1The 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, 2who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3Blessed 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.
Greetings and Doxology
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 spirits1:4 That is, the sevenfold Spirit before his throne, 5and 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, 6and 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.
7“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”1:7 Daniel 7:13
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”1:7 Zech. 12:10
So shall it be! Amen.
8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
John’s Vision of Christ
9I, 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. 10On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
12I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,1:13 See Daniel 7:13. dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16In 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.
17When 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. 18I 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.
19“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 20The 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 angels1:20 Or messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
1Vumbulutso lochokera kwa Yesu Khristu, limene Mulungu anamupatsa kuti aonetse atumiki ake zimene zinayenera kuchitika posachedwa. Iye anatuma mngelo wake kuti adziwitse mtumiki wake Yohane, 2amene akuchitira umboni chilichonse chimene anachiona. Awa ndi Mawu a Mulungu ndi umboni wa Yesu Khristu. 3Ngodala munthu amene awerenga mawu oneneratu zamʼtsogolo ndi iwo amene amamva ndi kusunga zolembedwa mʼbukuli pakuti nthawi yayandikira.
Malonje kwa Mipingo Isanu ndi Iwiri
Kupita ku mipingo isanu ndi iwiri ya mʼchigawo cha Asiya.
Chisomo ndi mtendere kwa inu, kuchokera kwa Iye amene ali, amene analipo ndi amene akubwera ndi kwa mizimu isanu ndi iwiri yokhala patsogolo pa mpando wake waufumu, 5ndiponso kuchokera kwa Yesu Khristu mboni yokhulupirika, woyamba kuukitsidwa, ndi wolamulira mafumu a dziko lapansi.
Kwa Iye amene amatikonda ndipo watimasula ku machimo athu ndi magazi ake, 6ndipo watisandutsa mafumu ndi ansembe kuti tizitumikira Mulungu ndi Atate ake. Kwa Iye kukhale ulemerero ndi mphamvu ku nthawi zosatha, Ameni.
7“Onani akubwera ndi mitambo,”
ndipo “Aliyense adzamuona,
ndi amene anamubaya omwe.”
Ndipo anthu a mitundu yonse ya pa dziko lapansi “adzalira chingʼangʼadza chifukwa cha Iye.”
Zidzakhaladi momwemo, Ameni.
8“Ine ndine Alefa ndi Omega,” akutero Ambuye Mulungu Wamphamvuzonseyo “amene muli, amene munalipo, ndi amene mudzakhalapo.”
Wina Wokhala ngati Mwana wa Munthu
9Ine Yohane mʼbale wanu ndi mnzanu mʼmasautso ndi mu ufumu ndi mukupirira kwambiri, zomwe ndi zathu mwa Yesu, ndinali pa chilumba cha Patimo chifukwa cha Mawu a Mulungu ndi umboni wa Yesu. 10Pa tsiku la Ambuye ndinanyamulidwa ndi Mzimu ndipo ndinamva kumbuyo kwanga mawu ofuwula ngati lipenga, 11amene anati, “Lemba mʼbuku zimene ukuziona ndipo uzitumize ku mipingo isanu ndi iwiri ya ku Efeso, Simurna, Pergamo, Tiyatira, Sarde, Filadefiya ndi ku Laodikaya.”
12Nditatembenuka kuti ndione amene amandiyankhulayo, ndinaona zoyikapo nyale zisanu ndi ziwiri zagolide. 13Pakati pa zoyikapo nyalezo ndinaona wina wooneka ngati Mwana wa Munthu atavala mkanjo wofika kumapazi ake ndipo anamangirira lamba wagolide pa chifuwa pake. 14Tsitsi lake linali loyera ngati thonje, kuyera ngati matalala, ndipo maso ake amawala ngati malawi amoto. 15Mapazi ake anali ngati chitsulo choti chili mʼngʼanjo yamoto, ndipo mawu ake anali ngati mkokomo wamadzi othamanga. 16Mʼdzanja lake lamanja ananyamula nyenyezi zisanu ndi ziwiri, ndipo mʼkamwa mwake munali lupanga lakuthwa konsekonse. Nkhope yake imawala ngati dzuwa lowala kwambiri.
17Nditamuona ndinagwa pa mapazi ake ngati wakufa. Kenaka Iye anasanjika dzanja lake lamanja pa ine nati, “Usachite mantha. Ndine Woyamba ndi Wotsiriza. 18Ine ndine Wamoyo; ndinali wakufa ndipo taona ndine wamoyo mpaka muyaya! Ndipo ndili ndi makiyi a imfa ndi Hade.
19“Chomwecho, lemba zimene waona, zimene zilipo panopa ndi zimene zidzachitike mʼtsogolo. 20Tanthauzo la nyenyezi zisanu ndi ziwiri zimene waziona mʼdzanja langa lamanja ndi la zoyikapo nyale zagolide zisanu ndi ziwiri ndi ili: Nyenyezi zisanu ndi ziwiri ndi angelo a mipingo isanu ndi iwiri ija, ndipo zoyikapo nyale zisanu ndi ziwiri zija ndi mipingo isanu ndi iwiri ija.”