4 After this I saw, and there in the sky was an opened door; and the first voice that I had heard, as if of a trumpet talking with me, saying “Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the spirit, and there a throne stood in heaven, and on the throne one was sitting; 3 and he who was sitting there was in aspect like a jaspid stone and a sard; and a rainbow around the throne, in aspect like an emerald. 4 And around the throne twenty-four thrones, and sitting on the thrones twenty-four aged men clad in white clothes, and on their heads golden wreaths. 5 And out of the throne go lightnings and noises and thunderclaps; and there are seven torches of fire burning before the throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God; 6 and before the throne is what seems as if it were a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the middle of the throne and round about the throne four creatures full of eyes before and behind, 7 the first creature being like a lion and the second creature like a steer, and the third creature with a face like a man’s, and the fourth creature like a flying eagle, 8 and all four creatures with six wings apiece; they are full of eyes all around and inward, and they have no rest day and night saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, the one who Is and Was and Is Coming.” 9 And when the creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne, him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four aged men will throw themselves down before him who sits on the throne and do reverence to him who lives forever and ever, and drop their wreaths before the throne saying 11 “Worthy art thou, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, because thou didst create all things, and at thy will they were and were created.”
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