Two Witnesses of Revelation 11
NOT Enoch, but Moses and Elijah





Re: two witnesses of Revelation 11 - Why not Enoch?

> since the Bible says it is appointed once for man to die I really cannot
> understand how you can think that Moses will be one of the two
> witnesses.  I would understand the two witnesses to be Elijah and Enoch
> since neither have tasted death.  Otherwise I find your information
> quite interesting.

When considering the two witnesses of Revelation 11, look at the Biblical precedence already set! Two witnesses have already been associated with each other in scripture, and they are even called by their names -- Moses and Elijah. There should be no confusion as to who is the partner of Elijah when it comes to being a witness -- Elijah and Moses have already appeared together as witnesses at the Mount of Transfiguration.

Enoch was not even a Hebrew. It is much more appropriate that Moses appear as witness in the time of " Jacob's Trouble ", when God is dealing with the children of the covenant of Israel.

Enoch does not appear in physical form, to human eyes, as a witness to anything, anywhere else in the Bible after he is "taken".
It seems that Enoch's work was done.

Moses, however, HAS ALREADY manifested as a witness before human eyes -- it is appropriate that he would be chosen over Enoch to manifest again in the time spoken of in Revelation 11.

As for the "appointed once to die" argument:

Enoch was "taken" by God, but tradition holds that he was merely taken elsewhere and lived out his days and died, just as Moses died.

Moses, even though he died, appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration as
one of two witnesses to that event. There is already a Biblical precedence for the pairing up of Elijah and Moses as the two witnesses. The Transfiguration of Jesus is a foreshadowing of when we too will be transfigured when we are gathered together with Christ.

Since there are other exceptions to the contemporary understanding of the
"appointed once to die" argument, there must simply be a misunderstanding
of that particular passage.

If you look at the New Testament, there were men who were RAISED FROM THE DEAD in the time of Christ. Surely they did not continue to live, but died
eventually ...  Among those who died and were resurrected in the time of
Christ include not only Lazurus John 12:9, but a little girl Matthew 9:25,
a dead man in Luke 7:13 and at the time of Christ's Atonement on the cross
-- many:

Matthew  27:50
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51  And, behold , the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake , and the rocks rent. And the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.


The New Testament is full of those who  "died once" and were resurrected,
only to die again and await Judgment Day. Again, this is not a contradiction within the Bible, but a misunderstanding about the specific passage re: appointed for men to die once.

One can look at the two witnesses of Revelation 11 as being allusions to the rapture in that Moses represents the "dead in Christ" who will be resurrected, and Elijah refers to those "who remain" alive until the time of the rapture.
 


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