• William T. Howe Ph.D.

December 27, 2021

Daily Reading: Revelation 4-8

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.

Hereafter. This is the second time this word is used in Revelation. It means that the things that happen from this point on in the book happen after that which has already happened. Meaning, that the things written in this book happen after the things that have already been written, meaning after the Church Age. Chapters 2 and 3 included letters to seven local churches. Some say these churches represent different time periods within the Church Age, although there is no Scriptural evidence of that fact. Yet, there is Scriptural evidence that the Church Age ends with Revelation 4:1. From this point forward in the book of the Revelation the word church is not mentioned until the last chapter of the book, and that is in reference back to the seven churches (and apparently all churches of all time).

So, the “hereafter” of Revelation 4:1 must speak of things that happen after the Church Age has ended. This is a comfort to know that His bride, made up of individuals in the local churches, will not face the awful events that take place hereafter. Wonderful. How will they be spared? In short, because of I Thessalonians 4:17. 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.

Make no doubt…the door to Heaven is open. Open to all. Jesus Christ is the door. He said so in John 10:7 and 10:9. But one day it will be closed. Make sure to go through that door, and on your way, bring someone with you.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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