Message to the Seven Churches
4 aJohn to bthe seven churches that are in cAsia: dGrace to you and peace, from eHim who is and who was and who 1is to come, and from fthe seven Spirits who are before His throne,
5 and from Jesus Christ, athe faithful witness, the bfirstborn of the dead, and the cruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who dloves us and released us from our sins 1by His blood—
6 and He has made us to be a akingdom, apriests to 1bHis God and Father—cto Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 aBehold, He is coming with the clouds, and bevery eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will cmourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
8 “I am athe Alpha and the Omega,” says the bLord God, “cwho is and who was and who 1is to come, the Almighty.”
The Patmos Vision
9 aI, John, your bbrother and cfellow partaker in the tribulation and dkingdom and 1eperseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos fbecause of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
10 I was 1ain the Spirit on bthe Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice clike the sound of a trumpet,
11 saying, “aWrite in a 1book what you see, and send it to the bseven churches: to cEphesus and to dSmyrna and to ePergamum and to fThyatira and to gSardis and to hPhiladelphia and to iLaodicea.”