The book of Revelation is full of signs and symbols.The two witnesses are symbols of Moses and Elijah.They have the power to turn water into blood and to shut up the sky, for 1260 days(three and one half years).
The two olive trees are symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the two lampstands (two witnesses) are fueled by the Holy Spirit who gives light to the world.
Oil is used to anoint the people of God and the Holy Spirit is usually
given to the anointed one after this.In 1:Sam 16-13 it is written,
So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his
brothers,and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David
In John 8:12 it is written,
When Jesus spoke again to the people,he said, "I am the light of the world."
In Revelation 19:10 it is written,
"The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
This scripture helps us to understand the two olive trees and the two lampstands.
The witnesses have received the anointing of oil (Lamp-stands) because they hold to the testimony of Jesus, and because of this testimony,the "Spirit of Prophecy" has been given to them.
In James 5:17 we read,
Elijah was a man just like us.He prayed earnestly that it would not
rain on the land for three and one half years
**The above quote (because of the three and one half years-1260 days), the same period as mentioned in Revelation,surely reinforces the view that Elijah is one of the witnesses
Are these witnesses supposed to be actual men.
In Rev 11:8-10 we read,
Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city,which is
figuratively called Sodom and Egypt,where also their Lord was
crucified. For three and one half days men from every people,tribe,
language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate
by sending each other gifts,because those two prophets had tormented
those who live on earth
To understand the symbolism of the two witnesses we must look to the above scripture.
The men from every people ,tribe, language and nation represent followers of God.
The inhabitants of the earth represent followers of the beast.
To help understand the above two statements we must read Rev 14:6,
Then i saw another angel flying in mid-air,and he had the eternal
gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth-to every
nation,tribe, language and people.
Also Rev 17:15,
Then the angel said to me," the waters you saw where the prostitute
sits,are peoples,multitudes, nations and languages.
Also Rev 19:6 to confirm that the peoples,multitudes,nations and languages are the people of God.
Then i heard what sounded like a great multitude,like the roar of
rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder,shouting:"Hallelujah! for our Lord God Almighty reigns."
To help us understand the meaning behind the death of the two witnesses and why the people from every tribe,language, nation refuse burial,it is imperative to distinguish between the inhabitants of the earth and understand that one group are followers of God and the other group are followers of the beast.
The inhabitants of the earth follow the beast and this is confirmed in Rev:13 8-9,
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names
have not been written in the book of life belonging to the lamb that
was slain from the creation of the world.
He who has an ear,let him hear.
*Note:The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life will worship the beast.
The people from tribes, nations and languages have their name written in the book of life but are also called the "inhabitants of the earth."
And again Rev 11:8-10,
For three and one half days men from every people,tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.
And then it reads,
The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts,because those two prophets had tormented those who live on earth.
The two witnesses are not actual men but they are a symbol of "Testimony."It would appear that there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit at this time.
In Acts 2:17-21 it is written,
"In the last days,God says,I will pour out my Spirit on all
people.Your sons and daughters will prophesy,your young men will see
visions,your old men will dream dreams.Even on my servants,both men
and woman,i will pour out my Spirit in those days,and they will
prophesy.I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the
earth below,blood,fire and billows of smoke.The sun will be turned
to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and
glorious day of the Lord.And everyone who calls on the name of the
Lord will be saved.
Two=testimony.According to the inhabitants of the earth the"testimony is dead"
The men of every people,tribe,language and nation know that "the testimony is alive."
The men of every people ,tribe, nation and language will refuse to accept that the "testimony of God" is dead (the two witnesses) and this is why they will refuse burial.They will not bury what is still alive.
The inhabitants of the earth are happy because they think that the"testimony of God" is dead.No more will they be tormented by the testimony of God and they will now trample on the holy city for a period of 1260 days.