of St. John the Divine
After this I looked, and, behold, a door stood open in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3 And he that sat was to look upon like jasper and carnelian stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in appearance like unto an emerald.
4 And round about the throne were four and twenty thrones: and upon the thrones I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: 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 a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes before and behind.
7 And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face as a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four living creatures had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes round about and within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9 And when the creatures give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and by thy will they are and were created.
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