1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ (not John, but that of Jesus), which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly (with swiftness) come to pass (cause to happen); and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: (Notice here the disclosure is given by YHWH to Yeshua and then to the angel to be given in turn to John.)
2 Who bare record (witness, to testify) of the word (an account or reckoning) of God, and of the testimony (evidence given) of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. (Came to know personally)
3 Blessed (fortunate, well off) is he that readeth (to become completely knowledgeable), and they that hear (to engage the mind to comprehend what is being heard) the words of this prophecy (scriptural and spiritually ordained), and keep (guard, maintain) those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
4 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 seven Spirits which are before his throne; (Two schools of thought exist here: 1st – Romans 12:6-8 reflect the seven spirits of God: 1. Insight or prophecy; 2. Helpfulness, service or ministry; 3. instruction or teaching; 4. encouragement; 5. generosity or giving; 6. guidance or leadership; and 7. compassion. The 2nd – Isaiah 11:2-3 Including the Spirit of the Lord, and the Spirits of wisdom, of understanding, of counsel, of might, of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, here are represented the seven Spirits, which are before the throne of God. Another option is that the number seven represents the term “perfect” which would mean those of the 4 cherubim’s, the archangels, and Messiah.)
5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness (trustworthy judge), and the first begotten of the dead (the first to conquer death), and the prince (first) of the kings (sovereign) of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed (completely immersed) us from our sins (transgressions) in his own blood,
6 And hath made us kings (sovereign) and priests (consecrated – set apart) unto God and his Father; to him be glory (dignity, honor, praise, worship) and dominion (might, power, strength) for ever and ever. Amen.
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