Revelation 11:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 11:11, NIV: But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.

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

Revelation 11:11, KJV: And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Revelation 11:11, NASB: And after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.

Revelation 11:11, NLT: But after three and a half days, God breathed life into them, and they stood up! Terror struck all who were staring at them.

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

What does Revelation 11:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In contrast to the glee felt when the two witnesses are killed, there comes a rude awakening: terror and dread, and one would assume surprise, shock, and dismay. These emotions will wash over unbelievers just three and a half days after the beast kills the two witnesses. Just as God breathed the breath of life into Adam's lifeless body after creating him, so God breathes into the lifeless bodies of His two witnesses, and they stand up.

It's important to remember that the world is watching these bodies rot in the streets, celebrating their deaths. One can imagine shock waves circling the globe as media viewers see the dead bodies become alive. This verse makes an expected observation: "great fear fell on those who saw them." Their resurrection prefigures the resurrection of righteous Old Testament saints at Christ's return to earth.

In Ezekiel 37, Ezekiel expressed what he saw and heard regarding this end-time resurrection. In a valley full of bones, he saw dry bones, but heard the Lord say, "Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live" (Ezekiel 37:5). Daniel, too, prophesied about the resurrection of Old Testament saints after the tribulation. He wrote: "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake" (Daniel 12:2).