As we know, two ‘witnesses’ will be killed in Jerusalem. Many have supposed these two witnesses will be apostles (members of the first presidency or quorum of the twelve). Have there been any talks regarding these two witnesses? Are they going to be apostles from the LDS church? We know they will be raised up in the Jewish state. Any ideas?
Thank you for your question. I think I may have already answered most of your questions regarding this in a previous Q&A. Are there references for 2 prophets killed in last days?
However, let me add a couple of things here that you have addressed that were not mentioned in my previous answer.
You mention that these two would have been raised up “in” the Jewish state. According to D&C 77:15 it states:
15 Q. What is to be understood by the two witnesses, in the eleventh chapter of Revelation? A. They are two prophets that are to be raised up to the Jewish nation in the last days, at the time of the restoration, and to prophesy to the Jews after they are gathered and have built the city of Jerusalem in the land of their fathers.
Notice how it states “to” and not “in.” This would tell me that they won’t necessarily be from the Jewish nation.
Bruce R. McConkie identified the two men as:
“followers of that humble man Joseph Smith, through whom the Lord of Heaven restored the fulness of his everlasting gospel in this final dispensation of grace. No doubt they will be members of the Council of the Twelve or of the First Presidency of the Church.” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:509.)
I hope this and my previous answer helps to clarify this for you.