1 Then a measuring rod like a staff was given to me, and I was told: "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar, counting those who worship there, 2 but leave off the court outside the temple; do not measure it, because it has been given over to the heathen, and for forty-two months they will trample the city underfoot. 3 And I will permit my two witnesses, clothed in sackcloth, to prophesy for one thousand, two hundred and sixty days." 4 They are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 If anyone wants to injure them, fire comes out of their mouths and consumes their enemies; if anyone wants to injure them, he must himself be killed in that way. 6 They have the power to shut up the sky, so that no rain will fall upon the earth as long as they prophesy, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with any plague as often as they please.
7 Then, when they have finished testifying, the wild beast that is coming up out of the abyss will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their lifeless bodies will lie on the streets of the great city that is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord also was crucified. 9 For three days and a half men of all peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will look upon their lifeless bodies, and will not let them be buried. 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and celebrate with feasts and the sending of gifts to one another, because these two prophets had tormented the inhabitants of the earth.
11 After three days and a half the breath of life from God came into them again, and they stood on their feet, and consternation seized those who saw them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, "Come up here." And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies looked on as spectators. 13 At that very hour there was a great earthquake, and one-tenth of the city went down. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were stricken with awe, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe is past. See! The third woe is soon to come.
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and loud voices were heard in heaven, saying, "The sovereignty of the world has come into the possession of our Lord and His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever."
16 Then the twenty-four elders who were seated on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying: "We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty, who are and were, because you have assumed your great power and begun to reign. 18 The heathen were enraged, but now your anger has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for you to reward your slaves the prophets and your people, great and small, who revere your name, and to destroy the destroyers of the earth."
19 Then the doors of God's temple in heaven were thrown open, and inside the temple was seen the chest containing God's covenant, and there followed flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and heavy hail.