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Revelation

Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told: “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. Do not measure the outer courtyard of the temple. Cast it out, because it has been given to the Gentile nations. They will trample under foot the holy city for forty-two months. And I will give my two witnesses authority to prophesy for a period of 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to injure them, fire comes out of their mouths and completely burns up their enemies. If anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed in this way. These two witnesses have the authority to shut up the sky so that it does not rain during the period of their prophesying. They also have the power to turn the waters into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they want. When they have finished their Gospel-testimony, the beast who comes up from the abyss will battle with them, defeat them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is symbolically called Sodom and Egypt, where their lord was also crucified. For three and a half days those from among the peoples, tribes, languages and nations will look at their dead bodies, and will not allow them to be placed in a tomb. And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, giving gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. But after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. Tremendous fear fell on those watching them. The two witnesses heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” So they went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched. At that same time there was a huge earthquake, and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second disaster has passed; the third disaster is coming quickly. Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and loud voices in heaven said, “The kingdom of the world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and he will reign to the ages of the ages.” The twenty-four elders seated on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, “We give You thanks, Lord God, the Almighty, the One who is and who was, because You have taken Your great power and begun to reign. The nations were angry, but Your righteous fury has come, and the time has come for the dead to be judged. The time has come to give to Your servants, the prophets, their reward, as well as the saints, and those who fear Your name, both small and great. And the time has come to destroy those who are destroying the earth.” Then the temple of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a huge hailstorm.

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