The Two Sackcloth Witnesses of Revelation 11 Part 4
Copyright 1994 - 2018 Bill's Bible Basics

Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
December 23, 1998

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


True Jews, Jewish Rejection Of The Two Sackcloth Witnesses,
Spiritual Meat And Milk, Endtime Deceivers, Reincarnation,
Biblical Resurrections, John And Elijah, Moses And Elijah As
Ministering Spirits?, The Antichrist Reigns, Unmasking The
Deception, Heavenly Court And The Judgment Seat Of Christ,
Bearing Witness And Presenting The Evidence, Our Personal
Accountability, Delivering Our Souls, The Jews' Final Choice




As I stated in part three, upon performing a careful study
of the Scriptures, I have concluded that the Prophets Moses
and Elijah are not going to be born again in the flesh as
some Christians erroneously believe. If the Two Sackcloth
Witnesses are truly going to be Moses and Elijah born again
in human form, and if they are going to declare themselves
to be such, and prove it by many powerful signs, so that all
of the Jews are made aware of this fact, it seems to me that
all of Israel would be saved without a moment's hesitation;
however, according to the Scriptures, this is definitely not
what is going to happen. As I explain in 'The Woman In The
Wilderness And The 144,000', all of Israel is not going to
be saved, but only those destined by God to be saved; that
is, the sealed 144,000 flesh Jews of the tribes of Israel.
Allow me to again remind you of the words of the Apostle
Paul:

"Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For
they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:"
(Romans 9:6)

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is
that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is
a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of
the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose
praise is not of men, but of God." (Romans 2:28-29)

As I explain in the series 'Is God A Racist?', not everyone
who claims to be a Jew is a true Jew; but only those who are
Jews after the Spirit, and in Truth; that is, those who have
accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. Please stop
and consider this point for a moment. Moses and Elijah are
probably the two most revered Prophets of the Old Testament.
Orthodox Judaism is built around the Mosaic Law; as well as
upon the rabbinic teachings found in the Babylonian Talmud.
Despite these two facts, we are told that the Two Sackcloth
Witnesses will be scoffed at, and left to lay in the streets
of Jerusalem for three and a half days. I honestly cannot
imagine the Jews doing this to two of their most revered
Prophets; can you?

Even if the Two Sackcloth Witnesses are Moses and Elijah in
some other way, if we follow the Biblical pattern, it does
not appear likely that they will declare themselves to be
such. While Jesus plainly told His Disciples that John the
Baptist was the Elias which was to come, as I point out in
the series 'Elijah: Where Are The True Prophets Of God?',
John denied this very thing. I can only conclude that John's
remarks were due to either a lack of faith, or perhaps due
to a true state of humility, or maybe due to his fear of the
Jewish Elders. Of course, it might have also been due to the
fact that he knew that they would not be able to receive the
truth anyway. Remember; even Jesus said that He had some
truths to share with His Disciples which He knew they were
not yet ready to bear. It is for this very same reason that
the Apostle Paul wrote about spiritual milk, and spiritual
meat. Consider the following verses:

"And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he
saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered,
No." (John 1:21)

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear
them now." (John 16:12)

"Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered,
seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye
ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again
which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are
become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth
to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of
use have their senses exercised to discern both good and
evil." (Hebrews 5:11-14)

Personally, I can easily envision the hard-hearted Israelies
laughing to scorn, anyone who arrives in Jerusalem claiming
to be the Prophets Moses and Elijah. I recall reading not
too long ago, about a certain small group from the United
States who, under the inspiration of their leaders, went to
Israel, claiming that they are in fact the Two Sackcloth
Witnesses; so the deception has already begun. Undoubtedly,
there will be many such imposters; some of whom will indeed
be empowered by Satan, so that they will perform many signs
and lying wonders, in order to try to deceive God's Elect;
for as Jesus Himself warned us in His Endtime Sermon found
in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew:

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets,
and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it
were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
(Matthew 24:24)

Another reason why I have a difficult time accepting that
the Two Sackcloth Witnesses will actually be Moses and
Elijah born again in the flesh, is because of something
which the Apostle Paul said in his very profound Epistle to
the Hebrews. In fact, as a former Pharisee, he was merely
echoing something which was obviously believed by all of
the Pharisees, including Nicodemus. Consider the following
verses:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
the judgment:" (Hebrews 9:27)

"Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is
old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb,
and be born?" (John 3:4)

These verses makes it very clear that we all experience only
one life in the flesh, and that is it. Contrary to what is
preached by some of the false Eastern religions, there is no
such thing as reincarnation. When we die in the flesh, that
is it. There is no coming back in another flesh body as a
human, or as an animal; and we certainly don't come back as
flowers, rocks, trees, or any of that other nonsense foisted
upon the Biblically-ignorant masses by such deceptive gurus
of Eastern thought and meditation. When we the Saints of the
Lord return, it will be in our new transformed bodies; as I
explain in such series as 'What Really Happens To Us When We
Die?' and 'Death: Final Battle, Final Victory!', and in the
article 'The Heavenly Vision: Have You Got It?'.

At this point in time, I am not of the belief that we will
be coming back as someone else; we will be the very same
people as we are now in this life; although, of course, we
will possess immortal bodies then. I believe that we are
probably going to retain the memory of our current lives in
the flesh. What would be the purpose of learning so much in
this life, which has greatly contributed to our maturation
in the Spirit, only to forget everything in the next life?
Realistically speaking, for the Christian, the life to come
is really a continuation of the current one; albeit it will
be much better in many ways, for as the Apostle Paul wrote:

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him."
(1 Corinthians 2:9)

In order to add weight to their claim that sometime in the
near future, Moses and Elijah are going to be born a second
time in the flesh as the Two Sackcloth Witnesses, there are
those people who will point to the different miracles of
resurrection we see happening in the Bible; such as Elijah
bringing back to life the son of the widow of Zarephath in
the first Book of the Kings chapter seventeen, the various
resurrections Jesus performed in the four Gospels, such as
that of Lazarus in the eleventh chapter of the Book of John,
as well as the young man named Eutychus, who fell from a
loft, and who was apparently brought back to life by the
Apostle Paul in the twentieth chapter of Acts.

I beg to differ with those who make such claims. In every
single one of these cases, these people were brought back to
life in their very same bodies, with the same personality,
and with the same identity. They knew who they were, as did
everyone else. They merely had a brief pause in their lives,
in order that the Glory and Power of God might be revealed.
Lazarus returned as Lazarus; Eutychus returned as Eutychus,
etc. The Lord merely reunited their body and soul, as I
amply explain in 'What Really Happens To Us When We Die?',
and in 'Great Cloud Of Witnesses: God's Holy Ghosts?'.

In my view, to suggest that John the Baptist was really the
Prophet Elijah who had returned from Heaven in order to have
a second Earthly ministry by being born again in the flesh,
doesn't seem to fit the Biblical pattern. In discussing the
various manifestations and operations of the Spirit, Paul
clearly informs us that God is not the author of confusion;
and I believe that this truth applies to every sphere of the
Realm of the Spirit:

"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in
all churches of the saints." (1 Corinthians 14:33)

In other words, I don't believe that God is going to send
the Prophet Elijah back to Earth in a new body of flesh, and
then send the Angel Gabriel to inform his father, Zacharias,
that his son is to be called John, as we see happening in
this verse:

"But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy
prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a
son, and thou shalt call his name John." (Luke 1:13)

In light of all of these things, it is my belief that while
the Two Sackcloth Witnesses may be able to perform the same
types of miracles, or plagues, as Moses and Elijah, it does
not mean that they will actually be them born again in the
flesh; any more that John the Baptist was really the Prophet
Elijah born again in the flesh. However, as I amply explain
in 'Great Cloud Of Witnesses: God's Holy Ghosts?', I have
found Scriptural evidence which suggests that there might be
some hidden process which allows one to be anointed with the
same Spirit and Power of an earlier Prophet, so that, as in
the case of John, he was specifically called by that name in
prophecy.

In other words, based upon my Scriptural discoveries, I will
venture to say that there is a possibility, that if the Two
Sackcloth Witnesses are that similar to the Prophets Moses
and Elijah, as the Book of Revelation seems to indicate, it
might be because they are receiving the assistance of Moses
and Elijah from behind the scenes in the Spirit World. If
you are able to receive it, perhaps Moses and Elijah will be
prophesying and performing plagues, through the mouths and
the flesh of the Two Sackcloth Witnesses of the Endtime. In
other words, the Two Sackcloth Witnesses will serve as their
conduits, just like any other Prophet of God who receives
and delivers a message from one of the Lord's Ministering
Spirits. For a more complete understanding of why I say
these things, please consider reading the aforementioned
series.

Let me also add, that even if the Two Sackcloth Witnesses
are receiving assistance from Moses and Elijah, it does not
seem likely that they will be recognized by most people as
being these two Prophets of old. Remember, even the Lord's
own Disciples did not understand that John the Baptist was
the Elijah which was for to come as prophesied by Malachi.
One thing we have now seen, is that these Two Witnesses will
be rejected by the dwellers in Jerusalem in the near future.
Why will this occur? For the very same reason that God's
true Messengers have always been rejected by those to whom
they were sent to warn and save. As I explain in the article
'The Woman In The Wilderness And The 144,000', as well as in
other articles, the false Jewish messiah known as Moshiach
ben David will soon sit in the rebuilt Temple on the top of
Mount Moriah in East Jerusalem. He will claim to be 'God',
may enforce the Mosaic Law, and may possibly even tell the
Israelies that he is going to miraculously deliver them from
the invading Muslim forces. Remember the following verses
from Paul's second Epistle to the church at Thessalonika:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

While this usurper is acting out his deceptive charade, the
Two Sackcloth Witnesses of the Endtime will be exposing this
liar and deceiver for who he really is; that is, the Son of
Perdition, the Son of Satan! Their message will be extremely
unpopular; and they will eventually pay for it with their
lives; but not before they have delivered their souls to
Israel; and convinced as many as possible to accept Jesus
Christ as their one true Saviour; and to flee from Jerusalem
before its final destruction at the hands of the Islamic
Beast. At the same time, if we consider the fact that the
Vials of Wrath, also known as the Last Seven Plagues, will
also be occurring during this very same period, it seems
quite possible that these things will be performed by the
Two Sackcloth Witnesses, or more appropriately, by Moses and
Elijah working through them.

Aside from the fact that the Lord wants to save as many of
the flesh Jews as He possibly can, warn them of the dangers
to come, and punish those who reject the Divine Message by
fighting against His two Olive Trees, might there be another
reason for the ministry of the Two Sackcloth Witnesses? If
we stop to consider the primary purpose of a witness in an
Earthly court of law, it is easy to understand that there is
another reason for their presence during the three and a
half years of Great Tribulation. As I explain in some of my
other articles, the Heavenly Realm doesn't consist of Angels
lazily playing their golden harps on billowy white clouds
for eternity. The Kingdom of Heaven is a very busy place. It
has a real Government, with various levels and positions of
authority and responsibility. The Judgment Seat of Christ is
a part of this Government as is born out by the following
verses:

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall
speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of
judgment." (Matthew 12:36)

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to
God." (Romans 14:12)

"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."
(2 Corinthians 5:10)

"Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the
quick and the dead." (1 Peter 4:5)

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house
of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be
of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17)

In God's Celestial Courtroom, trials are held, and cases are
decided. As in any case on Earth, in order for the trial to
be fair, witnesses must be presented who will submit verbal
evidence which will assist the Judge in making the right
decision regarding the case. Only after hearing all of the
evidence, can the Supreme Judge make His decision, and pass
His Verdict. If you consider the events of the Bible from
this perspective of a Celestial Courtroom, you will see how
true this really is. The Apostle John apparently had a very
clear understanding of this matter; as out of the ten times
the phrase 'bear witness' is mentioned in the four Gospels,
nine times it is found in the Gospel of John:

"The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe. He was not that
Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light."
(John 1:7-8)

"If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true...But I
have greater witness than that of John: for the works which
the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I
do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me."
(John 5:31, 36)

"I am one that bear witness of myself, and the Father that
sent me beareth witness of me." (John 8:18)

"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the
works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of
me." (John 10:25)

"And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with
me from the beginning." (John 15:27)

"Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus
answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I
born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I
should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the
truth heareth my voice." (John 18:37)

As we saw earlier in this series, Moses and the Prophets of
old were faithful witnesses of events yet to come in the far
future; and in the New Testament, John bore witness of this
very same Truth; followed by Jesus Himself; followed by His
Apostles and Disciples; followed by all of the other of the
Lord's faithful witnesses up to this current time. This is
precisely what the Lord meant when He said such things as
the following:

"...Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature." (Mark 16:15b)

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is
come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

"...Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me
in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome."
(Acts 23:11b)

As faithful witnesses for the Lord, to this very day, we His
Endtime children, continue to present God's evidence to a
lost and dying world. We bear witness of the Truth. We open
up the Lord's Royal Record and present the Scriptures to
them. We tell them of God's Love for them, and of His Plan
of Salvation. As the Apostle John wrote, we show them the
way to Eternal Life. Consider the following verses:

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal
life, and this life is in his Son." (1 John 5:11)

"(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear
witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with
the Father, and was manifested unto us;)" (1 John 1:2)

In the final years of the governments of men, the Lord's Two
Sackcloth Witnesses will be boldly witnessing the full Truth
to the stubborn Jews of Israel. In His mercy, the Lord will
be giving them one final chance to accept the Salvation He
offers through the Sacrifice of His Son. In addition to
trying to save as many people as is humanly possible, what
is the other purpose of being a faithful witness? It is to
make everyone accountable for the Truth, whether they will
hear, or whether they will forbear; and it is to deliver our
souls so that their blood is not on our hands. The Lord made
this perfectly clear to the Prophet Ezekiel in the following
verses:

"And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will
forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know
that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of
man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their
words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost
dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be
dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.
And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will
hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most
rebellious." (Ezekiel 2:5-7)

"And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the
children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them,
Thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether
they will forbear." (Ezekiel 3:11)

"Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of
Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them
warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt
surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to
warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the
same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood
will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked,
and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked
way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered
thy soul." (Ezekiel 3:17-19)

While many Bible teachers have taken it upon themselves to
discuss the mystery of the Two Sackcloth Witnesses of the
Endtime, have you ever stopped to consider what happens to
them once their mission has been completed on Earth, and
they are called up to Heaven? In actuality, it may be that
we have already answered this question. Let us again look at
some of the verses I shared earlier in this series:

"Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two
olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon
the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto
him, What be these two olive branches which through the two
golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he
answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I
said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed
ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth."
(Zechariah 4:11-14)

"And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall
prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed
in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two
candlesticks standing before the God of the earth."
(Revelation 11:3-4)

If we keep in mind that in the Realm of the Spirit, time is
non-existant, and that past, present and future are all
rolled into one, is it possible that what Zechariah saw in
his vision was not something which had already occurred in
his own time, but which would occur in the far future when
the Two Sackcloth Witnesses would take their place in the
Courtroom of Heaven at the end of the Great Tribulation? If
this is indeed true, then it seems that once the rebellious
Jews of Israel have finally filled their cup of iniquity, by
killing these last Two Witnesses of the Lord, who will have
thoroughly rebuked them for their unbelief, these same two
Prophets of the Endtime will bear witness either for, or
against, every Jew who stands before the Judgment Seat of
Christ! If they are indeed endowed with the same spiritual
anointing as Moses and Elijah, or if Moses and Elijah are in
fact working through them, then truly, as Jesus said, that
which they claim to believe in most, will be the strongest
testimony against them:

"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 16:29-31)

"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)

With these profound thoughts, I will bring another series to
a close. I trust that it has been a blessing and an
inspiration in your life.

If you have an account with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, etc, I would really appreciate if you would take the time to click on the corresponding link that is found on this page. Thank you so very much! May God bless you abundantly!

For additional information, you may want to refer to the list of reading resources below which were also mentioned in this series, or which contain topics which are related to this series. All of these articles are likewise located on this very same website:

Abomination of Desolation: Explained!
Greater Works Than These Shall He Do . . . and Satan Too
In the Ages to Come
Jesus Christ's Return: Have We Been Deceived?
Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?
Revelation's Babylon the Great
Satan: His Origin, Purpose And Future
Satan: King of Tyrus, King of Empires
The Fruits of Disobedience
The Great Tribulation and the Rapture
Tradition or Truth? Old Wine or New Wine?
When Was Satan Cast Out of Heaven?
Who Hindered the Antichrist?


BBB Tools And Services


Please avail yourself of other areas of the Bill's Bible Basics website. There are many treasures for you to discover.