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.19