He stretched out what appeared to be a hand and took me by the hair of my head. Then the Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and carried me in visions of God to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the inner gate that faces north, where the offensive statue that provokes jealousy was located.
Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and told me: Look, I have filled your mouth with My words.
At that moment the fingers of a man's hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the king's palace wall next to the lampstand. As the king watched the hand that was writing,
Suddenly, a hand touched me and raised me to my hands and knees.
Suddenly one with human likeness touched my lips. I opened my mouth and said to the one standing in front of me, "My lord, because of the vision, I am overwhelmed and powerless.
How can someone like me, your servant, speak with someone like you, my lord? Now I have no strength, and there is no breath in me."
Then the one with human likeness touched me again and strengthened me.
He said to me: "Son of man, eat what you find [here]. Eat this scroll, then go and speak to the house of Israel."
Then I said, "See, I have come-- it is written about Me in the volume of the scroll-- to do Your will, O God!"
Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?"
But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it.
And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it.
Then one of the elders said to me, "Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals."
Now the voice that I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land."
So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, "Take and eat it; it will be bitter in your stomach, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."
Then I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I ate it, my stomach became bitter.
And I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings."