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1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

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1 Vin P = " Elaine Pagels explains in her book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, New York: Viking, 2012, how Norman Cohen the historian “suggests that people living in social or political crisis often become increasingly preoccupied with the ‘end-times,’ just as John of Patmos began to write in the aftermath of the Jewish war. As war, uprisings, and economic turmoil threatened the stability of the Roman Empire, countless other people--Jews, pagans, and Christians--produced a flood of ‘revelations,’ many only recently discovered.” Some of these revelations are the Revelation of Peter and the Revelation of Paul, the Revelation of Zostrianos, the Reveletaion of Ezra written by the Jewish prophet Salathiel, the Revelation of Elijah, the Secret Revelation of John who is Jesus’ disciple and not John of Patmos, and the Secret Revelation of James. "
2 Sarah R = ""The traditional author of Revelation is the Apostle John, who contributed the Gospel of John and the three letters of John to the NT. There are good reasons to hold this view. 1) The writer refers to himself as John (1:1, 4, 9; 22:8). 2) The author had personal relationships with the seven churches of Asia Minor (1:4,11;chaps.2-3), as did the apostle. 3) His circumstances at the time of writing (1:9) match those of John the apostle. 4) The saturation of the book with OT imagery implies a Jewish writer, such as the Apostle John. 5) Though the author does not claim to be the Apostle John, it seems unlikely that any other first-century Christian leader would have had the authority or was associated closely enough with the churches of Asia Minor to have referred to himself simply as John... The early church almost unanimously attributed Revelation to John the Apostle."- The Apologetics Study Bible, Introduction to Revelation"
3 Vin P = "Bishop Eusebius of Caesarea in Palestine is the earliest Church historian. A famous book he wrote is Ecclesiastical History where he discusses the books of the Bible as acceptable or illegitimate. Unfortunately Revelation is extremely controversial. In fact Eusebius lists this book as both accepted and illegitimate."
4 Sarah R = "Actually, before Eusebius and a few others in the 3rd and 4th century cast doubt on whether or not Revelation was written by the Apostle John (though they still accepted it as holy and inspired), the earliest records we have of the early church affirm Revelation:"Revelation’s early reception was Outstanding.  Perhaps as much as any other NT book, we have evidence for an early, widespread, and consistent reception of Revelation.  Our evidence goes back as early as Papias (c.125) and also includes Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, the Muratorian Fragment, Hippolytus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and Origen.  That is an impressive list."In addition, it is worth noting that almost every one of these church fathers accepted the book of Revelation on the same grounds, namely the belief that the apostle John, the son of Zebedee was the author."B.W. Bacon was so impressed with Revelation’s initial reception that he was able to say, “There is no book in the entire New Testament whose external attestation can compare with that of Revelation, in nearness, clearness, definiteness, and positiveness of statement” (The Making of the New Testament, 190)."- see more at: http://michaeljkruger.com/the-book-of-revelation-how-difficult-was-its-journey-into-the-canon/"
5 Cary W = "Madam Guyan in her book on Revelation suggests that we perhaps read this ominous book as an inner guide to River of Life that flows from the Throne of God.John himself tells us we will be blessed if we hear these prophetic book and keep the things that are written therein, for the time is at hand.  Meaning all of this you are about to read is happening right now, inside you.  Something to definitely ponder."
6 Cary W = "We read later that the seven spirits, and the seven stars represent the angels of God's seven-fold Church, and that each of us have grace and peace from the Eternal Father, the seven angels of God and from Jesus Christ.He is the firstborn among many brethren and the first of many to overcome death."
7 Cary W = "In this introduction from John, we are given his blessing and that of Jesus in the words that will follow.  He sets the tone of the letter, going out to all the seven churches spread across the continent, by declaring its purpose is to prepare us to be victorious in our faith and devotion so that we will know His gift to us to be fellow kings and priests unto the Father."
8 Cary W = "Through His Atonement Jesus presents us washed from all sin and error and presents us before the Father as fellow kings and priests to God.This is sobering when truly considered.  If these words are present tense, and they indeed are, then we are now kings and priests unto God.  We are now rulers of our own life and domain, and as such are fully responsible for how we use our thoughts and beliefs to govern this body and all our affairs. "
9 Vin P = "The book of Revelation was written by John of Patmos. He called himself Patmos because he wrote Revelation while exiled on this island off Turkey. John, who was Jewish, and in a trance when Jesus spoke to him, favorably described Jesus as “his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength,” but John of Patmos was horrified. He goes on to write, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.” "
10 Cary W = "Jesus is telling us that at this moment He is Lord of all, having the very keys of hell and death.  All those who have passed and all those here and beyond who remain in any kind of hell are under His authority.  This means the dead and everyone in hell is set free, for did He not say when He dies He will descend through hell setting every captive free?The gates of death and hell have all been opened.  Won't you consider stepping outside those prisons into the light of His presence and kingdom presented you this hour?"
11 Cary W = "There are two ways to read any scripture, literally and internally, and to really digest the Book of Revelation, requires both kinds of hearing and seeing.This verse says there are 7 sources of light, each reflected the seven bodies or churches of believers.  There are also seven primary energy centers and glands in the human body, each governed by an internal intelligence or angel.So as we read this letter, may it penetrate to our inner world, as well as give us good counsel and guidance in the outer world, which has already been overcome by Him who was, is and is to come."