Question: How and when do the two witnesses show up and what will they be doing when they get here? Where will they be? Will they be helping us by their ministry? I know they will be here right before Satan. But not sure when exactly.
Answer: Thank you for the question Melissa. The Two Witnesses will appear during the middle of the Tribulation, after the appearance of the Antichrist who is Satan. The Tribulation is the point in time when Satan is cast from Heaven to earth. While Satan will be on earth for the entire Tribulation, the Two Witnesses are only on earth for half of that time, the latter half.
So how long will the Two Witnesses be on earth?
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
God’s Word just documented the Two Witnesses will be on earth for 1,260 days prophesying in Jerusalem, (Revelation 11:8).
If we continue reading Revelation 11, we are told the beast from the bottomless pit, that is Satan, will make war against them, and kill them.
Yet, after 3 1/2 days “the Spirit of life from God entered into” the Two Witnesses “and they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them”, (Revelation 11:11-12).
This ends the second woe, and immediately initiates the third woe along with the Seventh Trumpet which means Jesus Christ has now returned, (Revelation 11:14-15).
Let us do some math.
Therefore, the entire Tribulation, and the length of the 70th Week is equal to,
Again, this entire time has been shortened to 5 months by Christ.
Now, remember Revelation 11:3 documented the Two Witnesses will only be on earth for 1,260 days (2 1/2 months), half of the week, half of the Tribulation, beginning at the Midst Of The Week.
How about Satan?
We are going to document Satan will be on earth for the entire week, the entire Tribulation (5 months).
Please turn your Bible with me to,
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
“He” is the “prince of the covenant”, the “Little Horn” who comes in peace for one week, the 70th week, the entire Tribulation, (5 months, Daniel 11:21-23). This entity is none other than Satan himself. We can verify that by referencing Revelation 13:5 where we are told the Dragon who is Satan had “a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies”, (Revelation 12:7-9).
This perfectly aligns with Daniel 7:8, 25 where we are told the “Little Horn” had “a mouth speaking great things”.
This covenant is essentially Satan stepping foot on earth which initiates the Tribulation in order to negotiate power from world leaders. To put on a great display of supernatural acts as described in Revelation 13:13-14.
And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
The keyword here is “continue“.
Obviously, Satan was on earth before the Midst Of The Week, otherwise, he would be unable to “continue” for an additional 42 months.
We have just been provided with a second witness.
At this point in time, Satan is given control over the sixth kingdom, in addition to the seventh kingdom he brings with him, (see: The Scarlet Beast With Seven Heads And Ten Horns).
Satan will begin to make war with the Saints, and the Two Witnesses who now appear, (Revelation 13:7). This is also the moment in time when Satan completely heals the Deadly Wound, (Revelation 13:3-5).
Let us add to our math from earlier.
These facts clearly document, Satan will be on earth for the entire 70th Week, the same 7 years, the same 84 months, the same 2,520 days, the same 5 months. While the Two Witnesses will only be on earth for half of that time being 1,260 days, the same 2 1/2 months beginning at the Midst Of The Week.
As a final thought, while Christ shortened the Tribulation from 7 years to 5 months, He did not alter the order of events. He simply shortened the time frame. In no way shape or form should we be led to believe the Two Witnesses are on earth before Satan, that is simply not Biblical.
Melissa, I encourage you to read our Bible study “The Silence In Heaven And The Two Witnesses” where we go in much greater depth on this subject.