Preview of Revelation Chapter Four

“The things which shall be hereafter”. This chapter starts the third and final division of the book of Revelation. The three divisions of the book do not over lap nor are they concurrent.

The word hereafter permits a time space. It could have been many years after an event and still be called hereafter. The words translated “after these things” bears with it a concept of immediately following the thing mentioned before it. The word translated “hereafter” would have been better translated “after these things”, or after the things that just preceded it.

The rightly dividing of this book can be placed in three major divisions. Chapter one gives us the vision of the Lord Jesus Christ in His great glory as He appeared to the Apostle John on the Island of Patmos. Chapters Two and Three give us the Lord in the present sense walking among the seven churches of the present Church Age. This time has already lasted almost two thousand years and will continue until that next great event every Christian should be anticipating that we call the Rapture of the Church.

The third great division of time that the scripture refers to as “after these things” or after the churches is now beginning in that third and last great division of the book of Revelation. The Apostle John says, “After this I looked and behold a door was opened in heaven”.

This is a first person account of an experience that almost defies human language or experience. John is giving a first hand eyewitness account of an event we have come to call the Rapture. The event of the Rapture concludes God’s dealing with the churches here on the earth. The churches do not appear again until we see her riding with the Lord out of heaven upon white horses.

The Apostle John reveals how the Lord God will once again begin to work through His chosen people, the nation of Israel. The portion of this book from Chapter four through chapter nineteen reveals again how God will deal with His people Israel. He will take up the broken thread of Jewish history. The portion of the book from chapter four the end of the book is largely made up of symbols taken from the books of the Old Testament. They are the Ark of the Covenant, the Tabernacle, the altar, the censors, the elders, the cherubim, the seals, the trumpets and the plagues. This is conclusive evidence that we are back on Jewish ground and that the parenthetical dispensation of the Church Age is complete. This time has a direct relationship to Daniel’s 70th week and is in the course of fulfillment. It is clear that we must look for the explanation of these symbols in the Old Testament.


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