I'll confess, it makes me a little crazy when i come across folks saying, the Bible is metaphor.. prophecy is metaphor.. life is metaphor (oops not that one!) and the Book of revelation is metaphor..
There's two pieces of the (Revelation) puzzle which have eluded me.. "a white stone" (teachable? able to absorb teaching of the Spirit of God?)
and "the two witnesses"
I realize i have leaned toward thinking of the two witnesses as metaphor! I've struggled to figure out just what it is, who or what they are.. and because I don't understand I have tried to twist it into metaphor..
But I've realized, or that is to say, i now believe they are exactly what the text says.. Sometime during very latter days, there will be two prophets prophesying in Jerusalem.
I ask ya, what was so very hard about that?
Have you given any thought that the Revelation of Jesus Christ is spiritual, a work that is being worked out now, within believers? That just as Gen. 1:26-27 is a work in progress, still and yet to come? That just because we, humans have put all that was spoken in Genesis as past tense, the Creator is and has been CREATING and the Revelation of Jesus Christ is a work right now in progress and the two witness's you speak of are yet to be revealed with in the mystery of His Work in those He has Chosen? It just seems to me, that me, and all of us, draw what we believe and think we know, from what we have gained as knowledge, is terribly attached to the denominations we came out of?
It's time to clean the chalk board and start from what we[as individuals] have found from what the Bible teaches, each of us....by the Spirit, and not from what we were taught that brought us here.
I believe Paul, Peter, and the rest are still just our tutors to bring us to graduation[consummation]. Paul in his life was still just running the race when his breath was taken, he had not reached the finished line. It ain't over till it's over, to use a human phrase.
Yeah it's just an opinion.