THE PROPHECY OF ZECHARIAH AND THE MERCY OF GOD (Part 11)
The two anointed ones
“He said: “These are the two anointed ones who are standing alongside the Lord of the whole earth”” (Zechariah 4:14)
Zechariah 4:1–10 describes a lampstand which represents Zerubbabel as the one who would rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, by the force of the spirit of Jehovah: “He then said to me: “This is the word of Jehovah to Ze·rubʹba·bel: ‘“Not by a military force, nor by power, but by my spirit,” says Jehovah of armies. 7 Who are you, O great mountain? Before Ze·rubʹba·bel you will become a level land. And he will bring out the top stone amid shouts of: “How wonderful! How wonderful!”” (Zechariah 4:6,7).
In Zechariah chapter 4:11–14, the “two anointed ones” seem to be the same as Revelation 11: “I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth.” These are symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth” (Revelation 11:3,4). Thees two witnesses are Moses and Eliyah (Elijah), who appeared in the vision ot the transfiguration of Christ with him (Mark 9:1–8 ).
These two representatives of Moses and Eliyah, are two people, but also two congregations (Lampstands), who organize the worldwide preaching of the good news, in the period just before the great tribulation (Matthew 24:14). In the book of Zechariah (5:1,2) and in Revelation, this preaching is described as a plague against Satan’s system (Revelation 8:7 to 15:8 (the plagues of the seven trumpets); Revelation 16:1 at 22:21 (the end) (the plagues of the seven bowls)).
The first witness, Moses, is the representative of the congregation of the Christians who have the heavenly hope and which number of 7000 will complete the group of 144000, shortly before the great tribulation (Revelation 7:3–8 “144000”; 11:13 “7000”). The second witness Eliyah (Elijah), representative of the congregation of humans who will come out of the great tribulation and have the everlasting life (Revelation 7:9–17 “the great crowd”; 11:13 “the rest became frightened and gave glory to the God of heaven”). The congregation of heavenly holy ones (Moses), is represented by the woman persecuted on earth, by Satan the devil (Revelation 12:13–17a). The congregation of the earthly holy ones (Eliyah), represents “the remaining ones of her offspring” (Revelation 12:17b).
Do these two anointed ones represent two real men? There is no indication to the contrary. Anyway, only Jehovah and Jesus Christ know them (and possibly the both concerned), and at best, they must be recognizable by their respective congregation (Matthew 17:12 “they did not recognize him”).
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