Prelude to the Thousand Year Reign
The Two Witnesses part 4
In post 370 I said
So what is required of the two witnesses for them to come to be complete?When the God of the field told Abram to walk before him and come to be complete/perfect, he was telling him he must come to understand his heavenly Father’s work, his business. And Abraham became complete when he attempted to offer up Isaac... Like Abram, the grains of the two ears of wheat,post 359, the two witnesses, must walk before the God of the field, Jehovah, and do whatever he requires of them, “You must accordingly be perfect/complete, as your heavenly Father is perfect/complete,” (Mt 5:48)
The one like the son of man, (Rev 1:13) says in his letter to the Philadelphians: These are the things he says who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens so that no one will shut, and shuts so that no one opens. I know your deeds - look! I have set before you and open door, which no one can shut, that you have a little power and you keep my word and do not prove false to my name, [aorist, Yehoshua/Jesus], Look! I will give those of the synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews, and yet they are not but are lying - look! I will make them come and do obeisance before your feet and make them know that I love you, [aorist], Because you keep, [aorist], the word about my endurance, I will also keep you from the hour of test/trial, which is being about to come, [present participle, pres. infinitive] upon the whole inhabited earth to try those dwelling on the earth. I am coming quickly. HOLD fast, [pres. imperative], to what you have so that no one may take your crown. To the one who conquers - I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will by no means go out [from it] any more and I will write upon him the name of my God, [Yehovah/He comes to be], and the city of my God, the new Jerusalem which descends from heaven , [Jerusalem, see post 12,here], and that new name of mine. Let the one who has an ear hear what the spirit says to the congregations, (Rev 3:7-13).
This letter to the Philadelphians is primarily directed at the grains of the two ears of wheat, the two witnesses, the slave to whom the master committed his belongings and who, on his return, holds an accounting with them, Mt 25:19, (post 368). Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning and you yourselves be like men waiting for their master... so that at his arriving and knocking they at once open to him. Happy are those slaves whom the master finds watching... He will gird himself and make them recline at the table and will come alongside to minister to them...(Lu 12:35,36,37). Compare ...Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appoints, [aorist], over his domestics to give them their food at the appointed time [kairo, as at LXX De 32:35]. Happy is that slave if his master on having come, [aorist participle], finds him doing so, [keeping on watch, (Mt 24:41,42,45,46).
Two women will be grinding at the hand mill one will be taken along the other will be abandoned. KEEP ON WATCH therefore [present imperative], because you do not know on what day your Lord is coming, (Mt 24: 41, 42; Lu 17:35) To grind, Greek/LXX: Nm 11:8; Jdg 16:2; Ecc 12:3,4; Mt 24:41; Lk 17:35 . The reader will find, that read in context, these verses give insight as to who these two women represent.
But if the householder/slave had known at what hour the thief would come he would not have allowed his house to be broken into... You though keep ready because at an hour that you do not think likely the son of man is coming, (Lu 12: 35-37).
(Isa 22:19-22), And I will push you away from your position and from your official standing one will tear you down. "'And it will occur in that day that I will call my servant, namely Eliakim, [from el/God and qum, to raise up, ∴ God raises up], And I will clothe him with your robe, and your sash I shall firmly bind about him, and your dominion I shall give into his hand; and he must become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. And I will put the key of the house of David upon his shoulder and he must open without anyone's shutting and he must shut without anyone's opening,.
Compare: These are the things he says who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens so that no one will shut, and shuts so that no one opens...I know your deeds - look! I have set before you and open door, which no one can shut, (Rev 3:7).
To sum up thus far. Eliakim who supplants Shebna and is given the key and authority over the house of David, prefigures someone like the son of man. Who in turn, opens the door to those of Philadelphia who meet his criteria. But those who believe themselves to be Jews, who he calls the synagogue of Satan, oppose them. Both groups serve at the altar of the temple. The two witnesses are those that meet the required standard and they are the ones who torment the synagogue of satan with their prophesying (Rev 11:1, 4, 5, 6,10)
Eliakim, the one that is like the son of man has opened the door of opportunity to the grains of the two ears of wheat, the two witnesses. Will they walk through it and keep on following him wherever he goes away to, (Rev 14:4), knowing full-well what this entails?
To be continued.