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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.

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