The Throne Room of Heaven
2Immediately I was in the Spirit,4:2 Ac 19:21; Rm 8:9; 14:17; Eph 2:18,22; 3:5; 6:18; Rv 1:10; 17:3; 21:10 and there was a throne in heaven4:2 1Kg 22:19; Ps 11:4; 103:19; Is 66:1; Mt 5:34; 23:22; Dn 7:9 and someone was seated on it.
5Flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder came from the throne.4:5 Ex 19:16; 20:18; Ps 77:18; Rv 8:5; 11:19; 16:18 Seven fiery torches were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.4:5 Rv 1:4; 3:1; 5:6
Four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back were around the throne on each side.
7The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like an ox; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.4:7 Ezk 1:5–28; 10:9–14
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is to come.4:8 Is 6:3
9Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one seated on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever,4:9 Rv 10:6; 15:7
11Our Lord and God,4:11 Some mss add the Holy One; other mss read Lord
and by your will
they exist and were created.
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