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Thus we conclude that the two witnesses are the two churches, Philadelphia and Smyrna, demonstrating the priestly and kingly function, composed exclusively of the tribes of Israel
Philadelphia and Smyrna are therefore two lampstands (ethnic Jewish churches) that stand and exhibit characteristics of the priestly and kingly offices (the two olive trees).
Rev. 11 uses the singular forms of “mouth” and “body” in the original Greek. (Noted in the NASB) A group of people are a “body” of people with one “mouth”.
Two witnesses = triumphant woman (Rev. 13) = 144,000 believing Jews (Rev. 14) taken as firstfruits from the temple. Gentil believers wait outside while Israel is measured and raptured as firstfruits. Symrna and Philadelphia, the only synagogues who received one of the seven letters to the churches = firstfruits. Therefore, Symrna and Philadelphia are the firstfruits, two witnesses, two lampstands and two olive branches.
Praise God for Bible scholars to help us with translation!
Pretzelogical wrote: I can see where that would speak clearly to you that the witnesses are Jews. True, I see no prophetic verse of the gentiles being saved in that passage.
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