<1>"After this" means, after a person goes through all the stages described in chapters 2 and 3.
<2>"A door was opened" means, the door of all-pervasive understanding and realization will be opened to the person who has reached this stage.
<3>"And the first voice which I heard" is the voice of truth that comes from The Holy Ghost, which guides a human to full realization.
<4>Being "in the spirit" means to go into a trance. <5>He went into a trance and his Soul was taken to the Akashic Records. He started to see the unseen and had a vision that there was a throne and "one sat on the throne."
<6>The One who was sitting on it was just like a stone. He was completely motionless, and "there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald." <7>He was radiating all levels of vibration and would understand all levels of consciousness.
<8>This symbolizes that the One who was sitting on the throne was motionless and completely like a stone. <9> As it was said in Genesis, God rested after the sixth day so He became motionless in the whole universe. He is not active in the universe Himself. He is just an observer, a witness entity, omnipresent, and omniscient. He does not have to move. <10>But He does, and He rules and manages the whole universe by being seated on His throne motionless. <11>The One who is sitting on the throne, which means the Creator, is symbolized as a jasper and a sardine stone. And it means that He does not participate in the activity that is happening in the universe. <12> As you can see in all of The Revelation, never does He do anything Himself. Always the others (Angels) will carry on the duties and do everything that He wishes to be done. He just wishes and it will be done, and He wishes things that are according to the goal of the creation -- to be(come) Divine.
<13>These twenty-four are the twenty-four attributes or things that the manifested universe is made with and works by. <14>These things are the five senses: smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing; the five organs of action: excretion, generation, speech, feet, and hands; the five objects of the senses (things that make the senses comprehend the external world): the smell of the things, the taste of the things, the sight of the things, the touch of the things, and the sound of the things: <15> the elements that created the universe: ethereal factor, aerial factor, luminous factor, liquid factor, and solid factor; the three gunas: tama guna, raja guna, and satva guna; and the illusive consciousness (separated "I" feeling). <16>These twenty-four attributes are symbolized by the twenty-four Elders which were sitting, "clothed in white raiment, and they had on their heads crowns of gold." <17>They are the princes or the greatest things in the universe that make it comprehensible to man. Humans can use these twenty-four attributes to progress to higher consciousness.
<18>From the throne the things that God wishes, wills, and wants to be done will proceed as "lightnings and thunderings and voices." The universe will comprehend what should be done according to these signs. <19>"There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God ['Let there be light:' (Genesis 1:3)]." The seven spirits of God are the seven truths (light) which God uses to guide lost consciousnesses to reach Pure Consciousness. They are like lights in front of Him, and through these seven spirits, God guides His universe toward Pure Consciousness. They are the seven levels of consciousness, seven lokas (worlds).
<20>Again the sea of glass which is in front of God symbolizes being emotionless, without any faulty emotions. He is emotionless and motionless, and He is completely true and Sat. He does not judge or guide the universe by emotion (unpurified chakras), but by complete truth. Emotionlessly He guides His universe toward its goal. This crystal is where the Akashic Records are stored (ether).
<21>The four beasts full of eyes are the four things created by God after the release of the creative forces. These four beasts are The Word, time, space, and the atom (avidya, ignorance). <22>Because of the desire of God, the creative forces in the universe (The Word) were released -- "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). After The Word was comprehended, time was understood. So time and The Word are both together. Without The Word (beginning) there is no time. And through The Word, space has been comprehended, and also through The Word (three gunas in the operative state), the manifested world (the atom) has been created. <23>So it is The Word which is the beginning of time, and it is the power of The Word that enables space to be comprehended. Through The Word, the atom is created. The Word is a part and parcel of the consciousness. The Word is inherent in the consciousness. The three gunas have been used by the consciousness to create all things.
<24>So The Word, time, space, and atom are the four beasts. And they were "full of eyes before and behind." Through these four beasts, God sees everything, the external world and the eternal world. <25> They are "full of eyes before and behind." "Before" means external and "behind" means eternal.
<26>So these four beasts do not have the same qualities. Each of them is different. And each of them is symbolized by a different shape and different being to show the different qualities they have.
<27>"And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him": Six always symbolizes beauty and attractiveness. So "six wings" symbolizes the beauty of this creation, of these four things which enable God to guide His beautiful universe. <28>Also the six wings symbolize the penetrability and pervasiveness of these four things in the whole universe or Kingdom Of Heaven In Heaven (), which through its six sides (two triangles together), which is in each atom, He controls His universe.
<29>The Word is everything and everywhere. Time is everywhere. Space is everywhere, and everything is made out of atoms. "And they were full of eyes within," so through them He has complete knowledge of His creation (without) and the within, of the Soul, or the self, and of the eternal.
<30>"And they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty," so these are present day and night. They praise the Lord for His Mighty Being, because He is all of them and has created them to help the whole universe to Pure Consciousness. <31>He used all these elements to create this universe to help other consciousnesses to reach higher consciousness. He is the "Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." He is, He was, and He will be.
<32>Not only do these four beasts worship the Creator (God), but also the twenty-four attributes (Elders) of the universe worship Him. They worship God because He created them -- all are The Word and consciousness. They praise God who is in Pure Consciousness (Christ Consciousness or Godhead). They bow down in front of His Power, Glory, Knowledge, Wisdom, and all the things that are related to God who sits on the throne. And they say to the Lord, "Thou art worthy, O lord, to receive glory and honour and power" because "thou hast created all things." So He created the whole universe. Why did He create the whole universe? "For thy pleasure they are and were created." <33>As it is described, the creative forces were released merely because God desired them to be so. Then by sacrificing the self to bring these lost unit consciousnesses to Pure Consciousness, He found the ultimate happiness (pleasure and joy). He found that the happiness comes when you forget about the self and sacrifice the self for some higher thing in the universe. And He created this whole universe to help the other unit consciousnesses to reach higher consciousness through compassion and for His own joy, <34>which comes from sacrificing the self (not being self-centered) and working to bring other unit consciousnesses to higher consciousness.