The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                              CHAPTER 1

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place.
He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,  who testifies to everything he saw—that
is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  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, because the
time is near.   John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him
who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,  and from
Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the
earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,  and has made us to be a
kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.   
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him” and all
peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.   “I am the Alpha and the Omega,”
says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours
in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  On the
Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,  which said: “Write on
a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira,
Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden
lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching
down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.  The hair on his head was white like wool, as
white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and
his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.  In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out
of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do
not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for
ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

The first thing we need to understand is that this is the Revelation of Jesus Christ.  It is Not the
revelation of John or of anyone else.  Jesus sent an angel to present this revelation to his servant
John and John faithfully reported everything he saw.   In other words, God wants us to know that
there are no errors in this book.   John reported it exactly as he saw it and God confirms this.   The
other thing we need to understand is that God wants us to obey what it says.  So obviously we need
to understand it before we can obey it.   And God says he blesses everyone who listens to this
message, those who read and study this book.  John was told to write on a scroll what you see and
send it to the seven churches.  God wants everyone to know and understand this book.

“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.  The mystery of the
seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars
are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Here is an example of Jesus giving an explanation of what the seven stars and the seven golden
lampstands represent.   God does not want us to assume anything so where an explanation is
required it is given.
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