Revelation 1-5 Bible in Basic English

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1 1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave him so that his servants might have knowledge of the things which will quickly take place: and he sent and made it clear by his angel to his servant John; 2  Who gave witness of the word of God, and of the witness of Jesus Christ, even of all the things which he saw.

3  A blessing be on the reader, and on those who give ear to the prophet's words, and keep the things which he has put in the book: for the time is near.

Greetings to the Seven Churches

4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and was and is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his high seat; 5  And from Jesus Christ, the true witness, the first to come back from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who had love for us and has made us clean from our sins by his blood; 6  And has made us to be a kingdom and priests to his God and Father; to him let glory and power be given for ever and ever. So be it. 7  See, he comes with the clouds, and every eye will see him, and those by whom he was wounded; and all the tribes of the earth will be sorrowing because of him. Yes, so be it. 8  I am the First and the Last, says the Lord God who is and was and is to come, the Ruler of all.

A Vision of the Son of Man

9  I, John, your brother, who have a part with you in the trouble and the kingdom and the quiet strength of Jesus, was in the island which is named Patmos, for the word of God and the witness of Jesus. 10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and a great voice at my back, as of a horn, came to my ears, 11  Saying, What you see, put in a book, and send it to the seven churches; to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea. 12  And turning to see the voice which said these words to me, I saw seven gold vessels with lights burning in them; 13  And in the middle of them one like a son of man, clothed with a robe down to his feet, and with a band of gold round his breasts. 14  And his head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15  And his feet like polished brass, as if it had been burned in a fire; and his voice was as the sound of great waters. 16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword: and his face was like the sun shining in its strength. 17  And when I saw him, I went down on my face at his feet as one dead. And he put his right hand on me, saying, Have no fear; I am the first and the last and the Living one; 18  And I was dead, and see, I am living for ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hell. 19  Put in writing, then, the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will be after these; 20  The secret of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold vessels with burning lights. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lights are the seven churches.

The Message to Ephesus

2 1  To the angel of the church in Ephesus say: These things says he who has the seven stars in his right hand, who is walking in the middle of the seven gold lights: 2  I have knowledge of your doings, and of your hard work and long waiting, and that you will not put up with evil men, and have put to the test those who say they are Apostles and are not, and have seen that they are false; 3  And you have the power of waiting, and have undergone trouble because of my name, without weariness. 4  But I have this against you, that you are turned away from your first love. 5  So keep in mind where you were at first, and be changed in heart and do the first works; or I will come to you, and will take away your light from its place, if your hearts are not changed. 6  But at least you have the credit of hating the works of the Nicolaitans, as I do. 7  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the fruit of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

The Message to Smyrna

8  And to the angel of the church in Smyrna say: These things says the first and the last, who was dead and is living: 9  I have knowledge of your troubles and how poor you are (but you have true wealth), and the evil words of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are a Synagogue of Satan. 10  Have no fear of the things which you will have to undergo: see, the Evil One will send some of you into prison, so that you may be put to the test; and you will have great trouble for ten days. Be true till death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not come under the power of the second death.

The Message to Pergamos

12  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos say: These things says he who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13  I have knowledge that your living-place is where Satan has his seat: and you are true to my name, and were not turned away from your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my true witness, who was put to death among you, where Satan has his place. 14  But I have some things against you, because you have with you those who keep the teaching of Balaam, by whose suggestion Balak made the children of Israel go out of the right way, taking food which was offered to false gods, and going after the desires of the flesh. 15  And you have those who keep the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16  See, then, that you have a change of heart; or I will come to you quickly, and will make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give of the secret manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name, of which no one has knowledge but he to whom it is given.

The Message to Thyatira

18  And to the angel of the church in Thyatira say: These things says the Son of God, whose eyes are like a flame of fire, and his feet like polished brass: 19  I have knowledge of your works, and your love and faith and help and strength in trouble, and that your last works are more than the first. 20  But I have this against you, that you let the woman Jezebel say she is a prophet and give false teaching, making my servants go after the desires of the flesh and take food offered to false gods. 21  And I gave her time for a change of heart, but she has no mind to give up her unclean ways. 22  See, I will put her into a bed, and those who make themselves unclean with her, into great trouble, if they go on with her works. 23  And I will put her children to death; and all the churches will see that I am he who makes search into the secret thoughts and hearts of men: and I will give to every one of you the reward of your works. 24  But to you I say, to the rest in Thyatira, even to those who have not this teaching, and have no knowledge of the secrets of Satan, as they say; I put on you no other weight. 25  But what you have, keep safe till I come. 26  He who overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him I will give rule over the nations, 27  And he will be ruling them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of the potter they will be broken, even as I have power from my Father: 28  And I will give him the morning star. 29  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Message to Sardis

3 1  And to the angel of the church in Sardis say: These things says he who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I have knowledge of your works, that you seem to be living but are dead. 2  Be on the watch, and make strong the rest of the things which are near to death; because as judged by me your works have not come up to God's measure. 3  Keep in mind, then, the teaching which was given to you, and be ruled by it and have a change of heart. If then you do not keep watch, I will come like a thief, and you will have no knowledge of the hour when I will come on you. 4  But you have some names in Sardis who have kept clean their robes; and as a reward they will go in white with me. 5  He who overcomes will be dressed in white, and I will not take his name from the book of life, and I will give witness to his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Message to Philadelphia

7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia say: These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, opening the door so that it may be shut by no one, and shutting it so that it may be open to no one. 8  I have knowledge of your works (see, I have put before you an open door which may be shut by no one), and that you have a little strength, and have kept my word, and have been true to my name. 9  See, I will make those of the Synagogue of Satan who say they are Jews, and are not, but say what is false; I will make them come and give worship before your feet, and see my love for you. 10  Because you have kept my word in quiet strength, I will keep you from the hour of testing which is coming on all the world, to put to the test those who are on earth. 11  I come quickly: keep that which you have, so that no one may take your crown. 12  Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the house of my God, and he will go out no more: and I will put on him the name of my God, and the name of the town of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, and my new name. 13  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Message to Laodicea

14  And to the angel of the church in Laodicea say: These things says the true and certain witness, the head of God's new order: 15  I have knowledge of your works, that you are not cold or warm: it would be better if you were cold or warm. 16  So because you are not one thing or the other, I will have no more to do with you. 17  For you say, I have wealth, and have got together goods and land, and have need of nothing; and you are not conscious of your sad and unhappy condition, that you are poor and blind and without clothing. 18  If you are wise you will get from me gold tested by fire, so that you may have true wealth; and white robes to put on, so that your shame may not be seen; and oil for your eyes, so that you may see. 19  To all those who are dear to me, I give sharp words and punishment: then with all your heart have sorrow for your evil ways. 20  See, I am waiting at the door and giving the sign; if my voice comes to any man's ears and he makes the door open, I will come in to him, and will take food with him and he with me. 21  To him who overcomes I will give a place with me on my high seat, even as I overcame, and am seated with my Father on his high seat. 22  He who has ears, let him give ear to what the Spirit says to the churches.

The Heavenly Worship

4 1  After these things I saw a door open in heaven, and the first voice came to my ears, like the sound of a horn, saying, Come up here, and I will make clear to you the things which are to come. 2  Straight away I was in the Spirit: and I saw a high seat in heaven, and one was seated on it; 3  And to my eyes he was like a jasper and a sardius stone: and there was an arch of light round the high seat, like an emerald. 4  And round about the high seat were four and twenty seats: and on them I saw four and twenty rulers seated, clothed in white robes; and on their heads crowns of gold. 5  And out of the high seat came flames and voices and thunders. And seven lights of fire were burning before the high seat, which are the seven Spirits of God; 6  And before the high seat there was, as it seemed, a clear sea of glass; and in the middle of the high seat, and round about it, four beasts full of eyes round about. 7  And the first beast was like a lion, and the second like an ox, and the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.

8  And the four beasts, having every one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and inside: and without resting day and night, they say, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, Ruler of all, who was and is and is to come. 9  And when the beasts give glory and honour to him who is seated on the high seat, to him who is living for ever and ever, 10  The four and twenty rulers go down on their faces before him who is seated on the high seat, and give worship to him who is living for ever and ever, and take off their crowns before the high seat, saying, 11  It is right, our Lord and our God, for you to have glory and honour and power: because by you were all things made, and by your desire they came into being.

The Unopened Book and the Lamb

5 1  And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the high seat, a book with writing inside it and on the back, shut with seven stamps of wax. 2  And I saw a strong angel saying in a loud voice, Who is able to make the book open, and to undo its stamps? 3  And no one in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to get the book open, or to see what was in it. 4  And I was very sad, because there was no one able to get the book open or to see what was in it. 5  And one of the rulers said to me, Do not be sad: see, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome, and has power to undo the book and its seven stamps.

6  And I saw in the middle of the high seat and of the four beasts, and in the middle of the rulers, a Lamb in his place, which seemed as if it had been put to death, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7  And he came and took it out of the right hand of him who was seated on the high seat. 8  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and the four and twenty rulers went down on their faces before the Lamb, having every one an instrument of music, and gold vessels full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints. 9  And their voices are sounding in a new song, saying, It is right for you to take the book and to make it open: for you were put to death and have made an offering to God of your blood for men of every tribe, and language, and people, and nation, 10  And have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are ruling on the earth. 11  And I saw, and there came to my ears the sound of a great number of angels round about the high seat and the beasts and the rulers; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12  Saying with a great voice, It is right to give to the Lamb who was put to death, power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing. 13  And to my ears came the voice of everything in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and of all things which are in them, saying, To him who is seated on the high seat, and to the Lamb, may blessing and honour and glory and power be given for ever and ever. 14  And the four beasts said, So be it. And the rulers went down on their faces and gave worship.

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