THE NEW TESTAMENT2
A B C D THE REVELATION OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE - CHAPTER ELEVEN3 And then was given me a reed like unto a rod, and it was said unto me: Rise and mete the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein and the choir which is within the temple cast out and mete it not: for it is given unto the gentiles and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty-two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy one thousand three hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are two olive trees, and two candlesticks, standing before the God of the earth.
And if any man will hurt them, fire shall proceed out of their mouths, and consume their enemies. And if any man will hurt them this wise must he be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophesying: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all manner plagues, as often as they will.
And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that came out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their bodies shall lie in the streets of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Eygpt, where our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds, and tongues, and they of the nations, shall see their bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth, shall rejoice over them and be glad, and shall send gifts one to another for these two prophets vexed them that dwelt on the earth.
And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God, entered into them. And they stood up upon their feet: and great fear came upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven, saying unto them. Come up hither. And they ascended up into heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain names of men seven thousand and the remnant were feared, and gave glory to God of heaven. The second woe is past, and behold the third woe will come anon.
And the seventh angel blew, and there were made great voices in heaven, saying: the kingdoms of this world are our Lord’s and his Christ’s, and he shall reign for evermore. And the twenty-four elders, which sit before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God saying: we give thee thanks Lord God almighty: which art and wast, and art to come, for thou hast received thy great might, and hast reigned. And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead that they should be judged and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets and saints, and to them that fear thy name small and great and shouldest destroy them, which destroy the earth. And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple, the ark of his testament: and there followed lightnings, and voices, and thunderings and earthquake, and much hail.
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Glossary: fear: Old English ‘calamity, danger’, ‘frighten’, also ‘revere’ prophet: from Greek ‘spokesman’, ‘before’ + ‘speaker’ mete: Old English ‘measure’, related to Dutch and German
‘to measure’ anon: at once