Revelation 1:20

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The mysterie of the seuen starres which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seuen golden Candlestickes. The seuen Starres are the Angels of the seuen Churches: and the seuen candlestickes which thou sawest, are the seuen Churches.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"As for 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 churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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 are seven churches.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The secret of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold vessels with burning lights. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven lights are the seven churches.
- Basic English Bible

The mystery of the seven stars which thou hast seen on my right hand, and the seven golden lamps. -- The seven stars are angels of the seven assemblies; and the seven lamps are seven assemblies.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

the secret meaning of the seven stars which you have seen in My right hand, and of the seven lampstands of gold. The seven stars are the ministers of the seven Churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven Churches.
- Weymouth Bible

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.
- World English Bible

The sacrament of the seuene sterris, which thou seiyest in my riyt hond, and the seuene goldun candelstikis; the seuene sterris ben aungels of the seuene chirchis, and the seuene candelstikis ben seuene chirchis.
- Wycliffe Bible

the secret of the seven stars that thou hast seen upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp-stands: the seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lamp-stands that thou hast seen are seven assemblies.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 1:20


1:20 Write first the mystery - The mysterious meaning of the seven stars - St. John knew better than we do, in how many respects these stars were a proper emblem of those angels: how nearly they resembled each other, and how far they differed in magnitude, brightness, aa& other circumstances. The seven stars are angels of the seven churches - Mentioned in the eleventh verse. #Rev 1:11 In each church there was one pastor or ruling| minister, to whom all the rest were subordinate. This pastor, bishop, or overseer, had the peculiar care over that flock: on him the prosperity of that congregation in a great measure depended, and he was to answer for all those souls at the judgment seat of Christ. And the seven candlesticks are seven churches - How significant an emblem is this! For a candlestick, though of gold, has no light of itself; neither has any church, or child of man. But they receive from Christ the light of truth, holiness, comfort, that it may shine to all around them. As soon as this was spoken St. John wrote it down, even all that is contained in this first chapter. Afterwards what was contained in the second and third chapters was dictated to him in like manner.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 1:20


Re 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars. The Lord himself at once explains what the seven stars and seven candlesticks symbolize. The seven candlesticks represent the churches, or organizations appointed to "let their light shine" (Mt 5:16) and become "the light of the world" (Re 5:14). And the seven stars are the angels of the churches. These were, I think, the evangelists of the churches.

Discussion for Revelation 1

  • Beverly Hanzel
    I feel exhausted and have so many questions,and hope in the Lord I will be chosen by him for everlasting life. I feel very happy internally, because of the love I have for my Jesus,and I can't imagine what feeling of love and joy to see him. OH, what a sad day for those who reject him, my heart is heavy for these young people who have no knowledge of him and when opportunity knocks it meet with
  • Mark
    Who would the angels of the 7 churches be? In the next chapter John is told to write to the angels, so they were physical beings involved with each church? Elders?
  • Word
    Norm has stated a lot of Jeremiah's verses that have said the people don't believe evil is coming because they see the false messiah as the real one and the sword of the dragon will be here blowing his smoke and lies and his sword is his mouth in Revelation and as Norm can tell you the famine for the end times is for the truth of the word as Amos 8:11 tells us. So beware the one coming is a fake.
  • Norm
    There is only one true Word, and that cometh of God my Father in heaven. Any other word is a deceiver and an antichrist. Psalms 56:5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil. Psalms 64:3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: Ecclesiastes 10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be and what shall be after him, who can tell him? Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
  • Norm
    Jeremiah 5:9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? 10 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy but make not a full end: take away her battlements for they are not the LORD'S. 11 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD. 12 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he neither shall evil come upon us neither shall we see sword nor famine: Jeremiah 14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
  • Word
    America will be just fine and the hell fire preachers teaching distruction learned by other men who teach traditions of men will be so pleased when the false messiah gets here they will jump on board with him and will say we are no longer a widow anymore our husband is home but it's not our Husband, not our Lamb of God because the first Christ looks like the Lamb and has power but it's the dragon.

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