A vision: a scroll

I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who was sitting on the throne. There was writing on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals.

Then I saw a powerful angel, who cried out in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was  found  who could open the scroll and read it.

Then I began to weep bitterly because there was no one worthy to open the scroll and read it. But one of the twenty-four elders said to me, “Don’t weep! Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the heir to David’s throne, has won the victory and he is worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb that looked as if he had been slain, but now he was standing between the throne and the four living beings, and the twenty-four elders surrounded them. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes (which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God which goes out into every part of the earth). He went forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the one sitting on the throne.

And when he had taken the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song with had these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals to open it, for you were slain and your blood has ransomed people for God out of every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become kings and priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a great chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing.”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea singing: “Blessing and honour and glory and power  belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”

And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped.

John

 

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