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23. Heaven Open Door
Revelation 4.1-3

" 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.' At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne." (Revelation 4.1-3)

Holy Spirit

Revolving DoorJohn of Patmos otherwise called "John the Divine" or "John the Theologian," describes a vision of a door into the heavenly court where God sits on his throne surrounded by the multitudes of angels and the righteous in Paradise all worshipping. The belief in ancient times was that heaven was a vast solid vault set like a roof on the square flat earth entered by way of actual doors in the vault. Jesus at his ascension is described as rising into the clouds and disappearing from view. Acts 1.9-11 catches that moment, "After he [Jesus] said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.'"

Come Up Here

Open Door into HeavenThe idea of a heavenly open door reminds us also of Jesus speaking to the disciples in John 10.7 when he says, "Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep." Again in Luke 11.9-10, Jesus says, "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 tells us to keep on knocking and the door into God's presence will always be opened. He or she who knocks on Heaven door is assured of entry. John of Patmos then hears what sounds like a trumpet blast at the voice of Christ and is invited into Heaven by the angel who says, "Come up here." This reminds us of God's call to the prophet Ezekiel whose name means "may God strengthen him" or "God will strengthen" who is similarly called up in a vision into Heaven to the throne of God.

In the Spirit

Door into HeavenFour times in the Book of Revelation, John of Patmos says he is, "in the Spirit." The Holy Spirit takes over John and gives him a vision, and shows him situations and events he could not see with human eyes. This points up the truth that all true prophecy comes from God through the Holy Spirit. Heaven's open door invites John to come up and to come in. John describes seeing the magnificent throne room of God through the door standing open. He is then invited to, "Come up here."

Holy Almighty Creator

Throne of GodJohn of Patmos sees the holy Almighty Creator God sitting on the Revelation heavenly throne. Overcome by this awe-inspiring sight, John of Patmos, in reverence avoids naming or describing Almighty God but simply says that there is "someone sitting" on the heavenly throne. The Revelation heavenly throne is the focal point of the one and only God. It is not empty as many in our generation would wish but occupied. The deity on the Revelation throne has the appearance of a human being hence the use of the word "someone" indicating a person with a personality. Humans need to remember that God is not a huge powerful computer or frightening space alien but is a person somewhat like ourselves. He cares for us because he is one with us but as the Holy Almighty Creator who formed and created out of nothing the Universe, he is not the same as us. Almighty God on his throne in Heaven is orchestrating all the events that John of Patmos was told to record.

Like Precious Gems

EmeraldGod's appearance was described as shining like precious gems. They were a rainbow of Jasper, an opaque stone usually red, yellow, brown or green in color, ruby, sometimes called "carnelian", a blood-red stone found in Sardis and a symbol of avenging wrath, and emerald, a green stone symbolic of soothing mercy which expressed the majesty of God. These gems were important in that Jasper, carnelian, and emerald also decorated the breastplate of the High Priest and were among the precious stones described on the foundations of the New Jerusalem. The three gems were, therefore, symbols of avenging wrath, mercy, and blood which are all important parts of our relationship with Almighty God through our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Heaven Emerald Rainbow

EmeraldJohn of Patmos saw the throne of God with someone sitting on it, surrounded by the shimmering colors of the Heaven emerald rainbow. To further emphasize the otherworldliness of the scene, John of Patmos described the Heaven emerald rainbow behind and over the throne of God. The opulence of these glistening jewels added to the magnificent sight before John's eyes. After telling of the wonder of Heaven, John reassured us so that we would not be frightened by future events. The world was not spinning out of control as some people would assert but the God of all creation was and is directing his plans from his throne.

Praise Song

SunsetThe amazing sight of glimmering rainbows and emeralds around the throne of God spontaneously brings forth a song of praise within us. The lovely Christian hymn from a poem by Carl Gustav Boberg (1859-1940) based on a Swedish traditional melody beautifully conveys the sense of wonder inspired by the "Heaven emerald rainbow." Creation and Earth
"O, Lord my God.
When I in awesome wonder,✞

Consider all the works thy hands have made.
I see the sun, I hear the rolling thunder,✞
Thy power through all the universe portrayed.
Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee.
How great thou art, how great thou art.
In all the World there is no God like Thee.
How great thou art, how great thou art!

"Heaven Open Door"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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