Bible: Revelation 4-5

The Amazing Scene in Heaven

4:1 After these things I looked, and there was 1  a door standing open in heaven! 2  And the first voice I had heard speaking to me 3  like a trumpet 4  said: “Come up here so that 5  I can show you what must happen after these things.” 4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit, 6  and 7  a throne was standing 8  in heaven with someone seated on it! 4:3 And the one seated on it was like jasper 9  and carnelian 10  in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald 11  encircled the throne. 4:4 In 12  a circle around the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those thrones were twenty-four elders. They were 13  dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns 14  on their heads. 4:5 From 15  the throne came out flashes of lightning and roaring 16  and crashes of thunder. Seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God, 17  were burning in front of the throne 4:6 and in front of the throne was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. 18 

In 19  the middle of the throne 20  and around the throne were four living creatures 21  full of eyes in front and in back. 4:7 The 22  first living creature was like a lion, the 23  second creature like an ox, the third creature had a face like a man’s, and the fourth creature looked like an eagle flying. 4:8 Each one of the four living creatures had six wings 24  and was full of eyes all around and inside. 25  They never rest day or night, saying: 26 

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, 27 

Who was and who is, and who is still to come!”

4:9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, 28  and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 4:10 the twenty-four elders throw themselves to the ground 29  before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns 30  before his 31  throne, saying:

4:11You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

since you created all things,

and because of your will they existed and were created! 32 

The Opening of the Scroll

5:1 Then 33  I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 34  and sealed with seven seals. 35  5:2 And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals? 5:3 But 36  no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 37  I began weeping bitterly 38  because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 39  one of the elders said 40  to me, “Stop weeping! 41  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 42  thus he can open 43  the scroll and its seven seals.”

5:6 Then 44  I saw standing in the middle of the throne 45  and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 46  He had 47  seven horns and seven eyes, which 48  are the seven 49  spirits of God 50  sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 51  he came and took the scroll 52  from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne, 5:8 and when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground 53  before the Lamb. Each 54  of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 55  5:9 They were singing a new song: 56 

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals

because you were killed, 57 

and at the cost of your own blood 58  you have purchased 59  for God

persons 60  from every tribe, language, 61  people, and nation.

5:10 You have appointed 62  them 63  as a kingdom and priests 64  to serve 65  our God, and they will reign 66  on the earth.”

5:11 Then 67  I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their 68  number was ten thousand times ten thousand 69  – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 70  were singing 71  in a loud voice:

“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 72 

to receive power and wealth

and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and praise!

5:13 Then 73  I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: 74 

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power 75  forever and ever!

5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 76  and worshiped.

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