Then I was given 1a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there,
but do not measure 2the court outside the temple; leave that out, for 3it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for 4forty-two months.
And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 5 1,260 days, 6clothed in sackcloth."
These are 7the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
And if anyone would harm them, 8fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, 9this is how he is doomed to be killed.
They have the power 10to 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 11to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire.
And when they have finished their testimony, 12the beast that rises from 13the bottomless pita14will make war on them and conquer them and kill them,
and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolicallyb is called 15Sodom and 16Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and 17refuse to let them be placed in a tomb,
and 18those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and 19exchange presents, because these two prophets 20had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth.
But after the three and a half days 21a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, 22"Come up here!" And 23they went up to heaven 24in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.
And at that hour there was 25a great earthquake, and 26a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and 27gave glory to 28the God of heaven.
1429The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.