I, John, your brother and 27partner in 28the tribulation and 29the kingdom and 30the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos 31on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.
1032I was in the Spirit 33on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice 34like a trumpet
saying, 35"Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."
Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw 36seven golden lampstands,
and in the midst of the lampstands 37one like 38a son of man, 39clothed with a long robe and 40with a golden sash around his chest.
1441The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. 42His eyes were like a flame of fire,
1543his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and 44his voice was like the roar of many waters.
1645In his right hand he held seven stars, 46from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and 47his face was like the sun shining 48in full strength.
1749When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But 50he laid his right hand on me, 51saying, "Fear not, 52I am the first and the last,
18and the living one. 53I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and 54I have the keys of Death and Hades.
1955Write therefore 56the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this.
20As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and 57the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and 58the seven lampstands are the seven churches.