A26) The African and Chinese Churches, the Two Lampstands, (Rev Ch 11), (S. Dobbs, 2003).

In the summer of 2003 I believe the Lord gave me the following words relating to the two lampstands in the end times. I’ve described here how I received these words in order to help the reader weigh them up for themselves.

Revelation Ch 11; verses 3-4, “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth”.  (N.K.J.V)

As I was praying with a friend in 2003 he suddenly exclaimed that “the Holy Spirit was going to be showing me what the two lampstands symbolised.”

Although my friend doesn’t make many mistakes when hearing God I nonetheless thought it best to take a cautious approach to his word. I therefore decided that I would not seek for a word on this issue but would leave it in the hands of God. About a week passed and as the Lord had not initiated anything I started to forget about this issue. Then as I was worshipping God one morning I suddenly saw a picture of a lampstand alongside another picture of a group of black Christians which I felt was symbolic. At the time I assumed God was showing me that one of these two lampstands symbolised BLACK CHRISTIANS. Since then I’ve had other words concerning lampstands and all related to Christians from specific geographic regions. In hindsight I therefore think it likely that I should have interpreted the picture of black Christians more specifically as AFRICAN BELIEVERS.

About ten days later I was praying in tongues when I suddenly saw another picture of a lampstand, similar to the first one, alongside a picture of a map of China. I believe the Lord was showing me here that the second lampstand mentioned in Rev Ch11 symbolised CHINESE CHRISTIANS.

[I am aware that many people believe these two lampstands, (also referred to as two olive trees and two prophets in Rev Ch11), symbolise two individual believers. Symbols can have more than one meaning in the bible but I do not know if this is the case here. I do however believe that the Lord showed me these two lampstands symbolise black/African believers and Chinese believers, that God will raise up these two groups of Christians in the end times to move in phenomenal power and prophesy in the Holy Spirit. Perhaps the fact that Rev 11:10 refers to them as the “two prophets” reveals to us that Christians from these two parts of the world will lead the way in providing prophetic warnings about the emergence of the beast from the sea, the antichrist and the introduction of the mark of the beast in the very end times?]

As I studied the scriptures I noticed that the entire church of Ephesus appears to be referred to as a lampstand (see Rev 2v5). It seems to me therefore to be in keeping with scripture that these two lampstands could symbolise whole groups of believers, (churches of regions), as opposed to, or as well as, two individuals.

I also had the impression that the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit that will come upon theses two groups of believers will be available to them in whichever part of the world they travel to. That God will therefore be able to use them to help build up Christ’s body in other parts of the world as well.

Some weeks after this I received an impression within my heart that the letter to the church in Philadelphia, (Rev3v7-13), referred specifically to the body of black/African Christians in the end times.

S. Dobbs, Typed Oct 2004.