Then I looked, and, oh! - a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, "Ascend and enter. I'll show you what happens next."
I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh! - a Throne set in Heaven with One Seated on the Throne,
suffused in gem hues of amber and flame with a nimbus of emerald.
Twenty-four thrones circled the Throne, with Twenty-four Elders seated, white-robed, gold-crowned.
Lightning flash and thunder crash pulsed from the Throne. Seven fire-blazing torches fronted the Throne (these are the Sevenfold Spirit of God).
Before the Throne it was like a clear crystal sea.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)