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Chapter 4

1Afterward I had another vision: There was a door standing open in the heavens and the first voice like a trumpet that I had heard speak to me, said,

“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place.”

2Immediately after this I found myself in a trance, and there stood a throne in heaven with a being seated on it. 3The one who was seated on it looked like jasper and sardius, and around the throne was a halo of the color of an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, with twenty-four elders seated on them, clothed in white and with gold crowns on their heads. 5Out from the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder. In front of the throne seven blazing lamps were burning; they are the seven spirits of God. 6In front of the throne was what looked like a sea of glass, like crystal. Around the throne, in the middle of each side, were four animals covered with eyes in front and behind. 7The first animal was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man’s, and the fourth was like an eagle flying. 8The four animals have each of them six wings, and they are covered with eyes all over and underneath their wings. And day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is coming.”

9And whenever the animals offer glory, honor, and thanksgiving to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever, and they throw down their crowns before the throne, and say,

11“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory, honor, and power, for you created all things; by your will they existed and were created.”

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