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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.
10: I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
[1:9,10John was exiled to Patmos for preaching the Word of God and testifying as a witness of Jesus Christ. Patmos is located about 60 miles from Ephesus and about 35 miles off the coast of Asia Minor. Tribulation refers to present affictions, not to the future Tribulation period. Believers live in a present form of God's kingdom (the church) though not yet in the promised messianic kingdom. Patience is preserverance or endurance (Gr. hupomonē). True believers in Christ will perserver through all their present afflictions, with John as their example. In the Spirit: John was in a state of receiving prophetic revelation from God. The Lord's day refers to Sunday, the first day of the week, as the new day of worship for Christians. The word kuriakos occurs elsewhere in the New Testament only in 1 Corinthians 11:20.]