The Two Witnesses 11 1Then I was given a measuring reed like a rod,[K] with these words: “Go[L] and measure God’s sanctuary and the altar, and count those who worship there. 2But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations,[M] and they will trample the holy city for 42 months. 3I will empower[N] my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,[O] dressed in sackcloth.”[P] 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord[Q] of the earth. 5If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies; if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6These men have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the days of their prophecy. They also have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every plague whenever they want. The Witnesses Martyred 7When they finish their testimony, the beast[R] that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, conquer them, and kill them. 8Their dead bodies[S] will lie in the public square[T] of the great city, which prophetically[U] is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9And representatives from[V] the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will view their bodies for three and a half days and not permit their bodies to be put into a tomb. 10Those who live on the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and send gifts to one another because these two prophets brought judgment to those who live on the earth. The Witnesses Resurrected 11But after 3½ days, the breath[W] of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them. 12Then they heard[X] a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” They went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. 13At that moment a violent earthquake took place, a tenth of the city fell, and 7,000 people were killed in the earthquake. The survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14The second woe has passed. Take note: The third woe is coming quickly! The Seventh Trumpet 15The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever! 16The 24 elders, who were seated before God on their thrones, fell facedown and worshiped God, 17saying: We thank You, Lord God, the Almighty, who is and who was,[Y] because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18The nations were angry, but Your wrath has come. The time has come for the dead to be judged and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets, to the saints, and to those who fear Your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth. 19God’s sanctuary in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant[Z] appeared in His sanctuary. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings of thunder, an earthquake,[A] and severe hail.
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