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Rev 4:1 After this I [John] looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet [the voice of God, see Rev 1:10 ] talking with me [John]; which said, Come up hither, and I [God] will shew thee [John] things which must be hereafter [take place after this].
[ Many today claim that the phrase "Come up hither" here in Rev 4:1 is God speaking to all Christians to "Come up hither." Hence, the alleged Pre-Trib Rapture event is claimed to occur here. However, a careful contextual review of Rev 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 reveals God, Jesus Christ, and an elder are only speaking to John, not to all Christians. Therefore, no Pre-Trib Rapture event occurs here in Rev 4:1. This contextual review is shown next: ]
[ In the book of Revelation,
John is being shown visions [see Rev 1:10
] of a future time period. John hears a great voice, as a
trumpet [God] saying to John: "What thou [John]
seest, write in a book ..." [see Rev
1:11 ]. ]
[ Jesus Christ repeats this command to John: "Write the things which thou [John] hast seen, and the things which are [now], and the things which shall be hereafter [in the future] [in Rev 1:19 ]." ]
[ In Rev 2, 3 John is instructed to write to the 7 churches [ congregations ] in Asia. ]
[ Here in Rev 4:1 John hears God [as it were of a trumpet] "talking with me [John]; which said, Come up hither, and I [God] will shew thee [John] things which must be hereafter [in the future]." ]
[ Finally, in Rev 5:5, "one of the elders saith unto me [John] ..." ]
[ Therefore, God, Jesus Christ, and an elder are only speaking to John, not to all Christians. ]
[ Consequently, no Pre-Trib Rapture event occurs here in Rev 4:1.]
Rev 4:2 And immediately I [John] was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one [God] sat on the throne.
Rev 4:3 And he [God] that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty [ 24 ] seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty [ 24 ] elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven [ 7 ] lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven [ 7 ] Spirits of God.
Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four [ 4 ] beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8 And the four [ 4 ] beasts had each of them six [ 6 ] wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him [God] that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, [see Rev 5:14 ]
Rev 4:10 The four and twenty [ 24 ] elders fall down before him [God] that sat on the throne, and worship him [God] that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, [see Rev 5:14 ]
4:11 Thou [God] art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour
and power: for thou [God] hast created all things,
and for thy [God's] pleasure they are and were
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