With this new perspective we can now review chapters 11 and 12.
The Exodus marked the time when Scripture, olive oil, first
came into existence and when God first brought forth a church
to reflect His presence.
These witnesses (Scripture and Church), because they were
representatives of God, were also granted an element of
When their testimony is fully complete God will cause their
symbolic demise (ie, they will no longer witness). Their
testimony will be brought to an end in Jerusalem (the symbolic
city, not the literal city).
Then a period of tribulation will begin.
When the time of trial has served its purpose God will raise
the two witnesses to honour.
The planet earth (symbolising Jerusalem above) is seen as a
woman in a heavenly spectacle.
This woman gives birth to a male child which is destined to
rule. (The child is initially the nation of Israel, but in
the end-time the child is composed of the elect.)
The woman after giving birth takes on a literal form as the
church of God.
Forces opposed to the child and the authority of God attempt
to kill the child and end up bringing God's anger upon a third
of the stars of heaven. This could be viewed as a reflection
upon the fact that when the children of Israel departed from
Egypt men 20 years and above fell in the wilderness, because
they did not wholly follow God.
The child matures and just prior to the expiry of the 3,500
years the child challenges and defeats the forces of spiritual
evil to gain the right to rule.
The forces of evil angry at their defeat set out to destroy the
woman and her other offspring. The woman (ie the church) is
granted special protection (the evil forces are prevented from
entirely wiping out the church). The woman's other offspring,
the shepherds and flocks not associated with the child, endure
the brunt of the wrath of the symbolic satanic forces.
NB: When the two witnesses and the woman/child/dragon accounts
are compared with each other it can be seen the elect ascend
to 'heaven' (spiritually rather than physically) prior to the
tribulation, but the two witnesses are not restored until after
The account of the two witnesses and the woman/child/dragon are both
insets into the normal flow of the book of Revelation. These accounts
are placed just prior to the blowing of the seventh trumpet (ie the
last trump) in order to provide an historical view of events leading
up to the establishment of the future Kingdom of God.