The Two Witnesses
1Then there was given to me a Lit reedmeasuring rod like a staff; Lit sayingand someone said, “Get up and measure the Or sanctuarytemple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.
2Lit Throw outLeave out the courtyard which is outside the Or sanctuarytemple and do not measure it, because it has been given to the nations; and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months.
3And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
5And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; and so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way.
6These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
7When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.
8And their dead bodies will lie on the street of the great city which I.e., from the viewpoint of the Holy Spiritspiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9Those from the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will look at their dead Lit bodybodies for three and a half days, and Lit do not permitwill not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
10And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who live on the earth.
11And after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.
12And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.
13And Or in that hourat that time there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; Lit names of people, seven thousandseven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet: Christ’s Reign Foreseen
15Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His I.e., MessiahChrist; and He will reign forever and ever.”
16And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,
“We give You thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, the One who is and who was, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.
18And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to Lit give the reward toreward Your bond-servants the prophets and the Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s peoplesaints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19And the Or sanctuarytemple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His Or sanctuarytemple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder, and an earthquake, and a great Lit hailhailstorm.
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