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Heaven's Open Door (Revelation 4.1)

"After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, 'Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.'" (Revelation 4.1)✞

Holy Spirit

Revolving DoorJohn of Patmos described a vision of a door and a way into the Heavenly Court where God sat on his throne surrounded by the multitudes of angels and the righteous dead in Paradise all worshipping God. The belief in ancient times was that Heaven was a vast solid vault set like a roof on a square flat earth entered by way of actual doors.

The Door

Ancient doorThis reminds us also of Jesus speaking of himself to the disciples in John 10.7 when he said, "Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep." Again in Luke 11.9-10, Jesus said, "So I say to you: 'Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.'" Jesus told us to keep on knocking and the door into God's presence will be opened. To him who knocks, Heaven's door would be opened.✞

Come Up Here

An Open Door into HeavenJohn then heard what sounded like a trumpet blast at the voice of Christ and was invited into Heaven by the angel who said, "Come up here." This reminds us of God's call to the prophet Ezekiel whose name literally meant "may God strengthen him" or "god will strengthen" who was similarly called up into Heaven and also described the throne of God.✞

In the Spirit

Door into HeavenFour times in the Book of Revelation, John said he was "in the Spirit." The Holy Spirit took over John and gave him a vision, and showed him situations and events he could not have seen with mere human eyes. This points up the truth that all true prophecy comes from God through the Holy Spirit. Unlike the door of the kingdom and the heart's door, Heaven's open door invited John to come up and to come in. When the door was opened, we see into the magnificent throne room of God.

"Heaven's Open Door"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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