and has made us to be a kingdom and priests1 to serve his God and Father2--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.37
Look, he is coming with the clouds,4 and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;5 and all the peoples of the earth will mourn6 because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
8"I am the Alpha and the Omega,"7 says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come,8 the Almighty."9
I, John,10 your brother and companion in the suffering11 and kingdom12 and patient endurance13 that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God14 and the testimony of Jesus.1510
On the Lord's Day16 I was in the Spirit,17 and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,1811
which said: "Write on a scroll what you see19 and send it to the seven churches:20 to Ephesus,21 Smyrna,22 Pergamum,23 Thyatira,24 Sardis,25 Philadelphia26 and Laodicea."2712
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,2813
and among the lampstands29 was someone "like a son of man,"a30 dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet31 and with a golden sash around his chest.3214
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.3315
His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace,34 and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.3516
In his right hand he held seven stars,36 and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword.37 His face was like the sun38 shining in all its brilliance.