Revelation 11

1Then I was given a measuring rod as long as a walking stick. I was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count the people worshiping there. 2But don’t measure the yard outside the temple. Leave that alone. That has been given to the people who are not Jews. Those people will walk on the holy city for 42 months. 3And I will give power to my two witnesses. And they will prophesy for 1,260 days. They will be dressed in sackcloth.” 4These two witnesses are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5If a person tries to hurt the witnesses, fire comes from the mouths of the witnesses and kills their enemy. Any person that tries to hurt them will die like this. 6These witnesses have the power to stop the sky from raining during the time they are prophesying. These witnesses have power to make the water become blood. They have power to send every kind of trouble to the earth. They can do this as many times as they want. 7When the two witnesses have finished telling their message, the animal will fight against them. This is the animal that comes up from the bottomless pit. The animal will defeat them and kill them. 8The bodies of the two witnesses will lie in the street of the great city. This city is named Sodom and Egypt. These names for the city have a special meaning. This is the city where the Lord was killed. 9People from every race of people, tribe, language, and nation will look at the bodies of the two witnesses for three and a half days. The people will refuse to bury them. 10People who live on the earth will be happy because these two are dead. They will have parties and send each other gifts. They will do these things because these two prophets ˻(witnesses)˼ brought much suffering to the people who live on the earth. 11But after three and a half days God let life enter the two prophets again. They stood on their feet. All the people who saw them were filled with fear. 12Then the two prophets heard a loud voice from heaven say, “Come up here!” And the two prophets went up into heaven in a cloud. Their enemies watched them go. 13At that same time there was a great earthquake. One tenth of the city was destroyed. And 7,000 people were killed in the earthquake. The people that did not die were very afraid. They gave glory to the God of heaven. 14The second great trouble is finished. The third great trouble is coming soon. 15The seventh angel blew his trumpet. Then there were loud voices in heaven. The voices said: “The kingdom of the world has now become the kingdom of our Lord ˻God˼ and of his Christ. And he will rule forever and ever.” 16Then the 24 elders bowed down on their faces and worshiped God. These are the elders who sit on their thrones before God. 17The elders said: “We give thanks to you, Lord God All-Powerful. You are the One who is and who ˻always˼ was. We thank you because you have used your great power and have begun to rule! 18The people of the world were angry; but now is the time for your anger. Now is the time for the dead people to be judged. It is time to reward your servants, the prophets, and to reward your holy people, the people, great and small, who respect you. It is time to destroy those people who destroy the earth!” 19Then God’s temple in heaven was opened. The Holy Box of the Agreement ˻that God gave to his people˼ could be seen in his temple. Then there were flashes of lightning, noises, thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.

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