And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascended out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell in west upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. After a three days and a half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were frightened, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly(Rev11:7,8).
The glorious ministry of the two witnesses which begins at the middle of the 70th seven, will end on the last day of the 70th seven. Their ministry shall cover the entire three and one-half years, 42 months or 1,260 days of the second half of the 70th seven. “And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand and three score days clothed in sackcloth”(Rev.11:3). Before the expiry of the allotted time of the two witnesses, no one shall be able to hurt or kill them. “If any man will hurt them, fire will issue out of their mouths and will devoure their enemies. If any man would hurt them, he must in this manner be killed”(Rev.11:5b). This clearly shows that everything concerning the servant of God is in His hands. Everything works according to His pre-ordained and predetermined plans and purposes. When their ministry is over, they are fair game for the antiChrist, the Beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit, who makes war against them, overcomes them, and kills them on the last day of the 70th seven or the first day of the 30-day Reclamation Period of the kingdom; the extra 30 days that lead to the 1,290 days spoken of by Daniel the prophet(Dan.12:11). We are not told the way and manner in which they shall be killed. They probably will not be beheaded. Even if they will be beheaded, what difference does it make?
For a show of power and for propaganda purposes, the antichrist shall display their corpses publically in Jerusalem to the full view of all over the world via satellite. Although the 70th seven ends with the death of the two witnesses, the sixth trumpet judgment continues till the 4th day of the 30-day Reclamation Period of the kingdom when the two witnesses are raised from the dead and ascend into heaven in the full face view of all and to utter consternation of their enemies. In the same hour they ascend into heaven, there will be a great earthquake that will devastate the tenth part of the city of Jerusalem, the antiMessiah’s international headquarters, killing seven thousand. The remnant shall be frightened, and give glory to the God of heaven. Their glorifying God at this time shall not produce repentance in their hearts; for they are already locked in unrighteousness having given themselves over to the worship of the Dragon-Beast by taking his mark of allegiance. The sixth trumpet ends in the second woe. the second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly(Rev.11:14).
The timing of the ministry of the two witnesses corresponds to the length of time allotted to the antiChrist to reign. This is significant, primarily because it provides a divine counter measure to the persecution of the saints and anyone else who fails to succumb to the worship of the beast by the antiMessiah. It proves that God is, even in the midst of the persecution by the antiChrist. He has to have a noticeable voice that glorifies Him in the darkest hour of satanic persecution of the saints lest the faith of the saints fail. It will be comforting to the saints to hear of the exploits of these two great men of the Great God, the Sovereign Lord of the universe
“And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.”(Rev.13:5).
This is the second half of the 70th week because the ministry of the two witnesses commences at the Gentile takeover of the rebuilt Third Jewish Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel. It is also concurrent with the commencement of the Jerusalem Campaign(Luk.21:20), the abomination of desolation(Dan.9:27b; Mat.24:15) and the debut of the antiChrist at the yet to be rebuilt Third Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem(Dan.11:45; 2 Thess.2:4). It is also the same length of time within which the woman, Israel and the remnant of her seed, the observant Jews and the Christians in the land of Israel seek refuge in the Edomite and Judaean wildernesses.
“And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”(Rev.12:14).
The refuge of the Christians in the wilderness is terminated when they are raptured, evacuated from the Earth, the scene of the Great Tribulation.
We must also remember that the second half of the 70th week of Daniel is divided into two unequal halves, the Great Tribulation and the Day Of The Lord. The Great Tribulation begins at the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel and is terminated by the cosmic and celestial disturbances which are preludial to the Day Of His Wrath. The Shekinah appears in the heavens, the 144,000 are sealed for protection from the wrath of God and the saints are evacuated from the Earth, the scene of God’s wrath(Rev.7). The same day the Saints are raptured, the seventh seal is broken, and the wrath of God begins in the Day Of the Lord. The ministry of the two witnesses ends with the termination of the 70th week, but the wrath of God in the Day Of the Lord continues till Armageddon 30 days later. The only way we can master these details is by studying them over and over again, and from time to time. If we don’t, we will forget or get confused due to either memory loss or decay.