ministry? I know they will be here right before Satan. But not sure when exactly.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Melissa, thank you for the question. I do not believe the Bible says the Two Witnesses arrive before Satan. Let me explain. In Daniel 9:26-27 we are told the “prince of the covenant” confirms a covenant with many for one week. That prince is Satan who comes in peaceably as Daniel 11:21-23 documents. Further, Daniel just documented for us that Satan is here for the entire Tribulation. We know that final week is the Tribulation which was originally seven years, but was shortened down to five months by Christ (Matthew 24:22). So the entire Tribulation is now five months, the same one week.
This covenant is essentially Satan stepping foot on earth to negotiate power from world leaders. To put on a great display of supernatural acts as Revelation 13:13-14 document.
We are told in Revelation 13:5 Satan the Dragon is allowed to continue for 42 months which is equal to 3.5 years on the original Tribulation timeline. The keyword here is continue. Satan was on earth before the middle of the Tribulation or midst of the week if you prefer. At this point Satan will have absolute power and this is the moment he completely heals the deadly wound as Revelation 13:3-5 documents. Satan does not have absolute control of the world until the middle of the Tribulation. If we keep reading Revelation 13:6-7 we see he blasphemies God.
Because Satan is claiming to be God (absolute) and at this point Satan makes war with the Saints as they will appear to be the troublemakers for Satan’s Beast Government.
Now look at our time elements. We have two scriptures that document Satan is here for the entire Tribulation, originally seven years shortened to five months, Satan is here for all of it.
Revelation 11:3-13 documents what will happen during the time of the Two Witnesses. It also gives us their allotted time which is 1260 days (note: a solar month and a lunar month vary slightly).
So the approximate time of the Two Witnesses is equal to 3.5 years (42 months) or 2.5 months on a shortened Tribulation timeline. That is only half of the original Tribulation time and only half of the time allotted for Satan who was given the entire Tribulation.
We also know the Two Witnesses die essentially at the very end of the Tribulation, documenting the Two Witnesses do not show up until the midst of the week, the middle of the Tribulation.
They will appear at the middle of the Tribulation (midst of the week), right when Satan takes control of the entire world when he heals the deadly wound. As Revelation 13:6-7 documented, this is when Satan makes war with the Saints. How fitting for the Two Witnesses to show up at this time as they also have supernatural abilities as Revelation 11:5-6 documents.
To answer your question where will they be?
Revelation 11:3-13 documents the Two Witnesses will be in Jerusalem prophesying against Satan and his Beast Government and I would expect the Saints to be standing right with them.