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John Tells About This Book

1 1This is the revelation* of Jesus Christ. God gave Jesus these things to show his servants what must happen soon. Christ sent his angel to show these things to his servant John. 2John has told everything that he saw. It is the truth that Jesus Christ told him; it is the message from God. 3The person that reads the words of this message from God is blessed (happy). And the people who hear this message and do the things that are written in it are blessed. There is not much time left.

John Writes Jesus' Messages to the Churches

4From John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia*: Grace (kindness) and peace to you from the One (God) who is, who [always] was, and who is coming; and from the seven spirits before his throne; 5and from Jesus Christ. Jesus is the faithful witness. He was first among those to be raised from death. Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the earth. Jesus is the One who loves us. And Jesus is the One who made us free from our sins with his blood (death). 6Jesus made us to be a kingdom. He made us to be priests who serve God his Father. To Jesus be glory and power forever and ever! Amen. 7Look, Jesus is coming with the clouds! Every person will see him, even the people who pierced* him. All people of the earth will cry loudly because of him. Yes, this will happen! Amen. 8The Lord God says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega.* I am the One who is, who [always] was, and who is coming. I am the All-Powerful." 9I am John, and I am your brother [in Christ]. We are together in Jesus, and we share these things: suffering, the kingdom, and patient endurance. I was on the island of Patmos* because I was faithful to God's message* and to the truth of Jesus. 10On the Lord's day the Spirit* took control of me. I heard a loud voice behind me. It sounded like a trumpet. 11The voice said, "Write in a book all these things you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea." 12I turned to see who was talking to me. When I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. 13I saw someone among the lampstands who was "like a Son of Man."* He was dressed in a long robe. He had a golden sash (belt) tied around his chest. 14His head and hair were white like wool--wool that is white as snow. His eyes were like flames of fire. 15His feet were like brass that glows hot in a furnace. His voice was like the noise of flooding water. 16He held seven stars in his right hand. A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth. He looked like the sun shining at its brightest time. 17When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He put his right hand on me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last. 18I am the One who lives. I was dead, but look: I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.* 19So write the things you see. Write the things that happen now and the things that will happen later. 20Here is the hidden meaning of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands that you saw: The seven lampstands are the seven churches. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches.

revelation An opening, uncovering, or making known of truth that has been hidden. Asia The western part of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). pierced When Jesus was killed, he was stuck with a spear in the side (John 19:34). Alpha, Omega The first and last letters in the Greek alphabet, meaning the beginning and the end. Patmos A small island in the Aegean Sea, near the coast of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). message The news that God has made a way for people to have their sins forgiven and live with him forever. Spirit, Holy Spirit Also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and the Comforter. Joined with God and Christ, he does God's work among people in the world. like a Son of Man These words are from Dan. 7:13. "Son of Man" is a name Jesus used for himself. Hades Place where people go after they die.

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