Bible: Rev 10:1-11:13

The Angel with the Little Scroll

10:1 Then 1  I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 2  in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 3  10:2 He held 4  in his hand a little scroll that was open, and he put his right foot on the sea and his left on the land. 10:3 Then 5  he shouted in a loud voice like a lion roaring, and when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded their voices. 10:4 When the seven thunders spoke, I was preparing to write, but 6  just then 7  I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 8  the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 10:6 and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, and the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, “There will be no more delay! 9  10:7 But in the days 10  when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 11  just as he has 12  proclaimed to his servants 13  the prophets.” 10:8 Then 14  the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 15  to me 16  again, 17 Go and take the open 18  scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 19  I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 20  said to me, “Take the scroll 21  and eat it. It 22  will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 23  I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 24  as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 25  when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 26  they 27  told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 28  languages, and kings.”

The Fate of the Two Witnesses

11:1 Then 29  a measuring rod 30  like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 31 Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 32  do not measure the outer courtyard 33  of the temple; leave it out, 34  because it has been given to the Gentiles, 35  and they will trample on the holy city 36  for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 37  to prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. 11:4 (These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.) 38  11:5 If 39  anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 40  and completely consumes 41  their enemies. If 42  anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 43  to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 44  they are prophesying. They 45  have power 46  to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 47  they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 48  them and kill them. 11:8 Their 49  corpses will lie in the street 50  of the great city that is symbolically 51  called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 52  people, tribe, 53  nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 54  11:10 And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. 11:11 But 55  after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 56  those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 57  they 58  heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 59  went up to heaven in a cloud while 60  their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 61  a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 62  were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

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