After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open1 in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet2 said, "Come up here,3 and I will show you what must take place after this."42
At once I was in the Spirit,5 and there before me was a throne in heaven6 with someone sitting on it.
And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper7 and carnelian.8 A rainbow,9 resembling an emerald,10 encircled the throne.
Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders.11 They were dressed in white12 and had crowns of gold on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.13 Before the throne, seven lamps14 were blazing. These are the seven spiritsa15 of God.
Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass,16 clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures,17 and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.187
The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.198
Each of the four living creatures20 had six wings21 and was covered with eyes all around,22 even under his wings. Day and night23 they never stop saying: "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE Lord GOD ALMIGHTY,24 WHO WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME."259
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne26 and who lives for ever and ever,2710
the twenty-four elders28 fall down before him29 who sits on the throne,30 and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,31 for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."32