Text: REVELATION 1:1-20
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him, to show to His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John:
2 Who bore record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand.
4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be 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;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6 And has made us kings and priests to God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, He comes with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also which pierced Him; And all tribes of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.
8 "I am Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
9 I, John, your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying, "I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last," and, "What you see, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea."
12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden lampstands;
13 And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girded about the chest with a golden sash.
14 His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire;
15 And His feet were like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and His voice was as the sound of many waters.
16 And He had in His right hand seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was as the sun shines in his strength.
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Fear not; I am the First and the Last:
18 "I am He that lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forever more, Amen; and I have the keys of Hades and of death.
19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.
20 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 which you saw are the seven churches. "