In the concluding lines of the Old Testament, we read from Malachi chapter 4 (NIV):
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes."
Then, in the gospel of Matthew chapter 17 we read (NIV):
"After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus."
Finally, turning to John's Revelation chapter 11, we read (NIV):
3 "And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth. 4 They are 'the two olive trees' and the two lampstands, and 'they stand before the Lord of the earth.' 5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. 6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.
7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them."
Context would suggest that the two witnesses of Revelation 11 are in fact Moses and Elijah. Note that the Matthew text indicates the transfiguration occurred "after six days", which adds a prophetic overtone. This aligns with the previously discussed timing of Daniel's 70th week at the end of the sixth day (or thousand years) of human history. We also know from Matthew chapter 24 that when the Abomination of Desolation appears, the inhabitants of Judea (including Jerusalem) are to flee (NIV):
15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again."
22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time."
Therefore if the two witnesses are to prophesy in Israel during Daniel's 70th week, they must do it prior to the Abomination of Desolation. Returning to our prospective timeline for the Final Jubilee, counting forward from September 17, 2020 we calculate: 10 + 30 + 1260 + 1250 days = September 11, 2027. It would appear that the ministry of the two witnesses is the initial 1260 days, which concludes with the Abomination of Desolation on (or shortly after) the eclipse of April 8, 2024. Again we see here the "shortening" of the final period to 1250 days due to the Final Jubilee.
Could it be that the death of the two witnesses is somehow linked to the Abomination of Desolation? It would not be the first time the prophets have been murdered. In the gospel of Luke chapter 11 we read (NIV):
47 “Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your ancestors who killed them. 48 So you testify that you approve of what your ancestors did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. 49 Because of this, God in his wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ 50 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all."
The repeated appearance of the number "11" in this study is more than coincidental. As many others have concluded, the events of September 11, 2001 had spiritual aspects. However, unlike the WTC buildings, the twin towers of Moses and Elijah will rise again.