The Two Witnesses
1Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. 11:1 NU, M omit And the angel stoodAnd the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.
2But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.
3And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the 11:4 NU, M LordGod of the earth.
5And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.
6These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues, as often as they desire.
The Witnesses Killed
7When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
8And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also 11:8 NU, M theirour Lord was crucified.
9Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations 11:9 NU, M see . . . and will not allowwill see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.
10And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
The Witnesses Resurrected
11Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
12And 11:12 M Ithey heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
13In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.
Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed
15Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The 11:15 NU, M kingdom . . . has become the kingdomkingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
16And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshiped God,
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One who is and who was 11:17 NU, M omit and who is to comeand who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18The nations were angry, and Your 11:18 angerwrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of 11:19 M the covenant of the LordHis covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
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