And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you. (Exodus 25:16)
The “testimony” that was to be placed within the ark refers to the two tablets of the Law. Remember that the ark served as God’s Throne, symbolic of His Presence among His people, while the tablets stored within the ark represented His Word to the people. In Hebrew the word translated as “the testimony” can be literally translated as “witnesses.” Thus there were, within the ark, “two witnesses” that symbolized the commands given to Israel at Sinai.
Of course all of us know that the Bible instructs, and then reaffirms time and again, that every matter must be established and confirmed by two or more witnesses. Even if something is true, one witness is not enough to come to any conclusion about the matter — there must be at least two witnesses. So then, notice that God abides by His own laws and standards. He doesn’t tell us to live by one standard while He ignores it; He works within the universal standards that He has established. So then, we shouldn’t be surprised to see that, everything He does, He does it through the mouth of two or more witnesses.
One expression of this truth is the fact that the Law and the Prophets testify of God’s Will. I point out this particular example because it is one referred to many times in the New Testament. For instance, when Yeshua encountered the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, the Bible records that, “Beginning at Moses (Law) and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).
At the end of days, God will once again speak to this world in a manner that stays true to His law. The “two witnesses” (Revelation 11:3-4) will be given power to shut up the heavens or to strike the earth with plagues as often as they please — but why? Our God, who is long suffering and not willing that any should perish, will once more speak to a rebellious people. The word spoken to the people of that time will be confirmed by signs and wonders through these two men as a testimony that they speak the truth.
Until that time, you and I are His witnesses. In fact, that has been the charge given to His people from the call of Abraham until this very day. It was what Yeshua called His disciples to be and what He instructed them to do as He sent them forth from Jerusalem into the rest of the world. In order that we be faithful witnesses for our Master, it is important that His Presence rests upon us and that His Word abides within us. So then, empowered by His Spirit and armed with His Word, let us do our duty and be the witnesses He has ordained that we are to be that others may come to know our King.
Blessings and Shalom,