Author: The apostle John (1:1, 9).
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 90, while John was in exile on the island of Patmos.
Place of Writing: The island of Patmos (1:9).
Recipients: The seven churches in Asia (1:4).
Christ as the Center of God's Administration
according to God's Eternal Economy
I. Introduction --
The Revelation of Christ
and the Testimony of Jesus
1 The 1arevelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to Him to bshow to His cslaves the things that must quickly take place; and He made it known by 2dsigns, sending it by His eangel to His slave John,
2 Who atestified the bword of God and the 1ctestimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he dsaw.
3 aBlessed is he who reads and those who bhear the cwords of the 1prophecy and dkeep the things written in it, for the time is enear.
4 John to the 1aseven bchurches which are in 2Asia: cGrace to you and dpeace from 3eHim who is and who was and 4who is coming, and from the 5fseven Spirits who are before His throne,
5 And from Jesus Christ, the faithful aWitness, the bFirstborn of the dead, and the cRuler of the kings of the earth. To Him who dloves us and has 1released us from our sins 2by His eblood
6 And made us a 1akingdom, 2bpriests to His God and Father, cto Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, He 1acomes with the 2bclouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who cpierced Him; and all the 3tribes of the 4land will 5dmourn over Him. Yes, amen.
8 I am the 1aAlpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, bHe who is and who was and who is coming, the cAlmighty.
II. ``The Things Which You Have Seen''
A. Seven Golden Lampstands --
The Shining Churches
B. The Son of Man --
The Living Christ
C. Seven Stars --
The Bright Messengers of the Churches
9 I John, your brother and fellow apartaker in the btribulation and ckingdom and 1dendurance in 2Jesus, was on the island called 3Patmos because of the eword of God and the ftestimony of Jesus.
10 I was in 1aspirit on the 2Lord's Day and heard behind me a loud voice like a btrumpet,
11 Saying, What you asee bwrite in a scroll and 1send it to the cseven dchurches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamos and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
12 And I 1turned to see the voice that spoke with me; and when I 1turned, I saw aseven 2golden 3blampstands,
13 And 1in the amidst of the lampstands One like the 2bSon of Man, clothed with a 3cgarment reaching to the feet, and 4dgirded about at the breasts with a golden egirdle.
14 And His head and 1ahair were as white as 2bwhite wool, as 2snow; and His 3ceyes were like a flame of 4dfire;
15 And His 1afeet were like shining 1bronze, as having been 2fired in a furnace; and His voice was like the 3bsound of many waters.
16 And He had in His right hand aseven 1stars; and out of His 2bmouth proceeded a 2sharp two-edged csword; and His 3dface shone as the sun shines in its power.
17 And when I saw Him, I afell at His feet as dead; and He bplaced His right hand on me, saying, cDo not fear; I am the 1dFirst and the Last
18 And the 1aliving One; and I became bdead, and behold, I am aliving forever and ever; and I have the ckeys of 2death and of Hades.
19 aWrite therefore the things which you have seen and the things which are and the things which are about to take place bafter these things.
20 The 1mystery of the aseven stars which you saw upon My right hand and the bseven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the 2messengers of the cseven churches, and the seven dlampstands are the seven churches.