Will Moses and Elijah Come Back?

Nollie asks Will Moses and Elijah Come Back? And reltes that in a vision in Revelation 11, the Apostle John sees “two witnesses” “clothed in sackcloth,” and granted authority to prophesy for 1,260 days (11:3). These two witnesses are given supernatural powers to consume their enemies by fire, shut the sky so that no rain may fall during their time of prophesying, turn the waters into blood, and strike the earth with every kind of plague (11:5-6). At the end of 1,260 days, “the beast that rises from the bottomless pit” will be able to kill them, and their dead bodies will “lie in the street of the great city” for three and a half days without a proper burial. Their deaths will cause the whole earth to rejoice, but God will breathe life into them and take them up to heaven. At the time of their ascension into heaven, a great earthquake will destroy a tenth of the city, and 7,000 people will be killed (11:7-13).

Who are these two witnesses with supernatural powers, who are resurrected and ascend into heaven after they are killed? Who are their enemies who want to kill them? Are they past, present, or future personalities? Most evangelicals today have bought into the notion that after a secret Rapture of believers, Moses and Elijah would come back from heaven as the two witnesses spoken of in Revelation 11:4. This is a result of the obvious connection between the supernatural powers of the two witnesses and those of Moses and Elijah.

The two witnesses wear sackcloth because they come to warn the people of the earth of impending judgment for their sins and call for repentance to avert destruction, as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, and other prophets did (Isa. 32:11-14; Jer.6:26; Jonah 3:5; Amos 8:10). Sackcloth in Scripture is associated with mourning for a variety of reasons: death, plea for mercy because of an impending judgment, sorrow for realized judgment, repentance, and humiliation. Black sackcloth also symbolizes death, the reason for which the two witnesses mourn because they know that the people on earth will reject their testimony.

Consider reading further The Lampstands of Zechariah and John (Rev. 11:4), (Zech.4:14).

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