I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,113
and among the lampstands2 was someone "like a son of man,"a3 dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet4 and with a golden sash around his chest.514
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.615
His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace,7 and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.816
In his right hand he held seven stars,9 and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword.10 His face was like the sun11 shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet12 as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me13 and said: "Do not be afraid.14 I am the First and the Last.1518I am the Living One; I was dead,16 and behold I am alive for ever and ever!17 And I hold the keys of death and Hades.1819"Write, therefore, what you have seen,19 what is now and what will take place later.20The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand20 and of the seven golden lampstands21 is this: The seven stars are the angelsb of the seven churches,22 and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.23