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. 1
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! 2
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. 3
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.
On the Lord's day the Spirit took control of me, and I heard a loud voice, that sounded like a trumpet, speaking behind me.
It said, "Write down what you see, and send the book to the churches in these seven cities: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
I turned around to see who was talking to me, and I saw seven gold lampstands,
and among them there was what looked like a human being, wearing a robe that reached to his feet, and a gold band around his chest. 4
References for Revelation 1:13
1.13 a Dn 7.13; b Dn 10.5.
His hair was white as wool, or as snow, and his eyes blazed like fire; 5
References for Revelation 1:14
1.14 Dn 7.9.+O+N1.14, 15 Dn 10.6.
his feet shone like brass that has been refined and polished, and his voice sounded like a roaring waterfall. 6
References for Revelation 1:15
1.15 Ez 1.24; 43.2+2 2 Esd 6.17.
He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth. His face was as bright as the midday sun.