No Longer a Slave

Don’t let fear take you down! Know it is simply False Evidence Appearing Real.

Address the Holy

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty!
The Was, the Is, and the Coming!”

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory, honor, and power,
    for you created all things,
    and by your plan they were created and exist.”

Revelation 4

Revelation 4 The Message (MSG)

A Door into Heaven

Then I looked, and, oh!—a door open into Heaven. The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “Ascend and enter. I’ll show you what happens next.”

2-6 I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh!—a Throne set in Heaven with One Seated on the Throne, suffused in gem hues of amber and flame with a nimbus of emerald. Twenty-four thrones circled the Throne, with Twenty-four Elders seated, white-robed, gold-crowned. Lightning flash and thunder crash pulsed from the Throne. Seven fire-blazing torches fronted the Throne (these are the Sevenfold Spirit of God). Before the Throne it was like a clear crystal sea.

6-8 Prowling around the Throne were Four Animals, all eyes. Eyes to look ahead, eyes to look behind. The first Animal like a lion, the second like an ox, the third with a human face, the fourth like an eagle in flight. The Four Animals were winged, each with six wings. They were all eyes, seeing around and within. And they chanted night and day, never taking a break:

Holy, holy, holy
Is God our Master, Sovereign-Strong,
The Was, The Is, The Coming.

9-11 Every time the Animals gave glory and honor and thanks to the One Seated on the Throne—the age-after-age Living One—the Twenty-four Elders would fall prostrate before the One Seated on the Throne. They worshiped the age-after-age Living One. They threw their crowns at the foot of the Throne, chanting,

Worthy, O Master! Yes, our God!
Take the glory! the honor! the power!
You created it all;
It was created because you wanted it.The Message (MSG)

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Revelation 4

The Passion Translation (TPT)

John’s Vision of the Throne Room

Then suddenly, after I wrote down these messages, I saw a heavenly portal open before me,[a] and the same trumpet-voice I heard speaking with me at the beginning[b] broke the silence and said, “Ascend into this realm![c] I want to reveal to you what must happen[d] after this.”

Instantly I was taken into the spirit realm,[e] and behold—I saw a heavenly throne[f] set in place and someone seated upon it. His appearance was sparkling like crystal[g] and glowing like a carnelian gemstone.[h] Surrounding the throne was a circle of green light,[i] like an emerald rainbow.[j] Encircling the great throne were twenty-four thrones with elders[k] in glistening white garments seated upon them, each wearing a golden crown of victory. And pulsing from the throne were blinding flashes of lightning,[l] crashes of thunder, and voices.[m]And burning before the throne are seven blazing torches, which represent the seven Spirits of God.[n] And in front of the throne there was pavement[o] like a crystal sea of glass.[p]

Worship around the Throne

Around the throne and on each side[q] stood four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind.[r] The first living creature resembled a lion, the second an ox, the third had a human face, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of the four living creatures had six wings, full of eyes all around and under their wings. They worshiped without ceasing, day and night, singing,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty![s]
The Was,[t] the Is,[u] and the Coming!”[v]

And whenever the living creatures gave glory, honor, and thanks to the One who is enthroned and who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fell facedown before the one seated on the throne and they worshiped the one who lives forever and ever. And they surrendered their crowns before the throne, singing:

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory, honor, and power,[w]
    for you created all things,
    and by your plan they were created and exist.”[x]