1 And I was given a reed like a rod, and told, "Rise up and measure the temple of God and the altar, numbering the worshippers; 2 but omit the court outside the temple, do not measure that, for it has been given over to the Gentiles; and the city will be under their heel for two and forty months. 3 But I will allow my two witnesses to prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clad in sackcloth 4 (they are the two olive-trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth): 5 whoever tries to harm them, fire will issue from their mouth and consume their enemies; whoever should try to harm them, so must he be killed." 6 They have power to shut up the sky, so that no rain falls during the days when they are prophesying; and they have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and also to smite the earth with all manner of plagues as often as they choose.
7 But, when they have finished their testimony, the Beast that ascends from the abyss will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their corpses will lie in the streets of that great City whose mystical name is Sodom and Egypt ??where their Lord also was crucified. 9 For three days and a half men from all peoples and tribes and tongues and nations look at their corpses, refusing to let their corpses be buried; 10 and the dwellers on earth will gloat over them and rejoice, sending presents to congratulate one another ??for these two prophets were a torment to the dwellers on earth.
11 But after three days and a half the breath of life from God entered them; they stood on their feet (terror fell on those who saw them) 12 and heard a loud voice from heaven telling them, "Come up here." So up to heaven they went in a cloud, before the eyes of their enemies. 13 At that hour a great earthquake took place, a tenth of the City was destroyed, and seven thousand souls perished in the earthquake: the rest were awestruck, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe has passed: the third woe soon is coming.
15 Then the seventh angel blew; and loud voices followed in heaven, crying, "The rule of the world has passed to our Lord and his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever."
16 Then the four and twenty Presbyters who are seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshipped God, 17 saying, "We thank thee, Lord God almighty, who art and wast, that thou hast assumed thy great power and begun to reign; 18 the nations were enraged, but thine anger has come; the time has come for the dead to be judged, the time for rewarding thy servants the prophets, and the saints who reverence thy name, both low and high, the time for destroying the destroyers of the earth."