This book is the record of the events that Jesus Christ revealed. God gave him this revelation in order to show to his servants what must happen very soon. Christ made these things known to his servant John by sending his angel to him,
and John has told all that he has seen. This is his report concerning the message from God and the truth revealed by Jesus Christ.
Happy is the one who reads this book, and happy are those who listen to the words of this prophetic message and obey what is written in this book! For the time is near when all these things will happen.
From John to the seven churches in the province of Asia: 1 Grace and peace be yours from God, who is, who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits in front of his throne,
References for Revelation 1:4
1.4 a Ex 3.14; b Rev 4.5.
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first to be raised from death and who is also the ruler of the kings of the world. 2 He loves us, and by his sacrificial death he has freed us from our sins
References for Revelation 1:5
1.5 a Is 55.4; b Ps 89.27.
and made us a kingdom of priests to serve his God and Father. To Jesus Christ be the glory and power forever and ever! Amen. 3
References for Revelation 1:6
1.6 Ex 19.6; Rev 5.10.
Look, he is coming on the clouds! Everyone will see him, including those who pierced him. All peoples on earth will mourn over him. So shall it be! 4
References for Revelation 1:7
1.7 a Dn 7.13; Mt 24.30; Mk 13.26; Lk 21.27; 1 Th 4.17; b Zec 12.10; Jn 19.34, 37; c Zec 12.10; Mt 24.30.
"I am the first and the last," says the Lord God Almighty, who is, who was, and who is to come. 5
References for Revelation 1:8
1.8 a Rev 22.13; b Ex 3.14.
I am John, your brother, and as a follower of Jesus I am your partner in patiently enduring the suffering that comes to those who belong to his Kingdom. I was put on the island of Patmos because I had proclaimed God's word and the truth that Jesus revealed.