||I, John, your brother, and a sharer in the tribulation and in the kingdom and in patient endurance for Christ Jesus, was on the island which is called Patmos, because of the Word of God and the testimony to Jesus.
||I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a great voice, like that of a trumpet,
||saying, “What you see, write in a book, and send it to the seven Churches, which are in Asia: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamus, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
||And I turned around, so as to see the voice which was speaking with me. And having turned around, I saw seven golden lampstands.
||And in the midst of the seven golden lampstands was one resembling the Son of man, clothed to the feet with a vestment, and wrapped to the breast with a wide belt of gold.
||And when I had seen him, I fell at his feet, like one who is dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
||And I am alive, though I was dead. And, behold, I live forever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and of Hell.
||Therefore, write the things which you have seen, and which are, and which must occur afterward: