The Throne Room of Heaven
1After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet Ex 19:19; 20:18; Ps 47:5; Zch 9:14; Rv 1:10 said, “Come up here, Rv 11:12 and I will show you what must take place after this.”
2Immediately I was in the Spirit, Or in spirit ; lit I became in the Spirit Ac 19:21; Rm 8:9; 14:17; Eph 2:18,22; 3:5; 6:18; Rv 1:10; 17:3; 21:10 and a throne was set there in heaven. 1Kg 22:19; Ps 11:4; 13:19; Is 66:1; Mt 5:34; 23:22; Dn 7:9 One was seated on the throne,
3and the One seated Other mss omit and the One seated looked like jasper A precious stone and carnelian A translucent red gem stone. Ex 28:17,20; 39:10,13; Ezk 28:13; Rv 21:11,18-20 A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne. Gn 9:13-17; Ezk 1:28; Rv 10:1
4Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders Mt 19:28; Rv 11:16; 5:8; 19:4; 20:4 dressed in white clothes, Rv 3:4,18 with gold crowns on their heads. Zch 6:11; Rv 9:7
5Flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder came from the throne. 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. Rv 1:4; 3:1; 5:6
6Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne. Rv 15:2; 21:18,21 Four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back were in the middle Lit In the middle of the throne and around the throne.
7The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. Ezk 1:5-28; 10:9-14
8Each of the four living creatures had six wings; Is 6:2 they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night Rv 7:15 they never stop, Or they never rest saying:
Holy, holy, holy, Other mss read holy 9 times
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is coming. 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, Rv 10:6; 15:7
10the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, 2Ch 20:18; Mk 5:33; Rv 5:8 worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:
11Our Lord and God, Other mss add the Holy One ; other mss read Lord
You are worthy 2Sm 22:4; Ps 18:3; Heb 3:3; Rv 5:2,9,12 to receive
glory and honor and power, Rv 5:12; 7:12
because You have created all things, Gn 1:1; Ac 14:15; Rv 10:6; 14:7
and because of Your will
they exist and were created.