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Back To The Future
GONNA BE MOVING, ONE OF THESE DAYS
Intro: As we move into chapter 4 of the book of Revelation, we
are heading into strange country. We
just left the past as we dealt with the seven churches of
This chapter, and the one that follows takes us into the very throne room of God, where we can see ourselves and what we will be doing when we get to Heaven. After that, our focus will be primarily on the earth until we get to chapter 21.
I want you to understand is that
Since this verse is so vital, I want to take some time and move through it in detail today. Now, I don’t know if you know this or not, but this verse is all about our future. It tells us about the day when all the children of God will leave this world together. I want to show you the facts, as they are presented in this verse, and I want to preach on the thought Gonna Be Moving, One Of These Days.
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS VERSE
A. It Is A Transitional Verse – Notice that this verse begins with the phrase “after this” and it ends with the word “hereafter”. In the Greek text, these words are exactly the same. Both of these English expressions translate the Greek words “meta tauta”.
this is not the first time that we have encountered this phrase in this
book. Look back to Rev. 1:19. “
What we have in Rev. 1:19 is the basic outline of the book of Revelation.
Ø “the things which thou hast seen” points to the events of chapter 1.
Ø “The things which are” points to the events of chapters 2-3, or the letters to the seven churches. Notice the last words of chapter 3, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”, Rev. 3:22. These events cover the history of the visible church from the days of the Apostles until the end of the church age.
Ø “The things which shall be
hereafter” point to the events that will occur after the age of the
church has ended. Chapters
So, Rev. 4:1 is an important verse that must be understood correctly if we are going to stay on track as we move through this book. It is also important because it signals a time of transition for the people of the Lord. After this point, the church is never mentioned as being on the earth again.
This verse tells us about that day when we are going to be moving up to gloryland! I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to that day!
B. It Is A Typical Verse – This verse tells us that one man, John, was called up into Heaven. Just one man is affected, just John. But, in this verse, John becomes a representative man. He pictures what will happen to all those believers who are living on the earth when Jesus comes back for His people in the Rapture.
Now, I don’t want to give away the rest of the message, but this event called the Rapture is very important. When the Rapture occurs, several events will be set into motion.
Ø The Bride of Christ will be taken
out of this world,
Ø The Spirit of God will be taken out
of this world,
Ø This sinful, rebellious world will be plunged into Great Tribulation, Rev. 24:21.
So, this verse stands as a type, or as a picture, of what will happen when Jesus returns for His children. Are you ready for that day? (Matt. 24:44)
II. THE ILLUSTRATIONS OF THIS VERSE
If you have read the book of Revelation, you know how true this is. Jesus is pictured as a “Lamb”. The redeemed saints are pictured as “twenty-four elders”. The New Jerusalem is pictured as a “bride”. The Antichrist is called “the beast”. There are many other examples that could be given.
The use of symbols in no way changes what God says; everything He says will come to pass as a literal event. He merely uses the language of symbolism to describe actual events. He uses symbols so that people of all generations will be able to understand what He means. There are two symbols or illustrations given to encourage us in this verse. Let’s look at them today.)
A. Involved The Eyes – John says that he saw a “door opened in Heaven”. This phrase literally means that there was a door “standing open” in Heaven. This is the third door we have encountered in the Revelation thus far. Let’s review the doors we have seen.
Ø The Door Of Service - Rev. 3:8
– The church in
Ø The Door Of Salvation – Rev. 3:20
– Those in
that door stands wide open. It will
allow “whosoever will” to enter and find peace, rest, salvation and Heaven. But, when the Lord calls His people home to Heaven,
the door of salvation will close. People
will still be saved after the Rapture, but only those who have never heard the
Gospel will have that opportunity,
Ø The Door Of Summons – Rev. 4:1 – This open door in Heaven becomes a door of summons. Thos who are saved will one day be called up to go through the open door into Heaven.
Ø The Door Of Splendor – Rev. 19:11 – One day Heaven will be opened again. This time it will not be to allow people to enter; it will open to allow Jesus to return to this earth with His church. He is returning is splendor, power and glory to stamp out evil and establish His kingdom.
B. Involved The Ears – Not only did John see a door; John heard a trumpet! This is the language of symbolism. He said, “the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me”. What John heard was not an actual trumpet, but a noise like that of a trumpet: piercing, loud and demanding attention.
were very important in the life of ancient
(Note: Trumpets also figure heavily in the New Testament,
particularly in connection with end time events. Look at
It appears that God will use a trumpet sound to signal His people when it is time to depart. I don’t think this world will hear it, but we were implanted with a special listening device the moment we were saved.
When that trumpet sounds, it will be time to break camp and move off to glory! When that trumpet sounds, it will signal a declaration of war on sin and this evil world system. One of these days, a trumpet blast will sound and the saints will leave this world behind forever! Hallelujah!)
(Note: John says that this trumpet was “a voice”. I wonder if this is not the voice of the Lord
calling for His people. In
Ø He shouted at the tomb of Lazarus
and he got up –
Ø He shouted on
Ø He will shout at the Rapture and all the redeemed will hear His voice and come out of their graves – I Thes. 4:13-18.
I do not know what Jesus will say when He comes. He may say “Come up hither!” He may say, “Come forth!” He may say “Come home!” Whatever He says on that day, His voice will cause gravity to lose its hold on these bodies, we will be changed into His likeness, and we will fly away to our heavenly home.
III. THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS VERSE
A. It Speaks Of A Deliverance – John is told that he is going to see “things which must be hereafter.” He is referring to future things. It won’t be long until we move in Revelation chapter 6 and beyond. When we get there, we are going to encounter details of events too horrible and amazing to comprehend. When we come to chapter 6, we are going to witness a vivid description of the events of the Tribulation Period.
I think it is significant that John is caught up into Heaven before the Tribulation Period begins. As I mentioned, John is a representative man. He pictures the church and its removal from this world before the horrors of the Tribulation Period begin to unfold.
is exactly what the Rapture of the church is.
It is a rescue mission! Look at
The word “harpazo” literally means “to seize; to carry off by force”. If you saw your child about to be hit by a car and you ran out and snatched that child out of the path of the oncoming vehicle, saving its life, then you have the meaning of this word. It has the idea of rescue from danger.
There is a terrible time of danger coming on this earth. God is going to pull His people out and He is going to pull His Spirit out too. He is going to break off diplomatic relations with this world. Then, He is going to declare war on sin and sinners. He is going to take His church out before that time comes.
Some people believe that the church will be here for the Tribulation. They say the church is so filthy and so impure that God will leave it here to be cleaned up during the awful time. Let me just ask those people one question: What could the Tribulation possibly do for the church that the blood of Jesus cannot do?
there is sin and sinners in the church, but when we are caught up; we will face
Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ. We
will give an account of our deeds and lives, but sin was paid for at
Let me share a few reasons why I believe the church will be rescued before the Tribulation Period begins.
Ø Our salvation has delivered us from
Ø We are looking for the blessed hope,
not the horrors of the Tribulation, the Antichrist and the wrath of God,
Ø The biblical types suggest that we
will be taken out before the Rapture – Enoch was removed before the flood, Gen. 5:24; Lot was removed before
Ø One other proof is found in Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13. 22. In these verses, Jesus uses these words, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
§ Now look in Matt. 13:9, 43, here Jesus says, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” No mention of the “Spirit” or of the “churches”. Of course, this was before the church was formed and before the Spirit was given.
§ Now, look at Rev. 13:9. This verse says, “If any man have an ear, let him hear.” Do you see the difference? Jesus does not mention either the Spirit or the churches, why? Because they have both were removed at the Rapture. Praise God, we will not be here for the Tribulation!
I agree with that! One of these days, we will be glad for the fact that Jesus is taking us out of here before things get real bad. As bad as it is today, we haven’t seen anything yet!)
It Speaks Of A Destination
– Not only is there going to be and escape, praise God, there is also going to
be and entrance!
When we arrive there, we will join the saints of all the ages in the presence of the Lord in His city! Imagine the Old Testament saints and the New Testaments saints all together in that city. Imagine the martyrs of all the ages; the preachers; the faithful church folks, all together in glory! Imagine that city, free from the curse of this world; free from death; free from pain; and free from sin, Rev. 21:4, 8, 27. Imagine seeing Jesus and God the Father, and the Holy Ghost, Rev. 22:4. Imagine that day when we go home! Well, one day, we won’t have to imagine for we will be there!
What A Day That Will Be
There is coming a day when no heartaches will come
No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore
What a day, glorious day that will be.
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace.
When He takes me by the hand and leads me through the Promised Land.
What a day, glorious day that will be.
There'll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear
No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there.
And forever I will be with the One who died for me
What a day, glorious day that will be.
Conc: There are some exciting days ahead for the church! We are about to leave this world behind forever. That is the message of this verse! This verse says, “We’re gonna be moving, one of these days!”
The question I have for you is this: Are you in this verse? John was called up to Heaven, one day every saved child of God will be called up too. Will you be in that number? When the Lord comes and raptures His church, will you go with Him, or will you be left behind to face the Tribulation?
If you are saved, then praise His name, there is a great day coming. If you are not saved, then come to Jesus tonight, while there is hope, and be saved before it is too late.
What has the Lord said to your heart today? If there are needs, then you come as He calls.