Eschatology

 

 

The two witnesses spoken of in the book of Revelation chapter 11 are the Old and New Testaments

 

 

 

The Seventh-day Adventist Church teaches the following things about the two witnesses spoken of in the eleventh chapter of the book of Revelation: 1) they represent the Old and New Testaments; 2) the 1,260 days during which they are commissioned to prophesy were the 1,260 years from 538 to 1798; 3) the beast from the Abyss that killed them at the end of their ministry was atheistic France; 4) the killing of the two witnesses took place in 1793 which was the year when the French Assembly passed the decrees which abolished the Christian religion and set aside the Bible; 4) the resurrection of the two witnesses took place three yeas and a half later through a resolution which granted toleration to the Scriptures. Here are some words written by Ellen Gould White, the prophetess of the Adventists, in her book The Great Controversy: ‘The two witnesses represent the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament. Both are important testimonies to the origin and perpetuity of the law of God. Both are witnesses also to the plan of salvation. The types, sacrifices, and prophecies of the Old Testament point forward to a Saviour to come. The Gospels and Epistles of the New Testament tell of a Saviour who has come in the exact manner foretold by type and prophecy. "They shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and three-score days, clothed in sackcloth." During the greater part of this period, God's witnesses remained in a state of obscurity. The papal power sought to hide from the people the word of truth, and set before them false witnesses to contradict its testimony. …..Revelation 11:2-11. The periods here mentioned--"forty and two months," and "a thousand two hundred and threescore days"--are the same, alike representing the time in which the church of Christ was to suffer oppression from Rome. The 1260 years of papal supremacy began in A.D. 538, and would therefore terminate in 1798. At that time a French army entered Rome and made the pope a prisoner, and he died in exile. Though a new pope was soon afterward elected, the papal hierarchy has never since been able to wield the power which it before possessed. …….…. The period when the two witnesses were to prophesy clothed in sackcloth, ended in 1798. …. …..According to the words of the prophet, then, a little before the year 1798 some power of satanic origin and character would rise to make war upon the Bible. And in the land where the testimony of God's two witnesses should thus be silenced, there would be manifest the atheism of the Pharaoh and the licentiousness of Sodom. This prophecy has received a most exact and striking fulfilment in the history of France. During the Revolution, in 1793, "the world for the first time heard an assembly of men, born and educated in civilization, and assuming the right to govern one of the finest of the European nations, uplift their united voice to deny the most solemn truth which man's soul receives, and renounce unanimously the belief and worship of a Deity."--Sir Walter Scott, Life of Napoleon, vol. 1, ch. 17. …… …. "The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them." The atheistical power that ruled in France during the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, did wage such a war against God and His holy word as the world had never witnessed. The worship of the Deity was abolished by the National Assembly. Bibles were collected and publicly burned with every possible manifestation of scorn. The law of God was trampled underfoot. The institutions of the Bible were abolished. The weekly rest day was set aside, and in its stead every tenth day was devoted to reveling and blasphemy. Baptism and the Communion were prohibited. …. …. God's faithful witnesses, slain by the blasphemous power that "ascendeth out of the bottomless pit," were not long to remain silent. "After three days and a 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." Revelation 11:11. It was in 1793 that the decrees which abolished the Christian religion and set aside the Bible passed the French Assembly. Three years and a half later a resolution rescinding these decrees, thus granting toleration to the Scriptures, was adopted by the same body. …..’ (Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan. The Conflict of the Ages in the Christian Dispensation, [Mountain View, California: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1950. Revised edition first published, 1911], pages 266, 267, 268, 269-270, 273-274, 287).

 

Confutation

 

The apostle John wrote: “And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. 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 proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth 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 ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 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. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven” (Revelation 11:1-13).

As you can see, the two witnesses are two prophets (v. 10) who will prophesy only one thousand two hundred and sixty days (v. 3), who have power to shut heaven and to turn the waters to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues in the days of their prophecy (v. 6), who will be killed by the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit, which is a king who will be cast alive into the lake of fire at the coming of Jesus, (cf. Revelation 11:7; 17:8,11; 19:20), whose bodies will lie in the street of Jerusalem which is the city where our Lord was crucified (v. 8), and who will be raised from the dead after three and a half days and taken up into heaven (v. 11).

The above mentioned interpretation given by the Adventists, therefore, is absolutely wrong. Let no Adventist deceive you with vain words.

 

 

 

 

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