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John is a witness to everything he saw. What he saw is God’s word and what Jesus Christ has said. Blessed is the one who reads out loud the words of this prophecy. Blessed are those who hear it and think everything it says is important. The time when these things will come true is near.

Greetings and Praise to God

I, John, am writing this letter.

I am sending it to the seven churches in Asia Minor.

May grace and peace come to you from God. He is the one who is, and who was, and who will come. May grace and peace come to you from the seven spirits. These spirits are in front of God’s throne.

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who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God(A) and the testimony of Jesus Christ.(B) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,(C) because the time is near.(D)

Greetings and Doxology

John,

To the seven churches(E) in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you(F) from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,(G) and from the seven spirits[a](H) before his throne,

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 1:4 That is, the sevenfold Spirit

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