APOCALIPSIS – CAPÍTULO 11 – BOOK OF REVELATION. CHAPTER 11

APOCALIPSIS

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Capítulo 11

1 Después recibí una vara para medir, semejante a un bastón, mientras me decían: «Levántate y mide el Templo de Dios, el altar y a los adoradores que encuentres allí.

2 No tengas en cuenta el atrio exterior del templo ni lo midas, porque ha sido entregado a los paganos, y ellos pisotearán la Ciudad santa durante cuarenta y dos meses.

3 Pero yo encargaré a mis dos testigos que profeticen durante mil doscientos sesenta días, vestidos con hábitos de penitencia.

4 Estos dos testigos son los dos olivos y los dos candelabros que están delante del Señor de la tierra.

5 Si alguien quiere hacerles daño, saldrá un fuego de su boca que consumirá a sus enemigos: así perecerá el que se atreva a dañarlos.

6 Ellos tienen el poder de cerrar el cielo para impedir que llueva durante los días de su misión profética; y también, tienen poder para cambiar las aguas en sangre y para herir la tierra con toda clase de plagas, todas las veces que quieran.

7 Y cuando hayan acabado de dar testimonio, la Bestia que surge del Abismo les hará la guerra, los vencerá y los matará.

8 Sus cadáveres yacerán en la plaza de la gran Ciudad –llamada simbólicamente Sodoma y también Egipto– allí mismo donde el Señor fue crucificado.

9 Estarán expuestos durante tres días y medio, a la vista de gente de todos los pueblos, familias, lenguas y naciones, y no se permitirá enterrarlos.

10 Los habitantes de la tierra se alegrarán y harán fiesta, y se intercambiarán regalos, porque estos dos profetas los habían atormentado».

11 Pero después de estos tres días y medio, un soplo de vida de Dios entró en ellos y los hizo poner de pie, y un gran temor se apoderó de los espectadores.

12 Entonces escucharon una voz potente que les decía desde el cielo: «Suban aquí». Y ellos subieron al cielo en la nube, a la vista de sus enemigos.

13 En ese momento se produjo un violento temblor de tierra que derrumbó la décima parte de la Ciudad, y el terremoto ocasionó la muerte de siete mil personas: los sobrevivientes quedaron atemorizados y alabaron al Dios del cielo.

14 La segunda calamidad ha pasado, pero sepan que la tercera está por llegar.

15 Cuando el séptimo Angel tocó la trompeta, resonaron en el cielo unas voces potentes que decían: «El dominio del mundo ha pasado a manos de nuestro Señor y de su Mesías, y él reinará por los siglos de los siglos».

16 Y los veinticuatro Ancianos que estaban sentados en sus tronos, delante de Dios, se postraron para adorarlo, diciendo:

17 «Te damos gracias, Señor, Dios todopoderoso –el que es y el que era– porque has ejercido tu inmenso poder y has establecido tu Reino.

18 Los paganos se habían enfurecido, pero llegó el tiempo de tu ira, así como también el momento de juzgar a los muertos y de recompensar a tus servidores, los profetas, y a los santos y a todos aquellos que temen tu Nombre –pequeños y grandes– y el momento de exterminar a los que corrompían la tierra».

19 En ese momento se abrió el Templo de Dios que está en el cielo y quedó a la vista el Arca de la Alianza, y hubo rayos, voces, truenos y un temblor de tierra, y cayó una fuerte granizada.

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ANTIGUO TESTAMENTO 

EVANGELIOS

 NUEVO TESTAMENTO

 

Chapter 11

1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff and I was told, «Come and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count those who are worshiping in it.

But exclude the outer court 2 of the temple; do not measure it, for it has been handed over to the Gentiles, who will trample the holy city for forty-two months.

I will commission my two witnesses 3 to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth.»

These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands 4 that stand before the Lord of the earth.

5 If anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths and devours their enemies. In this way, anyone wanting to harm them is sure to be slain.

They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain can fall during the time of their prophesying. They also have power to turn water into blood and to afflict the earth with any plague as often as they wish.

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss 6 will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.

Their corpses will lie in the main street of the great city, 7 which has the symbolic names «Sodom» and «Egypt,» where indeed their Lord was crucified.

8 Those from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation will gaze on their corpses for three and a half days, and they will not allow their corpses to be buried.

10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and be glad and exchange gifts because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.

11 But after the three and a half days, a breath of life from God entered them. When they stood on their feet, great fear fell on those who saw them.

12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, «Come up here.» So they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies looked on.

13 At that moment there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell in ruins. Seven thousand people 9 were killed during the earthquake; the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe has passed, but the third is coming soon.

15 10 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, «The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever.»

16 The twenty-four elders who sat on their thrones before God prostrated themselves and worshiped God

17 and said: «We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, who are and who were. For you have assumed your great power and have established your reign.

18 The nations raged, but your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to recompense your servants, the prophets, and the holy ones and those who fear your name, the small and the great alike, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.»

19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.

 
1 [1] The temple and altar symbolize the new Israel; see the note on  Rev 7:4-9. The worshipers represent Christians. The measuring of the temple (cf  Ezekiel 40:3- 42:20;  47:1-12;  Zechariah 2:5-6) suggests that God will preserve the faithful remnant (cf  Isaiah 4:2-3) who remain true to Christ ( Rev 14:1-5).

2 [2] The outer court: the Court of the Gentiles. Trample . . . forty-two months: the duration of the vicious persecution of the Jews by Antiochus IV Epiphanes ( Daniel 7:25;  12:7); this persecution of three and a half years (half of seven, counted as 1260 days in  Rev 11:3;  12:6) became the prototype of periods of trial for God’s people; cf  Luke 4:25;  James 5:17. The reference here is to the persecution by the Romans; cf Introduction.

3 [3] The two witnesses, wearing sackcloth symbolizing lamentation and repentance, cannot readily be identified. Do they represent Moses and Elijah, or the Law and the Prophets, or Peter and Paul? Most probably they refer to the universal church, especially the Christian martyrs, fulfilling the office of witness (two because of  Deut 19:15; cf  Mark 6:7;  John 8:17).

4 [4] The two olive trees and the two lampstands: the martyrs who stand in the presence of the Lord; the imagery is taken from  Zechariah 4:8-14, where the olive trees refer to Zerubbabel and Joshua.

5 [5-6] These details are derived from stories of Moses, who turned water into blood ( Exodus 7:17-20), and of Elijah, who called down fire from heaven ( 1 Kings 18:36-40;  2 Kings 1:10) and closed up the sky for three years ( 1 Kings 17:1; cf  18:1).

6 [7] The beast . . . from the abyss: the Roman emperor Nero, who symbolizes the forces of evil, or the antichrist ( Rev 13:1, 8;  17:8); cf  Daniel 7:2-8,  11-12,  19-22 and Introduction.

7 [8] The great city: this expression is used constantly in Rev for Babylon, i.e., Rome; cf  Rev 14:8;  16:19;  17:18;  18:2,  10,  21. «Sodom» and «Egypt»: symbols of immorality (cf  Isaiah 1:10) and oppression of God’s people (cf  Exodus 1:11-14). Where indeed their Lord was crucified: not the geographical but the symbolic Jerusalem that rejects God and his witnesses, i.e., Rome, called Babylon in Rev 16-18; see the note on  Rev 17:9 and Introduction.

8 [9-12] Over the martyrdom ( Rev 11:7) of the two witnesses, now called prophets, the ungodly rejoice for three and a half days, a symbolic period of time; see the note on  Rev 11:2. Afterwards they go in triumph to heaven, as did Elijah ( 2 Kings 2:11).

9 [13] Seven thousand people: a symbolic sum to represent all social classes (seven) and large numbers (thousands); cf Introduction.

10 [15-19] The seventh trumpet proclaims the coming of God’s reign after the victory over diabolical powers; see the note on  Rev 10:7.