of St John the Divine
Christ chooses some as kings and priests unto God—Christ will come again—John sees the risen Lord.
1 aThe bRevelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his cservants things which must dshortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his eangel unto his servant John:
2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
3 aBlessed is he that breadeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the ctime is at hand.
4 John to the aseven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which bis, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven cSpirits which are before his throne;
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the afirst begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and bwashed us from our sins in his own cblood,
6 And hath made us akings and bpriests unto God and his Father; to him be cglory and ddominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, he acometh with clouds; and every eye shall bsee him, and they also which pierced him: and all ckindreds of the earth shall dwail because of him. Even so, Amen.
8 I am aAlpha and Omega, the bbeginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the cAlmighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and apatience of Jesus Christ, was in 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 aLord’s bday, and heard behind me a great cvoice, as of a trumpet,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the afirst and the last: and, What thou seest, bwrite in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto cThyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto dLaodicea.
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden acandlesticks;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the aSon of man, bclothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his aeyes were as a flame of bfire;
15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his avoice as the sound of many waters.
16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged asword: and his bcountenance was as the csun shineth in his strength.
17 And when I asaw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that aliveth, and was bdead; and, behold, I am alive for cevermore, Amen; and have the dkeys of ehell and of death.
19 aWrite the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven astars are the bangels of the seven churches: and the seven ccandlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.