In my two previous posts, seen HERE and HERE, I have presented an argument for consideration that Jesus is the two witnesses. The Scriptures clearly show that in the Temple the oil (symbol for the Holy Spirit) comes out of the two Anointed Ones to the seven lamps which symbolize the seven churches in Asia, representing the whole Church of God. The question arises, how can any man be the source for oil (the Holy Spirit) for the Church of God? Obviously, it is not possible for this to occur through man. It must come from God, and it does—through Jesus, the God-Man who is the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11.
There are a few obvious questions I have yet to address. For example, concerning the 3-½ days the Two Witnesses were to lie dead in the street before they resurrect. If Jesus didn’t lie in the street for 3 ½ days, how could the Two Witnesses be Jesus?
Notice In Revelation 11:7 says that the Beast that arises out of the bottomless pit makes war with the witnesses and kills them. This occurred when Pilate, the first of the 10 horns of the 7th head of the Beast, had Jesus crucified. In Revelation 11:8 we are told that the witnesses will “lie in the street.” Well the word “lie” is inserted by the translator for clarity. The problem is it is not in the Greek. What is really said is the corpse (singular) would be along a major street. The Romans always crucified their victims along major roads in and out of cities, or in the place where the criminal was supposed to have committed the crime, or where he had been arrested. In this case, Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane on Mount Olivet, and he was crucified there along a major road out of Jerusalem leading to Jericho.
In Revelation 11:9 we find that the corpse will not be buried for 3 ½ days and after the 3 ½ days are complete Revelation 11:11-12 shows us that the arisen Christ will now ascend into heaven to God. This is exactly what occurred with regard to Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension into heaven at the time of the Wave Sheaf Offering, which was the offering that blessed the harvest. Jesus is our Firstfurits that blessed the harvest of mankind. No one was resurrected or ascended into heaven until Jesus did.
Remember, all Revelation 11:9 says is that the corpse of the Two Witnesses will not be permitted to be “put” in a tomb. That is, its own tomb. Jesus was laid in a temporary grave, because it was nearby and the Sabbath was coming on (John 19:42, Luke 23:54). This temporary tomb belonged to Joseph of Arimathaea (Matthew 27:57-60). The sense here is that the burial was not permanent. Jesus was laid there only because it was close by! Later, his friends would have moved his body with the permission of the Roman authorities.
Mark 15:44-46 says that when the centurion told Pilate Jesus was dead, Pilate gave the body to Joseph. Joseph bought fine linen (verse-46); probably he had bought the linen awhile ago for himself, since this was to be his own tomb. John 19:39 says that he and Nicodemus had also bought 100 lb. of myrrh and aloes to wrap in with the linen (verse-40), again, probably purchased at a previous time. In any case, the Sabbath was so near that they couldn’t have finished, because Mark 16:1 tells us Mary Magdalene and Mary the Mother of James and Salome bought sweet spices after the Sabbath was past that they might anoint Jesus later. Jesus was crucified on the Passover day or the 14th of Nisan. The women purchased the sweet spices on Nisan 16, between the Feast Day or annual Sabbath and the weekly or 7th day Sabbath, and then rested according to the commandment (Luke 23:56). The point of all this is: the Scriptures show they were not finished caring for the dead body of Jesus, and they were not permitted to carry on until the Roman guard was removed after the third day was complete. The earliest the women would have been permitted to anoint Jesus’ body would have been the morning of the 18th of Nisan on what we consider to be Resurrection Sunday, or 3 ½ days after Jesus was placed in Joseph’s sepulcher.
A watch was set over the body of Jesus (Matthew 27:62-66). He was laid in another man’s tomb, because it was convenient. Later, he would have to have been moved to another grave. His body was not fully prepared. Can anyone really claim that Jesus was laid to rest? It was certainly possible for the women to take care of the burial on Nisan 16, but the tomb was sealed and the guard was there preventing the proper care of the body. To be sure the word translated “put (tithemi G5087) in a grave” (Revelation 11:9) allows for the idea that Joseph’s sepulcher was temporary. This Greek word is used by Christ for ordained in reference to the office of apostle in John 15:16; again it is used by Paul for his own office in 1Timothy 2:7 and 2Timothy 1:11; it is used as well for Christ being appointed heir of all things in Hebrews 1:2. Therefore, in Revelation 11:9 Christ was never appointed a tomb. Personally, I believe there is plenty of room to say that the authorities would not allow Jesus to be properly buried until the First Day of the Weeks, which would have been 3 ½ days after his crucifixion.