Bible: Revelation 1-3

The Prologue

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 Fatherto 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,

even 27  those who pierced him, 28 

and all the tribes 29  on the earth will mourn because 30  of him.

This will certainly come to pass! 31  Amen.) 32 

1:8I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33  says the Lord Godthe one who is, and who was, and who is still to comethe All-Powerful! 34 

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

2:1To the angel of the church in Ephesus, 63  write the following: 64 

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

2:8To 86  the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: 87 

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

2:12To 99  the angel of the church in Pergamum write the following: 100 

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

2:18To 121  the angel of the church in Thyatira writethe following: 122 

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 

2:27 he 149  will rule 150  them with an iron rod 151 

and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, 152 

2:28 just as I have received the right to rule 153  from my Father – and I will give him the morning star. 154  2:29 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Sardis

3:1To 155  the angel of the church in Sardis write the following: 156 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 157  the one who holds 158  the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a reputation 159  that you are alive, but 160  in reality 161  you are dead. 3:2 Wake up then, and strengthen what remains that was about 162  to die, because I have not found your deeds complete 163  in the sight 164  of my God. 3:3 Therefore, remember what you received and heard, 165  and obey it, 166  and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never 167  know at what hour I will come against 168  you. 3:4 But you have a few individuals 169  in Sardis who have not stained 170  their clothes, and they will walk with me dressed 171  in white, because they are worthy. 3:5 The one who conquers 172  will be dressed like them 173  in white clothing, 174  and I will never 175  erase 176  his name from the book of life, but 177  will declare 178  his name before my Father and before his angels. 3:6 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Philadelphia

3:7To 179  the angel of the church in Philadelphia write the following: 180 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 181  the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens doors 182  no one can shut, and shuts doors 183  no one can open: 3:8 I know your deeds. (Look! I have put 184  in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) 185  I know 186  that you have little strength, 187  but 188  you have obeyed 189  my word and have not denied my name. 3:9 Listen! 190  I am going to make those people from the synagogue 191  of Satan – who say they are Jews yet 192  are not, but are lying – Look, I will make 193  them come and bow down 194  at your feet and acknowledge 195  that I have loved you. 3:10 Because you have kept 196  my admonition 197  to endure steadfastly, 198  I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away 199  your crown. 200  3:12 The one who conquers 201  I will make 202  a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never depart from it. I 203  will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from my God), 204  and my new name as well. 3:13 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Laodicea

3:14To 205  the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: 206 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 207  the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator 208  of God’s creation: 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. 209  I wish you were either cold or hot! 3:16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going 210  to vomit 211  you out of my mouth! 3:17 Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, 212  and need nothing,” but 213  do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, 214  poor, blind, and naked, 3:18 take my advice 215  and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me 216  white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness 217  will not be exposed, and buy eye salve 218  to put on your eyes so you can see! 3:19 All those 219  I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! 3:20 Listen! 220  I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home 221  and share a meal with him, and he with me. 3:21 I will grant the one 222  who conquers 223  permission 224  to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered 225  and sat down with my Father on his throne. 3:22 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

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