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Revelation

Introduction and Salutation  Re.1.1-8

1The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

3Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.

4John

to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace
from him who is
and who was
and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
5and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness,
the first-born of the dead,
and the ruler of kings on earth.

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood -
6and made us a kingdom,
priests to his God and Father -
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Amen.
7 [ Dn.7.13, Zch.12.10. ] Behold, he is coming with the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
everyone who pierced him;
and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him.

Even so.
Amen.

8"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

A Vision of Christ  Re.1.9-20 (Patmos)

9I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."

12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 [ Dn.7.3, Eze.9.2, Dn.10.5. ] and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast; 14 [ Dn.7.9, Dn.10.6. ] his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters; 16in his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth issued a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.

17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19Now write what you see, what is and what is to take place hereafter.

20As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.


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