the things
saying, "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me. When I turned I saw seven gold lampstands,
and among the lampstands was One like the Son of Man, dressed in a long robe, and with a gold sash wrapped around His chest.
His head and hair were white like wool-- white as snow, His eyes like a fiery flame,
His feet like fine bronze fired in a furnace, and His voice like the sound of cascading waters.
In His right hand He had seven stars; from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was shining like the sun at midday.
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. He laid His right hand on me, and said, "Don't be afraid! I am the First and the Last,
and the Living One. I was dead, but look-- I am alive forever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Therefore write what you have seen, what is, and what will take place after this.
The secret of the seven stars you saw in My right hand, and of the seven gold lampstands, is this: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
and the things which are
"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: "The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands says:
I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil. You have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.
You also possess endurance and have tolerated [many things] because of My name, and have not grown weary.
and the things which shall be
After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this."
Immediately I was in the Spirit, and there in heaven a throne was set. One was seated on the throne,
and the One seated looked like jasper and carnelian stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne.
Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with gold crowns on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and thunder. Burning before the throne were seven fiery torches, which are the seven spirits of God.
Also before the throne was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. In the middle and around the throne were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back.
The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was, who is, and who is coming.
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever,
the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:
Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.