v1 After this I looked. And there in front of me was an open door in *heaven. As before, I heard someone speak like a *trumpet. ‘Come up here’, he said. ‘I will show you what must happen after this.’ v2 Immediately the Spirit caused me to see and to hear things. It was like a dream. I saw a *throne in *heaven, with someone sitting on it. v3 The one who sat there shone with bright red and white light, like beautiful stones. Round the *throne there was a rainbow that shone with bright green light. v4 All round the *throne there were 24 other *thrones. And 24 leaders were sitting on these *thrones. They were wearing white clothes and they had gold *crowns on their heads. v5 It was like a storm as bright lights and loud noises came out from the *throne. There were 7 lights of fire burning brightly in front of the *throne. These lights are the 7 *spirits of God. v6 Also in front of the *throne there was something like a sea of glass. This sea shone with light like a mirror.
In the middle, round the *throne, there were 4 other *beings that were alive. They had eyes all over them, on their fronts and on their backs. v7 The first of these *beings was like a *lion and the second *being was like a male cow. The next *being had a face like a man’s face. And the last *being was like a big, strong bird called an eagle, that was flying. v8 Each *being had 6 *wings. And they had eyes all over them, even under their *wings. All day and all night they never stop saying:
‘The *Lord God is completely good and clean.
He is separate from everything that is bad. And he has all authority.
He was always alive and he is alive now.
And he will come.’
v9 The 4 *beings that are alive say how great and powerful God is. They thank God, who sits on the *throne. He is alive always. v10 When the 4 *beings do this, the 24 leaders bend down to the ground. They bend down in front of God, who sits on the *throne. They bend down to *worship him. He is alive always. They throw their *crowns in front of the *throne. And they say:
v11 ‘Our *Lord and our God, you are so great and so good!
Everyone should say how great and powerful you are!
Everyone should recognise your authority, because you made all things.
You wanted to make them.
And they are alive and they are here now.
That is only because you made them.’