The Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-3, “1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.” The Shekinah Glory!
Revelation 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.” During the first half of the tribulation, the two Witnesses will be Elijah and Moses. This is based on the powers given to them by God in the past that will match those prophesied to happen during the tribulation.
2 Kings 1:12, “And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty.”
Revelation 11:5, “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”
1 Kings 17:1, “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
James 5:17, “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.”
Exodus 4:9, “And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.”
Revelation 11:6, “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.” Here Elias is responsible for the 3 ½ year drought and Moses for turning the water to blood.
Matthew 17:8, “And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.” Elias and Moses were taken up after their meeting with Jesus.
After the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation, the beast murders the two witnesses. Their bodies will lay on the streets putrefying for 3 1/2 days and then they will be called to heaven. Revelation 11:12, “And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”
Just as Elias and Moses were with Jesus during the Transfiguration they will be the two witnesses during the first half of the tribulation.
As an aside, 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” This verse is so wonderful because when we are with the Lord we shall be like him. I still grief for the prideful Dr. Hawkins who attributed God's creation to the forces of gravity. Had Dr. Hawkins given his life to Jesus and he would have traded his twisted body for a glorified body.