Burning Questions answered by Rev Colin Le Noury.
Q13. Who are the two witnesses of Revelation 11 and what is their role?
Much speculation and interest has surrounded the identity and role of the persons referred to as 'The Two Witnesses'.
Generally they have been regarded as two charismatic individuals with great oratorial skill with strong spiritual and miraculous powers. They are thought to be destined to arrive on the scene during the Great Tribulation period as God's mouthpiece to the Jewish nation and the world.
But is the general view correct? What should we understand about the Two Witnesses?
In assessing the identities of these men I propose to cover what I consider to be the five most common theories regarding the subject. Our interpretation will, of course, depend on whether or not we accept a Historicist or Futurist viewpoint of prophecy. Combined with this is the matter of whether we take an allegorical or literal interpretation of the passage.