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Were the 2 Witnesses killed on May 21, 1988 to September 7, 1994, or on May 21, 2011?
By Brother Mike (2-12-18; 8 minutes)
   


Revelation 11:7-8:  

7 And when they [the 2 Witnesses] shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them .
8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified .     

Regarding the 2 Witnesses, there has come to be a faulty understanding as to when they were killed. Some are now believing that the 2 Witnesses were killed on May 21, 2011 instead of at the end of the Church Age on May 21, 1988 to September 7, 1994 when the Abomination of Desolation was setup in all the churches as we have always believed. But, what does the Word of God say? It reads, And when they [the 2 Witnesses] shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. Notice that the 2 Witnesses were killed after their testimony was finished and when the beast rose up out of the bottomless pit to make war against and overcome them. This beast (Satan) that rose up or ascended out of the pit to make battle with and overcome them could not have done so on May 21, 2011 because the beast (Satan) was then, on that day, put down, conquered, and deposed on this last day of the Final Great Tribulation even as the king of Babylon, a type of the beast, was put down and slain (Daniel 5:30) on the last day of the previous Great Tribulation from 609 BC to 539 BC, which was a type of what would happen to the beast (Satan) on the last day of the Final Great Tribulation on May 21, 2011. So, on May 21, 2011, Satan was NOT raised up to make battle and overcome and kill as he did beginning on May 21, 1988, but he was put down and deposed, which means that Satan could not have possibly been raised up out of the pit to make war, overcome, and kill the 2 Witnesses on May 21, 2011. No, rather, Satan ascended out of the pit to make war, to overcome, and kill the 2 Witnesses on May 21, 1988 to September 7, 1994 before he was put down and deposed on May 21, 2011.   

Furthermore, we are told that when the 2 Witnesses have been killed, their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Here, the street of the great city refers to the street (which could be translated as broad place) of Jerusalem as the great city is Jerusalem. And, since, spiritually speaking, we know that Jerusalem spiritually typifies the Christian churches, we are being told that when the 2 Witnesses have been spiritually killed (silenced) in the churches, their dead bodies shall lie in the churches, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our lord was crucified. But, what does it mean that their dead bodies lie in the churches? Well, it means that, spiritually, the 2 witnesses have been killed (silenced) in and through the churches, but they are still in the churches, so it is as if their dead bodies lie in all the churches. But, if the 2 Witnesses are still in the churches, then they could not have been killed on May 21, 2011 because, at that time, the 2 Witnesses were no longer in the churches as they had all departed out long before May 21, 2011. Therefore, it must have been from May 21, 1988 to when the Abomination of Desolation was set up in the churches on September 7, 1994 when the 2 Witnesses were first killed, and their dead bodies must have lied in all the churches from May 21, 1988 to about 2001 or so when the 2 Witnesses could still be found in the churches.    

So, in conclusion, when we, once again, ask the question, Were the 2 Witnesses first killed on May 21, 1988 to September 7, 1994 when the Abomination of Desolation was setup in all the churches, or were they killed on May 21, 2011, Judgment Day, we would have to say on May 21, 1988 to September 7, 1994 based upon the clear context of Revelation 11:7-8 (see, also, my exposition of Revelation 11 ).

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