|Section 6: Opening Prophecy, Article 4
“I will give power unto My two witnesses,
and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred
and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
These are the two olive trees,
and the two candlesticks (lampstands)
standing before the Elohim of the earth.”
|T||he request surprised me. I read the letter again: “. . . Include detailed information regarding only specific incidents you have personally witnessed between David and Julia and their son Todd. Please report any incidents of spousal or child abuse or domestic violence which you observed. . . . We ask|
|that you submit your testimony in writing to this court by March 27.”
The divorce and custody proceedings didn’t surprise me. David had told me of his shattered family and the anguish he felt at being torn from his two-year-old son. That he had given my name and address to the courts really didn’t surprise me, either, since I expected that he was seeking assistance from every resource he could find. But my astonishment was that the courts had questioned David in no greater detail. I knew nothing of his family.
I had met David briefly two weeks before at a large convention. For some reason he felt drawn to me, and following one of the evening sessions, he had asked if he could talk to me. That was exactly what it was: David talked “to me.” He didn’t want input, counsel, even observations. He just wanted to talk. So I listened to him—for some three hours before excusing myself and retiring for the night. His tale of woe, sad as it was to him, didn’t appear to be totally undeserved. He was decidedly self-focused; I couldn’t help feeling that he needed to grow up!
However, regardless of what I might have concluded about David from that three-hour marathon, I had never met Julia or Todd, never witnessed their family dynamics, never interacted with their family and friends. I had only a single lengthy report of how Todd viewed the situation. Nothing more.
Knowing that my information would hold no value with the courts, still I took the time to write a short response and mail it back, as per the request. Some weeks later I received a very short note from David thanking me for writing to the courts but stating that the judge had totally dismissed my “testimony” because we had had such a brief acquaintance.
Why was I not shocked!!! Being a witness requires that we have “witnessed” something, which obviously I had not! Providing a personal testimony requires that you have a personal story to tell. Without involvement, every word is simply hear-say. What value has that?
When Revelation 11:3 speaks of Yehuveh giving “power unto My two witnesses,” there is a clear implication that these “faithful witnesses” have an intimate knowledge of Him and a very personal story to tell. Isaiah adds that these witnesses are chosen servants: “Now thus saith Yehuveh that created thee, . . . Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine. . . . Ye are My witnesses, saith Yehuveh, and My servant whom I have chosen.” Amos states that Yehuveh Himself provides the “story” His chosen-servant-witnesses are to tell: “Surely Yehuveh Elohim will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” Servants serve! These witnesses are chosen from among those who willingly, whole-heartedly serve/obey Him! Isaiah 8:2; 43:10; Amos 3:7.
Originally Written: 15 September 2005
Latest Update: 22 February 2010
Complete Study Guide to Article 4
Witnesses, Olive Trees, and Candlesticks Conversation of Zechariah 4
Who are the ONLY Anointed Ones? A Timed Mission Two 1260-Day Structures
Protection for These Anointed Ones Finishing Their Testimony A Great Earthquake
The Message of These Witnesses List of fifteen message-supporting Scriptures
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