Lyle Cooper (29 Dec 2011)
"Re:  MathMan (28 Dec 2011)   Overlap of Two Witnesses and Antichrist"

 
Mathman wrote:" By the way, another common reservation I receive on a 2015 return is the Two Witnesses having to be here for 1260 days BEFORE the Great Tribulation of 1260 days.  However, this is easily solved with an overlap of their "ministries" (one evil, one holy), which I now believe will involve an overlap of approximately just less than 1200 days."

We really don't need to guess on this matter, for John is quite accurate.

John shows us the moment the Two witnesses appear; Rev 11:3, just before the midpoint of the 70th week, and just before the abomination. It is my believe that they show up exactly 3 1/2 days before the abomination. Why? They have 1260 days to witness, and 3 1/2 days to lay dead. The earthquake when they rise is the very same earthquake seen at the 7th vial that ends the 70th week. They rise on the "last day" with ALL the Old Testament saints: they ALL rise at the 7th vial.

So if they show up and begin to testify 3 1/2 days before the abomination, testify for 1260 days, and then are killed just 3 1/2 days before the end of the week, it fits perfectly.

So the overlap is 1260 minus the 3 1/2 days. They Testify 3 1/2 days before the Antichrist is revealed at the abomination. HOWEVER, John shows us in 11:1-2 that the Antichrist with his armies shows up in Jerusalem perhaps a week before the Two Witnesses arrive.

The Beast is not captured until some UNKNOWN time after the 7th vial. Perhaps just about the time the marriage and supper will take in heaven.

Lyle