Revelation Chapter 4 : 1
Revelation 4:1 – And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here…”
verses 4:1 – 5:14: The third major section of Revelation begins here: “the things which shall be hereafter” (1:19). Chapters 4 and 5 establish Christ’s right and authority to act as the Judge of the earth. God on His throne invests the Lion of the tribe of Judah with the authority to establish His dominion and kingdom on earth because of His redeeming work as the Lamb.
Revelation 4:1 – After these things…
Recall from Revelation 1:19, the Lord told John to write the things he had “seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.” John recorded the things he saw in Revelation 1. The things “which are” deal with the Church, which John recorded in Revelation 2 & 3. John is about to record what will take place “after these things” that relate to the Church.
Recall, the entire message given to John was for Christ’s servants, which are His followers (Revelation 1). Furthermore, each church was not to receive only their part of the letter addressed to them, but also the entire Revelation. In other words, the letters in Revelation 2 & 3 are not only for those seven specific churches, but for the Church body at large. The Church, also called the “assembly,” is not mentioned again until Revelation 22. Therefore, many believe that “the things which are” extend beyond John’s time, covering the entire Church Age and leading up to, but not into the time of the seven-year Tribulation.
It is important to note, that nearly every eschatological view that takes the Church into the Tribulation, does not relate the transition that John is making in chapter 4 of Revelation to a change in dispensation. Rather, other views generally limit “the things which are” only to John’s day, with the period “after these things” starting sometime in the first century and continuing until the Millennium.
However, there is not any other clear transition recorded by John in the Revelation that indicates that the Church Age is over, like there is in this passage. Not recognizing this transition leads to opinions that vary widely, for those who do not believe that the events “after these things” begin with the closing of the “dispensation of grace.” But “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33). I believe God gave John a clear transition between dispensations at this point in the Revelation. The next few sections support this notion.
In Revelation 3:8, Philadelphia was given an “open door” to spread the Gospel unhindered. The “open door” in Heaven is different. This open door is the physical entrance to the Kingdom of God, which today is still in Heaven. It will be open to those that had already spiritually entered the door to Heaven upon salvation and closed to those not saved:
Luke 13:23-28 – Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out.
It is only through Jesus that we (the “sheep”) can enter the Kingdom (the “pasture”):
John 10:7-9 – Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
Revelation 4:1 – And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here…”
“In the Spirit,” John goes through the open door into Heaven (Revelation 4:2). Though this verse cannot be used as a proof text to support a pre-Tribulation rapture, it certainly fits. The Lord calls John, as a type for the Church, to Heaven in the same fashion that He will call believers to Heaven at the rapture. To be clear, parallels and patterns should never be used to determine doctrine, but rather to support what has been already been revealed by the Holy Spirit, through the clear teaching of the Word. (See “Prophetic Patterns in Numbers”).
Note the following parallels of John’s experience to the rapture of the Church:
|John heard a voice like a trumpet (Revelation 1:10, Revelation 4:1)||The Lord will shout… with the trumpet of God
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) …the trumpet will sound (1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
|John enters through the door to Heaven (Revelation 4:1)||The Church will meet the Lord in the air and go with Him to the Father’s house in Heaven
|John is a member of the Church||The Church is “in Christ”
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)
The Lord transported John “in the Spirit” to see prophecies of the future, from the vantage point of Heaven, “after these things” (Revelation 4:1) that were just shown to him.
What do you think is being talked about in this first verse? (Some believe this is depicting the Rapture).
The door signifies entrance by way of revelation into heaven. The command “Come up hither probably does not refer specifically to the Rapture, but rather to the change in scene for John who is to receive revelation about future events. This begins the final section of the book describing the events that follow the church age.
The phrases “after this” and “things which must be hereafter” move to the future, beyond the age of the church. The “door” signifies entrance by way of revelation into heaven. Chapters 4 and 5 picture a heavenly scene. The “trumpet” signifies an authoritative voice.
Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
All the elect are gathered and assembled before Christ. This is the culmination of world history, ushering in the millennial reign of Christ.
This will be the trumpet of assembly (the silver trumpet of redemption), “four” (in Matthew 24:31), means the entire world. We’ve all heard the saying: “from the four corners of the earth I’m sure. This assembly will not be just Americans, but the true believers from every country of the world. These “angels” are ministering spirits who carry out these orders of their Lord and Master. The “He” here is Jesus (Messiah), but now He is Lord of lords and King of kings.
This “sound of a Trumpet” could be a literal trumpet blowing, or it could be the voice of our Lord sounding like a trumpet. This is the last chronological mention of silver in the Bible. There will be no silver in heaven. “Silver” means redemption, and there is no silver there; because we have already been redeemed. There is only gold in heaven. In the Holy of Holies, there was only gold, because in the presence of God, there was only gold. This gathering together of His elect is what is commonly referred to as the rapture of the church. His church has no denomination. It is “all” who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians “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.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “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.”
To really understand read all of this account. I have chosen just two verses from the account for here. This will happen so quickly that you would not even have time to blink your eye.
The “I” (in verse 1), is of course John who is writing this. Jesus has been speaking in the previous chapter directly. Now we hear from John about the things he saw. This is after Jesus finishes His messages to the seven churches.
We will see the number “seven” throughout Revelation. Seven means “spiritually complete”. Perhaps in this number, God is saying, this is it. There is nothing else to read. If you can’t get the message in Revelation, you cannot receive it.
John takes a look toward heaven and is startled “behold”, the door of heaven is open. Jesus is the door to heaven. The door of heaven is not closed to the believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus opened the way to the very throne of God, when the temple curtain was torn from the top to the bottom (opening the way to the holy of holies), when He died on the cross (Matthew 27:51).
The word “looked” is important also. We must seek before we can find. Jesus is coming back for those who are looking for Him.
Notice, this door was “opened” in the past tense. It is not going to be opened. Jesus opened it for us. It is now open to believers.
John 10:7 “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”
Heaven is presently the dwelling place of God. It will also be our eternal home.
The first voice that John hears in is either the voice of Jesus Himself, or the voice of Jesus’ own personal messenger. It makes no difference, the message itself is from Jesus. When the Lord calls us to meet Him in the air, when the church is caught away, we will hear the trumpet; the silver trumpet of redemption.
There are several other instances in the Bible where the door of heaven was opened. Many prophets also, have seen a vision of the heavenly.
Ezekiel speaks of his look into heaven. Daniel had a glimpse into heaven. When Stephen was stoned to death, he saw into heaven.
When Stephen looked into heaven, he saw Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Most times, Jesus is seated at the right hand because His work is completed, but I believe that He was standing to receive His faithful servant, Stephen, home.
This door has never been closed to the true believers.
The first voice that John hears (in verse 1), is either the voice of Jesus Himself, or the voice of Jesus’ own personal messenger. It makes no difference; the message itself is from Jesus. When the Lord calls us to meet Him in the air, when the church is caught away, we will hear the trumpet; the silver trumpet of redemption.
In Both (Matthew 24:31 and 1 Thessalonians 4:16), I read at first the voice and the trumpet seem to be interchangeable. The voice of Jesus and His personal angel are a little confusing, as well. Either way the message is from Jesus. This trumpet was talking with John.
The voice that John heard was like a trumpet. This is a powerful voice; it gives a true sound. This voice is talking to us, as well as John.
The voice said, “come up hither” to John, but is always saying to us, “come up hither”. Get your mind off the things of this world and look heavenward. The call of Jesus has always been “come”. In this specific sentence, He tells John “come up hither”, then adds why.
Jesus, the voice, says, “I will show thee things which must be hereafter.” John will be shown a look into the future. John could have had a vision of this, or he could have been transported into heaven for a moment in time to see all of this. We do know that viewing something from the earth makes us see just the here and now. From a heavenly point, we can see yesterday and tomorrow.
Notice that these things of the hereafter must be. Why must they be? Because God ordered it from the beginning of the world and God never changes. We must change to fit His plan, not the other way around.
John is not told a specific time in the hereafter, only that it will be later than the present time he is in.
John is now seeing into the future, after the believers in Christ are raptured into heaven, in this particular scene.
Verses 2-5: “In the spirit”: John sees God the Father sitting on His “throne” in “heaven”, compare (verse 8). The gems and the “rainbow” show the glory of God (compare Ezek. 1:22-28). The 24 “elders” probably represent the raptured church in heaven. Their “seats” or thrones show a reward of authority in the millennial kingdom (compare 20:4), and their “crowns” (Greek stephanos), are crowns of reward from the judgment seat of Christ (compare Rom. 14:10; 1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:10). The “white raiment” shows their righteousness, which has now been judged and purified. The number “four and twenty”, represents the church as priests before God. David divided the Levitical priesthood into 24 sections (1 Chron. 24:7-19). Believers are seen here as a kingdom of priests (compare 1:6). Old Testament saints are not yet included, since they will not be resurrected and rewarded until after the Tribulation period (compare Dan. 12:1-3). The “seven lamps” or “seven spirits” again symbolize the Holy Spirit of God (compare 1:4).
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