Considerations Regarding The Two Witnesses
It should be quite obvious to all that God used two primary means of speaking to His people in the Old Testament that they would know His will: through the Law and the prophets. The Law was given through Moses and pointed to one who would come: the Lord Jesus Christ. The prophets, represented by Elijah, pointed to Him alone as well.
On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus appeared with both of these men, Moses and Elijah:
Mat 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
"Hear ye Him." The Father spoke from heaven, and in these three words, His message was "Up to now you had heard of one to come and seen Him foreshadowed in the Law and the prophets. This is Him, this is my beloved Son, as He has said. Hear ye Him."
Daniel And Revelation
There are some interesting verses in Daniel and Revelation that could indicate this same presence of the Jesus, Moses and Elijah. In Daniel 12, we read,
Dan 12:5 Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river.
Here we have a man dressed in linen, upon the waters of the river with two others, one of each side of the river. The two men on either side are not identified, but the man on the river is by the use of the word, "Lord." The word lord is used in Daniel in two ways, one with a small "l" and the other with a large "L." When "lord" is used, Daniel is speaking of someone other than God. When "Lord" is used, it always refers to God Himself. In verse 8, it is God Himself who is doing the speaking and the one that one of the personages on either side of the river asks a question, as does Daniel. The linen garment would point to this person as the Son of God.
In Revelation 10, we have a complementary picture of this scene:
Rev 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
The lion-like roar can easily be applied to the Lion of Judah, the rainbow as that which was over the throne of God, His face shining as the sun and other descriptions are easily seen as Christ. We also have a book mentioned in both sets of verses. In Daniel the above verses continue by speaking about the book being sealed:
Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
In Revelation 10, we find the book being opened:
Rev 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
Both scenes point to the end when Christ returns. In Daniel, the daily sacrifice being taken away, the setting up of the abomination, and the 1290 and 1335 days all place the time frame in the middle of the seventy week. In Revelation, the scene is similar to that of Daniel that it's obvious it is the same timeframe, with the coming of the seventh trumpet. In Daniel 12:6, one of the personages asks,
And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?
The fulfilling of the mystery of God in the seventh trumpet in Revelation 10 answers, in part, this question as in Daniel 12:6. The eating of the book tasted sweet, meaning this period would bring us to the coming of Christ. It's turning sour in the stomach indicates a time of great trial in the last three and a half years which closes this age.
The question that must be asked, though, is if these two scenes from these books complement one another in their similarity, where are the two men that are described in Daniel 12? If Daniel 12:7 points to the last 3-1/2 years of Daniel's 70th week, which it does, then so does Revelation 10:6-7, a time period which will introduce the end found in the seventh trumpet. I believe the two witnesses prophesy during the last half of Daniel's seventieth week and they, therefore, would have just begun their ministry since the little book was open, a ministry described in the opening verses of the very next chapter. In either case, they would not be present in the scene in Revelation 10 as they are in Daniel 12 because they would have started their ministry. Are the two others in Daniel 12 Moses and Elijah and the two witnesses of Revelation? I believe it is very probable when we take into consideration the similarity of the two chapters and the transfiguration where Jesus appeared with Elijah and Moses, the law and the prophets and these are two main means of God speaking to His people.
It is interesting that the description of the two witnesses immediately follows Revelation 10, as the two men are not mentioned in this book. This is most likely since the verses we've mentioned speak of the last three and a half years termed the Great Tribulation.
The problem I have with the two witnesses being Moses and Elijah is that there is no precendent in Scripture for God sending any living man back to earth. There is a precendent for one coming "in the likeness" of one who didn't die. That would be Elijah, the one coming in his likeness being John the Baptist. I believe the two witnesses will two men who come in the power of Elijah and Moses and thus in their likeness.
The Law And The Prophets
The Law and the prophets are mentioned 11 times in the New Testament:
(Mat 5:17 KJV) Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
The Law and the prophets pointed to Jesus and prophesied until John the Baptist. Now the Church would proclaim He had come and that He would come a second time, reminding the Church of even Old Testament prophesies and that they be kept in remembrance. During this period, both Jews and Gentiles can enter the body of Christ where hope dwells of His return and their completed salvation. But what of Israel in the end times who still won't believe the gospel? Was there not a remnant to be saved from it at the very end? What message would they hear from the two witnesses?