Can We Prove It Was Moses?

Q. Is it provable that Moses is one of the two witnesses in Revelation chapter 11? A well-know Prophecy TV program has recently declared that Moses is one of the two witnesses. I thought this was unprovable from Holy Scripture. What are your thoughts?

A. The Bible doesn’t come right out and say that Moses and Elijah are the two witnesses of Rev. 11. But there are some pretty strong clues to that effect. Rev. 11:5-6 tells us,

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. These men have power to shut up the sky 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.

Moses and Elijah are the most revered of all Old Testament figures. In fact their names are synonymous with the Old Testament which was often referred to as the Law and the Prophets. Moses was the law giver and Elijah was the premier prophet. Jewish tradition holds that he’s present in spirit at every circumcision, and at every passover table a place is set for him in case he visits. Also, the miraculous powers the witnesses demonstrate are the same ones for which Moses (plagues) and Elijah (fire and drought) are famous. And finally, Moses and Elijah were the two chosen to appear with Jesus on the Mt. of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-3).

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