Knijga O Kristu

Otkrivenje 1:1-20

Uvod

1Ovo je otkrivenje Isusa Krista, koje mu je Bog dao da pokaže svojim slugama što se ima uskoro dogoditi. Bog je poslao anđela svojemu sluzi Ivanu da bi mogao otkrivenje prenijeti drugima. 2Ivan izvješćuje o Božjoj riječi i svjedočanstvu Isusa Krista—o svemu što je vidio.

3Blago onome koji čita ovo proroštvo i onima koji slušaju njegove riječi te vrše što je u njemu napisano. Jer vrijeme kad će se ono ispuniti je blizu.

Ivan pozdravlja sedam crkava

4Ovo pismo piše Ivan sedmerim crkvama u Maloj Aziji. Neka vam je milost i mir od onoga koji jest, koji je oduvijek bio i koji će doći; od sedam duhova pred njegovim prijestoljem 5te od Isusa Krista koji vjerno svjedoči o tomu, koji je prvi ustao od mrtvih i vladar je nad svim zemaljskim kraljevima.

Neka je slava njemu koji nas ljubi i koji nas je oslobodio od grijeha prolivši za nas svoju krv. 6Učinio nas je kraljevstvom i svećenstvom Boga, svojega Oca. Neka mu je slava i vlast uvijeke! On vlada zauvijek. Amen.

7Gle! On dolazi s oblacima nebeskim. I vidjet će ga svi, čak i oni koji su ga proboli. Svi će narodi na zemlji proplakati zbog njega. Da. Amen.

8“Ja sam Alfa i Omega, Početak i Svršetak”, kaže Gospodin Bog. “Ja sam Svemogući, onaj koji jest, koji je oduvijek bio i koji će doći.”

Viđenje Sina Čovječjega

9Ja, Ivan, vaš brat, kao i vi u Kristu sam dionik patnji i kraljevstva te postojanosti. Izgnan sam na otok Patmos zbog propovijedanja Božje riječi i svjedočenja o Isusu. 10Bio je Dan Gospodnji. Ponio me Duh i odjednom sam iza sebe začuo glas snažan poput zvuka trublje. 11“Zapiši što ti kažem”, reče mi glas, “i pošalji sedmerim crkvama: u Efez, Smirnu, Pergam, Tijatiru, Sard, Filadelfiju i Laodiceju.”

12Okrenem se da vidim tko mi govori, ali ugledam sedam zlatnih svijećnjaka, 13a među svijećnjacima nekoga sličnog čovjeku.1:13 U grčkome: sličnoga sinu čovječjemu. Ne odnosi se na Isusa Krista, već znači sličan ljudskome biću, čovjeku. Bio je odjeven u dugu haljinu, sa zlatnim pasom oko prsa. 14Kosa mu je bila bijela poput bijele vune, poput snijega, oči kao ognjeni plamen, 15noge sjajne poput mjedi u peći užarene, a glas poput šuma golemih morskih valova. 16U desnoj je ruci držao sedam zvijezda, a u ustima oštar dvosjekli mač. Lice mu je blistalo poput sunca u punome sjaju.

17Kad sam ga opazio, pao sam do njegovih nogu kao mrtav. Ali on stavi na mene desnu ruku i reče mi: “Ne boj se! Ja sam Prvi i Posljednji. 18Živ sam! Bio sam mrtav, ali živim zauvijek. Imam ključeve smrti i podzemlja. 19Zapiši što si vidio: što se sada događa i što će se dogoditi poslije. 20Evo što znače sedam zvijezda koje si vidio u mojoj desnoj ruci i sedam zlatnih svijećnjaka: sedam su zvijezda anđeli1:20 Ili: glasnici. sedam crkava, a sedam svijećnjaka sedam crkava.

New International Reader’s Version

Revelation 1:1-20

The Revelation Is Given

1This is the revelation from Jesus Christ. God gave it to him to show those who serve God what will happen soon. God made it known by sending his angel to his servant John. 2John is a witness to everything he saw. What he saw is God’s word and what Jesus Christ has said. 3Blessed is the one who reads out loud the words of this prophecy. Blessed are those who hear it and think everything it says is important. The time when these things will come true is near.

Greetings and Praise to God

4I, John, am writing this letter.

I am sending it to the seven churches in Asia Minor.

May grace and peace come to you from God. He is the one who is, and who was, and who will come. May grace and peace come to you from the seven spirits. These spirits are in front of God’s throne. 5May grace and peace come to you from Jesus Christ. He is the faithful witness, so what he has shown can be trusted. He was the first to rise from the dead. He rules over the kings of the earth.

Glory and power belong to Jesus Christ who loves us! He has set us free from our sins by pouring out his blood for us. 6He has made us members of his royal family. He has made us priests who serve his God and Father. Glory and power belong to Jesus Christ for ever and ever! Amen.

7“Look! He is coming with the clouds!” (Daniel 7:13)

“Every eye will see him.

Even those who pierced him will see him.”

All the nations of the earth “will mourn because of him.” (Zechariah 12:10)

This will really happen! Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord God. “I am the God who is, and who was, and who will come. I am the Mighty One.”

John’s Vision of Christ

9I, John, am a believer like you. I am a friend who suffers like you. As members of Jesus’ royal family, we can put up with anything that happens to us. I was on the island of Patmos because I taught God’s word and what Jesus said. 10The Holy Spirit gave me a vision on the Lord’s Day. I heard a loud voice behind me that sounded like a trumpet. 11The voice said, “Write on a scroll what you see. Send it to the seven churches in Asia Minor. They are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

12I turned around to see who was speaking to me. When I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands. 13In the middle of them was someone who looked “like a son of man.” (Daniel 7:13) He was dressed in a long robe with a gold strip of cloth around his chest. 14The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a blazing fire. 15His feet were like bronze metal glowing in a furnace. His voice sounded like rushing waters. 16He held seven stars in his right hand. Coming out of his mouth was a sharp sword with two edges. His face was like the sun shining in all its brightness.

17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. Then he put 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. But now look! I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys to Death and Hell.

19“So write down what you have seen. Write about what is happening now and what will happen later. 20Here is the meaning of the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand. They are the angels of the seven churches. And the seven golden lampstands you saw stand for the seven churches.