1I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers.2But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.3And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.”4They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.”5If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.6They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.7Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.8Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.9For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.10The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.11But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.13At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.14The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.
The Seventh Trumpet
15The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”16And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,17saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.18The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.”19Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a severe hailstorm.
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The Two Witnesses
1Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, (Eze 40:3; Zec 2:1; Re 21:15)2but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. (Eze 40:17; Eze 40:20; Lu 21:24; Re 12:6; Re 13:5)3And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” (Isa 20:2; Re 11:2)4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. (Ps 52:8; Jer 11:16; Zec 4:3; Zec 4:11; Zec 4:14)5And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. (Nu 16:29; Nu 16:35; 2Ki 1:10; 2Ki 1:12; Jer 5:14)6They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may 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 kind of plague, as often as they desire. (1Sa 4:8; 1Ki 17:1; Lu 4:25; Jas 5:17)7And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, (Da 7:21; Re 9:1; Re 13:1; Re 17:8)8and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. (Isa 1:10; Isa 3:9; Eze 23:3; Eze 23:8; Eze 23:19; Eze 23:27)9For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, (Ps 79:2)10and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. (1Ki 18:17; Ne 8:10; Ne 8:12; Es 9:19; Es 9:22; Joh 16:20; Re 3:10)11But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. (Ge 2:7; Eze 37:5; Eze 37:9; Eze 37:14)12Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. (2Ki 2:11; Ac 1:9; Re 4:1; Re 12:5)13And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. (Jos 7:19; 2Ch 36:23; Re 6:12; Re 14:7; Re 16:9; Re 16:19; Re 19:7)14The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come. (Re 8:13; Re 9:12)
The Seventh Trumpet
15Then the 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 Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” (Ps 2:2; Isa 27:13; Lu 1:33; Lu 9:20; Re 10:7; Re 12:10; Re 16:17; Re 19:1)16And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, (Re 4:4; Re 4:10)17saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign. (Ps 97:1; Re 1:4; Re 1:8; Re 4:8; Re 16:5; Re 19:6)18The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” (Ps 2:5; Ps 110:5; Da 7:10; 2Th 1:6; Re 6:10; Re 13:10; Re 19:5; Re 20:12)19Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. (Heb 9:4; Re 15:5; Re 16:21)