This content is part of a series.Your First Five Minutes In Heaven (13 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
We are going to talk about what I call "Your First Five Minutes in Heaven" because this passage begins the time after the church is taken up to be with the Lord. Revelation 4:1 to me is very clear: the Bible is teaching that the church at this point is raptured from the earth or taken from the earth. Because the word church or churches is used nineteen times in Revelation 2 and 3; beginning in Revelation 4 it is not used again as being on earth in the entire book of Revelation. And so that tells me that something has happened to the church. The focus of attention is no longer going to be on the church on earth as it was in the seven churches of Asia. So in Revelation 4:1 he said, "I looked,...a door was opened in heaven." The Bible says one day the door is going to be open in heaven; Jesus is going to descend in the air. "The first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me." The Bible says a trumpet is going to sound, the last trump. And the scripture says He will descend from heaven with a shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God. And then the voice said, "Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter." When we are raptured into heaven to be with the Lord, the judgment seat of Christ takes place. The judgment seat of Christ mentioned by Paul in Romans 14, I Corinthians 3, and II Corinthians 5 is a judgment of evaluation. It will be that time when we as believers are evaluated for the purpose of reward. You see, there will be degrees of reward in heaven, and the Bible mentions these throughout the New Testament: five crowns that we can earn. So in Revelation 4:2, "immediately I was in the spirit." "I was caught up into the spiritual realm."
And the Bible says when Jesus comes, we are going to be changed from the natural to the supernatural in a moment, in the twinkling of a ...
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