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And I Will Give Unto My Two Witnesses

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This study is inspired by two things: a study about the Scriptural significance of the number two given by a brother a few years ago (a link is provided in the reference section) and an email discussion about why the Lord Jesus Christ charged His apostles to “tell no man” about certain things and some of the people He healed to also keep it a secret of who healed them.

The purpose of this study is to chew the cud on the spiritual meaning of the number two. Let’s review what chewing the cud is:

Chewing the cud is meditating on God’s Word day and night so that we may observe to do according to all that is written therein (Jos 1:8). It is looking for the spiritual meaning behind the letter, for it is the Spirit that gives life and the flesh profits nothing (Job 33:4, Joh 6:63). It is for those who delight in the law of God after the inward man (Eze 36:27, Rom 7:22), for those who keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand (Psa 119:48, Rev 1:3). We ruminate on His Word in order to love God with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our mind (Deu 6:5, Mat 22:37)

Psa 119:15 (NKJV) I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.

1Ti 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.


And I Will Give Unto My Two Witnesses
by Victor Torres

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Introduction

This study is inspired by two things: a study about the Scriptural significance of the number two given by a brother a few years ago (a link is provided in the reference section) and an email discussion about why the Lord Jesus Christ charged His apostles to “tell no man” about certain things and some of the people He healed to also keep it a secret of who healed them.

The purpose of this study is to chew the cud on the spiritual meaning of the number two. Let’s review what chewing the cud is:

Chewing the cud is meditating on God’s Word day and night so that we may observe to do according to all that is written therein (Jos 1:8). It is looking for the spiritual meaning behind the letter, for it is the Spirit that gives life and the flesh profits nothing (Job 33:4, Joh 6:63). It is for those who delight in the law of God after the inward man (Eze 36:27, Rom 7:22), for those who keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand (Psa 119:48, Rev 1:3). We ruminate on His Word in order to love God with all our heart, and with all our soul and with all our mind (Deu 6:5, Mat 22:37)

Psa 119:15 (NKJV) I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.

1Ti 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Two = Witness

The title of this study is taken from this verse:

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

You’ll notice I took out the word power since it is not really in the original Greek. Here’s how the verse is rendered in a literal translation:

Rev 11:3 (LITV) And I will give to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, dressed in sackcloth.

The number two is the scriptural symbol for witnessing.

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

Mar 6:7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

The Lord’s two witnesses symbolize God’s elect, the people whom He has chosen:

Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

But since we live by every word that proceed out of the mouth of God (Deu 8:3, Mat 4:4), we all start out as false witnesses. We are all introduced to Christ in Babylon, and this is the time in our walk with Him that we value the loaves and fishes He feeds us more than the true bread from Heaven. This is the time that we have a form of godliness and we “swear by the name of the LORD, and make mention of the God of Israel, but not in truth, nor in righteousness” (Isa 48:1, 2Ti 3:5). This is the time that we worship God in vain because we teach as doctrines the commandments of men (Isa 29:13, Mat 15:9)

Jer 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
Jer 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Leprosy

Mar 1:40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
Mar 1:41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
Mar 1:42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Mar 1:43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away;
Mar 1:44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest [Who is the priest? That is to whom Jesus wants us to give our testimony.], and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Mar 1:45 But he went out, [we don’t listen to our Lord at first, we cast our pearls to swine] and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.

When we only had carnal understanding, the story above doesn’t tell us much other than Jesus had the power to heal the leper and equate the gift of healing to being a true disciple. After all, His disciples were also given these gifts. This is a time in our walk that Christ tells us to tell no man because we are false witnesses at this point. We are like the Corinthians at the time of the apostle Paul’s ministry, behind in no gifts, but were yet carnal.

But His witnesses see the spiritual lesson behind the letters, for they are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God (Mat 13:11, Luk 8:10). They know that leprosy is a spiritual symbol of false doctrines spread by false prophets, the little leaven that leavens the whole lump. This spiritual disease starts with just one part of the body then spreads throughout the whole body. (I have provided a link on the spiritual significance of yellow (symbol for leprosy) in the reference section)

Lev 13:29 If a man or woman have a plague upon the head or the beard;
Lev 13:30 Then the priest shall see the plague: and, behold, if it be in sight deeper than the skin; and there be in it a yellow thin hair; then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a dry scall (scab), even a leprosy upon the head or beard.

Lam 2:14 (ESV) Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes, but have seen for you oracles that are false and misleading.

1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

The Lord is our healer, and He will heal us when we acknowledge that we are spiritually sick (Luk 5:31, Mar 1:41). He will heal us by teaching us to diligently listen to His voice (Exo 15:26) and do the following to cast out the spiritual leaven from our spiritual body:

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1Co 4:6 (ESV) I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

Who do you say I am?

Mat 16:13 And coming into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples, saying, Who do men say Me to be, the Son of Man?
Mat 16:14 And they said, Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Mat 16:15 He said to them, But who do you say I am?
Mat 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Mat 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, You are blessed, Simon, son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but My Father in Heaven.
Mat 16:20 Then He warned His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Although Christ acknowledged that the Father in Heaven Himself has revealed this truth to Peter, He still warned them that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. At this point in their walk with Christ, they haven’t received the Holy Spirit yet (Luk 22:32), and still know Christ after the flesh (2Co 5:16).

Most Christians today don’t realize that the men of Matt 16:13 refers to them. They only know Christ as someone who lived over thousands of years ago like the prophets of the Old Testament and performed all those miracles. Consequently, when they witness for the Lord, they do not know that they are preaching another Jesus (2Co 11:4).

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Who are these false Christs and false prophets?

Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Unlike the many who calls Him Lord, Lord, but do not do the things that He says, the Good Shepherd knows His sheep and His sheep know His voice (Isa 40:11, Joh 10:14). His sheep know His words will never pass away and must be applied to their lives for their time is at hand. They know that He lives TODAY and they know where He is.

Joh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

That is the primary focus of the elect, to know Christ more by meditating in His words (Joh 17:3), by fellowship with His body, by filling up what is lacking in the affliction of the Christ for each other (Php 3:8). Here is Luke’s account of the same event:

Luk 9:20 He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Answering, Peter said, The Christ of God.
Luk 9:21 And He strictly charged them and commanded to tell no one this,
Luk 9:22 saying, The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
Luk 9:23 And He said to all, If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
Luk 9:24 For whoever will save his life shall lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake, he shall save it.

Here is Paul’s witness of Christ living in him:

Col 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,
Col 1:25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
Col 1:26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints.
Col 1:27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Col 1:28 Him we proclaim, [He is the one we witness for, not the beast within] warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. [mature in Christ, not carnal babes]
Col 1:29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

The deaf hears and the mute speaks

Mar 7:32 (ESV) And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.
Mar 7:33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.
Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”
Mar 7:35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.
Mar 7:36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.
Mar 7:37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

He who has an ear, let him hear. This phrase appear in the Scriptures so many times for a very good reason. Most people who study the Scriptures are not given spiritual ears to hear and understand what the Spirit (not the letter) says to the churches (Rev 2:7, Rev 3:22).

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Consequently, all they are able to give is a false witness (Pro 19:5, Mat 15:19).
The church that I used to belong to is a prime example of this. Here’s an excerpt from their website on what they think the fulfillment of Matthew 24:6-8 is:

The First World War which broke out in 1914 and the Second World War which started in 1939 were the fulfillment of the wars foretold by our Lord Jesus Christ to herald that His Second Coming is near. The war in 1914 was the very first war wherein nations were involved and rumors or news about it was heard throughout the world. Although attempts were made to avert the occurrence of another world war, man’s desire was rendered naught. What was spoken had to come to pass. The Second World War erupted in 1939 to fulfill what was said, “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” The two world wars, as foretold, would be followed by famines and pestilences. These, man had also seen fulfilled. Millions suffered from hunger during and after the two world wars. Various calamities, such as earthquakes, plagued mankind. All of these, however, continue. Up to the present time, more and more serious problems are being experienced by the world, bringing untold sufferings into the life of millions.

We all start this way, blind and deaf to what the Lord said in the very same chapter:

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

We all start deaf to the inward application of God’s words until the Lord opens up our heavens.

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

We learned above that He dwells in us, so we know where the kingdom of God is also. The kingdom is where the king is!

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Those who are given ears to hear know these words are taking place within them:

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. [the end of the old man within us]

Isa 32:1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. [The Lord shall have preeminence in your life and you shall have dominion over your sins, in the kingdom that is within you]

Isa 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock [upon this rock I will build my church] in a weary land [come to me you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest].

Isa 32:3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken.

Isa 32:4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. [this is the time that we are ready to give our true witness to others]

The dead arise from their sleep

Luk 8:52 And all were weeping and bewailing her. But He said, Do not weep; she has not died, but sleeps.
Luk 8:53 And they ridiculed, knowing that she was dead.
Luk 8:54 And He put them all out. And He took her by the hand and called, saying, Little girl, arise!
Luk 8:55 And her spirit came again, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that food be given her to eat.
Luk 8:56 And her parents were astonished. But He charged them to tell no one the thing that happened.

The truth that is hidden to most Christians is that we are spiritually dead to Christ until He gives us the Holy Spirit (Luk 9:60, Joh 11:25). (I have provided a link of the study Repentance from Dead Works in the references section of this paper).

Isa 32:14 For the palace is forsaken, the populous city deserted; the hill and the watchtower will become dens forever, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks;
Isa 32:15 until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
Isa 32:16 Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
Isa 32:17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,(by grace ye are saved;)

When we were in Babylon, we typify those who ridiculed Christ in Luk 8:53 for saying the little girl is just sleeping by believing and preaching that most of humanity will not be saved but instead be tormented in a literal lake of fire without any hope (I have provided a link on the study Hell is not Eternal Punishment in the references section below). The true witnesses of God know and preach that we are given mercy through judgment in this age because we will be used in the white throne judgment to administer the same mercy through the same judgment.

Ecc 9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

We also typify those who ridiculed Christ when we don’t forgive others for their sins and believe in the unpardonable sin which is non-biblical (link on articles regarding this topic is provided below).

Col 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,
Col 3:13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

As God’s chosen ones, we are given the faith to forgive others, but who is that person we have the hardest time to forgive? Our own selves. Judas Iscariot was one of the chosen ones but he wasn’t able to forgive himself and committed suicide. Peter on the other hand was extremely sorrowful for denying Christ three times, but he was given the faith and understanding to forgive himself “as the Lord has forgiven him”. When we continue to feel guilty after repenting, we are denying the sovereignty of God and refusing to apply this verse to ourselves:

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Peter understood the total sovereignty of God and that his election was not according to his works:

1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Paul also had this same humbling experience of being dead and being resurrected in spirit. He also understood that his good works is the result of God’s grace, not the other way around.

1Co 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
1Co 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1Co 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

Transfiguration

Mar 9:2 And after six days Jesus took Peter and James and John and led them up into a high mountain, apart by themselves. And He was transfigured before them.
Mar 9:3 And His clothing became shining, exceedingly white as snow such as no fuller on earth could whiten them.
Mar 9:4 And Elijah with Moses was seen by them, and they were talking with Jesus.
Mar 9:5 And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. And let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.
Mar 9:6 For he did not know what to say, for they were very much afraid.
Mar 9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them. And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is My beloved Son. Hear Him.
Mar 9:8 And suddenly, looking around, they did not see anyone any more, except Jesus alone with themselves.
Mar 9:9 And as they came down from the mountain, He commanded them that they should tell no one the things that they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

The truth hidden in this event is that the revelation of Jesus Christ starts from the first verse of Genesis up to the last verse of Revelation.

Luk 24:44 (LITV) And He said to them, These are the Words which I spoke to you yet being with you, that all the things must be fulfilled having been written in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning Me.
Luk 24:45 Then He opened up their mind to understand the Scriptures,

This is in contrast to most Christians who think that the Old Testament is nothing but old stories about ancient peoples. The elect knows that the vision means that Elijah (prophets) and Moses (OT law) represents the whole Old Testament and the Old testament witnesses to the New Testament. (I have provided a link to a study called Second Witnesses in Scripture in the reference section)

Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

The vision tells us that all of the bible is talking about Christ and His body, and every story written in it contains a spiritual truth for our benefit.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1Co 10:11 (Darby) Now all these things happened to them as types, and have been written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.

A cloud overshadowed Peter, James and John and out of this cloud, the Father witnessed to the Son: “This is My beloved Son, Hear Him”. What is this cloud?

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2 is witnessed by Psa 110:1

Psa 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Conclusion

Rev 11:3 (LITV) And I will give to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, dressed in sackcloth.

So what does the Lord give to His witnesses?

2Co 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Yes, all things include a leprous, deaf and mute, dead spirit (Isa 42:19, Php 1:18) before we are healed and given the power through the Holy Spirit (Act 1:8, Php 1:19) to heal others. As the Father has sent Christ, so does our Lord send us (Joh 20:21). We are not sent to heal everyone at this time, only those who are sick (Mar 2:17).

Eze 34:16 (GNB) “I will look for those that are lost, bring back those that wander off, bandage those that are hurt, and heal those that are sick; but those that are fat and strong I will destroy, because I am a shepherd who does what is right.

Mat 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. [No, it didn’t say sell the words of God]

We are Gentiles first who prophesy deceit as we trample the holy city and witness for the harlot (2Ki 20:17, Mat 26:59)

Hos 8:8 Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. [vessels of dishonor first before we become vessels of honor]

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Then we are made the true Jews by the blood of Christ (Eph 2:13) and are given fellowship with the one body of Christ, the true and faithful witnesses (Exo 25:22, 1Jn 1:3). I have provided a link to the study of Rev. 11:1-3 in the reference section.

Exo 23:13 And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect [keep them, meditate on His words]: and make no mention of the name [or doctrine] of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.

Rev 11:3 (LITV) And I will give to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy a thousand, two hundred and sixty days, dressed in sackcloth.

We are also given worldly sorrow that produces death (Job 6:7, 2Co 7:10) before the Lord turns it into “light affliction” or godly sorrow, the sackcloth that the witnesses are dressed in (Psa 30:11, 1Pe 2:19). This godly sorrow produces repentance unto salvation (Psa 41:3, 2Co 7:11).

2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

God indeed works all things after the counsel of his own will (Jos 23:15, Eph 1:11). He uses both darkness and light to the benefit of the elect (Psa 139:12, Heb 4:12).

Deu 30:1 “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you,
Deu 30:2 and return to the LORD your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deu 30:3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

References

Spiritual Significance of the Number Two

The Spiritual Significance of the Color Yellow

Second Witnesses in Scripture

Repentance from Dead Works

Hell is Not Endless Punishment

Letters about the Unpardonable Sin

Revelations 11:1 – 3

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