1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, a which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must 1 shortly take place. And b He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 c who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things d that he saw. 3 e Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for f the time is near.
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him g who is and h who was and who is to come, i and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
5 and from Jesus Christ, j the faithful k witness, the l firstborn from the dead, and m the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him n who 2 loved us o and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6 and has p made us 3 kings and priests to His God and Father, q to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, He is coming with r clouds, and every eye will see Him, even s they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
8 t "I am the Alpha and the Omega, 4 the Beginning and the End," says the 5 Lord, u "who is and who was and who is to come, the v Almighty."
9 I, John, 6 both your brother and w companion in the tribulation and x kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 y I was in the Spirit on z the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, 7 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches 8 which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned b I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 c and in the midst of the seven lampstands d One like the Son of Man, e clothed with a garment down to the feet and f girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and g hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and h His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 i His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and j His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 k He had in His right hand seven stars, l out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, m and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
17 And n when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But o He laid His right hand on me, saying 9 to me, "Do not be afraid; p I am the First and the Last. 18 q "I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, r I am alive forevermore. Amen. And s I have the keys of 10 Hades and of Death. 19 11 "Write the things which you have t seen, u and the things which are, v and the things which will take place after this. 20 "The 12 mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are w the 13 angels of the seven churches, and x the seven lampstands 14 which you saw are the seven churches.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.