The Two Witnesses

They represent the Old and New Testament. The Bible is like a lamp:

  • Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. - Psalm 119:105 KJV

The two olive trees are reminiscent of Zechariah´s prophecy:

  • 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: And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof. - Zechariah 4:2-3 KJV

The witnesses are clothed in sackcloth, a garment worn to express sorrow or humiliation.

The Bible mentions that both witnesses would testify for a period of 1,260 days, which appears with other symbolic numbers: three years (times) and a half (3,5 times) and 42 months. Applying the year-day principle, this period consists of 1,260

  • And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year. - Ezekiel 4:6 KJV

  • After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. - Numbers 14:34 KJV.

It began in AD 538 and concluded in February 1798, on the occasion of the French army capturing the Pope. This event changed the world´s attitude toward religion and initiated a time of ferocious attack against the Word of God.

In this part of the Bible, France is compared with Sodom, because its people passed through a period of great immorality. Scripture also compares this nation with Egypt, because of the skeptical attitude Pharaoh demonstrated prior to the Exodus:

  • And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. - Exodus 5:2 KJV

The French legislative assembly declared that there was no God. Religion was abolished on November 26, 1793. Many enemies of the Scripture rejoiced at the news. The rise of knowledge increased the nation´s pride and developed secularism and self-sufficiency. The decree was in effect until June 17, 1797. But God´s Word was not dead. It is known more now than in any time in the past and is distributed in many places around the world.

The nineteenth century was a time for Christian revival.


Based on I Will Go by Alejandro Bullón