Revelation of John 4

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” 1

The Throne in Heaven

2 After this I looked and saw a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had previously heard speak to me like a trumpet was saying, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after these things.” 3 At once I was in [the] Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven, [with] [someone] seated on [it] . 4 The [One] seated there looked like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow that gleamed like an emerald encircled the throne. 5 Surrounding the throne [were] twenty-four other thrones, and on these thrones sat twenty-four elders dressed in white, [with] golden crowns on their heads.

Worship of the Creator

6 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit
Literal seven spirits
of God.
7 And before the throne [was something] like a sea of glass, [as clear as] crystal. In [the] center, around the throne, [were] four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and back. 8 The first living creature [was] like a lion, the second like a calf, the third had a face like a man, and the fourth [was] like an eagle in flight. 9 And each [of] the four living creatures had six wings [and was] covered with eyes all around and within. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, Holy, Holy, [is the] Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” 10 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the [One] seated on the throne who lives forever [and] ever, 11 the twenty-four elders fall down before the [One] seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever [and] ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
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