The Heavenly Worship
4 1 After these things I looked , and behold , a door standing open in heaven , and the first voice which I had heard , like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said , " Come up here , and I will show you what must take place after these things ." 2 Immediately I was in the Spirit ; and behold , a throne was standing in heaven , and One sitting on the throne . 3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance ; and there was a rainbow around the throne , like an emerald in appearance . 4 Around the throne were twenty-four e thrones ; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four e elders sitting , clothed in white garments , and golden crowns on their heads . 5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder . And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne , which are the seven Spirits of God ; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass , like crystal ; and in the center and around the throne , four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind . 7 The first creature was like a lion , and the second creature like a calf , and the third creature had a face like that of a man , and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle .
8 And the four living creatures , each one of them having six wings , are full of eyes around and within ; and day and night they do not cease to say , " HOLY , HOLY , HOLY is THE Lord GOD , THE ALMIGHTY , WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME ." 9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne , to Him who lives forever and ever , 10 the twenty-four e elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne , and will worship Him who lives forever and ever , and will cast their crowns before the throne , saying , 11 " Worthy are You, our Lord and our God , to receive glory and honor and power ; for You created all things , and because of Your will they existed , and were created ."