Bible: Rev. 1-2
1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 1:2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
1:4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 1:5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 1:6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
1:7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
1:9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 1:10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 1:11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
1:12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 1:13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 1:14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 1:15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 1:16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 1:17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 1:18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 1:19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
To the Church in Ephesus
“This is the solemn pronouncement of 65 the one who has a firm grasp on 66 the seven stars in his right hand 67 – the one who walks among the seven golden 68 lampstands: 2:2 ‘I know your works as well as your 69 labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate 70 evil. You have even put to the test 71 those who refer to themselves as apostles (but are not), and have discovered that they are false. 2:3 I am also aware 72 that you have persisted steadfastly, 73 endured much for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. 2:4 But I have this against you: You have departed 74 from your first love! 2:5 Therefore, remember from what high state 75 you have fallen and repent! Do 76 the deeds you did at the first; 77 if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place – that is, if you do not repent. 78 2:6 But you do have this going for you: 79 You hate what the Nicolaitans 80 practice 81 – practices I also hate. 2:7 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 82 I will permit 83 him to eat from the tree of life that is 84 in the paradise of God.’ 85
To the Church in Smyrna
“This is the solemn pronouncement of 88 the one who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but 89 came to life: 2:9 ‘I know the distress you are suffering 90 and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know 91 the slander against you 92 by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue 93 of Satan. 2:10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 94 into prison so you may be tested, 95 and you will experience suffering 96 for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 97 2:11 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers 98 will in no way be harmed by the second death.’
To the Church in Pergamum
“This is the solemn pronouncement of 101 the one who has the sharp double-edged sword: 102 2:13 ‘I know 103 where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet 104 you continue to cling 105 to my name and you have not denied your 106 faith in me, 107 even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, 108 who was killed in your city 109 where Satan lives. 2:14 But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, 110 who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block 111 before the people 112 of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 113 2:15 In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 114 2:16 Therefore, 115 repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people 116 with the sword of my mouth. 2:17 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 117 I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white 118 stone, 119 and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand 120 except the one who receives it.’
To the Church in Thyatira
“ This is the solemn pronouncement of 123 the Son of God, the one who has eyes like a fiery flame 124 and whose feet are like polished bronze: 125 2:19 ‘I know your deeds: your love, faith, 126 service, and steadfast endurance. 127 In fact, 128 your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones. 2:20 But I have this against you: You tolerate that 129 woman 130 Jezebel, 131 who calls herself a prophetess, and by her teaching deceives 132 my servants 133 to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 134 2:21 I 135 have given her time to repent, but 136 she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality. 2:22 Look! I am throwing her onto a bed of violent illness, 137 and those who commit adultery with her into terrible suffering, 138 unless they repent of her deeds. 2:23 Furthermore, I will strike her followers 139 with a deadly disease, 140 and then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay 141 each one of you 142 what your deeds deserve. 143 2:24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold to this teaching 144 (who have not learned the so-called “deep secrets 145 of Satan”), to you I say: I do not put any additional burden on you. 2:25 However, hold on to what you have until I come. 2:26 And to the one who conquers 146 and who continues in 147 my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations 148 –
and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, 152