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The Whole Revised and Diligently Compared with
the Latin Vulgate by Bishop Richard Challoner
THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
In the first, second, and third chapters of this Book are contained
instructions and admonitions which St. John was commanded to write to
the seven bishops of the churches in Asia. And in the following
chapters, to the end, are contained prophecies of things that are to
come to pass in the Church of Christ, particularly towards the end of
the world, in the time of Antichrist. It was written in Greek, in the
island of Patmos, where St. John was in banishment by order of the cruel
emperor Domitian, about sixty-four years after our Lord's Ascension.
Apocalypse Chapter 1
St. John is ordered to write to the seven churches in Asia. The manner
of Christ's appearing to him.
1:1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to make
known to his servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and
signified, sending by his angel to his servant John,
The things which must shortly come... and again it is said, ver. 3, The
time is at hand... This can not be meant of all the things prophesied in
the Apocalypse, where mention is made also of the day of judgment, and
of the glory of heaven at the end of the world. That some things were to
come to pass shortly, is evident, by what is said to the Seven Churches,
chap. 2 and 3, Or that the persecutions foretold should begin shortly.
Or that these words signified, that all time is short, and that from the
coming of Christ, we are now in the last age or last hour. See 1 John
1:2. Who hath given testimony to the word of God and the testimony of
Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen.
1:3. Blessed is he that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy:
and keepeth those things which are written in it. For the time is at
1:4. John to the seven churches which are in Asia. Grace be unto you and
peace, from him that is and that was and that is to come: and from the
seven spirits which are before his throne:
1:5. And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the first
begotten of the dead and the prince of the kings of the earth, who hath
loved us and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
1:6. And hath made us a kingdom, and priests to God and his Father. To
him be glory and empire for ever and ever. Amen.
1:7. Behold, he cometh with the clouds, and every eye shall see him: and
they also that pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth shall bewail
themselves because of him. Even so. Amen.
1:8. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, saith the Lord
God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
I am Alpha and Omega... These are the names of the first and last
letters of the Greek alphabet, and signify the same as what follows: The
beginning and the end: the first cause and last end of all beings: who
is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty... These words signify
the true God only, and are here applied to our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ, who is to come again to judge the living and the dead.
1:9. I, John, your brother and your partner in tribulation and in the
kingdom and patience in Christ Jesus, was in the island which is called
Patmos, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus.
1:10. I was in the spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me a great
voice, as of a trumpet,
1:11. Saying: What thou seest, write in a book and send to the seven
churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamus and
to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
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