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The Revelation

(Category 16 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Revelation, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the first of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the book of Revelation, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In Revelation, John’s visions reveal that Jesus has overcome evil by his death and resurrection, and will return one day as the true king of the world.

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THE REVELATION

of Jesus Christ

JUST as Genesis is the book of beginnings, Revelation is the book of consummation.
In it, the divine program of redemption is brought to fruition, and the
holy name of God is vindicated before all creation. Although there are numerous
prophecies in the Gospels and Epistles, Revelation is the only New Testament
book that focuses primarily on prophetic events. Its title means “unveiling” or “disclosure.”
Thus, the book is an unveiling of the character and program of God.
Penned by John during his exile on the island of Patmos, Revelation centers
around visions and symbols of the resurrected Christ, who alone has authority to
judge the earth, to remake it and to rule it in righteousness.
The title of this book in the Greek text is Apokalypsis Ioannou, “Revelation of
John.” It is also known as the Apocalypse, a transliteration of the word apokalypsis,
meaning “unveiling,” “disclosure,” or “revelation.” Thus, the book is an unveiling
of that which otherwise could not be known. A better title comes from the first
verse: Apokalypsis Iesou Christou, “Revelation of Jesus Christ.” This could be
taken as a revelation which came from Christ or as a revelation which is about
Christ—both are appropriate. Because of the unified contents of this book, it
should not be called Revelations.
 
 

Introduction and Benediction

1

1 THE Revelation of Jesus Christ, awhich God gave Him to show His servants—things which must 1shortly take place. And bHe sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
2 awho bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things bthat he saw.
3 aBlessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for bthe time is near.

Greeting the Seven Churches

4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from Him awho is and bwho was and who is to come, cand from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,
5 and from Jesus Christ, athe faithful bwitness, the cfirstborn from the dead, and dthe ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him ewho 1loved us fand washed us from our sins in His own blood,
6 and has amade us 1kings and priests to His God and Father, bto Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
7 Behold, He is coming with aclouds, and every eye will see Him, even bthey who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
8 a“I am the Alpha and the Omega, 1the Beginning and the End,” says the 2Lord, b“who is and who was and who is to come, the cAlmighty.”

Vision of the Son of Man

9 I, John, 1both your brother and acompanion in the tribulation and

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aJohn 3:32
bRev. 22:6
1quickly or
swiftly
2 a1 Cor. 1:6
b1 John 1:1
3 aLuke 11:28
bJames 5:8
4 aEx. 3:14
bJohn 1:1
c[Is. 11:2] 5 aJohn 8:14
bIs. 55:4
c[Col. 1:18] dRev. 17:14
eJohn 13:34
fHeb. 9:14
1NU loves us
and freed;
M loves us
and washed
6 a1 Pet. 2:5, 9
b1 Tim. 6:16
1NU, M a
kingdom
7 aMatt. 24:30
bZech.
12:10–14
8 aIs. 41:4
11:17 bRev.
4:8; cIs. 9:6
1NU, M omit
the Beginning
and the End
2NU, M Lord
God
9 aPhil. 1:7
b[2 Tim. 2:12] 1NU, M omit
both
10 aActs 10:10
bActs 20:7
cRev. 4:1
11 1NU, M
omit “I am
the Alpha
and the
Omega, the
First and the
Last,” and,
2NU, M omit
which are in
Asia
12 aEx. 25:37 13 aRev. 2:1 bEzek. 1:26 cDan.
10:5 dRev. 15:6 14 aDan. 7:9 bDan. 10:6
15 aEzek. 1:7 bEzek. 1:24; 43:2 16 aRev. 1:20;
2:1; 3:1 bIs. 49:2 cMatt. 17:2 17 aEzek. 1:28
bDan. 8:18; 10:10, 12 cIs. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12
1NU, M omit to me

bkingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
10 aI was in the Spirit on bthe Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me ca loud voice, as of a trumpet,
11 saying, 1“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches 2which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”
12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned aI saw seven golden lampstands,
13 aand in the midst of the seven lampstands bOne like the Son of Man, cclothed with a garment down to the feet and dgirded about the chest with a golden band.
14 His head and ahair were white like wool, as white as snow, and bHis eyes like a flame of fire;
15 aHis feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and bHis voice as the sound of many waters;
16 aHe had in His right hand seven stars, bout of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, cand His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
17 And awhen I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But bHe laid His right hand on me, saying 1to me, “Do not be afraid; cI am the First and the Last.

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18 a“I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, bI am alive forevermore. Amen. And cI have the keys of 1Hades and of Death.
19 1“Write the things which you have aseen, band the things which are, cand the things which will take place after this.
20 “The 1mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are athe 2angels of the seven churches, and bthe seven lampstands 3which you saw are the seven churches.

The Loveless Church

2

1 “To the 1angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says aHe who holds the seven stars in His right hand, bwho walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
2 a“I know your works, your labor, your 1patience, and that you cannot 2bear those who are evil. And byou have tested those cwho say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
3 “and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have anot become weary.
4 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
5 “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, aor else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place— unless you repent.
6 “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7 a“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give bto eat from cthe tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’

The Persecuted Church

8 “And to the 1angel of the church in Smyrna write, ‘These things says athe First and the Last,who was dead, and came to life:
9 “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are arich); and I know the blasphemy of bthose who say they are Jews and are not, cbut are a 1synagogue of Satan.
10 a“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. bBe faithful until death, and I will give you cthe crown of life.
11 a“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the

18 aRom. 6:9
bRev. 4:9
cPs. 68:20 1Lit.
Unseen; the
unseen realm
19 aRev. 1:9–18
bRev. 2:1 cRev.
4:1 1NU, M
Therefore,
write
20 aRev. 2:1
bZech. 4:2
1hidden truth
2Or messengers
3NU, M
omit which
you saw

CHAPTER 2 References

1 aRev. 1:16
bRev. 1:13
1Or messenger
2 aPs. 1:6
b1 John 4:1
c2 Cor. 11:13
1perseverance
2endure
3 aGal. 6:9
5 aMatt. 21:41
7 aMatt. 11:15
b[Rev. 22:2,
14] c[Gen. 2:9;
3:22] 8 aRev. 1:8, 17,
18 1Or messenger
9 aLuke 12:21
bRom. 2:17
cRev. 3:9 1congregation
10 aMatt. 10:22
bMatt. 24:13
cJames 1:12
11 aRev. 13:9
b[Rev. 20:6,
14; 21:8] 12 aRev. 1:16;
2:16 1Or messenger
14 aNum.
31:16 bActs
15:29 c1 Cor.
6:13
15 1NU, M
likewise.
16 a2 Thess.
2:8
17 aEx. 16:33,
34 bRev. 3:12
18 aRev. 1:14,
15 1Or messenger
19 aRev. 2:2
1NU, M faith,
service 2perseverance
20 a1 Kin.
16:31; 21:25
bEx. 34:15
1NU, M
against you
that you tolerate
2M your
wife Jezebel
3NU, M and
teaches and
seduces
21 aRev. 9:20;
16:9, 11 1NU,
M repent, and
she does not
want to
repent of her
sexual
immorality.
22 1NU, M her 23 aJer. 11:20; 17:10 1examines

REVELATION 2:23

churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by bthe second death.”

The Compromising Church

12 “And to the 1angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says aHe who has the sharp two-edged sword:
13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
14 “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of aBalaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, bto eat things sacrificed to idols, cand to commit sexual immorality.
15 “Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, 1which thing I hate.
16 “Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and awill fight against them with the sword of My mouth.
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden amanna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone ba new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’

The Corrupt Church

18 “And to the 1angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, awho has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
19 a“I know your works, love, 1service, faith, and your 2patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
20 “Nevertheless I have 1a few things against you, because you allow 2that woman aJezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, 3to teach and seduce My servants bto commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
21 “And I gave her time ato 1repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
22 “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of 1their deeds.
23 “I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who asearches1 the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

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REVELATION 2:24

24 “Now to you I say, 1and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the adepths of Satan, as they say, bI 2will put on you no other burden.
25 “But hold fast awhat you have till I come.
26 “And he who overcomes, and keeps aMy works until the end, bto him I will give power over the nations—

27 ‘Hea shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—

as I also have received from My Father;
28 “and I will give him athe morning star.
29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Dead Church

3

1 “And to the 1angel of the church in Sardis write, ‘These things says He who ahas the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.
2 “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before 1God.
3 a“Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and brepent. cTherefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you das a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
4 1“You have aa few names 2even in Sardis who have not bdefiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me cin white, for they are worthy.
5 “He who overcomes ashall be clothed in white garments, and I will not bblot out his name from the cBook of Life; but dI will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6 a“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Faithful Church

7 “And to the 1angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says aHe who is holy, bHe who is true, c“He who has the key of David, dHe who opens and no one shuts, and eshuts and no one opens”:
8 a“I know your works. See, I have set before you ban open door, 1and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

24 a2 Tim.
3:1–9 bActs
15:28 1NU, M
omit and 2NU,
M omit will
25 aRev. 3:11
26 a[John 6:29] b[Matt. 19:28] 27 aPs. 2:8, 9
28 a2 Pet. 1:19

CHAPTER 3 References

1 aRev. 1:4, 16
1Or messenger
2 1NU, M My
God
3 a1 Tim. 6:20
bRev. 3:19
cMatt. 24:42,
43 d[Rev.
16:15] 4 aActs 1:15
b[Jude 23] cRev. 4:4; 6:11
1NU, M Nevertheless
you
2NU, M omit
even
5 a[Rev. 19:8] bEx. 32:32
cPhil. 4:3
dLuke 12:8
6 aRev. 2:7
7 aActs 3:14
b1 John 5:20
cIs. 9:7; 22:22
d[Matt. 16:19] eJob 12:14 1Or
messenger
8 aRev. 3:1
b1 Cor. 16:9
1NU, M which
no one can
shut
9 aRev. 2:9 bIs.
45:14; 49:23;
60:14
10 a2 Pet. 2:9
bLuke 2:1 cIs.
24:17 1Lit. the
word of My
patience
11 aPhil. 4:5
bRev. 2:25
c[Rev. 2:10] 1NU, M omit
Behold
12 a1 Kin. 7:21
bPs. 23:6
c[Rev. 14:1;
22:4] d[Heb.
12:22] eRev.
21:2 f[Rev.
2:17; 22:4] 13 aRev. 2:7
14 a2 Cor. 1:20
bRev. 1:5; 3:7;
19:11 c[Col.
1:15] 1Or messenger
2NU,
M in Laodicea
15 aRev. 3:1
16 1NU, M hot
nor cold
17 aHos. 12:8
18 aIs. 55:1 b2 Cor. 5:3 19 aJob 5:17 bHeb.
12:6 1discipline 2eager 20 aSong 5:2 bLuke
12:36, 37 c[John 14:23] 21 aMatt. 19:28
22 aRev. 2:7

9 “Indeed I will make athose of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie— indeed bI will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
10 “Because you have kept 1My command to persevere, aI also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon bthe whole world, to test those who dwell con the earth.
11 1“Behold, aI am coming quickly! bHold fast what you have, that no one may take cyour crown.
12 “He who overcomes, I will make him aa pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall bgo out no more. cI will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the dNew Jerusalem, which ecomes down out of heaven from My God. fAnd I will write on him My new name.
13 a“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The LukewarmChurch

14 “And to the 1angel of the church 2of the Laodiceans write, a‘These things says the Amen, bthe Faithful and True Witness, cthe Beginning of the creation of God:
15 a“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.
16 “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither 1cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.
17 “Because you say, a‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—
18 “I counsel you ato buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and bwhite garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.
19 a“As many as I love, I rebuke and bchasten.1 Therefore be 2zealous and repent.
20 “Behold, aI stand at the door and knock. bIf anyone hears My voice and opens the door, cI will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
21 “To him who overcomes aI will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
22 a“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”

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PSALM 40

Faith Persevering in Trial

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 I aWAITED patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry.
2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of athe miry clay, And bset my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.
3 aHe has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.

4 aBlessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.
5 aMany, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; bAnd Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.

6 aSacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
7 Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me.
8 aI delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is bwithin my heart.”

9 aI have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, bI do not restrain my lips, O LORD,You Yourself know.
10 aI have not hidden Your

PSALM 40 References

1 aPs. 25:5;
27:14; 37:7
2 aPs. 69:2, 14;
Jer. 38:6 bPs.
27:5
3 aPs. 32:7;
33:3
4 aPs. 34:8;
84:12
5 aJob 9:10
bPs. 139:17;
[Is. 55:8] 6 a[1 Sam.
15:22]; Ps.
51:16; Is. 1:11;
[Jer. 6:20;
7:22, 23];
Amos 5:22;
[Mic. 6:6–8;
Heb. 10:5–9] 8 a[Matt.
26:39; John
4:34; 6:38];
Heb. 10:7
b[Ps. 37:31;
Jer. 31:33;
2 Cor. 3:3] 9 aPs. 22:22, 25
bPs. 119:13
10 aActs 20:20,
27
11 aPs. 61:7;
Prov. 20:28
12 aPs. 38:4;
65:3
13 aPs. 70:1
14 aPs. 35:4,
26; 70:2; 71:13
1Lit. soul
15 aPs. 73:19
16 aPs. 70:4
bPs. 35:27
17 aPs. 70:5;
86:1; 109:22
bPs. 40:5;
1 Pet. 5:7

righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD; aLet Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me; aMy iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up; They are more than the hairs of my head; Therefore my heart fails me.

13 aBe pleased, O LORD, to deliver me; O LORD, make haste to help me!
14 aLet them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my 1life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil.
15 Let them be aconfounded because of their shame, Who say to me, “Aha, aha!”

16 aLet all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation bsay continually, “The LORD be magnified!”
17 aBut I am poor and needy; bYet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God.

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