The two witnesses are axiomatic or central to Revelation..! The architecture of this chapter is so compelling, particularly in its desire to make clear, that this is an actual event. To interpret this chapter in an allegorical way, as is the case with many Christians, is to do injustice to the laws of Biblical interpretation..A number of datum points are clearly marked in this chapter of revelation.. The most potent and striking is verse 8 chap 11, where it is written, 'And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Here we have a specific place, a very specific person, our Lord, and a very specific event, in the future. Where their Lord was crucified will be the same place where these two prophets will die. Actually when I think about it...it defies all logical biblical exegesis, to interpret this chapter in any way other than literally. Sadly my reformed brethren have done great injustice to this chapter. It is my understanding that these two witnesses deliver the whole event as it is described in Revelation. They are as Moses and Aaron were to Pharaoh.! They will declare the very Judgement of God before the return of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. What I would like to do is draw your attention, to who, these two persons might be. If we go back to Chapter 10 of Revelation, we will notice a very unusual event..John is about to write what he heard and saw..He was told not to write what he saw and heard, as it was for a time in the future..He was to seal up. He was given a little scroll and told to eat it...My Question is this..Is John one of the two witnesses in the sense that John the baptist was Elijah...? Is the little Scroll Scripture? will it be revealed by the Two witnesses..? And is James his brother the other witness. This would be plausible, but when we consider another scripture, even the voice of our Lord, we will see something that is a mystery hidden until these last days. Mark 10:35-45
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
35 [a]James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.” 36 And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” 37 They said to Him, “[b]Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized. 40 But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”
41 Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with [c]James and John. 42 Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them. 43 But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His [d]life a ransom for many.”
New Life Version (NLV)
The Mother of James and John Asks Jesus Something Hard
20 The mother of Zebedee’s children (James and John) came to Jesus with her sons. She got down on her knees before Jesus to ask something of Him. 21 He said to her, “What do you want?” She said, “Say that my two sons may sit, one at Your right side and one at Your left side, when You are King.” 22 Jesus said to her, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to take the suffering that I am about to take? (*Are you able to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?)” They said, “Yes, we are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will suffer as I will suffer. But the places at My right side and at My left side are not Mine to give. Whoever My Father says will have those places.”
The Lord Jesus has taught me this.