9 And [kai] they [blepo] of [ek] the people [laos] and [kai] kindreds [phule] and [kai] tongues [glossa] and [kai] nations [ethnos] shall see [blepo] their [autos] dead bodies [ptoma] three [treis] days [hemera] and [kai] an half, [hemisu] and [kai] shall [aphiemi] not [ou] suffer [aphiemi] their [autos] dead bodies [ptoma] to be
put [tithemi] in [eis] graves. [mnema] KJV-Interlinear
9 And those
from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead
bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be
laid in a tomb. NASB
The phrase, they of the
people, indicates that some of the people, but not all of the people. And these
would refer to the people that were local to the city in which the two
witnesses were killed.
These people will
represent many nations and cultures and languages. They will be in Jerusalem
for whatever reasons that brought them there, but obviously they will see and
be aware of the two witnesses, since the two will have been preaching for 1260
days, or about three-and-a-half-years.
Their ministry will have
attracted the curiosity of people from all over the world, who will come to the
city to see them in person. After all, these two men will have been performing
miracles and will have demonstrated powers of defense against attackers and so
And, rather than coming
to the city to hear their message, people will come to see their miracles. And,
perhaps since this prophecy of their demise could easily be known to everyone,
then people may well have come to see them get killed, and/or even be raised
back to life.
The next verse shows the
reaction that folks will have when that occurs.
The two witnesses, when
they are killed, will be left lying in the street where they are killed. People
will come to gawk at them. And no one will try to bury them. No one will be
allowed to bury them. They will lay there for three-and-a-half-days.
And even if people know
of their predicted deaths, and should also know of their being raised back to
life, most folks choose to believe and remember only what they want to believe
Many folks unfortunately
are very selective about things in life, and live life only for the
entertainment value of events, never learning from them.
The power of their
message was not sufficient to get folks to believe in Christ. The power of the
many judgments that will have occurred during that same timeframe, will not be
sufficient to get people to believe in Christ. And yet there will still be some
who will believe, but only if something even more threatening occurs. And that
something, is coming up in the next couple of verses.