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Revelation

This is the revelation from Jesus Messiah. God gave it to him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon. He made it clear by sending his angel to his servant John, who then testified about everything he saw concerning the word of God, the testimony which came from Jesus Messiah. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and obey what is written, because the time is near. From John to the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from Him who is, who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before His throne, and from Jesus Messiah, the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and has assigned us a Kingdom, as priests to his God and Father — to him be the glory and the power to the ages of the ages. Amen. Look! He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. This will certainly happen. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” I, John, your brother and partner with you in the persecution, Kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s day I was in the spirit, when I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said, “Write down what you see on a scroll, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” I turned to see who was speaking to me, and I saw seven golden lampstands, and among these lampstands was one like a Son of Man. He was wearing a robe that reached down to his feet, with a golden sash across his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. He had seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword was coming out of his mouth. His face was shining like the sun at full strength. When I saw him I fell at his feet as though dead. He placed his right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, the one who lives. I was dead, but look — now I am alive to the ages of the ages. I have the keys of death and ‘gravedom.’ So write what you saw, what is and what will take place after this. The revealed secret of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”

Revelation