The Two Witnesses
1Then I was given #Ezek. 40:3—42:20; Zech. 2:1; Rev. 21:15a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, #Num. 23:18“Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2But leave out #Ezek. 40:17, 20the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, #Ps. 79:1; Luke 21:24for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will #Dan. 8:10tread the holy city underfoot for #Dan. 7:25; 12:7; Rev. 12:6; 13:5forty-two months. 3And I will give power to my two #Deut. 17:6; Rev. 20:4witnesses, #Rev. 19:10and they will prophesy #Rev. 12:6one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.”
4These are the #Ps. 52:8; Jer. 11:16; Zech. 4:2, 3, 11, 14two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the God of the earth. 5And if anyone wants to harm them, #2 Kin. 1:10–12; Jer. 1:10; 5:14; Ezek. 43:3; Hos. 6:5; Rev. 9:17fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. #Num. 16:29And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner. 6These #1 Kin. 17:1; Luke 4:25; (James 5:16, 17)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 #Luke 13:32finish their testimony, #Rev. 13:1, 11; 17:8the beast that ascends #Rev. 9:1, 2out of the bottomless pit #Dan. 7:21; Rev. 13:7will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them. 8And their dead bodies will lie in the street of #Rev. 14:8the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, #Heb. 13:12where also our Lord was crucified. 9#Rev. 17:15Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, #1 Kin. 13:22; Ps. 79:2, 3and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. 10#Rev. 12:12And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, #Neh. 8:10, 12; Esth. 9:19, 22and send gifts to one another, #Rev. 16:10because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.
The Witnesses Resurrected
11#Rev. 11:9Now after the three-and-a-half days #Ezek. 37:5, 9, 10the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” #Is. 14:13And they ascended to heaven #Is. 60:8; Acts 1:9in a cloud, #2 Kin. 2:11, 12and their enemies saw them. 13In the same hour #Rev. 6:12; 8:5; 11:19; 16:18there was a great earthquake, #Rev. 16:19and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid #Josh. 7:19; John 9:24; Rev. 14:7; 16:9; 19:7and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14#Rev. 8:13; 9:12The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.
Seventh Trumpet: The Kingdom Proclaimed
15Then #Rev. 8:2; 10:7the seventh angel sounded: #Is. 27:13And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, #Rev. 12:10“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, #Ex. 15:18; Dan. 2:44; 7:14, 27; Luke 1:33and He shall reign forever and ever!” 16And #Matt. 19:28; Rev. 4:4the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and #Rev. 4:11; 5:9, 12, 14; 7:11worshiped God, 17saying:
“We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty,
The One #Rev. 16:5who is and who was and who is to come,
Because You have taken Your great power #Rev. 19:6and reigned.
18The nations were #Ps. 2:1angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the #Dan. 7:10; (Rev. 20:12, 13)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 #Rev. 4:1; 15:5, 8the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And #Rev. 8:5there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, #Rev. 16:21and great hail.