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Wordwise Insight, Issue #146
October 14, 2016


BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): How do the pairs of witnesses in Zechariah and in Revelation relate to the church?

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Two Witnesses

QUESTION: Do you think that God is done with telling his servants, as He has in the past, about events that are about to take place? What about His two witnesses, the ones pouring oil into the lamp stand and feeding the church in knowledge or whatever? Are they done in their work? I know there are false prophets but there are also the genuine ones too.

ANSWER: It's an interesting question, but you seem to imply in what you say some things with which I disagree.

The Gift of Prophecy
First, we need to consider the prophetic gift. When the Lord commissioned Jeremiah to be His prophet, he tells us, "The LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: ‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth'" (Jer. 1:9).

That does nicely as a definition. A prophet is one whom God prepares to speak a divinely inspired, utterly trustworthy revelation.

When Moses balked at being God's spokesman, the Lord appointed his brother Aaron, instead. God still revealed His message to Moses, but Moses, in effect, became like God to his brother, putting the inspired words in Aaron's mouth. The Lord says, "He shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God" (Exod. 4:16).

Though the two situations are different, they both clearly illustrate God's way of transmitting inspired truth. Before God's Word was written down and preserved as we have it now, this was a necessary gift. But since we now have His completed revelation, the prophetic gift is no longer needed, and I do not believe there are prophets in the church today, in the sense I've described.

Those who attempt to add to (or subtract from) the inspired Scriptures are condemned (Rev. 22:18-19). In answer to the first part of your question...

(To read the remainder of this article, click on Two Witnesses.)


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