The Two Sackcloth Witnesses of Revelation 11 Part 3
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Bill Kochman

Published On :
December 23, 1998

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009

Jews' Rejection Of Christ And The Resurrection Coverup, The
Famous Forty And Similarties Between Moses, Elijah And Jesus
God's Celestial Ship, Murder Of Two Sackcloth Witnesses, The
Evilness Of Endtime, Seventh Trumpet Of God And Resurrection
Overcomers, Watch And Pray, The Final Countdown, The Endtime
Scoffers, The Return Of Moses And Elijah?, The Eternal Now

As I stated at the end of part two, the majority of the
Jewish Elders did not accept Jesus as a Prophet, and much
less as the Son of God. As far as they were concerned, He
was a blasphemer, a liar, a false prophet, a gluttonous man
and a wine bibber, a companion of harlots and sinners, and
filled with the devil. Consider the following verses:

"The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say,
Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of
publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her
children." (Matthew 11:19)

"But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow
doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the
devils." (Matthew 12:24)

"Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake
within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet,
would have known who and what manner of woman this is that
toucheth him: for she is a sinner." (Luke 7:39)

Exactly how did Jesus react to their accusations against
Him? In addition to exposing their lack of love and mercy,
their proud, self-righteous spirit, and their legalistic,
rigid interpretation of the Law, which they used to oppress
the common people, He pointed them right back to the Law of
Moses, and to the writings of the Old Testament Prophets.
The Lord basically said, 'Look; you have the written record;
so why don't you believe it?':

"Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is
one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had
ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote
of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye
believe my words?" (John 5:45-47)

"Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou
wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five
brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come
into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They
have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he
said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from
the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they
hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be
persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
(Luke 16:27-31)

How true indeed! Even though Jesus rose from the dead, they
still did not believe. They had the written record; they had
the prophecies; they knew what they said; yet they denied
every single bit of it when it came to pass before their
very eyes! In fact, as I point out in a number of other
articles, those rebellious Jews purposely tried to conceal
the Lord's wonderful Resurrection as we see at the end of
the Gospel of Matthew:

"Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came
into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the
things that were done. And when they were assembled with the
elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto
the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night,
and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the
governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So
they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this
saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day."
(Matthew 28:11-15)

In light of all of the things I have discussed thus far, it
is easy to understand why God the Father would send Moses
and Elijah to counsel with Jesus before these final events
were to be fulfilled a short time later in Jerusalem. You
may recall that this is precisely what they came to talk to
Him about in the first place. In the Gospel of Luke we read:

"And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were
Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his
decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem."
(Luke 9:30-31)

As I mentioned in part one of this series, and explain even
more thoroughly in the article 'Famous Forties: One Of God's
Special Numbers?', the Holy Scriptures contain quite a few
numerical mysteries; only a few of which I have personally
discovered to date. There are apparently certain numbers in
the Bible which have special significance for the Lord. One
of these is no doubt the number forty. This number creates a
an interesting association between Moses, Elijah and Jesus.
Just as Moses performed a complete fast during two forty-day
periods when he received the Commandments twice from the
Lord on the top of Mount Horeb, or Sinai, the Prophet Elijah
also fasted for a period of forty days and nights when he
went to Mount Horeb as well. It was there that the Lord
spoke to him in a still small voice. Not only that, but in
the Gospels, we are also told that Jesus likewise fasted for
a period of forty days and forty nights in the wilderness,
prior to revealing Himself to Israel. Consider the following

"And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up
into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and
forty nights." (Exodus 24:18)

"When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of
stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made
with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty
nights, I neither did eat bread nor drink water:...And it
came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that
the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of
the covenant...And I fell down before the LORD, as at the
first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread,
nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned,
in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him
to anger...Thus I fell down before the LORD forty days and
forty nights, as I fell down at the first; because the LORD
had said he would destroy you...And I stayed in the mount,
according to the first time, forty days and forty nights;
and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the
LORD would not destroy thee."
(Deuteronomy 9:9, 11, 18, 25, 10:10)

"And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then
an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And
he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals,
and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink,
and laid him down again. And the angel of the LORD came
again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and
eat; because the journey is too great for thee. And he
arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of
that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount
of God." (1 Kings 19:5-8)

"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to
be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days
and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred."
(Matthew 4:1-2)

"And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.
And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of
Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels
ministered unto him." (Mark 1:12-13)

"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from
Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, Being
forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did
eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward
hungered." (Luke 4:1-2)

That last set of verses presents us with a very interesting
possibility. While up until now, I have always assumed that
Jesus' fast occurred while He wandered in the Jordan River
Valley after having been baptised by John, that may not have
necessarily been the case. Notice that Luke tells us that
Jesus 'returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into
the wilderness'. It sounds to me as if perhaps the Lord went
in a direction opposite to the Jordan River. Is it possible
that He may have travelled south to Mount Horeb, that is, to
Sinai? This would certainly follow the pattern of Moses and
Elijah more perfectly. Of course, this is merely speculation
on my part, and I cannot prove this point beyond a shadow of
a doubt.

What I also find rather interesting is that, in the previous
verses, we see that just as Elijah was provided with food by
the Angel prior to beginning his forty-day fast, Jesus was
also ministered to by Angels when His fast and temptation by
Satan was over; which in itself was a fulfillment of yet
another prophecy spoken by King David:

"Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and
ministered unto him." (Matthew 4:11)

"There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague
come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge
over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear
thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a
stone." (Psalms 91:10-12)

You will recall that this was one of the very temptations
which Satan used against Jesus. He twisted the meaning of
God's Word in order to try to get Jesus to tempt His very
own Father:

"Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and
setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him,
If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is
written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:
and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time
thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It
is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God."
(Matthew 4:5-7)

Clearly then, there are some very close Scriptural links
between Moses, Elijah and Jesus which make the occurrence on
the Mount of Transfiguration quite fitting to God's overall
plan. This event is very similar to the description of the
Two Sackcloth Witnesses in another way as well. You may
recall that before Moses and Elijah took their leave from
Jesus, the three Disciples witnessed a bright cloud, and
also the Voice of the Father from Heaven. The minute they
experienced these things, we are told that they dove to the
ground in fear. When they got back up again, the Voice was
gone; the bright cloud was gone; and Moses and Elijah were
gone as well. It appears that God's Celestial Ship took them
back to the World Beyond. Allow me to refresh your memory:

"While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed
them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face,
and were sore afraid. And Jesus came and touched them, and
said, Arise, and be not afraid. And when they had lifted up
their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only."
(Matthew 17:5-8)

While some narrow-minded Christians may find that hard to
believe, because they have been so conditioned by the world
to view all UFOs as either being the invention of mentally
unstable people, or as being physical craft controlled by
evil aliens from outer space, that is what the Bible says;
and that isn't the only place in the Bible where such events
are described. Allow me to again refer you to the article
'Under The Cloud: UFOs And The Bible'. Another possibility,
which I suggest in 'Great Cloud Of Witnesses: God's Holy
Ghosts?', is that the cloud seen by Peter, James and John,
and the cloud mentioned in the eleventh chapter of the Book
of Revelation, might not be referring to an actual Celestial
Craft of some sort, but rather to a spiritual cloud of some
of the Heavenly Host.

In the case of the Two Sackcloth Witnesses, we are told that
after they have completed their mission on Earth during the
final three and a half years known as the Great Tribulation,
they will be killed by the forces of the Beast; just like
every true Prophet of God has been killed since the days of
the Old Testament:

"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the
beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make
war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them."
(Revelation 11:7)

What is so amazing about this event, is that the people of
the world will have become so wicked, and so corrupt by that
time, that we are told that they are actually going to have
a worldwide celebration when the Two Sackcloth Witnesses are
killed in Jerusalem. They will be glad that they have shut
up the Mouth of God through His Two Witnesses; just as the
Jews have always gloated at the demise of the Lord's true
messengers. Unless these verses are simply describing people
of different ethnic groups who will be in Jersualem at that
time, and who will thus personally witness these events with
their own eyes, it appears as if they may be broadcast on
worldwide television! It might receive top news coverage!
The Beast's Broadcasting Company is going to actually boast
about this evil deed!:

"And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great
city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where
also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and
kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies
three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead
bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the
earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall
send gifts one to another; because these two prophets
tormented them that dwelt on the earth."
(Revelation 11:8-10)

That is the epitome of evil! They are not even going to bury
the bodies of the Lord's Two Witnesses! They are going to be
left to stink and rot in the street where they lay, as a
strong testimony against these evildoers! That is how wicked
the Israelies really are in their hearts; as well as the
rest of the evil ungodly world who will rejoice right along
with them! They will be just like their ancestors; such as
the ungodly Jews who covered their ears when Stephen blasted
them with the truth in Acts chapter seven; just before they
silenced him through stoning:

"Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their
ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of
the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their
clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul."
(Acts 7:57-58)

Of course, the joke will be on them; because as John tells
us, only three and a half days later, something wonderful,
and totally unexpected is going to happen. Please notice
exactly how this event occurs:

"And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from
God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and
great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a
great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither.
And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies
beheld them." (Revelation 11:11-12)

Do you see the similarity to the account in Matthew chapter
seventeen? Just like on the Mount of Transfiguration, there
is a mysterious cloud, a voice from Heaven, and great fear
upon the observers. This is another reason why some people
believe that the Two Sackcloth Witnesses may be the Prophets
Moses and Elijah. Based upon my study of the Scriptures, I
believe that the resurrection of these two witnesses will
coincide with the final Trump; that is, the Seventh Trumpet
of God, in which all of the dead and living Saints will be
resurrected, transformed, and raptured to Heaven. Remember,
these events occur at the very end of the Great Tribulation;
which is when the Rapture of the Saints is due to occur as
well. Notice that just as the Two Sackcloth Witnesses are
called up to Heaven with a voice, the Rapture of the Saints
is described in the very same manner in these verses:

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump
of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we
which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so
shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one
another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

"But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he
shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished,
as he hath declared to his servants the prophets."
(Revelation 10:7)

As I explain in part one of 'Have You Been Slain In The
Spirit?', God is going to turn the apparent defeat of the
Two Sackcloth Witnesses into great victory; and the unsaved
world will be left breathless! Just when the Beast and his
evil followers believe they have sunk the last nail into the
coffin of Christianity, God is going to show them how wrong
they really are! Along with the Two Sackcloth Witnesses, we
will all spring up to new life, as has been promised to us
since the world began! We shall truly overcome death by the
Blood of the Lamb! Consider the following inspiring verses:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that
is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because
ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little
children, because ye have known the Father. I have written
unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from
the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because
ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye
have overcome the wicked one." (1 John 2:13-14)

"Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:
because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
world." (1 John 4:4)

"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my
throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my
Father in his throne." (Revelation 3:21)

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto
the death." (Revelation 12:11)

"These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall
overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings:
and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and
faithful." (Revelation 17:14)

While many Christians have been erroneously taught that none
of us will know of the precise Day of the Lord's Return, as
I point out in the article 'As A Thief In The Night? Not For
Me!', personally, I am convinced that not only does the Lord
want us to know when we should be expecting Him, but He has
left us clues throughout His Word which will help us to know
exactly when that Day is approaching. As the Apostle Paul
wrote, we will not be darkness concerning the Day of the
Lord's Coming as will be the children of the world; if we
are alert, and paying attention to the signs of the times;
exactly as he and Jesus Himself told us to do in the
following verses:

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should
overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light,
and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let
us watch and be sober." (1 Thessalonians 5:4-6)

"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth
come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had
known in what watch the thief would come, he would have
watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken
up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye
think not the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24:42-44)

"Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 25:13)

"But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the
angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time
is. For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who
left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to
every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch
ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house
cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or
in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
(Mark 13:32-37)

At this current time, none of us can honestly say that we
know the precise day of the Lord's Arrival. As Jesus said in
the above verses, no one knows except His Father; however,
it is my belief that the minute His Father gives the signal,
and these Endtime events are set in motion, the countdown
will finally begin; and we will not be in the dark if we are
prayerful and watching. That is the key; to watch and pray!

If you stop to think about it, the advent in the near future
of the Two Sackcloth Witnesses will be one clear sign that
the Day of the Lord is fast approaching. As we saw in part
two of this series, their ministry will span a time period
of exactly one thousand two hundred and sixty days. This is
equivalent to forty-two Jewish months of thirty days each,
for a total of three and a half years. In other words, as I
point out in the in-depth series 'The Great Tribulation And
The Rapture', they will prophesy during the full length of
the troublesome period known as the Great Tribulation, or
Jacob's Trouble; when the Beast will be persecuting God's
children, as per these verses:

"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and
shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to
change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand
until a time and times and the dividing of time."
(Daniel 7:25)

"And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the
waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his
left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever
that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he
shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy
people, all these things shall be finished." (Daniel 12:7)

"But the court which is without the temple leave out, and
measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the
holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall
prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed
in sackcloth." (Revelation 11:2-3)

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a
place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a
thousand two hundred and threescore days."
(Revelation 12:6)

"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. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy
against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and
them that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make
war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was
given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations."
(Revelation 13:5-7)

If the Two Sackcloth Witnesses are going to prophesy for one
thousand two hundred and sixty days, and if they are going
to lie dead in the streets of Jerusalem for an additional
three and a half days before being summoned to Heaven during
the First Resurrection, or Rapture, then this can only mean
that they will reveal themselves to Israel, either exactly
in the middle of the Last Seven Years, when the Beast breaks
the Holy Covenant, invades Jerusalem, removes the Daily
Sacrifice, and sets up the Abomination of Desolation, which
of course commences the Great Tribulation, as per Jesus' own
words, or else they will appear three and a half days before
these world-shaking events occur.

Just as the day the Holy Covenant is signed will mark the
beginning of the Last Seven Years, the arrival of the Two
Sackcloth Witnesses will be another clear marker that we
have reached the middle of the same time period. Even if we
somehow miss the actual signing of the Holy Covenant, maybe
because it will be done in secret, or for some other reason,
the minute that the Two Sackcloth Witnesses appear, we will
be able to count off the remaining days, one by one, until
the return of our Lord, and the First Resurrection of the
Dead. So you see, while it is indeed true that we don't know
now, we will begin to know then. The prophecies clearly
point the way for us if we take the time to understand them;
exactly as Jesus, Paul and others told us to do. It is only
the children of the world who are not led by God's Spirit,
and who are thus ignorant of the Holy Scriptures, who will
walk in darkness; and who will in fact scoff at us, and make
fun of our beliefs; right up until the very day in which
they are destroyed by the Lord. Consider the following

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit
of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he
know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
(1 Corinthians 2:14)

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious
gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto
them." (2 Corinthians 4:4)

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where
is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell
asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning
of the creation." (2 Peter 3:3-4)

"For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden
destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:3)

At this point, allow me to address another issue concerning
the Two Sackcloth Witnesses. When it is said that they might
be Moses and Elijah, exactly what is meant by this? It is my
understanding that for some people, this means that Moses
and Elijah will actually return to the Earth in human form.
In other words, they will be born again in the flesh as two
regular human beings. Is this really possible, and is it a
Scripturally-sound doctrine? One school of thought suggests
that the reason that Moses and Elijah were able to appear
with Jesus on the top of the Mount of Transfiguration, is
because, as I explain in several articles, in the Spirit
Realm where the great I AM exists, time basically does not
exist. Past, present and future are all blended into one.
Consider carefully the following very interesting verses:

"I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever:
nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and
God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which
hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been;
and God requireth that which is past."
(Ecclesiastes 3:14-15)

"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there
is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring
the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the
things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall
stand, and I will do all my pleasure:" (Isaiah 46:9-10)

So the thought is, that Moses and Elijah were able to appear
to Jesus on the top of the Mount of Transfiguration, because
their resurrection at the end of the Great Tribulation as
the Two Sackcloth Witnesses had already occurred. In other
words, although in the physical realm the Lord had not yet
become the Firstfruits of the Resurrection following His own
Death and Resurrection, in the Realm of the Spirit, it had
already occurred; as had all of the other events leading up
to our present time, as well as those yet to come. This
might be a bit difficult for some of you to understand, but
it does make sense to me. However, I do believe that this
theory is flawed in certain regards; and for this reason, I
cannot accept that Moses and Elijah will actually return to
the Earth, and be born once again in human form.

In the final part of this series, I will explain some of the
reasons for which I adopt this position. In addition, I will
also be addressing the issues of what it means to be a true
Jew, the Jewish rejection of God's Two Sackcloth Witnesses,
spiritual meat and milk, Endtime deceivers, reincarnation,
Biblical resurrections, John and Elijah, Moses and Elijah as
Ministering Spirits, the reign of the Antichrist, unmasking
the deception, the Heavenly Court and the Judgment Seat of
Jesus Christ, bearing witness and presenting the evidence,
personal accountability, delivering our souls, and the final
choice of the Jews. I trust that you will join me.

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