I, Yochanan, am a brother of yours and a fellow-sharer in the suffering, kingship and perseverance that come from being united with Yeshua. I had been exiled to the island called Patmos for having proclaimed the message of God and borne witness to Yeshua.
I came to be, in the Spirit, on the Day of the Lord; and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet,
saying, "Write down what you see on a scroll, and send it to the seven Messianic communities - Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea!"
I turned around to see who was speaking to me; and when I had turned, I saw seven gold menorahs;
and among the menorahs was someone like a Son of Man, wearing a robe down to his feet and a gold band around his chest.
His head and hair were as white as snow-white wool, his eyes like a fiery flame,
his feet like burnished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of rushing waters.
In his right hand he held seven stars, out of his mouth went a sharp double-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength.
When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man. He placed his right hand upon me and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last,
the Living One. I was dead, but look! - I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Sh'ol.
So write down what you see, both what is now, and what will happen afterwards.
Here is the secret meaning of the seven stars you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold menorahs: the seven stars are the angels of the seven Messianic communities, and the seven menorahs are the seven Messianic communities.