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This post is the first in a series exploring Revelation chapter four.
Revelation 4:1 ‘After this I looked and there before me was a door standing open in heaven’.
Having been through the searching challenges and the encouraging promises of chapters two and three, we are now ushered into the very throne-room of God.
I always feel that this chapter is so profound, so sacred, that we should remove our shoes before reading its precious verses.
John has a profound spiritual experience reminiscent of Paul’s description in 2Corinthians 12:2 when he was ‘caught up to the third heaven’.
Revelation 4:1 ‘And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this’.
Jesus is speaking to his faithful servant John. He invites John to catch a glimpse of future world events from a heavenly perspective.
This verse is often quoted as symbolizing the Pre-tribulation rapture of the church. Jesus calling John to leave the earth and ascend to the heavens symbolizes Jesus calling out the church before the times of tribulation.
With great respect it has to be noted that John does not actually leave the earth. He was certainly transported temporarily to the heavens but he remained very much on the island of Patmos. For this reason, this verse is certainly not proof of such an event .
Revelation 4:2 ‘At once I was in the Spirit’.
The point is worth making that, although we may be earth-bound citizens, that nevertheless we may be prophetically taken up into the heavens and catch just a glimpse of the glory of God.
Perhaps to be more precise, there is a ‘thinning‘ of the gap between the heavenly and earthly dimensions. The very presence of God draws near to our souls. This experience may happen during times of worship and prayer in church and it might also happen whilst queuing in the supermarket line. These are invaluable moments of anointing.
There is a precious discipline of quietening the soul and being receptive to the presence of our dear Lord. We may experience this here and now in our daily lives. This a taste of things to come, when we will gaze into His eyes and know His sweet love for us all.
Revelation 22:3a ‘The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city and his servants will serve him. They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads.’
Tomorrow we explore the transcendent nature of God. Please click here to get there.