Then I was given a measuring stick, and I was told, "Go and measure the Temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers.
But do not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over to the nations. They will trample the holy city for 42 months.
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in sackcloth and will prophesy during those 1,260 days."
These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth.
If anyone tries to harm them, fire flashes from the mouths of the prophets and consumes their enemies. This is how anyone who tries to harm them must die.
They have power to shut the skies so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they have the power to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to send every kind of plague upon the earth as often as they wish.
When they complete their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the bottomless pit will declare war against them. He will conquer them and kill them.
And their bodies will lie in the main street of Jerusalem, a the city which is called "Sodom" and "Egypt," the city where their Lord was crucified.
And for three and a half days, all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will come to stare at their bodies. No one will be allowed to bury them.
All the people who belong to this world will give presents to each other to celebrate the death of the two prophets who had tormented them.
But after three and a half days, the spirit of life from God entered them, and they stood up! And terror struck all who were staring at them.
Then a loud voice shouted from heaven, "Come up here!" And they rose to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched.
And in the same hour there was a terrible earthquake that destroyed a tenth of the city. Seven thousand people died in that earthquake. And everyone who did not die was terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
The second terror is past, but look, now the third terror is coming quickly.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)