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1  This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John, 2  who testified to God’s word, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about everything that he saw. 3  Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand. 4  John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne; 5  and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood; 6  and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7  Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amen. 8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” 9  I John, your brother and partner with you in the oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet 11  saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 
12  I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lamp stands. 13  And among the lamp stands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest. 14  His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15  His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters. 16  He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest. 
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17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, 18  and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades. 19  Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter; 20  the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lamp stands are seven assemblies. 
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This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John, who testified to God’s word, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about everything that he saw.
  • The dragon grew angry with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep God’s commandments and hold Jesus’ testimony.  Revelation 12:17

    I fell down before his feet to worship him. He said to me, “Look! Don’t do it! I am a fellow bondservant with you and with your brothers who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.”  Revelation 19:10

Therefore don’t be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner; but endure hardship for the Good News according to the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News.  2 Timothy 1:8-10

But I make known to you, brothers, concerning the Good News which was preached by me, that it is not according to man.  For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ.  Galatians 1:11,12

The secret things belong to Yahweh our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.  Deuteronomy 29:29

Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. Amos 3:7 

…but there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, Daniel 2:28a

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Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand. 
  • Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.   Revelation 1:3


    I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them.” Revelation 14:13


    “Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn’t walk naked, and they see his shame.” Revelation 16:15

    He said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” He said to me, “These are true words of God.” Revelation 19:9

    Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him one thousand years.  Revelation 20:6

    “Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”  Revelation 22:7

    Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in by the gates into the city.  Revelation 22:14

“Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”  Revelation 22:7

He said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.  Revelation 22:10

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 John, to the seven assemblies that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before his throne; 

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“And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write: “He who has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars says these things: “I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.  Revelation 3:1

I saw in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.  Revelation 5:6

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Him which is, and which was, and which is to come!

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” and he said, “You shall tell the children of Israel this: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14

Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM. ”  John 8:58

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

The four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within. They have no rest day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come!”  Revelation 4:8

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and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, and washed us from our sins by his blood; 
  • Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.  I command you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate testified the good confession, that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;  who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.  I Timothy 6:12-16

    Pilate therefore said to him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I have been born, and for this reason I have come into the world, that I should testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”  John 18:37

    Behold, I have given him for a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the peoples.  Isaiah 55:4

    Then they said to Jeremiah, “May Yahweh be a true and faithful witness among us, if we don’t do according to all the word with which Yahweh your God sends you to tell us.  Jeremiah 42:5

    “To the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: “The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of God’s creation, says these things: Revelation 3:14

  • For to which of the angels did he say at any time, “You are my Son. Today I have become your father?”and again, “I will be to him a Father, and he will be to me a Son?”  When he again brings in the firstborn into the world he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”  Of the angels he says, “Who makes his angels winds, and his servants a flame of fire.” But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your Kingdom.  Hebrews 1:5-8

    For this cause, we also, since the day we heard this, don’t cease praying and making requests for you, that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that you may walk worthily of the Lord, to please him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, for all endurance and perseverance with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who made us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the Kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins; who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  For by him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.  He is the head of the body, the assembly, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For all the fullness was pleased to dwell in him; and through him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, whether things on the earth, or things in the heavens, having made peace through the blood of his cross.  Colossians 1:9-20

    For whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.   Romans 8:29,30

    Having therefore obtained the help that is from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would happen, how the Christ must suffer, and how, by the resurrection of the dead, he would be first to proclaim light both to these people and to the Gentiles.”  Acts 26:22,23

    But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.  For since death came by man, the resurrection of the dead also came by man. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.  But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then those who are Christ’s, at his coming.  I Corinthians 15:20-23

  • By this God’s love was revealed in us, that God has sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  I John 4:9,10

    Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.  2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17

    Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and remain in his love.  John 15:9,10

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6  and he made us to be a Kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. 
  • Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”  Exodus 19:5,6

    You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  Because it is contained in Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, chosen, and precious: He who believes in him will not be disappointed.”  For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected, has become the chief cornerstone,” and, “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.”For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: who in time past were no people, but now are God’s people, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  I Peter 2:5-10

    They sang a new song, saying, “You are worthy to take the book, and to open its seals: for you were killed, and bought us for God with your blood, out of every tribe, language, people, and nation, and made us kings and priests to our God, and we will reign on the earth.”  Revelation 5:9,10

    I told him, “My lord, you know.” He said to me, “These are those who came out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes, and made them white in the Lamb’s blood.  Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them. Revelation 7:14,15

    I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and such as didn’t worship the beast nor his image, and didn’t receive the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  The rest of the dead didn’t live until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him one thousand years.  Revelation 20:4-6

    With gladness and rejoicing they shall be led. They shall enter into the king’s palace.  Your sons will take the place of your fathers. You shall make them princes in all the earth.  I will make your name to be remembered in all generations. Therefore the peoples shall give you thanks forever and ever.  Psalms 45:15-17

    But you will be called Yahweh’s priests. Men will call you the servants of our God. You will eat the wealth of the nations, and you will boast in their glory.  Isaiah 61:6

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Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amen. 8  “I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” 
  • But immediately after the oppression of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken; and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. He will send out his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his chosen ones from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.  Matthew 24:29-31

    For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.  I Thessalonians 4:16,17 

    When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.  While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing,  who also said, “You men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who was received up from you into the sky, will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky.” Acts 1:9-11

  • I will pour on David’s house, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they will look to me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn.  Zechariah 12:10

    Again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they pierced.”  John 19:37

I AM

Him which is, and which was, and which is to come!

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” and he said, “You shall tell the children of Israel this: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14

Jesus said to them, “Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM. ”  John 8:58

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

The four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within. They have no rest day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come!”  Revelation 4:8

He said to me, “I have become the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give freely to him who is thirsty from the spring of the water of life. Revelation 21:6  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Revelation 22:13

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I John, your brother and partner with you in the oppression, Kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
 

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10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet 11  saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 
 

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12  I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lamp stands. 13  And among the lamp stands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest.
 

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 14  His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15  His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters.
 

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16  He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest. 
 

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17  When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last, 18  and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forever and ever. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.
 

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19  Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter; 20  the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lamp stands are seven assemblies.