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.

Japanese Living Bible

ヨハネの黙示録 1

1この書物は、イエス・キリストについて、すぐにも起ころうとする出来事を書いたものです。それらは今までベールにおおわれていましたが、神の許しを得て、キリストが神のしもべヨハネに、幻によって示してくださったのです。その時、天から遣わされた天使が、この幻の意味を説き明かしたので、 私ヨハネは、それを一つ残らず書きとめました。すなわち、神とイエス・キリストのことばと、自分が見聞きした、すべてのことを書きとめたのです。 この預言のことばを教会で朗読する人と、それを聞いて、書かれていることを心にとめる人は幸いです。この預言が、もうすぐ実現しようとしているからです。

ヨハネから、アジヤ州にある七つの教会の、愛する皆さんへ。今も昔も存在し、やがて来られる神から、またその王座の前におられる七つの霊から、 さらに、私たちにすべての真理を忠実に示してくださるイエス・キリストから、恵みと平安とがあなたがたに注がれますように。このイエス・キリストは、使者の中から最初に復活された方であり、二度と死ぬことのない方です。この方は、地上のどの王よりもはるかに偉大で、私たちに変わらぬ愛を注ぎ、罪から解放するために、自分の血を流してくださいました。 またこの方は、私たちを神の国の民として集め、父なる神に仕える祭司としてくださいました。イエス・キリストが永遠にほめたたえられますように。そのご支配が永遠に続きますように。アーメン。 見なさい。この方が、雲に乗っておいでになります。その時、すべての人の目が、特に、この方を突き刺して殺した者たちの目が、この方に注がれるでしょう。人々はみな、恐れと悲しみのあまり激しく泣きます。そのとおりです。アーメン。

今も昔も存在し、やがて来られる全能の主なる神が、こう言われます。「わたしはあらゆることの初めであり、終わりである。」イザヤ41・4 この手紙を書いているのはあなたがたの兄弟ヨハネで、私もまた、あなたがたと共に主のために苦しみ、忍耐を共にし、教えられ、そして、御国に入る権利をいただいている者です。


私は、神のことばを宣べ伝え、また、イエス・キリストがなさったことを告げ知らせたために、パトモス島に流されています。 10 さて、ある主の日(日曜日)のことでした。私が礼拝をしていると、突然、うしろから大きな声が聞こえたのです。まるでラッパの響きのようで、 11 こう語りかけました。「わたしは初めであり、終わりである。これからあなたの目に映ることを書き記し、アジヤにあるエペソ、スミルナ、ペルガモ、テアテラ、サルデス、フィラデルフィヤ、ラオデキヤの七つの教会に送りなさい。」 12 いったいだれだろうとふり向くと、私のうしろに七つの金の燭台がありました。 13 そして、その燭台の真ん中に、一人の人が立っていました。その方は、「人の子」と呼ばれるイエスのようであり、長い衣をまとって、胸には金の帯を締めていました。 14 その髪は羊毛か雪のように真っ白で、目は燃える炎のように、鋭く光っていました。 15 足は、みがきあげられた真鍮のように輝き、声は、海岸に押し寄せる大波のとどろきのようでした。 16 この方は、右手に七つの星をつかみ、口には鋭い両刃の剣をくわえ、顔は澄みきった青空の太陽のように輝いていました。

17-18 それを見た時、私はその足もとに倒れて、死んだようになりました。しかしその方は、私に右手を置いて、こう言われたのです。

「恐れてはいけない。わたしは初めであり、終わりです。死んでのち復活し、今は永遠に生きる者となり、死と地獄とのかぎを持っています。 19 いま見たこと、また、引き続き示されることを書きとめなさい。 20 わたしの右手にある七つの星と、七つの金の燭台の意味を教えましょう。七つの星は七つの教会の指導者たち、七つの燭台は七つの教会を指します。