6 These [houtos] have [echo] power [exousia] to shut [kleio] heaven, [ouranos] that [hina me] it rain [brecho][huetos] not [hina me] in [en] the days [hemera] of their [autos] prophecy: [propheteia] and [kai] have [echo] power [exousia] over [epi] waters [hudor] to turn [strepho] them [autos] to [eis] blood, [haima] and [kai] to smite [patasso] the earth [ge] with all [pas] plagues, [plege] as often [hosakis] as [ean] they will. [thelo] KJV-Interlinear
have the power to shut up the sky, in order that rain may not fall during the
days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them
into blood, and to smite the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. NASB
Not only can these two
not be harmed, but they will grab the attention of the entire world with their
abilities to stop or start all rainfall, turn the worlds water supplies into
blood rendering them undrinkable and unusable, and cause the spreading of
plagues of every type imaginable.
All of this with the mere
command of their voices.
During the days of their
prophesying, means two things.Their
ministry will last for 1260 days, which refers to the days of their
prophesying.But also, on the days that
they actually teach or preach, that too is a reference to the days of their
Presumably they will be
standing outside and teaching while various media outlets or resources that
they may have at their disposal, will be broadcasting their message to the
entire world.Their message of the
gospel and judgment is not limited to only the Jews.Everyone around the world will hear them.
Their power will wreck
havoc all over the world, sufficient enough to get everyone's attention.
With all of the problems
that the world is already having because of the judgments, this will add only
more heartache to everyone as the world continues to reject Christ.
The power of these two
witnesses is not simply an all or nothing power, but they may initiate any of
their powers anytime at anyone, anywhere.
The phrase, as often as they
will, means simply that.God has given to them not only the power, but the freedom to apply
their powers at their own discretion.
God knows exactly what
they will do and when and where and for how long and so forth,
and they will do exactly what God intends of them to do without even being told