17 When 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.
18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever 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.
20 The 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 angels of the seven churches,
and the seven lampstands are
the seven churches.