8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
In verse 8 Jesus compares himself with God by saying that he is the Alpha and the Omega. Just another verse out of many which can be used to debunk Jehovah's witnesses.
In verse 9 it says "for the testimony of Jesus Christ", when this is compared with Revelation 6:9 we see that the book of Revelation is primarily for Tribulation Saints
And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
Now let's take a look back at Revelation Chapter 1
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
The standard view of this verse is that John received some special visitation of the Spirit of God on Sunday, the day of Christian worship.
The problem with this view is that in the Church Age, every Christian is "in the spirit". But what you have here is the Holy Spirit transporting John somewhere, and that is exactly how the expression is used in
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
Furthermore, "The Lord's day" is not a reference to Sunday; it's "the day of the LORD" mentioned over and over again in the Old Testament in reference to the Second Advent (See Is. 2:12; Jer. 46:10; Joel 1:15,2:1,11,31,3:14; Amos 5:18, 20; Obad. 15; Zeph. 1:7, 14; Zech. 14:1; Mal. 4:5, etc)
So what you have here is John is taken up into the future to see things that will take place.
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Now what you have here is that John is told to make 7 copies of Revelation and send them out to each of these 7 Churches. This further supports the preservation of God's holy scriptures. What you will have is 7 Churches each with a copy of the book of Revelation. So if one Church decided to mess with the book. The other Churches would know because they have their own copy as well. This also further supports the KJV-Only position as John sends these letters where? To the Asia Minor area. Antioch is where the Majority Text Manuscripts come from and NOT Alexandria Egypt. John was never told to send these letters to Egypt! God hates Egypt and never wanted anyone to do anything with the country. Even in the book of Revelation,
God still hates Egypt.
And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
So we can see that God doesn't have a good view of Egypt and he never has and never will. And this is where they get the manuscripts for all the modern corrupt english Bibles. These manuscripts contain the Apocryphal books as well in them. But the modern Bibles do not contain the Apocrypha. Why? Because they are dishonest translators and this proves it. If they were to put the Apocryphal books in these modern Bibles it would be an immediate red flag and nobody would accept them. However, I do believe the Apocrypha will become accepted as inspired scripture sometime in the future and the Antichrist will use it to support false Catholic Theology.
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Revelation 1:20 tells us what these golden candlesticks are
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Notice the scriptures will always give you an answer to what things are, so there will NEVER be a reason to spiritualize anything in the Bible. Such as the Mormons do when they claim the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11 are the Bible and the Book of Mormon. There is not a single verse in the Bible to support such a belief. This is the importance of being a Fundamental Christian.
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Now we have a heavenly description of Jesus Christ which is very similar to Daniel's description.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.