Scene in Heaven

After (A)these things I looked, and behold, (B)a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, (C)like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “(D)Come up here, and I will (E)show you what must take place after these things.” Immediately I was (F)in the [a]Spirit; and behold, (G)a throne was standing in heaven, and (H)someone was sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a (I)jasper stone and a (J)sardius in appearance; and there was a [b](K)rainbow around the throne, like an (L)emerald in appearance. (M)Around the throne were (N)twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw (O)twenty-four elders (P)sitting, clothed in (Q)white garments, and (R)golden crowns on their heads.

The Throne and Worship of the Creator

Out from the throne *came (S)flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were (T)seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are [c](U)the seven spirits of God; and before the throne there was something like a (V)sea of glass, like crystal; and in the [d]center and (W)around the throne, (X)four living creatures (Y)full of eyes in front and behind. (Z)The first living creature was like a lion, the second creature like a calf, the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the (AA)four living creatures, each one of them having (AB)six wings, are (AC)full of eyes around and within; and (AD)day and night [e]they do not cease to say,

(AE)Holy, holy, holy is the (AF)Lord God, the Almighty, (AG)who was and who is and who [f]is to come.”

And when the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to Him who (AH)sits on the throne, to (AI)Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the (AJ)twenty-four elders will (AK)fall down before Him who (AL)sits on the throne, and they will worship (AM)Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their (AN)crowns before the throne, saying,

11 (AO)Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You (AP)created all things, and because of Your will they [g]existed, and were created.”

The Scroll with Seven Seals

I saw [h]in the right hand of Him who (AQ)sat on the throne a [i](AR)scroll written inside and on the back, (AS)sealed up with seven seals. And I saw a (AT)strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” And no one (AU)in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the (AV)Lion that is (AW)from the tribe of Judah, the (AX)Root of David, has overcome so as to be able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

And I saw [j]between the throne (with the four living creatures) and (AY)the elders a (AZ)Lamb standing, as if (BA)slaughtered, having seven (BB)horns and (BC)seven eyes, which are [k](BD)the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And He came and took (BE)the scroll out of the right hand of Him who (BF)sat on the throne. When He had taken the scroll, the (BG)four living creatures and the (BH)twenty-four elders (BI)fell down before the (BJ)Lamb, each one holding a (BK)harp and (BL)golden bowls full of incense, which are the (BM)prayers of the [l]saints. And they *sang a (BN)new song, saying,

(BO)Worthy are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were (BP)slaughtered, and You (BQ)purchased people for God with Your blood from (BR)every tribe, language, people, and nation.

10 You have made them into a (BS)kingdom and (BT)priests to our God, and they will (BU)reign upon the earth.”

Angels Exalt the Lamb

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels (BV)around the throne and the (BW)living creatures and the (BX)elders; and the number of them was [m](BY)myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

(BZ)Worthy is the (CA)Lamb that was (CB)slaughtered to receive power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory, and blessing.”

13 And I heard (CC)every created thing which is in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, or on the sea, and all the things in them, saying,

“To Him who (CD)sits on the throne and to the (CE)Lamb (CF)be the blessing, the honor, the glory, and the dominion forever and ever.”

14 And the (CG)four living creatures were saying, “(CH)Amen.” And the (CI)elders (CJ)fell down and worshiped.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 4:2 Or spirit
  2. Revelation 4:3 Or halo
  3. Revelation 4:5 Possibly a symbolic reference to the Holy Spirit in His fullness, or to seven key angels
  4. Revelation 4:6 Lit middle of the throne and around
  5. Revelation 4:8 Lit they have no rest, saying,
  6. Revelation 4:8 Or is coming
  7. Revelation 4:11 Lit were
  8. Revelation 5:1 Lit upon
  9. Revelation 5:1 Or book, and so throughout the ch
  10. Revelation 5:6 Lit in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders
  11. Revelation 5:6 Possibly a symbolic reference to the Holy Spirit in His fullness, or to seven key angels
  12. Revelation 5:8 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  13. Revelation 5:11 Gr for 10,000s of 10,000s