Revelation 4:1-8 New International Version

The Heavenly Worship

4 1  After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." 2  At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3  And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4  Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 5  From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits[1] of God. 6  Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 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.

8  Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: " 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,'[2]who was, and is, and is to come."


Footnotes

[1] 4:5 That is, the sevenfold Spirit

[2] 4:8 Isaiah 6:3

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