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The Two Witnesses

That have not tasted death

There are two prophets who did not die. According to scripture, both Enoch and
Elijah were taken away from the earth without dying. 

REV. 11:3 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.
And if any man will hurt them, fire proceeds out of their mouth, and devours
their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy:
and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all
plagues, as often as they will.
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of
the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill
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.
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.  

Who are the "two witnesses" in Revelation 11? (also see Why Moses)a good argument
Some believe that:
Moses, Elijah and Enoch are the most likely candidates for Revelation's two
witnesses, with most scholars believing the two witnesses are Moses and Elijah.
In Matthew 17, when Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the mount and was
transfigured in front of them, Moses and Elijah appeared with Him. Enoch was not
there. The transfiguration can be seen as a picture of the coming of the two
witnesses—Moses and Elijah. 
BUT, Moses died as did Mary the mother of Jesus.

Malachi 4:5 predicts that Elijah will come as one of the two witnesses: “See I
will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the Lord
comes.” Elijah was taken up into heaven by a whirlwind and chariot of fire
(see 2 Kings 2:9-11); he did not physically die. Likewise, Moses, did not die a
normal death. The Bible tells us that God preserved Moses' body (see Deuteronomy
34:5,6; Jude 9). The accounts of their deaths further corroborate the selection
of Moses and Elijah as the two witnesses. 

Deu 34:5  So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab,
according to the word of the LORD. 
Deu 34:6  And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against
Beth-peor: but no man knoweth of his sepulcher unto this day. 

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed
about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but
said, The Lord rebuke thee. 
hmm this tells me Moses died .... So This excludes him.. Obviously the two
witnesses in Rev. 11 is speaking of Elijah and Enoch.

(also see Why Elijah and Enoch)a good argument

Hebrews 11:5
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he
could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he
was commended as one who pleased God.

Genesis 5:21-24
   When Enoch ,the son of Jared, had lived 65 years, he became the father of
   And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years
and had other sons and daughters.
   Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years.
  Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away. 

2 Kings 2:11-12
Elijah Taken Up to Heaven 
   And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold,
there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both
asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 
    And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of
Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his
own clothes, and rent them in two pieces. 

Matthew 17:10-13
   And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that
Elijah must first come 
   And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elijah truly shall first come,
and restore all things. 
   But I say unto you, That Elijah is come already, and they knew him
not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son
of man suffer of them. 
   Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the

So if Elijah already came as John the Baptist, who was beheaded, this means Elijah
already came and died. The "appointed once to die" must not apply here.


Why Moses

Found this on a web site while looking up info: It's a good argument for Moses
When considering the two witnesses of Revelation 11, look at the Biblical
precedence already set! Two witnesses have already been associated with each
other in scripture, and they are even called by their names -- Moses and Elijah.
There should be no confusion as to who is the partner of Elijah when it comes to
being a witness -- Elijah and Moses have already appeared together as witnesses
at the Mount of Transfiguration. 

Enoch was not even a Hebrew. It is much more appropriate that Moses appear as
witness in the time of " Jacob's Trouble ", when God is dealing with the children
of the covenant of Israel. 

Enoch does not appear in physical form, to human eyes, as a witness to anything
, anywhere else in the Bible after he is "taken". 
It seems that Enoch's work was done. 

Moses, however, HAS ALREADY manifested as a witness before human eyes -- it is
appropriate that he would be chosen over Enoch to manifest again in the time
spoken of in Revelation 11. 

As for the "appointed once to die" argument: 

Enoch was "taken" by God, but tradition holds that he was merely taken elsewhere
and lived out his days and died, just as Moses died. 

Moses, even though he died, appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration as 
one of two witnesses to that event. There is already a Biblical precedence for
the pairing up of Elijah and Moses as the two witnesses. The Transfiguration of
Jesus is a foreshadowing of when we too will be transfigured when we are gathered
together with Christ. 

Since there are other exceptions to the contemporary understanding of the 
"appointed once to die" argument, there must simply be a misunderstanding 
of that particular passage. 

If you look at the New Testament, there were men who were RAISED FROM THE DEAD in
the time of Christ. Surely they did not continue to live, but died eventually ...
Among those who died and were resurrected in the time of Christ include not only
Lazarus John 12:9, but a little girl Matthew 9:25, a dead man in Luke 7:13 and at
the time of Christ's Atonement on the cross -- many: 

Matthew  27:50 
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51  And,
behold , the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and
the earth did quake , and the rocks rent. And the graves were opened and many
bodies of the saints which slept arose  And came out of the graves after his
resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

The New Testament is full of those who  "died once" and were resurrected, 
only to die again and await Judgment Day. Again, this is not a contradiction
within the Bible, but a misunderstanding about the specific passage re: appointed
for men to die once. 

One can look at the two witnesses of Revelation 11 as being allusions to the
rapture in that Moses represents the "dead in Christ" who will be resurrected, and
Elijah refers to those "who remain" alive until the time of the rapture. 

Food for thought :-)

Why Enoch and Elijah

Found this on a web site while looking up info: It's a good argument for Moses

Two people are listed in the Bible who never saw death:
This is why I believe it's Enoch and Elijah.
1. Enoch 2. Elijah Moses did see death, the Bible even says so. The only thing that happened with Moses and his death is that God did not want anyone to know where he is buried. In the Book of Jude, there is a verse that mentions Michael disputing with Satan over the body of Moses. Why did this happen? Well Satan wanted to take Moses' body and make a shrine or temple with him directly buried underneath it. Satan knew that the people loved Moses, which Moses is one of the top prophets in the OT times. Satan wanted to get people to worship Moses and get there focus off of God. God knew this and he sent Michael to bury Moses, which Satan does not know where Moses' body is or Satan does know but God will not let Satan get the body. Enoch and Elijah are said to be the two witnesses in Revelations, because they have not seen death just yet. They will die though, every human being is subject to death and every human must see death before judgement has been set, evil and death conquered, and satan and his demons cast into the lake of fire. The two witnesses will see death after preaching for three and a half years during the tribulation. The Beast(the antichrist) will rise up and kill them, but three days later, God's spirit will move through them and resurrect them, thus they will ascend into heaven and everyone on the earth will be in shock and awe when this happens. AMEN!!!!!!! (also) Genesis 5:24 tells us, "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away." 2 Kings 2:11 tells us, "...suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind." These two verses describe the only two occurrences in the Bible of people to be taken to Heaven without having died. Enoch is described as a man who "walked with God for 300 years" (Genesis 5:23). Elijah was perhaps the most powerful of God's prophets in the Old Testament. There are also prophecies of Elijah's return (Malachi 4:5-6). Food for thought :-)


The identity of these two witnesses has been debated for centuries. Some have
said that they represent Elijah and Enoch because these are the only two men
recorded in the Bible who did not die, having been taken up to heaven. And
since Hebrews 9:27 says that "it is appointed for men to die once," they must
return to earth to die.

Others have identified them as Elijah and Moses. God promised to send Elijah the
prophet "before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD" (Mal. 4:5),
which we know begins after the midpoint of Daniel's 70th Week. And it is
interesting to note that Elijah and Moses appeared together with Jesus on the
mount of transfiguration. In this interpretation, Moses is seen as representing
the Law and Elijah, the prophets.

Others believe that these two witnesses are not Old Testament individuals, but
will be two contemporary men that God supernaturally calls and empowers to
minister for Him during this critical time in the history of Israel.

We cannot be dogmatic about their identity, but we can state with confidence that
the two witnesses are individuals, specially empowered by God for a specific
ministry for a specific length of time during the close of the 70th Week of