1 After this I saw a door opened in heaven: and the first voice that I heard was talking to me like a trumpet. It said: "Come up here and I will show you things from the future."
2 Immediately I was in the spirit. In front of me was a throne in heaven and someone sat on the throne.
3 He who sat there had the appearance of jasper and sardius stones. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne.
4 Around the throne were twenty-four elders sitting on thrones. They were dressed in white with crowns of gold on their heads.
5 Lightnings and thunders and voices came from the throne. There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne. These are the seven Spirits of God.
6 A sea of crystal like glass was in front of the throne. In the center around the throne were four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind.
7 The first living creature was like a lion. The second living creature was like a young bull. The third living creature had a face like a man. And the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
8 Each of the four living creatures has six wings. They are full of eyes around and within. "Never resting day or night, they say: Holy, holy, holy, Jehovah God the Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come."
9 When these living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
10 The twenty-four elders fall down before the one seated on the throne. They worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 "You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and because of your will they are and were created."