The Two Witnesses of God
(1) Then I was given a reed like a measuring stick and was told, “Go and measure God’s temple, the altar, and those who worship there. (2) But do not measure the temple’s outer court, because it has been given to the nations (non-Jews), and they will trample on the holy city (Jerusalem) for 42 months (1,260 days).
(3) “And I will give two witnesses authority to prophesy for 42 months (1,260 days).” (4) They are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. (5) If anyone tries to hurt them, fire will shoot from their mouths and burn up their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to hurt them will die. (6) They have the power (like Elijah) to shut up heaven so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying. They also have the power (like Moses) to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want.
(7) After they have finished their witness, the beast (see Revelation 9:11) that comes up from the bottomless pit of the dead (the abyss) will make war with them, overpower them, and kill them. (8) Their bodies will lie dead in the public square of the great city—which is symbolically called Sodom and Egypt (Jerusalem)—where the Lord Jesus was crucified. (9) Those from every people, tribe, language, and nation will look at their dead bodies for three-and-a-half days, because they will refuse to place their bodies in a tomb. (10) Then the people of the earth will rejoice and celebrate their death and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.
(11) But after three-and-a-half days the Spirit of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell upon everyone watching them. (12) Then the two prophets heard a loud voice from heaven telling them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them.
(13) A severe earthquake happened in that very hour, and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, while the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
(14) The second terrible woe was now over; look, the third terrible woe is coming soon.
The Seventh Trumpet of God’s Judgment
(15) When the seventh angel blew his trumpet, loud voices were heard in heaven, declaring, “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever!”
(16) And the 24 elders sitting on their thrones before God fell down on their faces in prostration and worshiped God, (17) proclaiming, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and begun to reign. (18) Your just wrath has come, and the nations are outraged. The time has come to judge the dead and to reward your servants—the prophets and saints, and all who fear your name, the least and the greatest—and to destroy those who have been destroying the earth.”
(19) Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came lightning flashes, noises (roaring), bolts (peals) of thunder, an earthquake, and a severe hailstorm.