Revealing Revelation - Part 5

This prophetic look at the seven churches leads us into chapter 4 where we will see removed both the church and the Holy Spirit. This leads directly into the Tribulation.

In Revelation 3:22 we read, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. You will not find the word “church” or “churches mentioned again until Revelation 22:16. The reason for this is simple. The church is not there. The church is raptured and a lost and dying world is left behind.

Chapter 4

I believe the rapture is represented in chapter 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 a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”

The first event to take place to usher in the end times is the rapture. The word “rapture” comes from the Latin word “rapere” which means “a catching away.” That is what will happen to all the saints of God at the beginning of the Tribulation. They will be caught away to meet the Lord in the air.

We come across a door in verse 1. It is the door to Heaven that has been opened to allow John to see into the future. Jesus said in John 10:9, “I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” But here we see an entrance into the future by way of Jesus Christ.

Next we notice the trumpet. The meaning of the word “trumpet” here is a “reverberation.” Notice the words “as it were”. This was not an actual trumpet, but “as it were”, a trumpet - a reverberation, a quavering. As I said, this trumpet is representative of the rapture. I Corinthians 15:52 says, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Thessalonians 4:16 gives us this account. “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.”

The Trumpet tells John to “Come up hither.” Here we have John being summoned into the very presence of God. Just as he calls us at the rapture so did he call John. Verse 2 says that he immediately was in the spirit. Instantly, straightway, he was in the spirit, being led along by the Holy Spirit. John gets his first look at Jesus Christ as judge sitting upon His throne. No longer is He representing our high priest, but now He is The Judge of all the earth.

n verse three we see that John saw no form, just the brightness of the jasper (purple) and sardines (red) stones. The rainbow of promise is also here in brilliant emerald (green), a symbol of passing judgment.

Verse 4 brings us to the elders indicative of the church, now in Heaven. We see them sitting in white raiment purified by the blood of the Lamb.

Verses 6, 7 give us this thought. “And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal; and round about the throne, there were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like unto a lion, and the second like a calf, and the third beast had a face of a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.” This description fits almost exactly the same description that Ezekiel saw in his vision in Ezekiel 1:10. “As for the likeness of their faces: they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.”

It would seem that this creature might represent at least in part the four gospels - the ministry of Christ. The book of Matthew was written to the Jews and depicted Christ as King, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Mark wrote his gospel to the Romans, and painted Christ as the beast of burden, the Servant of servants. Luke writing to the Greeks wrote of Christ as the “Son of Man.” John wrote of Him as deity represented by the eagle.

In verse eight we see that these beasts were full of eyes (omniscience). They rest not day and night (omnipresence). They call Him Lord God Almighty (omnipotence).


Chapter 5

At the beginning of chapter five we immediately are taken to the beginning of the seven seal judgments. Seven represents completeness or perfection. Before the seals are opened we must look to the One who is worthy to open the seals. In verse one John sees a book written within and on the backside sealed with seven seals. Verses two and three find an angel seeking someone to open the seals. No one in Heaven or in Earth is worthy, and in verse 4 John weeps because of man’s unworthiness. Verse 5 reveals that the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David is able to open the book.

Humanity had failed to reveal the facts of the future. But Christ is able as He opens the seven seals of the book. Some believe that the book is the title deed to the earth—created by God, for God, redeemed by God, and owned by God. Some believe it represents the New Covenant with Israel. At any rate only Christ has the power and the right to open the book.

“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (verses 5, 6). John mentions both a Lion and a Lamb in these verses. Both refer to Christ. Compare the difference between His first and second coming.

Lamb (1st Coming) ------------------------------- Lion (2nd Coming)

Christ came in meekness ------------------------- Christ comes in majesty

Christ came as Savior ----------------------------- Christ comes as Sovereign

Christ was judged ---------------------------------- Christ comes as Judge

Christ showed the grace of God ---------------- Christ shows the government of God

Notice that in verse six that the Lamb stood. It is at this point that Christ begins the action of Judge. Remember that in chapters 1-3, Jesus was dressed in His high priestly garb acting as our intercessor. Now He rises to judge the earth. For those that remain on the earth there is no second chance.

II Thessalonians 2:10-12 says, “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish: because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Without going into detail, it would appear that if someone had heard the Gospel before the rapture and rejected it, they will not be able to be saved after the rapture. God will force them to believe a lie sealing their doom. I believe that that lie is the same one told to Eve in the garden—that they can become god.

You do not have to look too far to see that philosophy being popularized even today, especially among the Hollywood crowd. It is the philosophy of the New Age Movement, guaranteeing the doom of millions.

Revelation 5:9-14 is filled with praise and adoration as the next step in God’s plan is about to unfold. We see in verse 8 that the elders bow down and worship. In verse 9 we see that they sang a new song. Verse 10 gives us the exciting news that we have become kings and priests to our God.

This leads us into the opening verses of chapter six. One by one, Christ breaks the seals and His judgment is poured out on the earth. Remember, at the time of the rapture, the Holy Spirit that inhabits every believer has left. Again II Thessalonians 2:7 says, “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” The word “let” has to do with the idea of restraining. The Holy Spirit restrains a certain amount of sin even now, but when He is removed, the earth will see trouble like it never has before.

God’s judgment is about to begin and there is no turning back. We will look at the Seven Seal Judgments next time.

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Sorry I am a Christian. And Christ does not stand in Judgment of me. He only Loves me. Therefor I do not stand in judgment of you.


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Michael Adams1959 3 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Well written Lifegate, We are entering a time when we need to know exactly what God's Word in Revelation is telling us.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Ericdierker,

Christ only stands in judgment of those who have not been judged at Calvary, so I like you have escaped meeting as my judge. I will meet Him as my Saviour. Thanks for stopping by.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Michael,

Thanks for visiting.It's always good to hear from you. Yes, I think it's more critical now than ever that we know what the future holds. It also points to time running out. What we need to do we must do quickly. Keep on keeping on Brother!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Bill, Life suddently got extra busy!

Praise God for calling us into the fold!Earth is not going to be a pleasant place to be. I am still holding an open verdict on the "rapture" as far as timing is concerned. Great hub. Much to ponder. Glad you have not brought out Part 6 yet. In our Lords' name.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Funny how life does that - gets extra busy. Sorry, but part 6 will be up any minute. Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for making the stop. I always look forward to hearing from you when you're able.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Wow I never dreamed there would be no one left believing, I thought like if someone had not chosen Christ but knew of Him would now have to give their life for heaven, (always a shedding of blood) of course not salvation as a Christian with the Church being gone. I always thought this was the group God himself comforted, under the alter. I will sure have to reread all that. That is bad, sometimes it almost already seems that way though. Great food for thought.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

I do believe that there will be people saved during the tribulation which will be martyred for His Name (those under the altar). I just don't believe they will be those who have previously rejected Christ before the rapture. As I see it, they will be forced to believe the lie of the antichrist. That's a whole teaching in itself and more than I can get into here, but maybe someday. Thanks for bringing up the point!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Bill, Any thoughts on Ch 5: 6

Such a description...stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God.......


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning Karen,

These are just some quick thoughts. Anything you'd like to add would be wonderful.

I believe the Lamb represents the Messiah (John 1:29) because the lamb is a picture of innocence as well as sacrifice.

As it had been slain - John doesn't specify the look of the slain Lamb; possibly blood covered, but I believe the marks of crucifixion is what is seen, the work of our redemption.

Having seven horns - I see this as representing complete authority and power as the number seven is used in conjunction with the horns - emblems of authority and power ( Deuteronomy 33:17; 1Kings 22:11; Jeremiah 48:25; Zechariah 1:18; Daniel 7:24 etc.) The strength of an animal is in the horn, and is what is used by the animal to obtain victory over other animals.

And seven eyes - Symbols of omniscience.Again, the idea of completeness being able to survey all things.

The seven Spirits of God - I see this as Isaiah 11:2 “And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD” (1. spirit of the LORD; 2.spirit of wisdom; 3. spirit of understanding; 4. spirit of counsel; 5. spirit of might; 6. spirit of knowledge; 7. spirit of fear of the LORD.)

Just some quick thoughts. Hope it helps!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Thanks Bill. I suppose I was just wondering about the actual physical appearance.

Symbolically, thanks for explanation of horn, I hadn't thought of that. I get the sybolism of the other elements described. I do love going through Revelation!!!!!!

God Bless and thanks again


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thank you for showing the difference, something to think about and study.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I still do not read the rapture into 4:1 but I especially love the comparison of the first and second coming. Will continue to follow.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MsDora,

I guess I draw my picture of the rapture from other verses, not just verse 4:1 so I apologize. One reason for me seeing this as the rapture is that the church is never mentioned again until Revelation 22:16. It is in verse 4:1 that John is called "up hither" and immediately he is in the spirit (verse 2) in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye (I Corinthians 15:51, 52). Also the sound of a trumpet (Revelation 4:1; I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4: 16, 17). Immediately following I also see what I believe to be the church in Heaven represented by the 24 elders mentioned in 4:4, 4:10,and many other references through chapter 19. I realize Revelation has been interpreted many ways, but hopefully you see where I'm coming from. Thanks for the visit and your contribution to the conversation.


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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Loved the parallel of the creatures around the throne with those of Ezekiel and their representation if the gospels. Also found fascinating the comparison of His first and second coming. Love how God leaves these precious treasures in His Word. Thanks for mining that out.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks TJ for making the stop! There is so much in Scripture. Truly it is a supernatural book. It can never be exhausted. Glad you found some things worthwhile.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Lifegate Blessings bro. About the 7th trump? I am not sure how to word this question but I am really curious about the trumps. So, I need to Iook up scripture so I will get a bit more clarity about what I am thinking. I am probaly ahead of myself. I do not see the rapture in this chapter. Anyway we can agree to be disagreeable and I guess I am not sure if I am. It is all good bro.

Thank you so much for all your dilegence and hard work. God Bless You brother. In Christ love ya, Skye


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Skye,

I base my belief on the rapture as in verse 1 John is immediately translated to the door of heaven as he hears the voice of the trumpet of God (I Thessalonians 4:16), but what I really draw from is the fact that the church is not spoken of again until after the tribulation in chapter 19. I see the 24 elders as representatives of the church in Heaven. But as you say, sometimes we need to just agree to disagree. I'm open to any thoughts you might have.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Lifegate Blessings Bro. My spirit was stirred. Truly I have heard of many pre trib rapture voices and my mind can get boggled. Is it the enemy or is it the Spirit of God. Well everything good and pure is from above. We have to look at what scripture says and what it does not say. I got clarity and I am so grateful. I encourage you to take a look. God Bless You and yours brother. Love, your sista in Christ. Skye

Agree to disagree. (-;

http://www.logosapostolic.org/bible_study/RP355-9_...


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks Skye for another visit. Getting ready for the morning service at Lifegate so I'm not sure I'll have time to look at the link until later. But thanks for sending it along. I will catch it later. Thanks for the information.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Lifegate Hello bro. I needed to come back to this study. Good thing our hubs stay put, for now anyway. Praise God. I have many questions on revelation mostly the rapture of the church. I keep going, keep studying. The Holy Spirit will reveal more to me. I love how you share Jesus is not coming riding a donkey but riding a stallion. He is going to reign. He is the King of Kings. We have our work cut out for us dear brother. I intend to finish this series then jump on to another one of yours. You know me if I seem like I am mia missing in action I am around just busy elsewhere serving the Lord in love!!! The days are in the world more evil and wicked. America it is not too late yet. Come back to God.

Love you bro. I love how you love the Lord with all your heart soul mind. You are not ashamed of the Gospel truth. May God continue to bless your ministry 100 fold dear brother. Hugs to you and yours. I pray all is well with the newest baby girl. Proud papa that you are. Blessings to all. In Christ love ya. Skye


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Skye,

Stop back as many times as you like - as long as our hubs stay put! Yes, it is the Holy Spirit that will do the revealing and yes, we have our work cut out for us. Let's keep pushin', Sista.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Yes, I thought I had read this before. I have to share with you something a friend told me that has had me smiling for a couple of days. Several Jews were talking somewhere about how they don't understand Christians although they know that Christians have supported and helped out the Jew very much and there were several funny things they said I may remember later but the one I hope it is OK to laugh about because I just can't help it.

He said that the Jew has looked for peace for so very long but then you have many Christians tell them if that treaty comes about to bring them that peace they better not sign it, cause that is the end of the world! I know that should not be funny to me, but maybe it is because it is so true and although we are on different sides of the same coin, we do have the same God and the scraps from the table are fantastic to me. I love the fact both the Jew and Christian are soon to be through with this mess of a life that worsens each day. Atheists and devils hard at work not even guessing how soon they will see the err of their ways when it is too late. Now they are trying to take God from the military men. Well, didn't mean to start preaching lol.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

I never thought of it that Jackie, but I guess that's right. Thanks for bringing a whole new perspective to this hub.

Yes, things are certainly a mess and I'm not planning on them getting much better until the King of kings is here to reign. Can't be soon enough!

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