4 These [houtos] are [eisi] the two [duo] olive [elaia] trees, and [kai] the two [duo] candlesticks [luchnia] standing [histemi] before [enopion] the God [theos] of
the earth. [ge] KJV-Interlinear
are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of
the earth. NASB
Olive trees produce olives, and olives produce olive oil.Olive oil was a common fuel for lamps back in
The candlesticks, ‘luchnia,’ refers to lampstands, into which the oil was
poured, saturating a wick which was lit and then the burning wick fueled by the
oil, provided light.
In order to understand
this verse, we need to go back to Zech. 4. However the key verses are found in
Zech 4:6, 14.
6 Then he answered and
said to me, "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel
saying, 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts. NASB
14 Then he said,
"These are the two anointed ones, who are standing by the Lord of the
whole earth." NASB
Now Zechariah was
speaking of Joshua the high priest, Zech 3, and Zerubbabel,
the political leader, and their rebuilding of the post-exile temple.
However, this passage
also refers to the rebuilding of the Millennial Temple as brought about by the national
revival caused by the preaching of these two witnesses we have in our current
If indeed these two
witnesses are Moses and Elijah, the method of their return is not
they will be there when the time is right.
They will not be present
with guns and bombs, but only with the Word of God.God will grant them with sufficient power to
prevent their demise, such that their ministry will last for the full 1260
The lamp stands represent
the light of Bible doctrine. The oil
represents the power of the Holy Spirit.
The two olive trees
connected to the lamp stands, represents the constant pouring out of oil,
fueling the lamps which remain lit continuously.
These two witnesses will
preach the gospel of Christ, resulting in the greatest revival in all of human
history.Most will die as martyrs.Some will survive to fight the anti-christ.Some will survive
and remain alive to go into the Millennium.
Therefore, while the
world will try everything in its power to destroy Jerusalem, to destroy the
Jews, and to destroy these two witnesses, the world will fail.God will succeed by means of the spoken word
alone, 'Not by might nor by power [worldly], but by My Spirit.'
And so a great revival,
the greatest in Jewish history, will result in huge numbers of Jewish persons
believing in Christ.
Standing before God,
means that they will be preaching and teaching truth, the gospel, and doctrine,
with complete support and authorization from God, as His legitimate
Needless to say, this
also implies a vastly larger population total number, as huge numbers will
reject Christ, also.