Amplified Bible

Revelation 1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

1This is the [a]revelation of Jesus Christ [His unveiling of the divine mysteries], which God [the Father] gave to Him to show to His bond-servants (believers) the things which must soon take place [in their entirety]; and He sent and communicated it by His angel (divine messenger) to His bond-servant John, who testified and gave supporting evidence to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to everything that he saw [in his visions]. [b]Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and who keep the things which are written in it [heeding them and taking them to heart]; for the time [of fulfillment] is near.

Message to the Seven Churches

[c]John, to the seven churches that are in [the province of] [d]Asia: [e]Grace [be granted] to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being], from Him Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, and from [f]the seven Spirits that are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the [g]faithful and trustworthy Witness, the [h]Firstborn of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who [always] loves us and who [has once for all] [i]freed us [or washed us] from our sins by His own blood (His sacrificial death)— and formed us into a kingdom [as His subjects], [j]priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes (nations) of the earth will mourn over Him [realizing their sin and guilt, and anticipating the coming wrath]. [k]So it is to be. Amen.

“I am the [l]Alpha and the Omega [the Beginning and the End],” says the Lord God, “Who is [existing forever] and Who was [continually existing in the past] and Who is to come, the Almighty [the Omnipotent, the Ruler of all].”

The Patmos Vision

I, John, your brother and companion in the [m]tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos, [exiled there] because of [my preaching of] the word of God [regarding eternal salvation] and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the [n]Spirit [in special communication with the Holy Spirit and empowered to receive and record the revelation from Jesus Christ] on the [o]Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, 11 saying, “Write on a scroll what you see [in this revelation], and send it to the [p]seven churches—to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And after turning I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the midst of the lampstands I saw someone [q]like the Son of Man, dressed in a robe reaching to His feet, and with a golden sash wrapped around His chest. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, [glistening white] like snow; and His [all-seeing] eyes were [flashing] like a flame of fire [piercing into my being]. 15 His feet were like burnished [white-hot] bronze, refined in a furnace, and His voice was [powerful] like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword [of judgment]; and His face [reflecting His majesty and the [r]Shekinah glory] was like the sun shining in [all] its power [at midday].

17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. And He placed His right hand on me and said, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last [absolute Deity, the Son of God], 18 and the Ever-living One [living in and beyond all time and space]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of [absolute control and victory over] death and of Hades (the realm of the dead). 19 So write the things [s]which you have seen [in the vision], and the things [t]which are [now happening], and the things [u]which will take place after these things. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels ([v]divine messengers) of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Notas al pie

  1. Revelation 1:1 The God-given disclosures contained in this book relate to both Christ and future events.
  2. Revelation 1:3 This is the first of the seven promised blessings (beatitudes) of the Revelation. See also 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14.
  3. Revelation 1:4 John and his brother James were among the first apostles chosen by Jesus, and were the sons of Zebedee and Salome. In addition to the Revelation, John wrote the Gospel and the three letters that bear his name.
  4. Revelation 1:4 The Roman province of Asia (now western Turkey) was formed in 129 b.c.
  5. Revelation 1:4 Like Paul, the apostle John takes the standard Jewish greeting of “Peace [Heb shalom] to you” and modifies it by adding grace, without which no one could obtain peace with God.
  6. Revelation 1:4 A literal translation, perhaps referring to the perfect fullness of the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  7. Revelation 1:5 Lit the witness, the faithful.
  8. Revelation 1:5 Jesus was not the first person to be brought back to life, since He raised others from the dead (the most notable being Lazarus, John 11), but they had to experience death again. Jesus is the first to be restored to life with a glorified (immortal, everlasting) body, never again to die. The word Firstborn may point not only to Jesus’ own resurrection but also to His divine power to resurrect others. The Firstborn (preeminent) is given power over all things.
  9. Revelation 1:5 Some manuscripts use “freed” (lusanti) while others use “washed” (lousanti). Either reading conveys a similar theological conclusion: Jesus has taken away our sins by His blood.
  10. Revelation 1:6 All Christians become priests to God in order to offer spiritual sacrifices (1 Pet 2:5) and proclaim His praises (1 Pet 2:9), and they will reign with Christ in the Millennium (20:6).
  11. Revelation 1:7 Lit Yes, amen.
  12. Revelation 1:8 An expression of God’s absolute supremacy over all things.
  13. Revelation 1:9 I.e. persecution because of one’s faith.
  14. Revelation 1:10 Or spirit. The Greek wording is not decisive, so John could be referring either to being in special communion with the Holy Spirit, or to being in a trance-like state in his own spirit like that experienced by Peter at Joppa (cf Acts 10:10, 11).
  15. Revelation 1:10 The early church used this term to refer to Sunday, the day of Jesus’ resurrection. The term Kyriake is also the regular word for Sunday in modern Greek.
  16. Revelation 1:11 These were actual churches in Asia Minor (now western Turkey), and in John’s time there would have been only one church body in each of the cities. They are mentioned in the order in which they would be visited by a messenger traveling northward on the imperial road from Ephesus to Laodicea.
  17. Revelation 1:13 Or like a son of man. The phrase is a translation of a Hebrew idiom which refers to a man, and John could simply be describing his first impression. But since this proves to be a vision of Christ (v 18), John probably is referring to Him by the title that Jesus so often applied to Himself, a title originating in the Messianic prophecy of Daniel.
  18. Revelation 1:16 The visible, divine Presence.
  19. Revelation 1:19 I.e. the vision of ch 1.
  20. Revelation 1:19 I.e. the events of the present moment (chs 2; 3).
  21. Revelation 1:19 I.e. the events to come in chs 4-22, after the messages to the churches in chs 2; 3.
  22. Revelation 1:20 The Greek word for “messenger” is aggelos. When the word is referring to a heavenly being, it is usually not translated, but rather transliterated as “angel”; that is, the Greek letters are converted to their English equivalents, based on the sound of the Greek word. When the word is referring to a human, it is instead translated as “messenger” or the equivalent. So whether “angel” or “messenger” is used depends on the context.

Ang Pulong Sa Dios

Gipadayag 1

1Kini nga sulat mahitungod sa mga butang nga gipadayag ni Jesu-Cristo nga mahitabo sa dili madugay. Gisugilon kini sa Dios ngadto kang Cristo aron siya na usab ang mopadayag niini ngadto sa mga nagaalagad sa Dios. Busa gipadayag kini ni Cristo kanako nga iyang alagad pinaagi sa iyang gisugo nga anghel. Ako si Juan ug gisugilon ko ang tanan nga akong nakita mahitungod sa plano sa Dios nga gipamatud-an ni Jesu-Cristo. Bulahan ang nagabasa ug ang mga nagapaminaw niini nga sulat, kon tumanon nila ang nahisulat dinhi. Kay ang mga panagna dinhi hapit nang mahitabo.

Mga Pagpangumusta Ngadto sa Pito ka mga Iglesia

4-5 Nangumusta ako kaninyo nga anaa sa pito ka mga iglesia sa probinsya sa Asia.

Hinaut nga ang Dios, ang Espiritu, ug si Jesu-Cristo maghatag kaninyo ug grasya ug pakigdait. Kon mahitungod sa Dios, mao siya karon, mao usab kaniadto, ug mao usab sa umaabot. Kon mahitungod sa pito ka Espiritu,[a] anaa siya sa atubangan sa trono sa Dios. Ug kon mahitungod kang Jesu-Cristo, siya ang kasaligan nga tigpamatuod. Siya gayod ang una nga nabanhaw.[b] Ug siya usab ang nagagahom sa tanan nga mga pangulo dinhi sa kalibotan. Gihigugma niya kita, ug pinaagi sa iyang dugo[c] giluwas niya kita gikan sa atong mga sala. Gihimo niya kita nga mga hari[d] ug mga pari alang sa pag-alagad sa Dios nga iyang Amahan. Iya ang kadungganan ug ang gahom nga walay kataposan. Amen.

Pangandam kamo! Moanhi si Jesu-Cristo uban sa mga panganod. Ang tanang tawo makakita kaniya ingon man ang mga tawo nga mipatay[e] kaniya. Ug ang mga tawo sa tanang lungsod sa kalibotan manghilak tungod sa ilang kahadlok nga silotan na niya sila. Tinuod gayod kini!

Ang Ginoong Dios ang makagagahom sa tanan. Kon unsa siya karon, mao usab siya kaniadto, ug mao usab sa umaabot. Busa nag-ingon siya, “Ako ang sinugdanan ug ang kataposan sa tanan.”[f]

Nagpakita si Cristo kang Juan

Ako si Juan nga inyong igsoon nga kauban usab ninyo sa kalisdanan, sa paghari, ug sa pag-antos tungod kay kita anaa kang Jesus. Gidala ako ngadto sa isla sa Patmos tungod sa akong pagwali sa pulong sa Dios nga gitudlo ni Jesus. 10 Sa adlaw nga Dominggo,[g] gigamhan ako sa Espiritu Santo, ug nadunggan ko ang makusog nga tingog nga daw trumpeta dapit sa akong likod 11 nga nagaingon, “Isulat mo ang imong makita, ug ipadala dayon niining pito ka mga iglesia: sa Efeso, Smirna, Pergamo, Tiatira, Sardis, Filadelfia, ug Laodicea.”

12 Pagkadungog ko niadto, milingi dayon ako aron tan-awon kon kinsa ang nakigsulti kanako. Ug nakita ko ang pito ka suga nga bulawan. 13 Taliwala sa mga suga may nagatindog nga morag tawo. Taas ang iyang bisti kutob sa iyang tiil, ug sa iyang dughan may bakos nga bulawan. 14 Ang iyang buhok puti kaayo, ug ang iyang mga mata daw sa nagadilaab nga kalayo. 15 Ang iyang mga tiil nagasidlak nga sama sa bronsi nga gitunaw sa kalayo ug gipasinaw. Ang iyang tingog nagadahunog sama sa busay. 16 May gikuptan siyang pito ka bituon sa iyang tuong kamot, ug sa iyang baba may nagagawas nga mahait nga espada nga duha ang sulab. Ang iyang nawong labihan kasulaw sama sa adlaw sa udtong tutok.

17 Pagkakita ko kaniya, natumba ako nga mora nag patay diha sa iyang tiilan. Gipatong dayon niya kanako ang iyang tuong kamot ug miingon, “Ayaw kahadlok! Ako ang sinugdanan ug ang kataposan sa tanan. 18 May kinabuhi ako nga walay kataposan. Namatay ako, apan tan-awa, buhi ako, ug dili na gayod mamatay. Ilalom sa akong gahom ang kamatayon ug ang lugar sa mga patay.[h] 19 Busa isulat ang mga butang nga akong gipakita kanimo, ang mga nagakahitabo karon ug ang mahitabo sa kaulahian. 20 Mao kini ang kahulogan sa pito ka bituon nga imong nakita sa akong tuong kamot ug ang pito ka suga nga bulawan: ang pito ka bituon mao ang pito ka anghel nga nagabantay sa pito ka iglesia, ug ang pito ka suga nga bulawan mao ang pito ka iglesia.”

Notas al pie

  1. Gipadayag 1:4 pito ka Espiritu: Ang buot ipasabot niini mao ang kinatibuk-an sa Espiritu. Kay ang numero nga “pito” nagpasabot nga kompleto, o tibuok. Sa uban nga mga hubad, pito ka espiritu.
  2. Gipadayag 1:4 Siya gayod ang una nga nabanhaw nga dili na mamatay pag-usab.
  3. Gipadayag 1:4 iyang dugo: buot ipasabot, iyang kamatayon isip halad.
  4. Gipadayag 1:6 mga hari: o, usa ka gingharian.
  5. Gipadayag 1:7 mipatay: o, midughang.
  6. Gipadayag 1:8 ang sinugdanan ug ang kataposan sa tanan: Sa literal, alpha ug omega, nga mao ang una ug kataposan nga mga litra sa alpabetong Griego.
  7. Gipadayag 1:10 adlaw nga Dominggo: Sa literal, adlaw sa Ginoo.
  8. Gipadayag 1:18 lugar sa mga patay: Sa Griego, Hades.