I was given a stick for a measuring rod and told, "Get up and measure God's Temple and Altar and everyone worshiping in it.
Exclude the outside court; don't measure it. It's been handed over to non-Jewish outsiders. They'll desecrate the Holy City for forty-two months.
"Meanwhile, I'll provide my two Witnesses. Dressed in sackcloth, they'll prophesy for one thousand two hundred sixty days.
These are the two Olive Trees, the two Lampstands, standing at attention before God on earth.
If anyone tries to hurt them, a blast of fire from their mouths will incinerate them - burn them to a crisp just like that.
They'll have power to seal the sky so that it doesn't rain for the time of their prophesying, power to turn rivers and springs to blood, power to hit earth with any and every disaster as often as they want.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)