IV. ``The Things Which Are About to Take Place''
A. The First Section, Giving a General View of the Things to Come, from Christ's Ascension to Eternity Future
1. The Scene around the Throne in the Heavens --
Only the Lion-Lamb (the Victorious and Redeeming Christ)
Being Worthy to Open the Mystery of God's Economy
1 After these things I saw, and behold, a adoor 1bopened in heaven, and the first 2cvoice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, dCome up here, and I will show you the things that must take place after these ethings.
2 Immediately I was in 1aspirit; and behold, there was a 2bthrone set in heaven, and upon the throne there was cOne sitting;
3 And He who was sitting was like a 1ajasper stone and a 2bsardius in appearance, and there was a 3crainbow around the throne like an 4demerald in appearance.
4 And aaround the throne there were 1btwenty-four thrones, and upon the thrones 1ctwenty-four 2elders sitting, clothed in 3dwhite garments, and upon their heads golden ecrowns.
5 And out of the throne come forth alightnings and voices and thunders. And there were 1bseven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the 2cseven Spirits of God;
6 And before the throne there was as it were a 1aglassy sea like bcrystal; and in the midst of the throne and around the throne, there were 2cfour living creatures 3dfull of eyes in front and behind.
7 And the first living creature was 1like a alion, and the second living creature like a acalf, and the third living creature had a face like that of a aman, and the fourth living creature was like a flying aeagle.
8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having asix wings apiece, are full of eyes around and within; and they have no rest day and night, saying, 1bHoly, holy, holy, cLord God the Almighty, 2dwho was and who is and who is coming.
9 And when the four living creatures give 1aglory and honor and thanks to Him who sits upon the throne, to Him who blives forever and ever,
10 The twenty-four elders will afall before Him who sits upon the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever; and they will 1cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 You are aworthy, our Lord and God, to receive the 1bglory and the honor and the power, for You have ccreated all things, and because of Your 2dwill they were, and were created.
1 And I saw on the right hand of Him who sits upon the throne a 1ascroll written within and on the back, sealed up with 2seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is aworthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?
3 And no one ain heaven nor on the earth nor under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it.
4 And I wept much because 1no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look into it.
5 And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep; behold, the 1aLion of the tribe of bJudah, the 2cRoot of David, has 3dovercome so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.
6 And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a 1aLamb 2standing as 3having just been bslain, having 4seven chorns and 5dseven eeyes, 6which are the fseven Spirits of God sent forth into gall the earth.
7 And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sits upon the throne.
8 And when He took the scroll, the afour living creatures and the btwenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each having a charp and dgolden 1bowls full of 2eincense, which bowls are the fprayers of the saints.
9 And they sing a 1anew song, saying: You are 2bworthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for You were cslain and have dpurchased for God 3by Your eblood men out of fevery tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made 1them a 2akingdom and priests to our God; and they will breign 3on the earth.
11 And I saw, and I heard the voice of 1many angels around the throne and of the living creatures and of the elders, and their number was aten thousands of ten thousands and thousands of thousands,
12 Saying with a loud voice, aWorthy is the bLamb who has been cslain to receive the dpower and eriches and wisdom and strength and honor and fglory and gblessing.
13 And 1every creature which is ain heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea and all things in them, I heard saying, To Him who sits upon the throne and to the bLamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.
14 And the four living creatures said, aAmen. And the elders fell down and worshipped.