Revelation Chapter 11:6
Revelation 11:6 – These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
God gives the two witnesses power to stop the rain like Elijah did, and it will not rain during the time of their ministry. Interestingly, it did not rain during Elijah’s ministry for the same duration of the two witnesses’ ministry of 3 ½ years:
“Power to shut heaven”: Miracles have often authenticated God’s messengers. Here, bringing a 3-1/2 year drought (as did Elijah before them), will add immeasurable torment to those experiencing the worldwide disasters of the Tribulation, and exacerbate their hatred of the two witnesses.
“Power over waters to turn them to blood”: The earth’s water, already devastated by the effects of the second and third trumpets, will become undrinkable, adding immensely to the suffering caused by the drought.
Who Are They? Some try to identify one of the witnesses with Enoch (because he never died; Gen. 5:24), and the other with either Elijah (who also never died; 2 Kings 2:11-12), or Moses. For three reasons Tim LaHaye is inclined to think they are Moses and Elijah.
(1) Moses and Elijah are the two most influential men in the history of the Jews. Moses introduced God’s written law to Israel and wrote the first five books of the Old Testament. Elijah was the first of the writing prophets and started the school of the prophets. Whenever the Jews said, “Moses and Elijah,” they usually meant “the law and the prophets.”
(2) Moses and Elijah accompanied Jesus and the 3 disciples when He was “transfigured before them”, on the mount and where He discussed His impending sacrifice on the cross (Matt. chapter 17).
(3) The 2 witnesses are said to reproduce the very miracles that Moses and Elijah performed while on this earth. John said of them, “And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire” (Rev. 11:5-6).
Elijah is famous for calling down fire from heaven. The most famous instance occurs (in 1 Kings 18), in the account of the contest between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. The Lord sent fire on Elijah’s altar on Mt. Carmel in response to his simple prayer:
1 Kings 18:36-38 “Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your Word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
Elijah is connected to divinely caused drought as well as to judgments of fire. In fact, the very first time he is mentioned in the Scriptures he is heard saying to wicked King Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word” (1 Kings 17:1). And there wasn’t; God honored the prophet’s word.
Moses, of course, is intimately connected with the ten plagues that struck Egypt just before the Exodus (Exodus chapters 7-12). In the very first plague God turned the waters of Egypt into blood, including the Nile, all streams, rivers, ponds, pools, and even the water in buckets of wood and stone. The water turned to blood, killed the land’s fish and caused the water to stink, and conditions did not return to normal for a week.
How fitting that Moses and Elijah would return to Jerusalem to commence these last 7 years of the Tribulation to “witness, testify and prophesy.”
The Bible says in John chapter 14, that true believers in Christ can do even greater miracles than Jesus did when He was on the earth, when we do it through His power and in His name.
John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Verses 7-10: The “beast” from the “bottomless pit” is apparently the same as the “beast” from the sea (in 13:1), the Antichrist or false messiah. His place of origin shows his demonic character and the control of Satan. At the end of the three and a half years of preaching, the witnesses will finally be killed by the beast in the “great city”, identified as the place “where also our Lord was crucified”. This must be a reference to Jerusalem, which at this time is under Antichrist’s control. As such it is called “Sodom”, referring to uncleanness and immorality, and “Egypt”, depicting oppression and bondage. Not allowing their “dead bodies” to be buried is the ultimate indignity. The unbelievers of the “earth”, having submitted to the authority of the Beast, will “rejoice”, because they hate the plagues and the message of the “two prophets” (compare 1 Kings 18:17; John 16:20).
Luke 4:25 – But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land….
James 5:17-18 – Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
It is not clear whether the two witnesses withhold the rain globally or only locally in Israel. Either way, the rain is certainly withheld in Israel, which is significant considering the symbolism in their rainy seasons. Israel has two periods of seasonal rain called the early rains and the latter rains:
Deuteronomy 11:13-15 – ‘And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil. And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.’
Joel 2:23 – Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; for He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you – the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
Zechariah 10:1 – Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone.
James 5:7 – Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.
The following commentary explains these two seasonal rainy periods in Israel:
“The early rain commenced in autumn, that is, chiefly during the months of September and October, while the latter rain fell in the spring of the year, that is, during the months of March and April. It is true that occasional showers fell all the winter; but, at the autumnal and vernal seasons, they were more frequent, copious, and important; for the early rain was necessary, after a hot and protracted summer, to prepare the soil for receiving the seed; and the latter rain, which shortly preceded the harvest, was of the greatest use in invigorating the languishing powers of vegetation.”Source: Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
The Lord’s coming correlates to these seasonal rains:
Hosea 6:3 – Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.
In fact, the Lord was likely born in the autumn at the time of the early rains and presented Himself as the sacrificial Lamb in the spring at the time of the latter rains when He fulfilled the spring feasts. When the Lord returns again, it will be in the fall because He will fulfill the fall feasts at the time of the early rains. So we see that the return of rain in the Kingdom is symbolic of the coming of the Lord, who will rain down righteousness on the earth and save Israel:
Hosea 10:12 – Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the LORD, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
Isaiah 45:8, 17 – Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the LORD, have created it…. But Israel shall be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; you shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever.
After the Lord returns to Earth to set up His Kingdom, He will also restore the rain to Israel:
Isaiah 4:2-6 – In that day the Branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. And it shall come to pass that he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy – everyone who is recorded among the living in Jerusalem. When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purged the blood of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning, then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
Isaiah 30:19, 23-26 – For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you…. Then He will give the rain for your seed with which you sow the ground, and bread of the increase of the earth; it will be fat and plentiful. In that day your cattle will feed in large pastures. Likewise the oxen and the young donkeys that work the ground will eat cured fodder, which has been winnowed with the shovel and fan. There will be on every high mountain and on every high hill rivers and streams of waters, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover the light of the moon will be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun will be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the bruise of His people and heals the stroke of their wound.
Since the Lord restores the rains after He returns, this suggests that rain is withheld before that time. As discussed at length in Revelation 11:3, scriptural evidence supports the notion that the two witnesses’ ministry covers most of the second half of the Tribulation, which means the drought during their ministry will last until near the end of the Tribulation. In fact, Heaven announces the imminent return of Jesus to conquer the kingdoms of the world and set up His Kingdom right after the two witnesses’ ministry ends:
Revelation 11:15 – Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
After the angel sounds the seventh trumpet, God pours out the Bowl judgments before Jesus returns. These last Tribulation judgments can only last a few days to perhaps a few weeks due to their severity, or no one could survive. In other words, the time between the two witnesses’ ministry and the Lord’s return is relatively short, in the span of days to weeks, but not months or years. Incidentally, the last Bowl judgment before Jesus returns will certainly end the drought. Even if it doesn’t rain in the final days of the Tribulation, the hail in the last Bowl judgment will flood the land when it melts, which may cause the river of blood that flows outside of Jerusalem because of the carnage from the hail:
Revelation 16:17-18, 21 – Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth…. And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
Revelation 14:20 – And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
As an interesting side note, Elijah told Ahab after the 3 ½-year drought (Luke 4:25, James 5:17-18) to look “seven times” for the rain that would end the drought. This might be a prophetic parallel alluding to the 7-year Tribulation and return of the Lord when He restores the rain to the land:
1 Kings 17:1 – And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
1 Kings 18:41-45 – Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.” So Ahab went up to eat and drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; then he bowed down on the ground, and put his face between his knees, and said to his servant, “Go up now, look toward the sea.” So he went up and looked, and said, “There is nothing.” And seven times he said, “Go again.” Then it came to pass the seventh time, that he said, “There is a cloud, as small as a man’s hand, rising out of the sea!” So he said, “Go up, say to Ahab, ‘Prepare your chariot, and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” Now it happened in the meantime that the sky became black with clouds and wind, and there was a heavy rain. So Ahab rode away and went to Jezreel.
In addition to preventing rainfall, God will give the two witnesses power to turn water into blood and strike the earth with plagues. As discussed in Revelation 8:6, Moses and Aaron were two prophets that acted as witnesses before Pharaoh for the Lord. At the word of Moses and Aaron, God rained down judgment on Egypt in the form of plagues, including turning the Nile River to blood. Likewise, the two witnesses likely arrive shortly before the Trumpet judgments begin, they will witness against the beast and his kingdom, and strike the earth with plagues. In fact, the Trumpet judgments parallel most of the plagues in Egypt:
|Plagues on Egypt||Tribulation Judgment(s)|
|Nile turned to blood (Exodus 7:14-25)||Sea, rivers, and streams turns to blood.
2nd Trumpet (Revelation 8:8-9) and
2nd & 3rd Bowls (Revelation 16:3-7)
|Frogs (Exodus 8:1-15)||Demonic frogs gather the kingdoms of
the world to battle Christ in Armageddon.
6th Bowl (Revelation 16:12-16)
|Gnats (Exodus 8:16-19)||–|
|Flies (Exodus 8:20-32)||–|
|Death of Livestock (Exodus 9:1-7)||–|
|Boils (Exodus 9:8-12)||Sores on those who take the mark of the beast
and the inhabitants of his kingdoms.
1st & 5th Bowls (Revelation 16:2, 10-11)
|Hail (Exodus 9:14-35)||Hail on the earth and the nations.
1st & 7th Trumpet (Revelation 8:7, 11:19)
7th Bowl (Revelation 16:17-21)
|Locusts (Exodus 10:1-20)||Men tortured by demonic locusts.
5th Trumpet (Revelation 9:1-11)
|Darkness (Exodus 10:21-29)||Darkness on the beast’s kingdom.
5th Bowl (Revelation 16:10-11)
|Death of the firstborn (Exodus 11-12)||–|
The Trumpet judgments might be part of the plagues called down by the word of the two witnesses that signal the angels to sound their trumpets. As mentioned in Revelation 11:3, the false prophet will perform great signs for the benefit of the antichrist to deceive the world. It is possible that part of the deception is to discredit the two witnesses by performing some of the same signs in the form of fire and plagues like Pharaoh’s magicians did to try to discredit Moses and Aaron. Indeed, the false prophet will deceive many:
Revelation 13:13 – He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth – by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.
The reason Moses and the two witnesses perform miraculous signs is to glorify God and turn people toward Him. As shown in the passage below, God withheld the rain and brought plagues to Israel during the days of Amos to persuade them to come back when they turned away from Him:
Amos 4:7-12 – “I also withheld rain from you, when there were still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city, I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, and where it did not rain the part withered. So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD. “I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locust devoured them; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD. “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; your young men I killed with a sword, along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD. “I overthrew some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the LORD. “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”
Solomon prayed that his people would turn back toward God after times of drought and plague and look toward the temple as a first step in returning to God, which we discussed in Revelation 11:1:
2 Chronicles 6:26-31 – “When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance. “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemies besiege them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows his own burden and his own grief, and spreads out his hands to this temple: then hear from heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of the sons of men), that they may fear You, to walk in Your ways as long as they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.”
Looking forward to the Tribulation, one-third of the Jews will survive the judgments and plagues (Zechariah 13:9), but they will have to look solely to God and not His temple after the antichrist defiles the temple, which prompts the Jewish remnant to flee to the wilderness where God will protect them (Matthew 24:15-21, Revelation 12:6, 13-17). It is possible that the testimony of the two witnesses, who arrive on the scene at the temple shortly before the antichrist arrives, warns the Jewish remnant of the impending danger and why they must flee. The two witnesses’ miraculous signs and plagues would help authenticate their message and help turn the Jews back to God and direct their path to safety.
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