After this I looked, and saw a door opened in heaven. The first voice I had
heard, like a trumpet, said, “Come up here,
and I will show you what
must happen after this.”
2 Immediately I was in the spirit, and I saw a throne in
heaven, and one sitting on the throne.
3 He looked like a jasper stone and
sardius, and there was a rainbow around the throne, looking like an emerald.
4 Around the throne there were twenty-four thrones, and twenty-four elders
were seated on those thrones, dressed in white clothing with golden crowns
on their heads.
5 Out from the throne came flashes of lightning and roars of thunder. Seven
blazing lamps, which are the seven spirits of God, were burning in front of
6 and in front of the throne was something like a sea of glass, like
crystal. In the middle and around the throne were four living creatures
covered in eyes, in front and behind.
7 The first being looked like a lion, the
second like a calf, the third had a face like a man, and the fourth looked like
an eagle flying. 8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was
covered with eyes all around and inside. Day and night they do not rest,
saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God,
the Almighty, who was, who
is, and who is to come.”
 9 When the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One who is
seated on the throne, who lives to the ages of the ages,
10 the twenty-four elders fall
down before the One who sits on the throne and worship the One who lives
to the ages of the ages. They offer their crowns before His throne and say, 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory, honor, and power,
because You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were
The fanciful idea was advanced by some that this meant a pre-tribulation rapture of the
Church, but this text says nothing at all about such an event. There is only one future, visible Parousia
(arrival) of Jesus.
The El Shaddai of the OT, the Almighty. Jesus is never called “the Lord God” or “the
This gives us in Greek the meaning of the divine name YHVH, derived from the verb “to be.”
God is the self-existent one. The actual Hebrew form of God’s personal name is not found in the New
Covenant scriptures. He appears, following the LXX, as the Lord, i.e. the Lord God.
Perhaps indicating an existence in the plan and mind of God before they came into actual