Three days ago,
I read about Jesus’s transfiguration
and I received great Illumination.
One of the things
that Holy Spirit showed me
was the important witness
of Elijah and Moses.
Two spiritual beings,
who used to be human,
and acted as messengers of God,
stood with the God's beloved Son
and had a conversation.
And all the while,
three men watched them.
Peter, James and John
were led by Jesus to the top of the mountain
to witness His transfiguration.
So let me ask you,
What do you think of
when you hear the word, witnesses?
Well, I first noticed
there is more than one.
A witness is a person who gives testimony
to a fact or event.
They are the ones who can point to the truth;
A witness is a person who is able to attest
that an act has taken place.
They are the ones who can show proof.
And two witnesses are better than one.
They strengthen each other to give an accord.
Two witnesses is really the bare minimum.
Now just imagine having three or more!
“And though a man might prevail against him
who is alone, two will withstand him.
But a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Well, Jesus had five!
Two who returned from the heavenly realm,
and three who stood on sacred ground.
Did you know that Jesus always sent
two witnesses out to two by two?
This was established a long time ago,
back in the Book of Deuteronomy.
“A single witness shall not suffice
against a person for any crime
or for any wrong in connection
with any offense that he has committed.
Only on the evidence of two witnesses
or of three witnesses
shall a charge be established.”
“Calling the Twelve to him,
he began to send them out
two by two
and gave them authority
over impure spirits.”
“Then the Lord chose
seventy-two other disciples
and sent them ahead in pairs
to all the towns and places
he planned to go.”
And we know,
“Where two or three gather in my name,
there am I with them.”
The idea of having
at least two witnesses
is not a time of old,
the beloved John
wrote about two witnesses
during the second wow.
“I will appoint my two witnesses,
and they will prophesy
for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
They are “the two olive trees”
and the two lampstands,
and “they stand before
the Lord of the earth.”
If anyone tries to harm them,
fire comes from their mouths
and devours their enemies.
This is how anyone
who wants to harm them must die.
They have power
to shut up the heavens
so that it will not rain
during the time they are prophesying;
and they have power
to turn the waters into blood
and to strike the earth
with every kind of plague
as often as they want.
Now when they have finished
the beast that comes
up from the Abyss will attack them,
and overpower and kill them.
Their bodies will lie
in the public square of the great city-
which is figuratively
called Sodom and Egypt -
where also their Lord was crucified.
For three and a half days
some from every people,
tribe, language and nation
will gaze on their bodies
and refuse them burial.
The inhabitants of the earth
will gloat over them
and will celebrate by sending
each other gifts,
because these two prophets
had tormented those
who live on the earth.
But after the three and a half days
the breath of life
from God entered them,
and they stood on their feet,
and terror struck those who saw them.
Then they heard a loud voice
from heaven saying to them,
“Come up here.”
And they went up to heaven
in a cloud,
while their enemies looked on.
At that very hour
there was a severe earthquake
and a tenth of the city collapsed.
Seven thousand people
were killed in the earthquake,
and the survivors were terrified
and gave glory to the God of heaven.
The second woe has passed;
the third woe is coming soon.”
When thinking about witnesses
I often think of
the judicial branch of government
where judges and juries
listen to the evidence
that a prosecutor and defender
present about the offensive act -
and the person attached to it.
We should not be so ignorant
to think that God acts alone.
I mean His whole being contains
three persons in one.
Its crazy to think that our
all-knowing, all-powerful, sovereign God
refers to someone when he created
his most intimate expression, humans.
“Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness.”
And just like earth,
Heaven has a Supreme court
and governing body that rules over it.
It’s not an inanimate place.
“God takes a stand
in the divine council,
gives judgment in the midst of the gods.
“How long will you judge unjustly
and favor the cause of the wicked?
“Defend the lowly and fatherless;
render justice to the afflicted and needy.
Rescue the lowly and poor;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
The gods neither know nor understand,
wandering about in darkness,
and all the world’s foundations shake.
“Gods though you be,
offspring of the Most High all of you,
Yet like any mortal you shall die;
like any prince you shall fall.”
Arise, O God, judge the earth,
for yours are all the nations.”
“Thrones were set up
and the Ancient of Days took his throne.
His clothing was white as snow,
the hair on his head like pure wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A river of fire surged forth,
flowing from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands
were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads
stood before him.
The court was convened,
and the books were opened.”
“But when the court is convened,
and his dominion is taken away
to be abolished
and completely destroyed,
Then the kingship and dominion
and majesty of all the kingdoms
under the heavens
shall be given to the people
of the holy ones of the Most High,
Whose kingship shall be
an everlasting kingship,
whom all dominions shall serve and obey.”
This is the end of the report.
I, Daniel, was greatly terrified
by my thoughts,
and my face became pale,
but I kept the matter to myself.”
You see, for some reason,
the Lord is still allowing Satan
access to the Heavenly court.
I guess it’s his job -
because God uses all things for his glory.
Satan is the prosecuting attorney.
He is the accuser of the brethren.
But his time is limited.
Paul said to the Thessalonians,
“Do you not remember
that when I was still with you
I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining,
that he may be revealed
in his own time.
For the mystery of lawlessness
is already at work;
only He who now restrains will do so
until He is taken out of the way.
And then the lawless one
will be revealed,
whom the Lord will consume
with the breath of His mouth
and destroy with the brightness
of His coming.
The coming of the lawless one
is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs,
and lying wonders,
and with all unrighteous deception
among those who perish,
because they did not receive
the love of the truth,
that they might be saved.
And for this reason
God will send them strong delusion,
that they should believe the lie,
that they all may be condemned
who did not believe the truth
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
II Thessalonians 2:5-12
And beloved John said,
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of the brethren
is cast out, he who accuses them
before our God day and night.
They conquered him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.
But woe to you, earth and sea,
for the Devil has come down to you
in great fury,
for he knows he has but a short time.”
You see, our God is good!
Everything in Heaven
and on earth will be renewed
at the appointed time.
When there are enough witnesses
who testify to the blood of Jesus,
the prosecuting attorney
will have no evidence to build a case,
and that is when he will be cast out
of the Supreme Court in Heaven -
but…it’s still not good for humans!
Because Satan will be furious
and a lot of death and destruction will come.
I am still walking through
these spiritual concepts and passages.
Please take my interpretation
with a grain of salt.
Focus on the Word yourself
and follow the leading of Holy Spirit.
He is the only person who can,
and should reveal,
all aspects of God it to us.
But I do know this -
Everything should point to Jesus!