17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.
18I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.19“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.20The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angelsOr messengersof the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.