Bible: Revelation 1:9-18

1:9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 1  with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 2  are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 3  1:10 I was in the Spirit 4  on the Lord’s Day 5  when 6  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, 7  Smyrna, 8  Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

1:12 I 9  turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 10  and when I did so, 11  I saw seven golden lampstands, 1:13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 12  He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 13  around his chest. 1:14 His 14  head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 15  and his eyes were like a fiery 16  flame. 1:15 His feet were like polished bronze 17  refined 18  in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 19  of many waters. 1:16 He held 20  seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 21  face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 1:17 When 22  I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 23  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 24  was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 25 

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