The Two Witnesses

1 Then there was given me a 1measuring rod like a staff; and 2someone said, "Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it.
2 "Leave out the 3court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for 4it has been given to the nations; and they will 5tread under foot 6the holy city for 7forty-two * months.
3 "And I will grant authority to my two 8witnesses, and they will prophesy for 9twelve * hundred * and sixty days, clothed in 10sackcloth."
4 These are the 11two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.
5 And if anyone wants to harm them, 12fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, 13he must be killed in this way.
6 These have the power to 14shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during 15the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to 16turn them into blood, and 17to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.
7 When they have finished their testimony, 18the beast that comes up out of the 19abyss will 20make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.
8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the 21great city which mystically is called 22Sodom and 23Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.
9 Those from 24the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and 25will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb.
10 And 26those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will 27send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented 28those who dwell on the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days, 29the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.
12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "30Come up here." Then they 31went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.
13 And in that hour there was a great 32earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people * were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and 33gave glory to the 34God of heaven.
14 The second 35woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

The Seventh Trumpet--Christ's Reign Foreseen

15 Then the 36seventh angel sounded; and there were 37loud voices in heaven, saying, "38 The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of 39 His Christ; and 40 He will reign forever and ever."
16 And the twenty-four * elders, who 41sit on their thrones before God, 42fell on their faces and worshiped God,
17 saying, "We give You thanks, 43O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to 44reign.
18 "And 45the nations were enraged, and 46Your wrath came, and 47the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your 48bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, 49the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth."
19 And 50the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and 51the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of 52lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a 53great hailstorm.