The Two Witnesses

1 Then I was given a measuring reed(A) like a rod,(a) with these words: “Go(b) and measure God’s sanctuary and the altar, and count those who worship there. 2 But exclude the courtyard outside the sanctuary. Don’t measure it, because it is given to the nations,(c) and they will trample the holy city for 42 months. 3 I will empower(d) my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days,(e)(B) dressed in sackcloth.”(f) 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord(g) of the earth.(C) 5 If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and consumes their enemies;(D) if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. 6 These men have the power to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the days of their prophecy.(E) They also have power over the waters to turn them into blood(F) and to strike the earth with every plague whenever they want.

The Witnesses Martyred

7 When they finish their testimony, the beast(h)(G) that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, conquer them, and kill them. 8 Their dead bodies(i)(H) will lie in the public square(j) of the great city, which prophetically(k) is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9 And representatives from(l) the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations(I) will view their bodies for three and a half days and not permit their bodies to be put into a tomb. 10 Those who live on the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and send gifts to one another because these two prophets brought judgment to those who live on the earth.

The Witnesses Resurrected

11 But after 3½ days, the breath(m) of life(J) from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 Then they heard(n) a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” They went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them.(K) 13 At that moment a violent earthquake took place,(L) a tenth of the city fell, and 7,000 people were killed in the earthquake. The survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe(M) has passed. Take note: The third woe is coming quickly!

The Seventh Trumpet

15 The seventh angel blew his trumpet,(N) and there were loud voices in heaven saying:

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom
of our Lord and of His Messiah,
and He will reign forever and ever!(O)
16 The 24 elders, who were seated before God on their thrones, fell facedown and worshiped God, 17 saying:

We thank You, Lord God, the Almighty,
who is and who was,(o)(P)
because You have taken Your great power
and have begun to reign.(Q)
The nations were angry,(R)
but Your wrath has come.
The time has come
for the dead to be judged
and to give the reward
to Your servants the prophets,(S)
to the saints, and to those who fear Your name,
both small and great,(T)
and the time has come to destroy
those who destroy the earth.
19 God’s sanctuary in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant(p) appeared in His sanctuary. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings of thunder,(U) an earthquake,(q) and severe hail.


a. Revelation 11:1: Other mss add and the angel stood up
b. Revelation 11:1: Lit Arise
c. Revelation 11:2: Or Gentiles
d. Revelation 11:3: Lit I will give to
e. Revelation 11:3: 3½ years of 30-day months
f. Revelation 11:3: Mourning garment of coarse, often black, material
g. Revelation 11:4: Other mss read God
h. Revelation 11:7: Or wild animal
i. Revelation 11:8: Lit Their corpse
j. Revelation 11:8: Or lie on the broad street
k. Revelation 11:8: Or spiritually, or symbolically
l. Revelation 11:9: Lit And from
m. Revelation 11:11: Or spirit
n. Revelation 11:12: Other mss read Then I heard
o. Revelation 11:17: Other mss add and who is to come
p. Revelation 11:19: Other mss read ark of the covenant of the Lord
q. Revelation 11:19: Other mss omit an earthquake

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