Revelation of John 1



2 [ This is the ] revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John, 3 who testifies to everything he saw. [This is] the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 4 Blessed [is] the [one who] reads aloud the words of [this] prophecy, and [ blessed are ] those who hear and obey what is written in it, because the time [is] near.

John Greets the Seven Churches

5 John, To the seven churches in [the province of] Asia: Grace and peace to you from Him who is and was and is to come, and from the sevenfold Spirit
Literal seven spirits
before His throne,
6 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood, 7 [who] has made us {to be} a kingdom, priests to His God and Father— to Him [be] the glory and power forever [and] ever! Amen. 8 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him— even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. So shall it be! Amen. 9 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,”
TR includes the Beginning and the End
says [the] Lord God, who is and was and is to come— the Almighty.

John's Vision on Patmos

10 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance [that are] in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and [my] testimony about Jesus. 11 On the Lord’s day I was in [the] Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 12 saying,
TR includes I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, and
“Write in a scroll what you see and send [it] to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
13 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, 14 and among the lampstands [was One] like [the] Son of Man,
Or a son of man; see Daniel 7:13
dressed in a long robe, with a golden sash around [His] chest.
15 The hair of His head [was] white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes [were] like a blazing fire. 16 His feet [were] like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and His voice [was] like [the] roar of many waters. 17 He held in His right hand seven stars, and a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth. His face [was] like the sun shining at its brightest. 18 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead [man] . [But] He placed His right hand on me [and] said, “ {Do} not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 19 the Living [One] . I was dead, and behold, [now] I am alive forever [and] ever! And I hold the keys of Death and of Hades. 20 Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this.
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