At once I was in the Spirit,1 and there before me was a throne in heaven2 with someone sitting on it.
And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper3 and carnelian.4 A rainbow,5 resembling an emerald,6 encircled the throne.
Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders.7 They were dressed in white8 and had crowns of gold on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.9 Before the throne, seven lamps10 were blazing. These are the seven spiritsa11 of God.
Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass,12 clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures,13 and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.147
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.158
Each of the four living creatures16 had six wings17 and was covered with eyes all around,18 even under his wings. Day and night19 they never stop saying: "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE Lord GOD ALMIGHTY,20 WHO WAS, AND IS, AND IS TO COME."219
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne22 and who lives for ever and ever,2310
the twenty-four elders24 fall down before him25 who sits on the throne,26 and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: