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 ."
The Unopened Book and the Lamb
5 1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back , sealed up with seven seals . 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice , "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals ?" 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping ; behold , the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah , the Root of David , has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals ."
6 And I saw between e the throne (with the four living creatures ) and the elders a Lamb standing , as if slain , having seven horns and seven eyes , which are the seven Spirits of God , sent out into all the earth . 7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne . 8 When He had taken the book , the four living creatures and the twenty-four e elders fell down before the Lamb , each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense , which are the prayers of the saints . 9 And they sang a new song , saying , " Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals ; for You were slain , and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation . 10 "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God ; and they will reign upon the earth ." 11 Then I looked , and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders ; and the number of them was myriads of myriads , and thousands of thousands , 12 saying with a loud voice , " Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing ." 13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea , and all things in them, I heard saying , "To Him who sits on the throne , and to the Lamb , be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever ." 14 And the four living creatures kept saying , " Amen ." And the elders fell down and worshiped .
6 1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals , and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder , "Come ." 2 I looked , and behold , a white horse , and he who sat on it had a bow ; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer .
3 When He broke the second seal , I heard the second living creature saying , "Come ." 4 And another , a red horse , went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth , and that men would slay one another ; and a great sword was given to him. 5 When He broke the third seal , I heard the third living creature saying , "Come ." I looked , and behold , a black horse ; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand . 6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying , "A quart of wheat for a denarius , and three quarts of barley for a denarius ; and do not damage the oil and the wine ." 7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal , I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying , "Come ." 8 I looked , and behold , an ashen horse ; and he who sat on it had the name Death ; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth , to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth .
9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal , I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God , and because of the testimony which they had maintained ; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice , saying , " How long e , O Lord , holy and true , will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth ?" 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe ; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer , until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also . 12 I looked when He broke the sixth seal , and there was a great earthquake ; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair , and the whole moon became like blood ; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth , as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind . 14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places . 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains ; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks , "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne , and from the wrath of the Lamb ; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come , and who is able to stand ?"
The 144,000 Sealed
7 1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth , holding back the four winds of the earth , so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree . 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun , having the seal of the living God ; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea , 3 saying , " Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads ." 4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed , one hundred and forty-four e thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel : 5 the tribe of Judah , twelve thousand were sealed , from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand , from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand , 6 the tribe of Asher twelve thousand , from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand , from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand , 7 the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand , from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand , from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand , 8 the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand , from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand , from the tribe of Benjamin , twelve thousand were sealed .
The White-robed Multitude
9 After these things I looked , and behold , a great multitude which no one could count , from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues , standing before the throne and before the Lamb , clothed in white robes , and palm branches were in their hands ; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice , saying , " Salvation to our God who sits on the throne , and to the Lamb ." 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures ; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God , 12 saying , " Amen , blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might , be to our God forever and ever . Amen ."
13 Then one of the elders answered , saying to me, "These who are clothed in the white robes , who are they, and where have they come from?" 14 I said to him, "My lord , you know ." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation , and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb . 15 "For this reason , they are before the throne of God ; and they serve Him day and night in His temple ; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. 16 " They will hunger no longer , nor thirst anymore ; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat ; 17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd , and will guide them to springs of the water of life ; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes ."
The Seventh Seal
8 1 When the Lamb broke the seventh seal , there was silence in heaven for about half an hour . 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God , and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 Another angel came and stood at the altar , holding a golden censer ; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne . 4 And the smoke of the incense , with the prayers of the saints , went up before God out of the angel's hand . 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar , and threw it to the earth ; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake .
6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.
7 The first sounded , and there came hail and fire , mixed with blood , and they were thrown to the earth ; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up. 8 The second angel sounded , and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea ; and a third of the sea became blood , 9 and a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life , died ; and a third of the ships were destroyed . 10 The third angel sounded , and a great star fell from heaven , burning like a torch , and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters . 11 The name of the star is called Wormwood ; and a third of the waters became wormwood , and many men died from the waters , because they were made bitter . 12 The fourth angel sounded , and a third of the sun and a third of the moon and a third of the stars were struck , so that a third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a third of it, and the night in the same way . 13 Then I looked , and I heard an eagle flying in midheaven , saying with a loud voice , " Woe , woe , woe to those who dwell on the earth , because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound !"