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The Dead Church

“And to the [a]angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who (A)has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before [b]God. (B)Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and (C)repent. (D)Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you (E)as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. [c]You have (F)a few names [d]even in Sardis who have not (G)defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me (H)in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes (I)shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not (J)blot out his name from the (K)Book of Life; but (L)I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

(M)“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Faithful Church

“And to the [e]angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

‘These things says (N)He who is holy, (O)He who is true, (P)“He who has the key of David, (Q)He who opens and no one shuts, and (R)shuts and no one opens”: (S)“I know your works. See, I have set before you (T)an open door, [f]and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make (U)those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed (V)I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept [g]My command to persevere, (W)I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon (X)the whole world, to test those who dwell (Y)on the earth. 11 [h]Behold, (Z)I am coming quickly! (AA)Hold fast what you have, that no one may take (AB)your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him (AC)a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall (AD)go out no more. (AE)I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the (AF)New Jerusalem, which (AG)comes down out of heaven from My God. (AH)And I will write on him My new name.

13 (AI)“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Lukewarm Church

14 “And to the [i]angel of the church [j]of the Laodiceans write,

(AJ)‘These things says the Amen, (AK)the Faithful and True Witness, (AL)the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 (AM)“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither [k]cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, (AN)‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you (AO)to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and (AP)white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 (AQ)As many as I love, I rebuke and (AR)chasten.[l] Therefore be [m]zealous and repent. 20 Behold, (AS)I stand at the door and knock. (AT)If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, (AU)I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes (AV)I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

22 (AW)“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”

The Throne Room of Heaven(AX)

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing (AY)open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a (AZ)trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately (BA)I was in the Spirit; and behold, (BB)a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. [n]And He who sat there was (BC)like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; (BD)and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. (BE)Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, (BF)clothed in white [o]robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded (BG)lightnings, [p]thunderings, and voices. (BH)Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are (BI)the[q] seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there [r]was (BJ)a sea of glass, like crystal. (BK)And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. (BL)The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having (BM)six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

(BN)“Holy,[s] holy, holy,
(BO)Lord God Almighty,
(BP)Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, (BQ)who lives forever and ever, 10 (BR)the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 “You(BS) are worthy, [t]O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
(BT)For You created all things,
And by (BU)Your will they [u]exist and were created.”

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 3:1 Or messenger
  2. Revelation 3:2 NU, M My God
  3. Revelation 3:4 NU, M Nevertheless you
  4. Revelation 3:4 NU, M omit even
  5. Revelation 3:7 Or messenger
  6. Revelation 3:8 NU, M which no one can shut
  7. Revelation 3:10 Lit. the word of My patience
  8. Revelation 3:11 NU, M omit Behold
  9. Revelation 3:14 Or messenger
  10. Revelation 3:14 NU, M in Laodicea
  11. Revelation 3:16 NU, M hot nor cold
  12. Revelation 3:19 discipline
  13. Revelation 3:19 eager
  14. Revelation 4:3 M omits And He who sat there was, making the following a description of the throne.
  15. Revelation 4:4 NU, M robes, with crowns
  16. Revelation 4:5 NU, M voices, and thunderings.
  17. Revelation 4:5 M omits the
  18. Revelation 4:6 NU, M add something like
  19. Revelation 4:8 M has holy nine times.
  20. Revelation 4:11 NU, M our Lord and God
  21. Revelation 4:11 NU, M existed

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