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Revelation 4:1-9 (New International Version)

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The Throne in Heaven

1 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."4 2 At once I was in the Spirit,5 and there before me was a throne in heaven6 with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper7 and carnelian.8 A rainbow,9 resembling an emerald,10 encircled the throne. 4 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. 5 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. 6 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.18 7 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 8 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."25 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne26 and who lives for ever and ever,27
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