Editor’s Note: I know I stated that my next post would resume part two of the series on God’s two witnesses, but Anny submitted this to me today and I thought it was a good addition to some of the concepts we learned about in the last post. I decided to publish this before part two of my series since it’s on topic and definitely gives some additional insight into God’s two witnesses! Her article is below.
Recently, Joshua posted an article about the identity of God’s Two Witnesses as mentioned in the Bible verses quoted below.
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophecy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man hurt them, fire proceedeth our of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.” (Rev. 11:3-5).
I had never looked at this Bible verse from the esoteric standpoint before. (I never knew where to start). As I did so today, I was totally surprised about what unravelled. I want to share it with you.
As was already stated, the two witnesses are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks. They stand before the God of the earth. This last phrase seems to imply that there are more Gods and indeed in the Kabbala knowledge about different Names for God in the different worlds is revealed. The Kabbala mentions four worlds, which are desribed as a hiearchy:
- The first world is called Olam ha Atsilut, the world of nearness you might say. It is the world that is closest to the Ein Soph, total oneness where nothing can be distinguished or defined. It is the world of the non-manifested. This is the realm of the ONE true God (pure potential), where all other worlds and manifestations manifest from.
- The second world is called Olam ha Beria, the world of creation. This is the world of concepts and ideas.
- The third world is called Olam ha Jetsira, the world of creating shape and form.
- The fourth world is called Olam ha Assia, the world of doing things. This is the material world into which Man descends after eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. It is the world in which Man receives his physical body, the Hebrew name of which, ‘or’, 70-6-200, can also be read as ‘iwer’, blind. Man has become blind to unity and oneness/love and become aware of duality and polarity. The one eye in the stern has been replaced by two eyes. In this fourth world the higher consciousness rests and the lower consciousness first descends even further into matter, getting to intimately know ego and emotions in the process. In the second half of the cycle it starts ascending again by facing and crucifying ego and emotions.
The God of this fourth world, the God of the earth, has the four letter Name JHWH, which is never pronounced by the Jews. The witnesses are also four together: two olive trees and two candlesticks. The fact that there are two of each stands for the fact that they both accompanied Man into duality.
It stands to reason that the first two, the olive trees, which symbolize Love, stand for the descending phase of the cycle (involution), while the second two, the two candlesticks, which symbolize Wisdom, stand for the ascending phase (evolution). It takes great Love to accompany man into duality and leads to Wisdom after crucifixion and resurrection of the ego.
It is a great comfort to know that during the phase of involution and increasing suffering, there are those two trees that already symbolize the eight (after seven, or completion) of the beginning of the world of higher awareness. There is Love and Hope all the time, even if we have become unaware of it. We are not left to our own devices. The fruit of the trees, the olive, is the bitter fruit that in the end, after a long process, produces the oil that anoints the messiah, the force that, after the deepest point of the cycle has been passed, will drive us upwards again. However, at the deepest point of the cycle these olive trees stand for Gethsemane, the oil press, where the oil we need is produced under immense pressure. This pressure is needed to turn the downward force of the serpent into the upward force of the messiah which will turn into the fiery serpent when the Kundalini is ready to rise.
The second two witnesses are the two candlesticks. Candlesticks are meant to be lit. This lighting of the candlesticks takes place on Golgotha during the process of crucifixion which then turns the messiah into the fiery serpent by the resurrection after which the fiery serpent rises. These candlesticks obviously stand for the ascending phase of the cycle.
The following quote confirms that:
“And after three days and half the spirit of life from God entered in unto them, and they stood upon their feet…” (Rev. 11:11).
Three and a half is the half of seven. The fourth world is also known as the world of the seventh day, the day on which God rests and mankind works its way through the phase of the material world.
After three and a half days man has reached the bottom of the pit and the turning point of the cycle. He is delivered from the slavery in Egypt and crosses into the desert of Sinai. There he starts the ascending phase of the cycle and so has to face the crucifixion of his ego first. It is very reassuring to read that at that time the spirit of life from God already enters by the anointment of the messiah with the oil that was produced by the witnesses of the descending phase, the olive trees. This messiah is from then on in charge of the ascending phase, so we are not alone. The messiah raises us to our feet after which the fiery serpent starts to rise up.
It is during the lowest part of the cycle—slavery in Egypt—that the beast of our desires rises up out of the bottomless pit and seems to kill the two witnesses. However, they are resurrected when God delivers us from the slavery and in the end the beast itself is killed by the fiery serpent.
Then Love and Wisdom have been restored to their former glory with increased insight and Man has gained conscious awareness of all the Knowledge of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Again it becomes clear that the same story of the process of our involution and evolution is being told over and over again, which makes it become clearer every time if we only have the insight to recognize it!