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The Two Witnesses
1Then I was given a measuring reed # Ezk 40:3,5; 42:15-19; Rv 21:15 like a rod, # Other mss add and the angel stood up with these words: “Go # Lit Arise and measure God’s sanctuary and the altar, and count those who worship there. 2But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. # Ezk 40:17,20; 42:14 Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations, # Or Gentiles # Lk 21:24 and they will trample the holy city # Rv 21:1 for 42 months. # Dn 7:25; 12:7,11; Rv 12:6,14; 13:5 3I will empower # Lit I will give to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, # = 3 1/2 years of 30-day months, dressed in sackcloth. # Gn 37:34; 2Sa 3:31; 1Kg 20:31-32; 21:25-29; 2Kg 19:1-2; 1Ch 21:16; Is 3:24; 20:2; Jr 6:26# Mourning garment of coarse, often black, material 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord # Other mss read God of the earth. # Zch 4:3,11-14 5If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies; # 2Kg 1:10-12; Jr 5:14; Rv 9:17 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. # Gn 8:2; Dt 11:17; 1Kg 8:35; 17:1; 2Ch 6:26; 7:13; Lk 4:25 They also have power over the waters to turn them into blood # Ex 4:9; 7:17-21; Rv 16:4 and to strike the earth with every plague whenever they want. # Ex 5:3; 9:15; Jr 21:6; Ezk 28:23; Zch 14:12,15
The Witnesses Martyred
7When they finish their testimony, the beast # Or wild animal # Dn 7:11; Rv 13:1-18; 17:8 that comes up out of the abyss # Ps 140:10; Lk 8:31; Rm 10:7; Rv 9:1,11; 17:8; 20:1-3 will make war with them, conquer them, and kill them. 8Their dead bodies # Lit Their corpse # Is 66:24 will lie in the public square # Or lie on the broad street of the great city, # Rv 16:19; 17:18; 18:10,16-21,24 which prophetically # Or spiritually, or symbolically is called Sodom # Is 1:9,10; 3:9; Jr 23:14; Ezk 16:46,49 and Egypt, # Ezk 23:3,8,19,27 where also their Lord was crucified. 9And representatives from # Lit And from the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations # Rv 5:9; 7:9; 10:11 will view their bodies for three and a half days and not permit their bodies to be put into a tomb. # Lv 26:30; 2Sm 4:12; Is 66:24 10Those who live on the earth will gloat # Ps 25:2; 94:3; Pr 24:17; Ob 12-13 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 3 1/2 days, the breath # Or spirit of life # Gn 2:7; 6:17; 7:15,22; Ezk 37:5 from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them. 12Then they heard # Other mss read Then I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” They went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. # 2Kg 2:1; Mk 16:19; Lk 24:51; Ac 1:9-10 13At that moment a violent earthquake took place, # Is 29:6; Ezk 38:19 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 # Rv 8:13; 9:12 has passed. Take note: The third woe is coming quickly!
The Seventh Trumpet
15The seventh angel blew his trumpet, # Is 27:13 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! # 2Sm 7:16; Is 37:16; Dn 7:14,18; Lk 1:32-33
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, # Other mss add and who is to come # Rv 1:4,8; 4:8; 16:5
because You have taken Your great power
and have begun to reign. # Lk 1:33; 1Co 15:25; Rv 19:6
18The nations were angry, # Ps 2:1
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, # Rv 10:7
to the saints, and to those who fear Your name,
both small and great, # 2Kg 23:2; Ps 115:13; Rv 19:5
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 # Other mss read ark of the covenant of the Lord appeared in His sanctuary. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings of thunder, # Rv 4:5; 8:5 an earthquake, # Other mss omit an earthquake and severe hail.
1And a reed like a measuring rod was given to me, and the messenger stood, saying, “Rise and measure the Dwelling Place of Elohim, and the slaughter-place, and those worshipping in it.
2“But cast out the court which is outside the Dwelling Place, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations, and they shall trample the set-apart city under foot for forty-two months.
3“And I shall give unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clad in sackcloth.”
4These are the two olive trees#Zech. 4:3 and the two lampstands that are standing before the Elohim of the earth.
5And if anyone wishes to harm them, fire comes out from their mouth and consumes their enemies. And if anyone wishes to harm them, he has to be killed in that way.
6These possess authority to shut the heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy. And they possess authority over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they wish.
7And when they have ended their witness, the beast coming up out of the pit of the deep shall fight against them, and overcome them, and kill them,
8and their dead bodies lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Seḏom and Mitsrayim, where also our Master was impaled,
9and some of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations see their dead bodies for three and a half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be placed into tombs,
10and those dwelling on the earth rejoice over them and exult. And they shall send gifts to each other, because these two prophets tortured those dwelling on the earth.
11And after the three and a half days a spirit of life from Elohim entered into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
12And they heard a loud voice from the heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up into the heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them.
13And in that hour there came to be a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. And in the earthquake seven thousand men were killed, and the rest became afraid and gave esteem to the Elohim of the heaven.
14The second woe is past, and see, the third woe is coming speedily.
15And the seventh messenger sounded, and there came to be loud voices in the heaven, saying, “The reign of this world has become the reign of our Master, and of His Messiah, and He shall reign forever and ever!”#See Rev. 12:10; Psa. 2:8; Psa. 22:28; Dan. 2:44; Dan. 7:13, 14; Obad. 1:15-21; Hag. 2:22; Zech. 14:9
16And the twenty-four elders sitting before Elohim on their thrones fell on their faces and worshipped Elohim,
17saying, “We give You thanks, O יהוה Ěl Shaddai, the One who is and who was and who is coming, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.
18“And the nations were enraged,#Psa. 2:1 and Your wrath has come, and the time of the dead to be judged, and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets and to the set-apart ones, and to those who fear Your Name, small and great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19And the Dwelling Place of Elohim was opened in the heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His Dwelling Place. And there came to be lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.