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Left: a drawing of the two witnesses from the Bamberg Apocalypse (11th century). Right: picture of the two olive trees and lamp stands

Who are the two end-times witnesses in the Book of Revelation?

One of the more curious questions about the end-times revolves around the two witnesses mentioned by the Apostle John in the Book of Revelation. In his vision of the end times, he saw two prophetic witnesses who for a period of time, God will grant special authority (Revelation 11:1-14). They will manifest great power and miracles. It says an enemy will rise up and kill them and they will lie dead in the streets. People will be so over joyed by their deaths, that some will treat the event as Christmas and send gifts to each other. The question that has puzzled end-time scholars is who are these two witnesses? Some have wondered if they are Moses and Elijah as both appeared with Jesus at the transfiguration (Matthew 17:3-4). Some Jews even believed there are Old Testament passages that speak of these two prophets possibly returning —  a prophet like Moses will come (Deuteronomy 18: 15, 18) and Malachi speaks of the spirit of Elijah returning (Malachi 4:5). Others have speculated they might be Enoch …