Will The Two Witnesses Be Part Of The Church?

Q. I was thinking about Moses and how for 40 years he had faithfully led Israel but at the last moment, was refused entry into the promised land because of his error/sin. My heart goes out to Moses who wanted so much to enter! Then I was thinking about the 2 witnesses in Revelation and how they (many think Moses and Elijah) had not died and would come back during the 70th Week of Daniel. Since the 2 witnesses are martyred during the Tribulation and then are called to “Come up here”, would that now qualify them to be in the dispensation of grace and therefore one of the Bride of Christ?

A. The two witnesses make their initial appearance in Revelation 11:3. I believe the rapture of the Church, which brings the dispensation of Grace to a close, takes place in Rev. 4-5. Anyone who dies after that would not be included. Therefore I don’t believe the two witnesses can be considered as part of the Bride of Christ.

In addition, according to Deut. 34:5-7 Moses did die and was buried by God on Mt. Pisgah in Moab at age 120. But let me hasten to add that I don’t think that would disqualify him from being one of the witnesses. A comparison of their backgrounds in history with their responsibilities in prophecy leads me to believe Moses and Elijah are the ones most likely to be sent to Israel as the two witnesses of Rev. 11.

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