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“The “Upper-taker!”

Scripture reading for December 4th: Ezra 7-10, Psalm 97, Revelation 4

Key Scriptures: Revelation 4:1-4 “After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had 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 behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.”

John was exiled in a prison colony on the Isle of Patmos and was worshiping the Lord when he had a divine revelation of Jesus Christ. Jesus appeared and spoke to him and told him to write down everything he would be shown. Following letters dictated to John’s seven churches, Jesus called John through an open door to heaven itself. The voice of Jesus was like a trumpet, calling John heavenward. Jesus wanted to show John the events that would transpire in the future and have him write them down for all believers. Immediately, John was transported in the Spirit from earth to heaven where he was shown God’s throne in all its glory and the events to come. This call heavenward is a foretaste of the Rapture of the saints, also initiated by a trumpet sound.

Psalm 97:1, 6 “The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! . . . The heavens proclaim His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I await the trumpet call for Your people to come to You and to behold Your glory forever and ever. Help me and my family to faithfully successfully complete my journey to You and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Ezra 8:21 “Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him a safe journey for ourselves, our children and all our goods.”

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Through the door!

Scripture reading for December 13th: Revelation 4:1-11

If you knew of a special door that would take you into the throne room of Heaven for a visit, would you be excited or scared?  John was worshiping on the Lord’s day on the island of Patmos, when he had an encounter with Jesus Christ!  Jesus had told him earlier that He was the gate (door) for the sheep to find abundant life!  (John 10:7-10)

“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)  John heard Jesus speaking and directing him through the open door.  This door lead to a vision of the future and would reveal the events that would soon take place.

“At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it.  And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.  A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.” (Revelation 4:2-3)  John was immediately transported in the Spirit through the open door.  God’s throne was the first sight John noticed and it captured his vision.   The throne of God represented all authority and power over heaven and earth and is mentioned forty times in Revelation.   John described the One on the throne in terms of color, light, and precious stones.  The great riches of heaven are not just the streets of gold, but the One who rules there!

In the center of the throne, four living creatures, covered with eyes, worshiped God continually.  These angelic beings cried day and night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)

Around the throne were twenty four elders also seated on thrones.  They were dressed in white and had golden crowns on their heads.  John got to observe them falling down before God’s throne and laying their crowns at His feet in worship.  Their worship honored God as worthy!  “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11)  What a privilege to see this vision of heaven through John’s eyes!

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