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I have decided to go a little different direction at this point.
As you know we don’t see the church after chapter 3 until later on again in Revelation.
I was going to do the Marriage Supper but that would put me out of line.
For there are going to be people who will get saved.
So I couldn’t do that until after things which are going down on Earth is over.
Thus bringing tonight a look into Heaven.
The key word to this chapter is Throne.
It is used 14 times just in this chapter.
It is used 37 times in the book of Revelation.
So I think it is safe to say it is a very important word.
You will notice that Revelation 4:1 brings us to the 3rd section of the book of revelation.
‘THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE HEREAFTER”
1. THE SUMMONS FROM THE THRONE:
Revelation 4:1 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 shew thee things which must be hereafter.
This verse corresponds to the “RAPTURE” as described in 1 Thessalonians
4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Notice the similarities between the rapture & Jon’s translation into Heaven.
A. The voice says
‘COME UP HITHER”
This may be the shout that is mentioned in I Thessalonians 4:16a For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
B. Both passages make reference to a trumpet.
See 1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
C. John went to Heaven.
As all believers will at the time of the rapture.
D. Both passages take place immediately.
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