1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him to point out unto his servants the things which must needs come to pass with speed,—and he shewed them by signs sending through his messenger unto his servant John;
2 who bare witness as to the word of God and the witness of Jesus Christ,—whatsoever things he saw.
3 Happy! he that readeth and they who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things therein written; for the season is near.
4 John unto the Seven Assemblies which are in Asia Favour to you and peace, from—Him who Is And who Was and who is Coming, and from—The Seven Spirits which are before his throne,
5 and from—Jesus Christ,—The Faithful Witness, The Firstborn of the Dead, and The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth. Unto him that loveth us and loosed us out of our sins with his blood,—
6 and he hath made us [to be] a kingdom—priests unto his God and Father Unto him be the glory and the dominion, unto the ages. Amen.
7 Lo! he cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see him such also as pierced him; and all the tribes of the land shall smite themselves for him. Yea! Amen.
8 I am the A and the Z, saith the Lord,—the God who Is and who Was and who is Coming, The Almighty.
9 I John your brother and partaker with you in the tribulation and kingdom and endurance in Jesus came to be in the isle that is called Patmos, because of the word of God and the witness of Jesus.
10 I came to be in Spirit in the Lord’s Day, and heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying—What thou seest write in a scroll and send unto the Seven Assemblies,—unto Ephesus and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamum,—and unto Thyatira and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia,—and unto Laodicea.
12 And I turned round to see the Voice which was speaking with me, and having turned I saw Seven Lamps of gold;
13 and in the midst of the lamps One like unto a Son of Man:—Clothed with a robe reaching to the feet and girt about at the breasts with a girdle of gold,
14 And his head and hair white like white wool—like snow, And his eyes like a flame of fire,
15 And his feet like unto glowing copper as if in a furnace refined And his voice like a sound of many waters,
16 And having in his right hand seven stars, And out of his mouth a sharp two-edged sword going forth; And his whole appearance as when the sun shineth in its strength.
17 And when I saw him I fell at his feet as dead, and he laid his right hand upon me, saying—Do not fear! I am the First and the Last
18 and the Living One,—And I became dead;—And lo! living am I unto the ages of ages, And have the keys of death and of hades.
19 Write therefore—What things thou hast seen and what they are; And what things are about to come to pass after these things:
20 The sacred secret of the seven stars which thou sawest upon my right hand, and the seven lamps of gold:—The seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, And the seven lamps are seven assemblies