The Two Witnesses - Part 1 - by Chris Ardern

 

 

The following is a very powerful and eye-opening message concerning the exciting and hopeful truths pertaining to the
Two Witnesses

 

The article is aimed at putting forth information about the Two Witnesses into concise truth for those who are able to receive it. It is being shared in this time of gross darkness and delusion when deception is so great that if possible even the very elect could be deceived. Yet we trust that the elect are not deceived and are able to hear the Shepherd’s voice.

 

First you should understand the Bottomless Pit in order to have a better understanding concerning the Two Witnesses. Please see this link in order to have a true understanding of the Bottomless Pit: The Bottomless Pit. The Bottomless Pit is metaphoric language concerning the infiltration of false teachers into the church.  These false teachers are a judgment upon those with itching ears so that they are given everything that they want in which God would be choosing their delusions for them. These are people who create their “Jesus” in their own minds – they are part of the "beast" since they have created a god in their own image. If we create a god that fits our own lives, then this is not a true god. It does not work this way. Instead, we must conform to God and His plans and not the other way around. Yet we see the mainstream church doing just that in which there is a smorgasbord of anything you want out there, and you can truly find any belief that suits your desires!

 

So let’s jump in by looking at scripture pertaining to the Two Witnesses. Let’s begin by looking a Revelation 11:4.

Rev. 11:4 – These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

 

This here is the key verse of the Two Witness doctrine. This then immediately takes us to the book of Zechariah because it’s a repeat of the profound detail that the prophet Zechariah gave. There’s a lot to this subject even though the end result is simple. There’s a lot of material and information about who the Two Witnesses are and what they do. The book of Zechariah is an amazing book but it can be difficult to understand because it is metaphoric prophetic language and it takes a lot of work to understand it. There is still so much that is left to be understood about this book, but I believe that I understand it enough to help point others in the right direction in order for us to receive more revelation. Scripture can be tough to teach because we want to put a beginning and an end to it but it does not work that way since it is more like a "spiral" of understanding.

 

When we look at the book of Zechariah, the first two chapters are very interesting, but the meat of the text concerning the two witnesses is really found in chapters 3-6. In chapter 5 we read about the Babylonian religious system, while we see the Two Witnesses in chapters 3, 4, and 6. The prophecy of Zechariah is basically the fulfillment of Haggai’s prophecy. From what I’ve seen, Haggai’s prophecy is the “bomb”, in other words, “the glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former house” – that is what was revealed to me. When this was revealed to me, it just exploded for me and this ministry took a whole new direction. So we will try and work through all of this as we look very carefully at scripture now.

 

We will begin with some very foundational and important information as we now look at Zechariah chapter 4, verses 1-3.

Zech. 4:1 – And the angel that came with me talked again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of sleep, (this is talking about us since the Lord woke us out of our sleeping – most of us had been sitting in the corporate church as we warmed the pews and were dying on the vine, hungry for the meat of scripture. We looked around at hundreds of others in the pews without a single person able to answer our questions. Situations like this are all part of the process of waking up.)
Zech. 4:2 – And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps which are upon the top thereof;
Zech. 4:3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

 

These verses in Zechariah are the direct link from Revelation chapter 11 to the book of Zechariah where we read in both places about the olive trees and candlesticks. Let’s look at the connection between these two sets of scripture and see what scripture is actually telling us. Let’s make more connections here as we look at Revelation chapter 11 verse 1.

 

Rev. 11:1 – 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 alter, and them that worship therein.

 

And then when we see Zechariah 4:10

 

Zech. 4:10 – For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

 

I am going to start just blasting things out that I have gotten from all of this over the years since I have pretty much obsessed over the Two Witnesses. This has been my ministry and calling over the past few years which the Lord has given me. He has given me a heart to know this and has answered my questions. If I want to know something, the Lord puts it on my heart, and then I seek Him and then I study. The last part of this equation is that we also have to be patient and wait. We can’t force these things to happen but we have to wait on the Lord. When He opens it up, then it is time to speak about it. In this ministry, however, there have been some troubles such as Jezebel troubles which tend to go after the men of God. The Jezebel spirit is present everywhere, but you never see it more prominent than when a modern-day mega-church pastor is being led around by the nose by his domineering and controlling wife. I have seen this situation over and over. This whole male and female thing is so upside down in our day. So what I’m saying is that throughout this situation I have tangled up with some women which has not gone well, but I have overcome it, praise God. I am now in a situation where I am ok and He has me thinking clearly. Jezebel has tried to destroy me a couple of times but I know that it was all for a reason. But now I am ready.

 

Yet in this time when I am getting this revelation, it can be so complex and hard to teach. It’s a profound level of revelation along with the difficulty to teach it, as well as people being ready to receive it. Hardly anyone is understanding this material, but I’m praying now that it is time for the Lord to use me in a way where people can grab ahold of where we’re going here. This is simply all about scripture and tying scripture together with the common link of metaphoric language. These scriptural metaphors are a beautiful tapestry of words woven together in this most beautiful picture language where these are all picture-words that the Lord uses for us.

 

We simply need to grasp these things in our finite minds and to have the ability to understand these profound principles of the Alpha and Omega so that we have something to seek Him with. These things can’t just be taught so that we can simply walk away and say ‘ah, ok, I understand’. No, instead these teachings and studies are meant to give you something to work with as you then take these scriptures and study for yourself in your quiet place seeking the Lord to spark revelation for you. Because unless these things are revealed to you, you can’t get it. You can’t just simply walk out of a classroom saying ‘ah, I understand.’ No, flesh and blood cannot reveal these things to you but only our Father who is in heaven. Truth is revealed to us supernaturally and we can’t use our own reasoning. Satan allows our minds to be controlled by our own thoughts basically.

 

So with all of this said, we can clearly see that Zechariah and Revelation 11 are obviously connected. So let us continue to see what is going on here. What we see is a measuring going on here in which these Two Witnesses are going to be measuring the temple and most significantly the inner court. I believe that what I see here is that this is going on in the final stages of judgment. The outer court has already been judged which signifies the apostate multitudes trampled on by Gentiles who are those who claim to be Jews but are not. These are those who claim to be born again and in covenant with God. They claim to have the new covenant written on their hearts but they do not. They are standing up in their pulpits, preaching out of their own imaginations and preaching the thoughts that they’ve gotten on their own. This is the principle of the falling away which is about many false christs arising in that day. Many of these will claim to be anointed christs. Yet it is only the Two Witnesses who are the anointed ones who are standing before the God of the whole earth. Jesus is the true Christ who is gathering His elect from the four corners of the earth.

 

We see that the Two Witness dynamic is the purification of the Church basically. We are now also getting down to the final phases of judgment which include those who have overcome the Bottomless Pit. These are those who have not been hurt or deceived by the false teachings that arose from the Bottomless Pit but instead have been sealed. Please understand the extremely important meaning of the Bottomless Pit which can be reviewed when you click on the following link: The Bottomless Pit.

 

So now we see Zerubbabel with the plummet in his hand (please recall Zech. 4:10 above which states: “For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth.”) This “plummet” is the same as the “rod” in Rev. 11 or the “plumbline”. This is a measuring stick and is referring to the temple getting measured. And the way I see it is that the Two Witnesses are the lead up to the 144,000 manifest sons of God. This is the holy remnant that is sanctified, purified, and prepared as a Bride. This is what we see in Zechariah chapter 3, verses 3-4 where we take a look at Joshua:

 

Zech. 3:3 – Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. (Note: the church normally teaches that Joshua represents Jesus. Well, I’m sorry, but Jesus never had filthy garments. So Joshua clearly represents something else here, so let’s keep going.)
Zech. 3:4 – And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

 

This language in the above verses is all symbolic where it is speaking about filthy garments and a change of raiment. The change of raiment is the glorified condition in which we are purified. This is talking about the purification of the church.

 

And then another very critical and important principle that we have to establish right off the bat is that we’re looking at these scriptures for the similitude that they are. We are looking at the Two Witnesses as they connect to Joshua and Zerubbabel. So we are going to glean our understanding of the Two Witnesses by really taking a look at Joshua and Zerubbabel. This is because the Two Witness principle adheres to the idea that through two or three witnesses a thing is established. This is one of God’s laws and it is the whole principle that takes place here with Joshua and Zerubbabel.

 

Now let’s look at Hosea 12:10

 

Hos. 12:10 – I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

So in the above verse, we see where a prophet is using these similitudes to teach. Let’s now look at 1 Corinthians 10:11.

1 Cor. 10:11 – Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples (examples): and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

 

This above verse was probably one of the single-most significant verses for me when I woke up because I realized that the whole testament was a story of us, the church and that it all happened for our example as we find ourselves in it in every scenario that took place! For example, in the story of the exodus, we can’t simply say that it was only speaking about the people who actually went through the Old Testament exodus. Paul was saying in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that these Old Testament examples were written for the entire New Testament and this includes everything from the stories of Jonah to Noah and any other story. They were all written as examples that we can place ourselves in. Just think for example of the Old Testament wilderness journey which shared about the wilderness trek from Egypt to the Promised Land. This wilderness trek clearly represents the example of a man’s life as he goes from the quagmire of deception and captivity to the wilderness journey on the narrow path behind Moses (Moses as a type of Christ), and then getting off the narrow path to only be bitten by serpents and scorpions (false teachings/deceptions). But anyways, the Lord clearly teaches us through metaphors and similitudes. The similitudes are the pictures of the story, and the metaphor is the actual symbolic word that means something else and takes study to understand.

 

Now that we have this groundwork laid, there is another very important dynamic that we have to hold onto and not forget. This dynamic is that God refers to a collective body as a singular person. An example of this is found in Isaiah 11:16 where we read:

 

Isa. 11:16 – And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

 

Here we see in the scripture above that God is referring to Israel as “he”. We have to remember this because all of this scripture and prophecy works this way. So when God says “he”, He is not just talking about one person but about a collective. This collective can be seen on different levels such as when we are looking at Joshua and Zerubbabel. Joshua and Zerubbabel represent groups of people and not merely individuals. They are not simply Two Witnesses standing in Jerusalem with fire coming out of their mouths. I just “love” that idiotic picture that certain people teach of two guys dressed in sackcloth with fire coming out of their mouths in the city of Jerusalem which right now is the Freemasonic nightmare in the Middle East. The idea of this is insanity. Instead, this teaching of the Two Witnesses is all metaphoric language and prophetic language. It is not two guys standing there with fire coming out of their mouths. Fire is the truth of the Lord burning people and burning our enemies. Any of you who are having trouble today by things that you say, such as people running away from you and getting kicked out of churches, well this is because you are “burning them with fire”. You are burning them with the fire of the Lord. Our God is a consuming fire and you are representing God to them – the real God – in a time of gross darkness. I was kicked out of my mega-church and had my membership revoked in which I had been a member there for 20 years. I told them that this was no longer a church anymore but just a community center. I told them that they had become like the Catholic Church. The Protestant churches now are just an extension of the Catholics – they are Babylon and her daughters.

 

If you would like a study guide link where God refers to groups of people as a single person you can go to the following link: https://soundoctrine.org/2016/11/19/one-man/

 

As we were just studying above, the story of the exodus out of literal Egypt is a similitude of the second exodus that the true Christians are in the process of now.

 

These things were written for us for our own admonition upon whom the end of the age had come. I use the word “age” even though the King James says “the end of the world”. The word is actually “age” because this is what we are doing – we are transitioning out of one age and going into the next age. We are transitioning out of the age of Pentecost which is the “leavened age”. Pentecost is a leavened feast and this is the reason that all of these denominations go bad. But the time is coming when things won’t go bad anymore when the New Covenant is actually in effect. Jesus established the new covenant and confirmed the new covenant on the cross, but it has not applied to the people yet.

 

So now let’s look at Jeremiah 23:7-8 which is right after the mention of the “Branch” which is key to the whole Two Witness study. However, we will use the following two verses as a connection to the second exodus.

 

Jer. 23:7 – Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
Jer. 23:8 – But, the Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them, and they shall dwell in their own land.

 

These verses share about huge end-time prophecy for today. I had received a revelation that the Two Witnesses were the royal priesthood, then I had expanded into the understanding that the royal priesthood was the Melchizedek Priesthood. These Two Witnesses are on the scene during the final trumpet judgments which are the three woes (“Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth”) We also see the dynamic of these Two Witnesses being led out of the “north country”. And then the verse out of Jeremiah 23 is right after the “Branch” which is the same Branch that Zechariah is talking about in Zechariah 3:8.

 

Zech. 3:8 – Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee (so here is the high priest and the fellows that sit before thee which means Joshua and a collective group of people): for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

 

So here we read about the Branch which is the first mention of it as shared in the book of Zechariah. Jeremiah expounds on the Branch, and Isaiah expounds on the Branch. The Two Witnesses are the Branch. It says “he”, but here again, it’s not just talking about Jesus. Jesus is the “vine” and we are the “branches”. This is a big metaphoric picture of the Branch.

 

This is Christianity 101 which has been expounded upon. We see these verses we’ve heard for years being opened to a new level. So much of the New Testament is prophetic and are reiterations of things we learned back in Sunday school yet we did not realize the depth of it. The problem is that the Christian church makes claims to these verses while they don’t really understand what they mean. I knew right after I got save back in 1982 that I was a royal priest, but I had no idea what that meant. It is only now that I am realizing that this is the Melchizedek Priesthood which is the eternal priesthood of immortal people along the same order as Jesus Christ. This is an amazing and profound depth of understanding that is opening up.

 

The Branch is a picture of the veins flowing with the sap through the tree. The Branch is a flowing of the tributaries of the river which is a reference to the channel that comes out of Assyria and Egypt. The Branch has the truth that flows from the Vine. The Branch is also a picture of the candlestick flowing in the oil to the flame. This oil is what feeds the flame of the seven candlesticks which is a picture of the overcomer who makes it through the seven churches because that is who the Two Witnesses are. The Two Witnesses are the body of remnant saints who have overcome the false churches basically. They have overcome the false doctrine of that church. They overcome the spirit of Jezebel, they overcome the second death (apostasy), as well as the other seven aspects of false doctrine to include lukewarm ways. Everyone who is overcoming these things are the ones who are on this journey to become the manifest sons of God and be redeemed. Redemption is when we are redeemed from these mortal bodies and then this whole redeemed body of Christ is one man. But before we get there we have to go through this because the Two Witness ministers are the end of the purification process of this remnant body – this is the purification of the Bride. This is the manifold wisdom of God and these verses are opening to a new level. God has been looking for a kingdom of priests for about 2500 years and those of us who get this are fulfilling this prophecy made to Moses. All the overcomers throughout the ages to include both Old and New Testaments are going to be present here as this body becomes one.

 

Now we understand that the Two Witnesses, that are typed and shadowed as Joshua and Zerubbabel, become one.  So with the principle of the singular collective, we realize Joshua and Zerubbabel represent groups of people. There are 3 identities here - Joshua, Zerubbabel, and the remnant. The key to understanding the Two Witnesses is to look at Joshua and Zerubbabel. Zerubbabel was the governor of Judah and he was from the line of David as royalty in line to become king but he never became king because Jesus became King. Joshua was the high priest of Judah, and his father was a Zadok priest. So Joshua was a type and shadow of a Melchizedek priest. David Wilkerson was a solid man of God who could see the Zadok priesthood also that God was raising up. We can see how Zerubbabel and Joshua are the royal priesthood and the Two Witnesses are a type and shadow of the royal priesthood as we read about in 1 Peter chapter 2.

 

So what are we doing as royal priests? We are offering spiritual sacrifices which are the living sacrifices of our lives that are holy and pleasing to God. The Zadok priesthood, which is the royal priesthood, are the ones that are still offering sacrifices to the Lord during the time spoken of by the prophet Daniel. We can see how all these things tie into the prophet Daniel’s 70 weeks. It’s all the same story with more and more dimensions added to it.

 

We are a holy nation of royal priests offering spiritual sacrifices. This leads us to 1 Peter 2:5 where we read this amazing message.

 

1 Peter 2:5 – Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

Wow! How many times have we been reading this verse for years but now we finally get it. This is the ultimate revelation that I’ve had which has rocked my world and opened all this up and is found in Haggai’s prophecy of Haggai chapter 2. This prophecy is the key to “the glory to the latter house” which was a huge breakthrough when this prophecy hit me.

 

Haggai 2:9 – The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts; and in this place shall I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

Well, what’s the latter house? Peter just told us that it is a spiritual house – it is us. It is those of us who are made up of lively stones (lively comes from the word “zoe” pertaining to living waters and the tree of life which is the spirit life. This is the life that Jesus brought or the abundant life.) This is the kind of life that we need and many have lost this life because of the second death. They have died spiritually even though they once had zoe life but had fallen away. Those who fall away go through a second death but there are those who overcome the second death.

 

Now a lot of the groundwork has been laid out. We have now connected Joshua, Zerubbabel, and the Two Witnesses. So now the question is, what did Joshua and Zerubbabel do? Well, Joshua and Zerubbabel led the remnant out of Babylon after 70 years. They are a type and shadow of us today as we are escaping Mystery Babylon which has to do with deception. We are escaping out of the ‘north country’ in which north is symbolic of deception. North is where the Gog/Magog army invades from. The invasion of Gog/Magog is the invasion of false teachers that come out of the north and we are escaping them. We are escaping this ‘Babylonian captivity’ and going back to Jerusalem, only this time it is New Jerusalem. Zerubbabel laid the foundation of the house and we will also finish it. This is huge prophecy. There is the dynamic of the literal Zerubbabel who also went to Jerusalem and laid the first stone to rebuild the temple that was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar.

 

This is all symbolic of the spiritual house since Jesus said, ‘tear down this house and in three days I will build it up.’ Jesus was speaking prophetically because He was not only talking about Herod’s temple, but He was also talking about the church. The church is just a disaster today and because of this great falling away, not one stone is being left upon another. So the spiritual house has been torn down just like Jesus said would happen at the beginning of the Olivet Discourse.

 

I believe that we are being prepared as a royal priesthood to teach and intercede for the multitudes as they’re redeemed, as we are being redeemed. I believe that the 5th and 6th Trumpets have already long sounded and we are at the point where this is over. I believe that the judgment that these trumpets have intended to do has happened. I believe that the deceptions of the 5th and 6th Trumpets have successfully separated out the flock and show us who the Two Witnesses are. These Two Witnesses are on the road to Zion.

 

So again as we remember the verse from 1 Peter 2:5 which told us “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”, this again brings us right back to Haggai. Let’s look at Haggai 2:13.

 

Hag. 2:13 – Then said Haggai, if one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, it shall be unclean.
Hag. 2:23 – In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet ring: for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

 

This is huge. We see the reference to Haggai (vs. 13) of the dead bodies. This is all concerning the work of this royal priesthood and this is also all connected to the red heifer. When we think about the Two Witnesses, they are like two dead bodies in the street of the great city. These two bodies are not put into graves because they are not really dead - they are not physically dead but still up walking around. However, they are dead spiritually. They are dead in the same place where our Lord was also crucified by the beast from the bottomless pit. I believe that the Two Witnesses are the Christians who were saved, prophesied, and were overcome by false doctrine/apostasy. I was one of those and part of it as I got sucked into Mystery Babylon, sitting in the false church and believing the garbage until the Lord woke me up and I then stood on my feet and great fear fell upon those that saw me. This is all I ever heard from the church was “oh, you have so much fear in your voice and message.” This is why that even today when I run into an old person from my church in the grocery store, they will turn and go down another aisle. They don’t want to see me because of what I represent because I “burn” them.

 

We shouldn’t be simply waiting to be raptured away so that Jesus can come and just fix everything like many in the churches are teaching. Instead, we should realize that everything that God is going to be doing on this planet is going to be done through His Melchizedek priesthood. Because what needs to happen is that this church needs to be cleansed. Jesus died for our sins and He was our Passover Lamb. We all know this, but the church is stuck here and they fail to understand the profound implications of the fact that Jesus was also the red heifer. Now, what was the purpose of the Melchizedek royal priesthood? The purpose was to cleanse the temple of dead bodies. When Jesus died on the cross he was not only the sacrificial lamb but also the red heifer. There are messages on soundoctrine.org  for anyone interested in learning more about the subject of the red heifer.  

 

I also believe that the New Testament is the week of Tabernacles and I believe that it is the 70th week. I believe that it is a prophetic week. When we read that in the midst of the week where the sacrifices are taken away, this is referring to the spiritual sacrifices of the believer offering his body and life as a living sacrifice. But this sacrifice stops when we see the falling away since the church is not offering itself as a sacrifice, for we are now in the great falling away or the abomination of desolation. We’re in this time period right now. And what needs to happen is that the church needs to be cleansed of this – they are dead bodies. Somehow, the Melchizedek priesthood will carry out the dynamics of cleansing this temple. This is all symbolic and all spiritual interceding as they call people to their heritage.

 

Also, we should not forget that this heritage is all about one big thing and this is our heritage as Israel, for we are Israel. I prayed for weeks to the Lord to help me understand the meaning of the parable of the Fig Tree. I cried out to the Lord to show me the meaning. The Lord did show me. Part of what He showed me concerns what the Bible says about when we see the fig tree to know that the kingdom of God is at hand. In other words, when you see people figuring out that they are Israel we can know that these things are all going down. We are now reaching this point in time when more people are realizing this truth. Israel is not just a Freemasonic abomination in the Middle East. No, it’s not, even though it may be a symbolic type of physical sign there that the Lord gave us to help wake us up I suppose. But what this fig tree is really referring to is when people begin to wake up and realize that they are the true Israel of God.

 

One more thing we should think about concerning Zerubbabel is the signet ring (see Haggai 2;23) which is what the father gives to the son, or what the king gives to the prince. The king gives the ring to the prince when the king knows that the son is ready to take over/take control, and that is the picture here too. The signet signifies when the son will only do the same will of the father so that the father knows he is ready. This is what this is all about – the overcomers who are able to receive their inheritance when the Father knows that He can trust His Kingdom to them! What a beautiful picture!

So as we see this whole picture of Joshua and Zerubbabel as the Two Witnesses, we need to ask ourselves, what did they do? And we should also ask ourselves - what are we doing? So let’s go to Haggai chapter 1 verse 12.

 

Hag. 1:12 – Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.

 

So in this verse, we see Joshua, Zerubbabel, and the remnant. So there are three identities. Who is who? Well, Joshua and Zerubbabel are both connected with Judah which is the southern kingdom, whereas, on the other hand, we talk about Ephraim as the northern kingdom which contains all 10 tribes. I believe that the referencing to Judah is a reference to the 144,000 when studied in context. The Bible tells us Ephraim is “feeding on wind”, is in “covenant with death”, and “in agreement with hell”. This is basically talking about the 10 lost tribes which are symbolic of apostate Christianity which is also “scattered” Christianity. On the same token, many times when we see Judah, it is referencing the 144,000 with Judah as the lead tribe of the 144,000. Judah is the lead tribe of the wilderness trek, they are also the lead tribe in Revelation chapter 7, etc. The big thing that is going on here as we try to understand all this is that the end result is that things all come together as one. The idea of things coming together as one can be found in Jeremiah chapter 50 verses 4-6. This is truly such exciting information! I feel so strongly about it and that we need to get ahold of this information since this is what God is doing today. God is working with His Two Witness ministry in order to purify us and prepare us in order to receive our inheritance. This is happening as we are overcoming the beast and standing on the sea of glass. So again, let us continue on with Jeremiah chapter 50 verses 4-6.

 

Jer 50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
Jer 50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion (this is spiritual Zion – where the 144,000 are and this is a dynamic of Joshua and Zerubbabel leading the remnant out of mystery Babylon since Babylon is fallen.) with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
Jer 50:6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.

 

So as we read above, this is what the false shepherds have done – they give no rest and there is no Sabbath rest for those who truly want to walk with the Lord. These false shepherds lead people into confusion and leave people like corpses. These false churches are a “flat-line” with no life in them. But as the Lord has shown us with the other prophetic overlay of Lazarus – the Lord showed us that he is not dead but only sleeping. But in the end, the Lord wins and the true church will prevail but they simply just have to overcome as they go through all of this madness to get there.

 

While I struggle with details over these exact identities, we have to realize the end result is all about "becoming one" in the end. (The 2 sticks) the (one new man). We basically just have to try and see the “big picture” which is more important than understanding every little detail. In order to understand where this ends up we need to look at keywords like “multitudes and multiply” as these apply to the numbers from 12 (12 tribes and 12 apostles) to 120 (120 at Pentecost) to 144,000 (120 X 120 = 144,000 and 12 X 12 X 1000 = 144,000) to a multitude as the sand of the sea, the stars in the sky and the “multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision”. These are symbolic numbers which multiply to numbers of promise. This is all about one thing, the covenant of the blessing as it is spreading and multiplying. These numbers multiply to the point where Abraham’s covenant is fulfilled, which is the promise God made with Abraham, and that is what this is about since we are Abraham’s seed multiplying!

 

All of this information has been very prophetic as it applies to the last days and the call to return from Babylon, which is now Mystery Babylon. We will come to see how this applies in an amazing way to the 70 weeks of Daniel. It will connect to Daniel’s vision and the way he figured out what was happening to his people as far as the captivity goes. This prophecy applies to the 7 times of punishment for sin. We will see how the 7 X 430 = 2520 years. Essentially Israel has been in captivity for 2520 years, since the time the kingdom was divided. 70 weeks are determined is absolutely prophetic. Yet the Preterists are so blinded as they fail to see the spiritual implications to this.

 

Even when the Savior came in the middle of this, it still did very little to change anything. For example, the 12 apostles started to go out, but the church went bad right away. It’s just been a struggling quagmire mess ever since. Since the kingdom was divided this has been the whole dynamic of this “divided house”. But the Good News is that this all comes TOGETHER! But right now, this is where we are. And all of this information about the Two Witnesses being prepared is about bringing the two sticks back together which is what happens at the second coming. The Lord is doing all this “bringing things back together” through his Melchizedek royal priesthood. They are the key, and when the Melchizedek royal priesthood is ready it will be glorified! This latter house is glorified! This latter house is a type and shadow of what we saw on the Mount of Transfiguration – Jesus, Moses, and Elijah together as ONE glorified in the glorified state! This is just a glimpse of what we have coming! The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former house! This is how God is going to redeem this crazy planet and then His Kingdom will have no end!

 

We are now at the end of the 6th trumpet and right here – “For behold the second woe is past, behold the third comes quickly” which is the 7th trumpet. The 7th trumpet is about to sound – How long until it sounds? – Next year? Five years? Ten years? I don’t know, but one thing we do know is that it is right here! There is no Millenial kingdom. Instead “thousand” is a metaphor for “age” and we are going to go into this new age. We are currently going through the Gog/Magog war which is the army of the north which is about deception that has completely overcome the church. The church is completely infiltrated with false teachers as they teach every wind of doctrine just as “Ephraim was feeding on wind”. They are feeding off false doctrine and are in covenant with death with the “Assyrian” enemy. But this WILL change and God IS changing it because He is raising up this royal priesthood now which is His spotless Bride! This is the Good News and the blessing in which we are carriers of the blessing! And through this blessing, all of the nations of the earth shall be blessed! What an amazing hope this is that we can praise God so greatly for!

If you would like to follow along with Chris Ardern's teaching on this subject of the Two Witnesses, you can listen to him on this video

Keep shining bright as a witness for God's wondrous truths!

SeriousForTruth Ministry