Revelation 1-5 New Revised Standard Version

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1 1  The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants [1] what must soon take place; he made [2] it known by sending his angel to his servant [3] John, 2  who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.

3  Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.

Greetings to the Seven Churches

4  John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5  and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed [4] us from our sins by his blood, 6  and made [5] us to be a kingdom, priests serving [6] his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7  Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. 8  "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

A Vision of the Son of Man

9  I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. [7] 10  I was in the spirit [8] on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11  saying, "Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea." 12  Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13  and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. 14  His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15  his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. 16  In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force. 17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18  and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades. 19  Now write what you have seen, what is, and what is to take place after this. 20  As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

The Message to Ephesus

2 1  "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands: 2  "I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them to be false. 3  I also know that you are enduring patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown weary. 4  But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. 5  Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6  Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.

The Message to Smyrna

8  "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the first and the last, who was dead and came to life: 9  "I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10  Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.

The Message to Pergamos

12  "And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13  "I know where you are living, where Satan's throne is. Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan lives. 14  But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel, so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice fornication. 15  So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16  Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.

The Message to Thyatira

18  "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze: 19  "I know your works-your love, faith, service, and patient endurance. I know that your last works are greater than the first. 20  But I have this against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21  I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her fornication. 22  Beware, I am throwing her on a bed, and those who commit adultery with her I am throwing into great distress, unless they repent of her doings; 23  and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve. 24  But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call "the deep things of Satan,' to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden; 25  only hold fast to what you have until I come. 26  To everyone who conquers and continues to do my works to the end, I will give authority over the nations; 27  to rule them with an iron rod, as when clay pots are shattered- 28  even as I also received authority from my Father. To the one who conquers I will also give the morning star. 29  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

The Message to Sardis

3 1  "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. 2  Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. 3  Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4  Yet you have still a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; they will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5  If you conquer, you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before his angels. 6  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

The Message to Philadelphia

7  "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens: 8  "I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9  I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but are lying-I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10  Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. 11  I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12  If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem that comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

The Message to Laodicea

14  "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God's creation: 15  "I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. 16  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17  For you say, "I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.' You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18  Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19  I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. 20  Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. 21  To the one who conquers I will give a place with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22  Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

The Heavenly Worship

4 1  After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." 2  At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! 3  And the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. 4  Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. 5  Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; 6  and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal. Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7  the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle.

8  And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing, "Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come." 9  And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10  the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, 11  "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."

The Unopened Book and the Lamb

5 1  Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2  and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?" 3  And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. 4  And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5  Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."

6  Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. 8  When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9  They sing a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; 10  you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth." 11  Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12  singing with full voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!" 13  Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing, "To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!" 14  And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the elders fell down and worshiped.

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Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Gk [slaves]

[2] 1:1 Gk [and he made]

[3] 1:1 Gk [slave]

[4] 1:5 Other ancient authorities read [washed]

[5] 1:6 Gk [and he made]

[6] 1:6 Gk [priests to]

[7] 1:9 Or [testimony to Jesus]

[8] 1:10 Or [in the Spirit]

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