Revelation 11:1-14 NIV

The Two Witnesses

1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod1 and was told, "Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the worshipers there.

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2 But exclude the outer court;2 do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles.3 They will trample on the holy city4 for 42 months.5

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3 And I will give power to my two witnesses,6 and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,7 clothed in sackcloth."8

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4 These are the two olive trees9 and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.10

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5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies.11 This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.12

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6 These men have power to shut up the sky13 so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying;14 and they have power to turn the waters into blood15 and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

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7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast16 that comes up from the Abyss17 will attack them,18 and overpower and kill them.

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8 Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city,19 which is figuratively called Sodom20 and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.21

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9 For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation22 will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.23

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10 The inhabitants of the earth24 will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts,25 because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

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11 But after the three and a half days26 a breath of life from God entered them,27 and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.

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12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here."28 And they went up to heaven in a cloud,29 while their enemies looked on.

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13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake30 and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory31 to the God of heaven.32

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14 The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon.33

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