In my vision, I looked up and saw a door standing open in heaven. Then the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast saying, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.”
Immediately, I felt myself inspired by the Holy Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting upon it. The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald encircled his throne like a rainbow.
There were twenty-four other thrones surrounding him, and upon each one sat an elder. The twenty-four elders were clothed in white and had golden crowns upon their heads. From the first throne came thunder and flashes of lightning. In front of the first throne were seven torches with burning flames, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God. And in front of the throne lay a shining sea of glass, sparkling like crystal.
In the centre and around the first throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day and night they say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who was, and is, and is to come.”
Whenever the living beings give glory and honour and thanks to the one sitting upon the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the him. And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honour and power. For you created all things, and they exist because it pleased you to create them.”