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A Door Was Opened in Heaven (6 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
November 2, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Last week, in chapter 3, with the discussion of Laodicea, we concluded our study of John's letters to the seven churches. As we now move into chapter 4, John is caught away to heaven. We believe this event represents the rapture of the church. As we look at vs. 4, the saints are now in heaven, seated on thrones. From chapter 4 through chapter 18, there is no mention of the Church on earth. It's not until chapter 19, when we Christ returns to fight the battle of Armageddon, that we see the saints returning to earth.
No, thank God, we will not have to endure the tribulation period. If you hold to a Post Tribulational view, the view that the Church will go through the Tribulation, I'll see you on the other side, seven years later. Jesus said we will not enter the Tribulation. If you look at Rev. 3:10, the Lord promised the saints at Philadelphia that He would keep them from the Tribulation: "Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth."
Let's come to our outline...
I. AN OPEN DOOR (VV. 1-3)
A. The Heavenly Door (vs. 1a)
1. What this door is we are not told. It's possible it refers to Christ as the "Open Door." Jesus said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." Again, it could be that John saw an opening in the heavens, in that
vast expanse of the third and celestial heaven. When Ezekiel was allowed a glimpse into heaven, he said, "...I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God" (Ezekiel 1:1).
B. The Voice of a Trumpet (vs. 1b)
1. The first voice John heard was like the sound of a trumpet. This reminds us of 1 ...
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