by Stan Coffey

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Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Revelation 4:1-2

Our Father, we want to pause and give you thanks, Father, for Jesus, who came to be the light of the world. Father, thank you that He continues to be the light of the world as we reflect His light as we live for Him, as we obey Him, as we follow His word. Lord, we thank you we continue to be that light that people need in the darkness of this world. Father, we thank you for this lesson that really completes the circle for believers. And Father, help us to rejoice in the future that you've given us as Christians. We ask it in Jesus's name and for His sake we pray, amen.

If you have your Bible, please turn to Revelation 4. This is a pivotal chapter in the book of Revelation because Revelation 3 ends saying, "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." Then Revelation 4 begins with, "After this." These are two very important words in the Greek language that tell us something significant about the chronology of end-time events. It tells us something about where we are today. Revelation 3:22 will be the last time you find the word churches in Revelation until you see the church coming in power and great glory with Christ at the Battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19. Now the phrase after this is exactly the same Greek phrase used in Revelation 1:19. This is a key to understanding why we say that the church is going to be taken out before the tribulation time. He says, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter."

The word hereafter is the same two Greek words, meta tauta, which are used in Revelation 4:1 when it says after this. You may have a Bible that says after these things. So John was instructed to write in Revelation 1:19 and was given the outline and the divisions about which he would write. He was to write concerning the past things, the ...

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