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Revelation 1 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:1 - The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:2 - who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:3 - Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Greetings and Doxology

Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:4 - John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[fn] before his throne,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:5 - and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:6 - and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:7 - “Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[fn] and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”[fn] So shall it be! Amen.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:8 - “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

John’s Vision of Christ

Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:9 - I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:10 - On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:11 - which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:12 - I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:13 - and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[fn] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:14 - The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:15 - His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:16 - In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:17 - When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:18 - I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:19 - “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.
Unchecked Copy BoxRev 1:20 - The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels[fn] of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
NIV Footnotes
That is, the sevenfold Spirit
Daniel 7:13
Zech. 12:10
See Daniel 7:13.
Or messengers

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