Revelation 1:1–2:29


1 The revelation of a Jesus Christ that God gave Him to show His * slaves b what must quickly c take place. d He sent it and signified it e through His angel f to His slave John, g who testified to God’s word and to the testimony h about Jesus Christ, i in all he saw. j The one who reads this is blessed, k and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep l what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near!


To the seven churches in * Asia.

Grace and peace m to you from n the One who is, who was, and who is coming; o from the seven spirits p q before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, r the firstborn from the dead s and the ruler of the kings of the earth. t

To Him who loves us and has set us free u from our sins by His blood, v and made us a kingdom, w priests x y to His God and Father—the glory and dominion are His forever and ever. * Amen. z

Look! He is coming with the clouds, a

and every eye will see Him,

including those who pierced b Him.

And all the families of the earth c d e

will mourn over Him. f g h

This is certain. Amen.

“I am the * Alpha and the Omega,” i says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of the Risen Lord

I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation, j kingdom, k and endurance l that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God’s word and the testimony about Jesus. m n 10 I was in the Spirit o p q on the Lord’s day, r and I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet s 11 saying, Write t on a scroll u what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

12 I turned to see whose voice v it was that spoke to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands, w 13 and among the lampstands was One like the * Son of Man, x y dressed in a long robe z and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. a 14 His head and hair were white like wool—white as snow b—and His eyes like a fiery flame. c 15 His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, d and His voice like the sound of cascading e waters. f 16 He had seven stars in His right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from His mouth, g and His face was shining like the sun at midday. hi

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. j He laid His right hand on me and said, Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last, k 18 and the Living One. l I was dead, but lookI am alive forever and ever, m and I hold the keys n of death and * Hades. 19 Therefore write what you have seen, o what is, and what will take place after this. 20 The * secret p of the seven stars you saw in My right hand and of the seven gold lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels q of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands r are the seven churches. s

The Letters to the Seven Churches

The Letter to Ephesus

2 Write to the angel t of the church in Ephesus:

The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands u says: v I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, w and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, x and you have found them to be liars. y You also possess endurance and have tolerated many things because of My name z and have not grown weary. But I have this against you: You have abandoned the love you had at first. a Remember then how far you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. b Otherwise, I will come to you c and remove your lampstand from its placeunless you repent. Yet you do have this: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor d the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in e God’s paradise. f

The Letter to Smyrna

Write to the angel of the church in Smyrna:

The First and the Last, g the One who was dead and came to life, says: I know your h affliction and poverty, yet you are rich. I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a * synagogue of Satan. i 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Devil j is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you will have affliction for 10 days. k Be faithful until death, l and I will give you the crown m of life. n

11 Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor will never be harmed by the second death. o

The Letter to Pergamum

12 Write to the angel of the church in Pergamum:

The One who has the sharp, double-edged sword p says: 13 I know q where you livewhere Satan’s throne is! And you are holding on to My name and did not deny your faith in Me, r s even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness t who was killed among you, where Satan lives. 14 But I have a few things against you. You have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, u who taught Balak to place a stumbling block v in front of the Israelites: to eat meat sacrificed to idols w and to commit sexual immorality. x y 15 In the same way, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. z 16 Therefore repent! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly a and fight against them with the sword of My mouth. b

17 Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will give the victor some of the hidden manna. c d I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name e is inscribed that no one knows except the one who receives it.

The Letter to Thyatira

18 Write to the angel of the church in Thyatira:

The Son of God, f the One whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like fine bronze, gh says: 19 I know your worksyour love, faithfulness, i service, and endurance. j Your last works are greater than the first. 20 But I have this against you: You tolerate the woman Jezebel, k who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and deceives My * slaves to commit sexual immorality l and to eat meat sacrificed to idols. m 21 I gave her time to repent, n but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality. o p 22 Look! I will throw her into a sickbed q and those who commit adultery with her r into great tribulation, s unless they repent of her t practices. 23 I will kill her children with the plague. u v Then all the churches will know that I am the One who examines minds w and hearts, x and I will give to each of you according to your works. y 24 I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who haven’t known the deep things za of Satan bas they sayI do not put any other burden on you. c 25 But hold on to what you have until I come. d 26 The one who is victorious and keeps My works to the end: I will give him authority over the nations

27 and he will shepherd e f them with an iron scepter;

he will shatter them like pottery g h

just as I have received this from My Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star. i

29 Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.

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