I want you to take your Bibles now and turn to the book of the Revelation, chapter 4. Now, the last Sunday night we met together we studied chapter 1. We're skipping over chapters 2 and 3 appreciably tonight because we have already preached a series of messages not too very long ago on the seven churches in the book of the Revelation, so we're going to go tonight directly to Revelation chapter 4. The title of the message is A Glimpse Into Glory.
Look with me please at Revelation chapter 4 verse 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 show thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit, and I beheld a throne that was set in heaven, and one sat upon the throne.''
Let me just pause right here to say that eternity is just around the corner and many of us have a habit of thinking of eternity as way out there, but eternity is just around the corner. It's only a breath away. It's only a heartbeat away. In the twinkling of an eye we can be in eternity. And so, the things that I am talking to you about tonight may be experienced by all of us before the sermon has come to a conclusion. Many of us have a sense down deep in our hearts that we're living in the last days. And because we're living in the last days, and if we're living in the last days, the return of the Lord Jesus Christ for his church may be at hand.
Now, remember when we said in the introduction to this book that the things that will take place in the book of the Revelation are going to happen shortly. Now that word shortly does not mean in a few years because it's been almost two thousand years since this book was written. That word shortly means they're going to happen rapidly. They're going to happen quickly. They're going to happen cataclysmically. Jesus said, ''In such an hour as ye think not.'' Paul said, ''In the twinkling of an eye.'' John said, ''Shortly, quickly'' these things are going to come to pass.
You say, Brother Rogers, why do you have this feeling that we may be living in the last days? In the preparation of this message I was thinking of all of things that have happened in my brief lifetime. Notice I said brief because I'm at a very tender age. But just in my brief lifetime. I want you to think of all of the things that have happened. For example, in just these few years, the atom has been split and nuclear devices are now in the world that give us the ability to destroy this world several times over and the entire human race. Just in my brief lifetime we have seen the Roman Empire, that ten-nation federation, come back into being. Just in my brief lifetime we have seen the development of space exploration and man has literally gone to the moon and walked upon the moon and space ships have gone to Mars, and Jupiter, and Venus and on beyo ...
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