Who Are the Two Witnesses?
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. (Revelation 11:3)
As we understand the Scriptures, the two witnesses represent the saints who, in the last days, will bear testimony concerning the soon coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth. These saints are an army of witnesses who will testify in the fullness of the power of the "latter rain."
The land of Israel receives a planting (former) rain in the fall and a latter rain prior to the harvesting of grain in the spring. The Book of Acts describes the "former rain" of the Spirit of God, and the Book of Acts will be continued in our day when the Spirit of God once again is poured out—this time as the latter, harvest rain. The latter-rain revival will be much more powerful than was true of the former rain.
Joel prophesied of the latter-rain revival:
Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. (Joel 2:23)
Hosea announced the latter-rain revival:
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. (Hosea 6:3)
Zechariah invited us to pray for the latter rain revival:
Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. (Zechariah 10:1)
James spoke of the latter-rain revival:
Be patient therefore, brothers, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. (James 5:7)
It is possible that the "latter rain" may have begun with the understanding given to Martin Luther and the other Protestant Reformers. The downpour of the Spirit at the turn of the twentieth century, the "latter-rain" renewal that commenced in 1948, and the refreshings that are taking place around the world today—all appear to indicate that the promised issuing of unprecedented power and revelation is accelerating. Before the latter rain ceases every nation on earth will have heard the message of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 24:14; Mark 16:15).
To be continued.