Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. Even so, Amen.  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
 I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, kingdom, and perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the isle that is called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet  saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven assemblies: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”  I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. Having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands.  And in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man, clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest.  His head and his hair were white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire.  His feet were like burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters.  He had seven stars in his right hand. Out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest.
 When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid. I am the first and the last,  and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. I have the keys of Death and of Hades.  Write therefore the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will happen hereafter;  the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven assemblies. The seven lampstands are seven assemblies.
 “Ἰδοὺ ἔρχεται μετὰ τῶν νεφελῶν, ”καὶ “ὄψεται” αὐτὸν πᾶς ὀφθαλμὸς καὶ οἵτινες αὐτὸν “ἐξεκέντησαν, καὶ κόψονται ἐπ᾽ αὐτὸν πᾶσαι αἱ φυλαὶ τῆς γῆς.” ναί, ἀμήν.  “Ἐγώ εἰμι” τὸ Ἄλφα καὶ τὸ Ὦ, λέγει “Κύριος, ὁ θεός, ὁ ὢν” καὶ ὁ ἦν καὶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος, “ὁ παντοκράτωρ.”
 Ἐγὼ Ἰωάνης, ὁ ἀδελφὸς ὑμῶν καὶ συγκοινωνὸς ἐν τῇ θλίψει καὶ βασιλείᾳ καὶ ὑπομονῇ ἐνἸησοῦ, ἐγενόμην ἐν τῇ νήσῳ τῇ καλουμένῃ Πάτμῳ διὰ τὸν λόγον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ τὴν μαρτυρίαν Ἰησοῦ.  ἐγενόμην ἐν πνεύματι ἐν τῇ κυριακῇ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ ἤκουσα ὀπίσω μου φωνὴν μεγάλην ὡς σάλπιγγος  λεγούσης Ὃ βλέπεις γράψον εἰς βιβλίον καὶ πέμψον ταῖς ἑπτὰ ἐκκλησίαις, εἰς Ἔφεσον καὶ εἰς Σμύρναν καὶ εἰς Πέργαμον καὶ εἰς Θυάτειρα καὶ εἰς Σάρδεις καὶ εἰς Φιλαδελφίαν καὶ εἰς Λαοδικίαν.  Καὶ ἐπέστρεψα βλέπειν τὴν φωνὴν ἥτις ἐλάλει μετ᾽ ἐμοῦ: καὶ ἐπιστρέψας εἶδον ἑπτὰ λυχνίας χρυσᾶς,  καὶ ἐν μέσῳ τῶν λυχνιῶν “ὅμοιον” “υἱὸν ἀνθρώπου, ἐνδεδυμένον ποδήρη” καὶ “περιεζωσμένον” πρὸς τοῖς μαστοῖς ζώνην “χρυσᾶν:  ἡ” δὲ “κεφαλὴ αὐτοῦ” καὶ “αἱ τρίχες λευκαὶ ὡς ἔριον” λευκόν, “ὡς χιών, καὶ οἱ ὀφθαλμοὶ αὐτοῦ ὡς” φλὸξ “πυρός,  καὶ οἱ πόδες αὐτοῦ ὅμοιοι χαλκολιβάνῳ,” ὡς ἐν καμίνῳ πεπυρωμένης, “καὶ ἡ φωνὴ αὐτοῦ ὡς φωνὴ ὑδάτων πολλῶν,”  καὶ ἔχων ἐν τῇ δεξιᾷ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ ἀστέρας ἑπτά, καὶ ἐκ τοῦ στόματος αὐτοῦ ῥομφαία δίστομος ὀξεῖα ἐκπορευομένη, καὶ ἡ ὄψις αὐτοῦ ὡς “ὁ ἥλιος” φαίνει “ἐν τῇ δυνάμει αὐτοῦ.”  Καὶ ὅτε εἶδον αὐτόν, ἔπεσα πρὸς τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ ὡς νεκρός: καὶ ἔθηκεν τὴν δεξιὰν αὐτοῦ ἐπ᾽ ἐμὲ λέγων
“Μὴ φοβοῦ: ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ πρῶτος καὶ ὁ ἔσχατος,” καὶ ὁ ζῶν,  — καὶ ἐγενόμην νεκρὸς καὶ ἰδοὺ ζῶν εἰμὶ εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων, — καὶ ἔχω τὰς κλεῖς τοῦ θανάτου καὶ τοῦ ᾄδου.  γράψον οὖν ἃ εἶδες καὶ ἃ εἰσὶν καὶ “ἃ μέλλει γίνεσθαι μετὰ ταῦτα.”  τὸ μυστήριον τῶν ἑπτὰ ἀστέρων οὓς εἶδες ἐπὶ τῆς δεξιᾶς μου, καὶ τὰς ἑπτὰ λυχνίας τὰς χρυσᾶς: οἱ ἑπτὰ ἀστέρες ἄγγελοι τῶν ἑπτὰ ἐκκλησιῶν εἰσίν, καὶ αἱ λυχνίαι αἱ ἑπτὰ ἑπτὰ ἐκκλησίαι εἰσίν.
—John the Apostle, Apocalypse (I, 9-20)