Verse 1-3) THE REVELATION of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bear record of the word of God and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. God gave Jesus the revelation and Jesus sent his angel to give it to John. There is a blessing promised to all who read and hear these words.
Verse 4-6) John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the sevens spirits which are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ who is the faithful witness and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. And have made us kings and priests unto God and his father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. John is writing to the seven churches which were in Asia at that time. He was not writing two different church ages, as some people teach.
Verse 7,8) Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega the beginning and the ending saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus ,which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:9-11). “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30). When Jesus appears he will take all the saved to heaven, he will appear in the clouds.
Verse 9) I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom in patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. The Romans put John in a prison on an island called Patmos. They tried to kill him by putting him in a vat of boiling oil, but he would not boil. So they just put him in prison since they couldn’t kill him, they thought they could just keep him silenced and he couldn’t do much damage that way locked up in prison, but little did they know that Jesus was going to give him the book of Revelation which has gone on to witness to countless numbers of souls.
Verse 10,11) I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. Saying, I am Alpha, and Omega, the first and the last: and what thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. These are specific churches which were in Asia at the time when John wrote to them which was around 90 A.D.
Verse 12-20) And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with the golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. This is Jesus Christ himself appearing to John and telling him to write down the things which he had seen, and the things which are, and the things that shall be in the future, in the book of Revelation. Revelation means to unvail or to reveal.
Say this prayer if you want to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believed you died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.