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1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

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1 Cary W = "Jesus is continually beckoning us to "come up here", just as He does again in the 22nd chapter of this letter.  As we wait on Him, eyes on Him as our goal, He promises us living water, food from the tree of life, and all things to come, even in the hereafter. "
2 David B = "Revelation has many, many allusions to other parts of scripture, and this sea of glass before the throne is part of one. It's an interesting allusion because it is split into two parts. The first part is here in this first scene of heaven early in the Revelation story and the other half of the allusion is in Rev 21:1 and 22:4 in the final scene of heaven, New Jerusalem, at the end of the story. Here the sea of glass is like a sea of separation that separates God from the people who are there. John of Patmos (author of Revelation) sees God across the sea of glass by the light of candles and the lightning coming from the throne. "Now we see in a glass darkly..." (1 Cor 13:12).  After the whole Revelation story unfolds and the final scene of heaven happens, there are two differences: the sea of glass is gone from the scene ("There was no more sea." 21:1) and people see God's face ("They shall see his face." 22:4). The sea of separation is gone and people see God face-to-face, completing the split allusion to 1 Cor 13:12 ("...but then face to face").  What happens to the sea of glass? How does the change from seeing in a glass darkly to seeing face-to-face happen? The people who want so much to be with God cross the sea of glass to get closer to God! Part way through the story (15:2), John sees people standing on the sea of glass, mingled with fire. These people want to be with God so much that they go through fire to cross the sea of glass and separation. When they finally get to New Jerusalem, they have successfully crossed the sea of separation from God. Throughout the Revelation story, there are instances of God moving closer to people and people moving closer to God. The whole Revelation story is a story of spiritual progress. "
3 John S = "One of the classic hymns of the Christian tradition, "Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!" is based upon these four verses from Revelation.1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity!2. Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee, casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea; cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee, which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.3. Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee, though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea. Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed Trinity."
4 Cary W = "When we see Him Who is on the Throne, we are not only transformed into white garments of praise, but cast all of our glory, power and even life upon Him, for it is Him alone who created all living things and beings for His pleasure.  We have nothing but praise for His great work in all things.  Glory to God in the Highest!"