Table of Contents
The Revelation of St John the Divine
The 1st Chapter
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, for to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass. And he sent and showed by his angel unto his servant John, which bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Happy is he that reads, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein. For the time is at hand.
John to the seven congregations in Asia. Grace be with you and peace, from him which is and which was, and which is to come, and from the seven spirits which are present before his throne, and from Jesus Christ which is a faithful witness, and first begotten of the dead: and Lord over the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from sins in his own blood, and made us kings and Priests unto God his father be glory and dominion for ever more. Amen. Behold he comes with clouds, and all eyes shall see him: and they also which pierced him. And all kindreds of the earth shall wail. Even so: Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, says the Lord almighty, which is and which was and which is to come.
I John your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience which is in *Jesu Christ, was in the isle of Pathmos for the word of God, and for the witnessing of Jesu Christ. I was in the spirit on a *sonday, and heard behind me a great voice, as it had been of a trumpet saying: I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. That, that you See, write in a book, and send it unto the congregations which are in Asia, unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thiatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicia. *Jesu: Hebrew for Jesus. *sonday : exactly as it appears, sun in the text would have been sunne, see chap 6.
And I turned back to see the voice that spoke to me. And when I was turned: I saw seven golden candlesticks. And in the midst of the candlesticks, one like unto the son of man, clothed with a linen garment down to the ground, and girt about the paps (chest)with a golden girdle. His head, and his hairs were white, as white wool, and as snow: and his eyes were as a flame of fire: and his feet like unto brass as though they burnt in a furnace: and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars. And out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword. And his face shone even as the *son in his strength.*son : exactly as it appears, sun in chapter 6 appears as sunne.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet, even as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me: fear not. I am the first and the last, and am alive, and was dead. And behold I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of hell and of death. Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be fulfilled hereafter: and the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the messengers of the seven congregations: And the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven congregations.
The 2nd Chapter
Unto the messenger of the congregation of Ephesus write: These things says he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, and walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know your works, and the labour, and your patience, and how you can not forbear them which are evil: and examinedst them which say they are Apostles, and are not: and have found them liars and did wash your self. And have patience: and for my names sake have laboured and have not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against you, for you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works. Or else I will come unto you shortly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent. But this you have because you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which deeds I also hate. Let him that has ears hear, what the spirit says unto the congregations. To him that overcomes, will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.
And unto the Angel of the congregation of Smyrna write: These things says he that is first, and the last, which was dead and is alive. I know your works and tribulation and poverty, but you are rich: And I know the blasphemy of them which call themselves Jewes and are not: but are the congregation of Sathan (Satan). Fear none of those things which you shall suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast of you into prison, to tempt you, and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be faithful unto the death, and I will give you a crown of life. Let him that has ears hear, what the spirit says to the congregations: He that overcomes, shall not be hurt of the second death.
And to the messenger of the congregation in Pergamos write: This says he which has the sharp sword with two edges. I know your works and where you dwell, even where Sathans seat is, and you keep my name and have not denied my faith. And in my days Antipas was a faithful witness of mine, which was slain among you, where Sathan dwells. But I have a few things against you: that you have there, they that maintain the doctrine of Balaam which taught in Balak, to put occasion of sin before the children of Israel, that they should eat of meat dedicated unto idols, and to commit fornication. Even so have you them that maintain the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. But be converted, or else I will come unto you shortly and will fight against them with sword of my mouth. Let him that has ears, hear what the spirit sayth unto the congregations. To him that overcomes will I give to eat Manna that is hid, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it.
And unto the messenger of the congregation of Thiatira write: This sayth the son of God, which has his eyes like unto a flame of fire, whose feet are like brass: I know your works and your love, service, and faith, and your patience, and your deeds, which are more at the last then at the first. Not withstanding I have a few things against you, that you suffer (allow) that woman Jezabel, which called herself a Prophetess, to teach and to deceive my servants, to make them commit fornication, and to eat meats offered up unto idols. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit fornication with her, into great adversity, except they turn from their deeds. And I will kill her children with death. And all the congregations shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts. And I will give unto everyone of you according to you works.
Unto you I say, and unto others of them of Thiatira, as many as have not this learning and which have not known the deepness of Sathan (as they say). I will put upon you none other burden, but that which you have already. Hold fast until I come, and whosoever overcomes and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and as the vessels of a potter, shall he break them to shivers. Even as I received of my father, so will I give him the morning star. Let him that has ears, hear what the spirit says to the congregations.
The 3rd Chapter
And write unto the messenger of the congregation of Sardis: This sayth he that has the spirit of God and the seven stars. I know your works: you have a name that you livest, and you are dead. Be awake and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die. For I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If you shall not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you shall not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names in Sardis, which have not defiled their garments: and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. He that overcomes shall be clothed in white array, and I will not put out his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my father, and before his Angels. Let him that has ears, hear, what the spirit sayth unto the congregations.
And write unto the tidings bringer of the congregation of Philadelphia: this sayth he that is holy and true, which has the key of David: which opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens. I know your works. Behold I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it, for you have a little strength and has kept my sayings: and have not denied my name. Behold I make them of the congregation of Sathan, which call them selves Jewes and are not, but do lie: Behold, I will make them that they shall come and worship before your feet: and shall know that I love you.
Because you have kept the words of my patience therefore I will keep you from the hour of temptation which will come upon all the world, to tempt them that dwell upon the earth. Behold I come shortly. Hold that which you hast, that no man take away your crown. Him that overcomes, will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out. And I will write upon him, the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, new Jerusalem: which comes down out of heaven from my God, and I will write upon him my new name. Let him that has ears, hear, what the spirit says unto the congregations.
And unto the messenger of the congregation which is in Laodicia, write: This says (Amen) the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creatures of God. I know your works that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot. So then because you are between both, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth: because you sayst you are rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing, and know not how you art: wretched and miserable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire , that you may be rich: and white raiment, that you may be clothed, that your filthy nakedness do not appear: and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be fervent therefore and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in unto him and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes, will I grant to sit with me in my seat, even as I over came and have sitten with my father, in his seat. Let him that has ears, hear what the spirit says unto the congregations.
The 4th Chapter
After this I looked, and behold a door was open in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, was as it were of a trumpet talking with me which said: come up hither, and I will show you things which must be fulfilled here after. And immediately I was in the spirit: And behold a seat was put in heaven, and one sat on the seat. And he that sat, was to look upon, like unto a jasper stone and a sardine stone: And there was a rainbow about the seat, in sight like to an emerald. And about the seat were twenty four seats. And upon the seats twenty four elders sitting, clothed in white raiment, and had on their heads crowns of gold.
And out of the seat proceeded lightnings, and thunderings, and voices, and there were seven lamps of fire, burning before the seat, which are the seven spirits of God. And before the seat there was a sea of glass like unto crystal, and in the midst of the seat, and round about the seat were four beats full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each one of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes with in. And they had no rest day neither night saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts gave glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the seat, which lives for ever and ever: the twenty four elders fell down before him that sat on the throne, and worshipped him that lives for ever, and cast their crowns before the throne saying: you are worthy Lord to receive glory and honour, and power, for you have created all things, and for your wills sake they are, and were created.
The 5th Chapter
And I saw in the right hand of him, that sat in the throne, a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel which cried with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven nor in earth neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look theron. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look theron.
And one of the elders said unto me: weep not: Behold a lion being of the tribe of Juda the root of David, has obtained to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and lo in the midst of the seat, and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a lamb as though he had been killed, which had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the spirits of God, sent into all the world. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the seat.
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and twenty four elders fell down before the lamb, having harps and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints and they sung a new song saying: you are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you was killed, and have redeemed us by your blood out of all kindreds, and tongues, and people, and nations, and have made us unto our God, kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels about the throne, and about the beasts and the elders, and I heard thousand thousands, saying with a loud voice: Worthy is the lamb that was killed to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And all creatures, which are in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying: blessing, honour, glory, and power be unto him that sits upon the seat, and unto the lamb for evermore. And the four beasts said Amen. And the twenty four elders fell upon their faces, and worshipped him that lives for evermore.
The 6th Chapter
And I saw when the lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard one of the four beasts say, as it were the noise of thunder, come and see. And I saw. And behold there was a white horse, and he that sat on him had a bow, and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth conquering and for to overcome. And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say: come and see. And there went out another horse that was red, and power was given to him that sat thereon, to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another. And there was given unto him a great sword.
And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say: come and see. And I beheld, and lo, a black horse: and he that sat on him, had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say: a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny: and oil and wine see you hurt not. And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say: come and see. And I looked. And behold a green horse, and his name that sat on him, was death, and hell followed after him, and power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, that comes of vermin of the earth.
And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar, the souls of them that were killed for the word of God, and for the testimony which they had, and they cried with a loud voice saying: How long tarry you Lord holy and true, to judge and to avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And long white garments were given unto every one of them. And it was said unto them that they should rest for a little season until the number of their fellows, and brethren, and of them that should be killed as they were, were fulfilled.
And I beheld when he opened the sixth seal, and lo there was a great earthquake and the *sun was as black as sack cloth made of hair. And the moon waxed even as blood: and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth even as a fig tree casts from her, her figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And heaven vanished away, as a scroll when it is rolled together. And all mountains and isles, were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in dens, and in rocks of the hills: and said to the hills and rocks: fall on us, and hide us from the presence of him that sits on the seat, and from the wrath of the lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come, and who can endure it. *sun: this is sun, spelled originally sunne.
The 7th Chapter
And after that, I saw four angels stand on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the winds should not blow on the earth, neither on the sea, neither on any tree. And I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the *sun: which had the seal of the living God, and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels (to whom power was given to hurt the earth and the sea) saying: Hurt not the earth neither the sea, neither the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
And I heard the number of them which were sealed, and there were sealed an hundred and forty four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephtalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Isacar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
After this I beheld, and lo a great multitude (which no man could number) of all nations and people, and tongues, stood before the seat, and before the lamb, clothed with long white garments, and palms in their hands, and cried with a loud voice, saying: salvation be ascribed to him that sits upon the seat of our God, and unto the lamb. And all the angels stood in the compass of the seat, and of the elders and of the four beasts, and fell before the seat on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing and glory wisdom and thanks, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for evermore. Amen.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me: what are these which are arrayed in long white garments, and from where came they? And I said unto him: Lord you *wettest (know). And he said unto me: these are they which came out of great tribulation and made their garments large, and made them white in the blood of the lamb: therefore are they in the presence of the seat of God and serve him day and night in his temple, and he that sits in the seat will dwell among them. They shall hunger no more neither thirst, neither shall the sun light on them, neither any heat. For the lamb which is in the midst of the seat, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto fountains of living water, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. *wettest: more over to know sharply.
Table of Contents