Scene in Heaven
1After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
2Immediately I was in the Or spiritSpirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and someone was sitting on the throne.
3And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a Or halorainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.
4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads.
The Throne and Worship of the Creator
5Out from the throne *came flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are Possibly a symbolic reference to the Holy Spirit in His fullness, or to seven key angelsthe seven spirits of God;
6and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the Lit middle of the throne and aroundcenter and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.
7The first living creature was like a lion, the second creature like a calf, the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.
8And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night Lit they have no rest, saying,they do not cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who Or is comingis to come.”
9And when the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever,
10the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and they will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they Lit wereexisted, and were created.”
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