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The Throne in Heaven

4 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing openi in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpetj said, “Come up here,k and I will show you what must take place after this.”l At once I was in the Spirit,m and there before me was a throne in heavenn with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jaspero and ruby.p A rainbowq that shone like an emeraldr encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders.s They were dressed in whitet and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.u In front of the throne, seven lampsv were blazing. These are the seven spiritsa w of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass,x clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures,y and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.z 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.a Each of the four living creaturesb had six wingsc and was covered with eyes all around,d even under its wings. Day and nighte they never stop saying:

“ ‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’b f

who was, and is, and is to come.”g

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throneh and who lives for ever and ever,i 10 the twenty-four eldersj fall down before himk who sits on the thronel and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,m

for you created all things,

and by your will they were created

and have their being.”n


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