Thomson(i) 1 A REVELATION of Jesus Christ, which God gave him, to shew to his servants things which must shortly come to pass, and which he sent by his angel, and signified to his servant John, 2 who hath testified the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, and what he saw. 3 Happy he who readeth, and they who hear the words of this prophecy; and keep the things that are written therein! For the time is at hand! 4 John to the seven congregations which are in Asia; favour be to you, and peace from him who is, and who was, and who is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before his throne; 5 and from Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness, the first born from the dead, and the sovereign of the kings of the earth. To him who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins with his blood, 6 and made us kings and priests to God, even his father to him be the glory and dominion for the ages of the ages. Amen. 7 Behold he is coming with clouds, and every eye shall see him, even they who pierced him; and for him all the tribes of the earth shall mourn. Yes, be it so. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end," saith the Lord, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." 9 I John, who am your brother, and a partaker in this affliction, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island which is called Patmos, on the account of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, "I am the Alpha and the Omega; the first and the last," and "what thou seest, write in a book, and send it to the seven congregations which are in Asia, to Ephesus and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." 12 Whereupon I turned to look towards the voice which spake to me; and upon turning about, I saw seven golden candlesticks, 13 and in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks one like a son of man, clothed with a robe down to the feet, and girded about the breast with a golden girdle; 14 and as for his head, the hairs like wool were glittering white as snow, and his eyes were like a flame of fire; 15 and his feet were like fine brass, as if they were glowing in a furnace; and his voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword. And his countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw him I fell at his feet as one dead. Whereupon he laid his right hand on me, and said to me, "Fear not. I am the first and the last, 18 even he who liveth. Though I was dead yet behold I am alive, and live for the ages of the ages, Amen. And I have the keys of the mansion of the dead, and of death. 19 Write what thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which are about to be hereafter. 20 With respect to the hidden meaning of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks; the seven stars are the angels of the seven congregations and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven congregations.