ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 478


his feet were like pillars of fire. And in his hand was a small scroll that had
been opened. He stood with his right foot on the sea and his left foot on
the land. And he gave a great shout like the roar of a lion. And when he
shouted, the seven thunders answered.
When the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write. But I heard a
voice from heaven saying, “Keep secret what the seven thunders said, and
do not write it down.”
Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right
hand toward heaven. He swore an oath in the name of the one who lives
forever and ever, who created the heavens and everything in them, the
earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it. He said, “There
will be no more delay. When the seventh angel blows his trumpet, God’s
mysterious plan will be fulfilled. It will happen just as he announced it to
his servants the prophets.”
Then the voice from heaven spoke to me again: “Go and take the open
scroll from the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. “Yes, take
it and eat it,” he said. “It will be sweet as honey in your mouth, but it will
turn sour in your stomach!” So I took the small scroll from the hand of the
angel, and I ate it! It was sweet in my mouth, but when I swallowed it, it
turned sour in my stomach.
Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”
Then I was given a measuring stick, and I was told, “Go and measure the
Temple of God and the altar, and count the number of worshipers. But do
not measure the outer courtyard, for it has been turned over to the nations.
They will trample the holy city for 42 months. And I will give power to my
two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during
those 1,260 days.”
These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that
stand before the Lord of all the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire
flashes from their mouths and consumes their enemies. This is how anyone who tries to harm them must die. They have power to shut the sky so
that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. And they have the power
to turn the rivers and oceans into blood, and to strike the earth with every
kind of plague as often as they wish.
When they complete their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the
bottomless pit will declare war against them, and he will conquer them
and kill them. And their bodies will lie in the main street of Jerusalem,
the city that is figuratively called “Sodom” and “Egypt,” the city where
their Lord was crucified. And for three and a half days, all peoples, tribes,

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