The Revelation of John 4-7
4 [1-5] Later I looked, and a door was opened up in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet talking with me; which said, “Come up here, and I’ll show you the things which must happen later.” And suddenly I was in the spirit: And there was a throne in heaven, and One sat on the throne that looked like a dark green jasper stone and a blood red chalcedony stone: and there was an emerald green rainbow shining around the throne. And there were twenty-four seats around the throne, where twenty-four elders sat, all wearing long white robes and golden crowns. And lightning and voices like thunder came out of the throne: and there were seven lamps of fire burning in front of it, which are the Seven Spirits of God, which are the Holy Spirit.
[6-11]And in front of the throne there was a great bowl made of glass as clear as crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and around the throne, were four living animals, which were full of lights, both in front and in back. And the first one was like a lion, the second one was like a calf, the third one had the face of a human, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. And each the four living animals had six wings around them, which were full of lights within: and they rest neither day nor night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Christ God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” And when those animals give praise and honor and thanks to the One who sat on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders bowed down to the One who sat on the throne, and worshiped the One who lives forever and ever, and put out their crowns toward the throne, saying, You’re worthy, Christ, to get praise, honor, and power because You’ve created everything, and for Your pleasure they live and were created.
5 [1-10] And I saw in the hand of the One who sat on the throne, a book written on front and on back, marked with seven seals. And I saw a strong messenger calling out with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose its seals? But no one either in heaven, or in earth, or in Hell, was able to open the book, nor to even look on it. And I cried so much, because no one was worthy enough to open and read the book, nor to look on it. But one of the elders told me, “Don’t cry: the Lion of the family of Judah, the Root of David, has done well and can open the book, and loose its seven seals.” And I watched, and a Lamb stood in the middle of the throne and of the four living animals, and in the middle of the elders, as if it had been put to death, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth, who came and took the book out of the hand of the One who sat on the throne. And when Christ, the Lamb had taken the book, the four living animals and twenty-four elders bowed down to Christ, the Lamb, every one of them having harps, and holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of all the believers. And they sung a new song, saying, “You’re worthy to take the book, and to open its seals, because you were put to death, and have paid our ransom for God by your blood out of every family, language, people, and nation; And have made us rulers and priests to our God: and we’ll reign on the earth.”
[11-14] And as I watched, I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, along with the animals and the elders: and there were so many you couldn’t count them all; And they said with a loud voice, “Worthy is Christ, the Lamb that was put to death to get power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, praise, and blessing.” And every creature which is in heaven, on the earth, and in Hell, and those that are in the sea, and all that is in them, I heard saying, “Blessing, honor, praise, and power, be to the One who sits on the throne, and to Christ, the Lamb forever and ever.” And the four living animals said, “So be it!” And the twenty-four elders bowed down and worshipped the One who lives forever and ever.
6 [1-8] And I saw when Christ, the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard a voice like the noise of thunder, one of the four living animals saying, “Come.” And I looked and saw a white horse: and the rider had a bow; and wore a crown: and went out taking control, and to take control. And when Christ, the Lamb had opened the second seal, I heard the second living animal say, “Come.” And another horse went out that was red: and power was given to the rider, who was given a great sword, to take peace from the earth, and to make people kill each other. And when Christ, the Lamb had opened the third seal, I heard the third animal say, “Come.” And I watched, and saw a black horse; and the rider had a pair of balances. And I heard a voice in the middle of the four living animals say, “A loaf of wheat bread for a day’s pay, and three loaves of barley bread for a day’s pay; and see that the oil and the wine stays available.” And when Christ, the Lamb had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living animal say, “Come.” And I looked, and saw a pale horse: and the name of its rider was Death, and Hell followed behind. And power was given to them over a fourth part of the earth, to kill with war, hunger, death, and with the animals of the earth.
[9-17]And when Christ, the Lamb had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who were beheaded and put to death for the Word of God, and for their belief: And they hollered out, saying, “How long, Christ, holy and true, until you judge and punish those who live on the earth for our blood?” And they were all given white robes; and they were told to rest a little while longer, until all their Christian coworkers would be killed as they were. And I watched when Christ, the Lamb had opened the sixth seal, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became as black as cloth made of goat’s hair, and the moon became as red as blood; And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, just as a fig tree drops its out of season figs, when its shaken by a strong wind. And the sky moved together as a scroll when it’s rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of place. And the rulers of the earth, and the great people, the rich people, the leaders, and all the other powerful people, both workers, and free people, hid themselves in the caves and rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One who sits on the throne, and from the judgment of Christ, the Lamb: because the great judgment day is here; and who is able to stand?”
7 [1-8] And then I saw four angels standing at the four quarters of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the land, or on the sea, or on any tree. And I saw another messenger going up from the east, having the seal of the living God: who hollered out to the four angels, who were given power to hurt the land and the sea, saying, “Don’t hurt the land, nor the sea, nor the trees, till we’ve marked the workers of our God in their foreheads.” And I heard the number of those who were marked: and a hundred and forty-four thousand were marked of all the families of the Jews. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Judah. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Reuben. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Gad. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Asher. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Naphtali. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Manasseh. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Simeon. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Levi. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Issachar. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Zebulun were marked twelve thousand. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Joseph. Twelve thousand were marked of the family of Benjamin.
[9-17]Then I saw, and a great crowd, which no one could count, out of every nation, family, people, and language, stood in front of the throne, and before Christ, the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, who hollered out with a loud voice, saying, “We are saved by our God who sits on the throne, and by Christ, the Lamb.” And all the angels stood around the throne, and around the elders and the four living animals, and fell on their faces before the throne, and worshipped God, saying, “So be it: May God have blessing, praise, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength forever and ever. So be it!” And one of the elders asked me, “Who are these clothed in white robes? And where did they come from?” And I answered, “I don’t know, but you do.” And the elder told me, “These are those who came out of the great time of troubles, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of Christ, the Lamb. So they stand before the throne of God, and serve day and night in God’s place of worship: and the One who sits on the throne will stay with them. They’ll never be hungry any more, nor be thirsty any more; nor will the sun shine on them, nor burn them any more, because Christ, the Lamb which is in the middle of the throne will take care of them, and will lead them to the source of life giving waters: and God will brush away all the tears from their eyes.”