This is the Revelation of Jesus
Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must
happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John,
who testified to God’s word, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about
everything that he saw.
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and
keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.
John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from
God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who
are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the
firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who
loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood; and he made us to be a
Kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion
forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including
those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and
who is to come, the Almighty.”
I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, Kingdom, and
perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because
of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the
Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet saying, “
What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies : to Ephesus,
Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven
golden lamp stands. And among the lamp stands was one like a son of man,
clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around
his chest. His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His
eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished brass, as if it
had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters.
He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp
two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest. When I
saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man.
He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and
the last, and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever
more. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades. Write therefore the
things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which
will happen hereafter; the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my
right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the angels
of the seven assemblies. The seven lamp stands are seven assemblies.