Summary: This sermon deals with the Rapture and why I believe it will happen before 7 years of Tribulation.
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1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
Our look at the Book of Revelation continues this morning.
We have covered the messages Jesus sent to 7 churches.
Now we begin to get into what Jesus showed John.
What John sees are prophecies of things to come.
Today, we are going to concentrate on just 1 verse.
The reason is simple.
Verse 1 is about an upcoming event that is much debated.
That event is called "The Rapture".
Some people refuse to believe that there will be one.
When Verse 1 is combined with other scripture
there's plenty of evidence to believe there will be a Rapture.
So let's get started!
Verse 1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
John looked and saw a door opened in heaven.
The "first voice" he heard sounded like a trumpet.
John believes the trumpet-like voice
is calling him to come up
through the open door into heaven.
Now look closely at verse 1.
Notice again the words "After these things".
The open door, trumpet-like voice, and his entrance into heaven
occur after the events recorded in chapters 1 through 3.
John is told that he will be shown things
which will happen after the period of time
represented by the messages to the 7 churches.
From chapter 4 onward,
there is not one single reference to any churches
until we get to chapter 22 verse 16.
There will be references to saints and martyrs upon the earth
during the period of God's judgment in the Tribulation,
but nothing further is said about the church.
So, we have a door opened in heaven.
When that door is opened,
a voice like a trumpet is heard.
At the sound of that trumpet-like voice,
John is called up to heaven.
We read nothing more about the church on earth
as John begins to see things about the Tribulation.
He will see terrible things happening here on earth,
but the church of Jesus Christ is never mentioned.
Why? The answer is simple!
The church is gone from the earth!
When we reach chapter 19,
we will read about a group of people in heaven
described as a bride dressed for her wedding day.
She has been prepared for the marriage supper of the Lamb.
The word "church" does not appear in chapter 19,
but it is safe to assume that this refers to the church.
In John 3:28-30 we read the words of John the Baptist:
28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, 'I am not the Christ,' but, 'I have been sent before Him.' 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
Clearly, John the Baptist describes Jesus as a bridegroom.
In Matthew 9:15, we read the words of Jesus: