1After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”
Jesus spoke to John and he had an open door to see activities in heaven. John looked and saw God on the throne, surrounded by four living creatures, and 24 elders. The elders are probably representative of the 12 sons of Jacob, later known as Israel, in the Old Testament and the 12 apostles of the New Testament; and ultimately all believers through saving faith according to the Bible as shown in the picture.
The four living creatures worship God by saying, 8b “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come”.
The four living creatures are worshipping God by praising two of His attributes:  The Lord God is Holy. They repeated Holy three times, for emphasis just as the Seraphim did in Isaiah’s vision in Isaiah 6:1-7. God’s holiness is not a better version of the best we know. God is utterly and supremely untainted. His holiness stands apart—unique and incomprehensible.  God is eternal, without beginning or end.
The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives forever and ever saying, 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Praise and worship for the Worthy Creator of all things.
Vv.8b & 11 are a model for Disciples today as we daily praise and worship God in preparation for heaven. A
The picture B is in heaven after the Bema judgment seat of believers, C because some of the billions of people surrounding God have on crowns, but before the crowns will be cast at the feet of Jesus D.
Notes: A– A daily prayer of praise and worship; 8b “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come”. 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” [Revelation 4:8b, 11];
Henry Luke 7/29/2018