1The revelation of Or Revelation of, or A revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His slaves Ac 2:18; Rm 6:19; 1Pt 2:16; Rv 22:6 what must quickly Or soon take place. Dn 2:28-29,45; Rv 22:6 He sent it and signified it Made it known through symbols through His angel Gn 24:7; Mt 1:24; Ac 12:11 to His slave John, Jn 21:7; Rv 22:8
2who testified to God’s word and to the testimony Or witness about Jesus Christ, 1Co 1:6; Rv 12:17; 19:10; 20:4 in all he saw. Lit as many as he saw
3The one who reads this is blessed, Rv 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7,14 and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep Or follow, or obey what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near!
To the seven churches in Asia.
Grace and peace Ti 1:4 to you from Other mss add God the One who is, who was, and who is coming; Rv 1:8,17; 4:8; 16:5 from the seven spirits Or the sevenfold Spirit Rv 3:1; 4:5; 5:6 before His throne;
5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, Ps 89:37; Jn 18:37; Rv 2:13; 3:14 the firstborn from the dead Ps 89:27; Ac 26:23; Rm 8:29; 1Co 15:20-23; Col 1:18 and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Ps 89:27; Rv 17:14; 19:16
To Him who loves us and has set us free Other mss read has washed us from our sins by His blood, Dt 7:8; Rm 8:2
6and made us a kingdom, Other mss read kings and priests Or made us into (or to be) a kingdom of priests ; Ex 19:6 Ex 19:6; 1Pt 2:9; Rv 5:10; 20:6 to His God and Father — the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. Amen. Rm 11:36; 1Pt 4:11; Jd 25; Rv 7:12
7Look! He is coming with the clouds, Is 19:1; Zch 12:10; Jn 19:34-37
and every eye will see Him,
including those who pierced Or impaled Him.
And all the families of the earth Or all the tribes of the land Gn 12:3; 28:14; Zch 14:17 Gn 12:3; 28:14; Zch 14:17
will mourn over Him. Or will wail because of Him Dn 7:13; Zch 12:10 Dn 7:13; Zch 12:10
This is certain. Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” Is 44:6; Rv 21:6; 22:13 says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”
John’s Vision of the Risen Lord
9I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation, Jn 16:33; Ac 14:22; Rm 5:3; 2Tm 2:12; Rv 2:9 kingdom, Mt 25:34; Jms 2:5 and endurance Rm 5:3-4; 8:25; 15:4; Col 1:11; 2Th 1:4; Heb 10:36; 12:1; Jms 1:3-4; Rv 2:3; 3:10; 13:10; 14:12 that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God’s word and the testimony about Jesus. Lit the witness of Jesus Rv 1:2; 6:9; 12:17; 19:10; 20:4
10I was in the Spirit Or in spirit ; lit I became in the Spirit John was brought by God’s Spirit into a realm of spiritual vision. 1Kg 18:12; Ezk 3:12; 2Co 12:2; Rv 4:2; 17:3; 21:10 on the Lord’s day, Sunday and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet Ex 19:16,19; 20:18; Ps 47:5
11saying, “Write Ex 34:27; Dt 31:19; Hab 2:2; Is 8:1; 30:8; Jr 30:2; 36:2,28; Rv 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1,7,14; 14:3; 19:9; 21:5 on a scroll Or book what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12I turned to see whose voice Ex 20:18 it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands, Ex 25:37; 37:23; 2Ch 4:20; Zch 4:2
13and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, Or like a son of man Dn 7:13; 10:16; Rv 14:14 dressed in a long robe Dn 10:5 and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. Rv 15:6
14His head and hair were white like wool — white as snow Is 1:18; Dn 7:9 — and His eyes like a fiery flame. Dn 10:6; Rv 2:18; 19:12
15His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, Ezk 1:7; Dn 10:6; Rv 2:18 and His voice like the sound of cascading Lit many waters. Ezk 1:24; 43:2; Rv 14:2; 19:6
16He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, Is 49:2; Heb 4:12; Rv 2:12,16; 19:15 and His face was shining like the sun at midday. Lit like the sun shines in its power Mt 17:2; Rv 10:1
17When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. Gn 17:3; Jdg 6:22-23; 13:20; Jb 42:5-6; Is 6:5; Ezk 1:28; Dn 8:17; Mt 17:6; Lk 1:12; 5:8 He laid His right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, Is 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Rv 2:8; 22:13
18and the Living One. Mt 16:16; 26:63; Jn 6:57; Rv 4:10; 10:6 I was dead, but look — I am alive forever and ever, Rm 6:9; 14:9; Rv 2:8; 10:6 and I hold the keys Mt 16:19 of death and Hades.
19Therefore write what you have seen, Ex 17:14; Ex 34:27; Dt 31:19; Jr 30:2; Hab 2:2 what is, and what will take place after this.
20The secret Mt 13:35; Rm 16:25 of the seven stars you saw in My right hand and of the seven gold lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels Or messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands Other mss add that you saw are the seven churches. Mt 5:14-15