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Chapter Four of Revelation:

After this I looked, and behold a door was opened in Heaven (Eternity), and the first Voice I heard talking to me, was like a trumpet.  And the Voice said: Come up here, and I will show you things that will come to pass.

But First a refresher IN TRUTH: Through out time, there have been many who have formulated their own religions to accommodate in their minds their would be gods who continually manifest their power through the vanity that is innate to the sin infected flesh of mankind.  Even before Yahweh God's creation of the fabric of time the Eternal Creator  knew of the rebellion of what would be His creation of free thinking Man/Adam,  and of Adam's sin of treasonous violence against his Maker that would grossly contaminate Yahweh God's good creation.  Yahweh God, in His foreknowledge of His creation, would establish His Eternal Covenant with His WORD, Who would be His sinless Lamb Who was slain before the foundation of the world

When rebellious sin quickly established its stronghold into the life of mankind, then Yahweh God would establish with the Hebrew race of men,  a protective but temporary Covenant in the life blood of sacrificial animals.  As we will understand, Yahweh God's Eternal Covenant was with His Word even before He created the world.  Lucifer, the author of sin, had not been created as of yet, and without him, sin could not exist in Yahweh God's Creation.  The secret things of Yahweh God belong with Him, but those things which are revealed are to be honored by the children of  God Almighty. (See Deuteronomy 29:29.)   The unrighteous sin of the Man Adam, in Holy Yahweh God's Justice could only be rectified by the righteousness of a Man of Adam's kind.  Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMashiach, would be born the son of Adam through his wife's Ishshah's perfect chromosomal XX genetics. (See Genetic Truth.) Yahweh God's Eternal Covenant of TRUTH was foreordained in the sinless LIFE that is IN the Blood of the His Lamb and only begotten Son Yeshua haMashiach, Who was predestined to be slain even before the foundation of the world.

Eternal Yahweh God's New Covenant Relationship with mankind, would be through His WAY of TRUTH, given IN His Grace, to be received by believing man for the relief from the condemnation of sin within the fallible, fleshly mind of man.  Transliterated Scripture can be taken out of context to make it say in the proud minds of flesh just what they want Scripture to mean for themselves.  Looking for recognition, all of the foolish have expound upon their quasi spiritual understanding with vocal repetitions.   Now their falsehood is embed into the fleshly minds of those who have itching ears of flesh, and desire to be seen as intellectually informed.  After all no one want to be seen as ignorant of what is thought to be obvious.

Unfortunately, the designated Chapter 4 of Revelation can be twisted by many to accommodate what we believe to be their own misguided philosophy of the early rapture of the church.  Throughout these writings we will attempt to bring clarity to any misrepresentations to an early exit from the coming Tribulation.

John after hearing the corrections addressed to the seven churches writes:
After this I looked

And behold, a 'Door' was opened in Heaven.  If a door is opened in heaven then the heaven that the Scripture is speaking of is timeless Eternity. Then after the Door to Eternity  is opened, John hears the Trumpeting Voice of the Word of God speaking to him alone. For the Voice, said:  Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. The English word hereafter has the meaning of "future", which is from that beginning point of time until the ending of the point of time".

Man, who is a product of time considers all that John sees to be prophetic and waiting to happen sometime in time, rather than to ponder Eternity where all things have already taken place and to be revealed in the process of time.  And then immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold, a Throne was set in heaven (Eternity), and One (Eternal Father Yahweh God) sat on the Throne.  John, alone, having passed through the open DOOR that is the Eternal Christ Jesus, is now IN the Spirit of the Eternal Yahweh God, and now find's himself in the Throne Room of the Eternal, where, in the Spirit of Yahweh God, he sees the Eternal Yahweh God, and attempts to describe the One (Eternal Father Yahweh God) Who sits on the Throne:  As having the appearance like a jasper and a sardine stone.  And there was a rainbow surrounding the Throne having the appearance of an emerald.

1. The Door, for a certainty is Christ Jesus, for He, Alone, is the only Way into the Holiest Place of His Father Yahweh God's Throne Room; for Jesus Christ is the High Priest of our Salvation. Verily, Verily, I say you, I AM the Door of the sheep! (See John 10 verse 7-9.) No one comes to the Father, but by Me.

a. We would have the reader to remember that the one church, the Ecclesia of Philadelphia, was given an open Door. This would seem to indicate that with this church's keeping of Communion IN the Lord Jesus Christ, they were provided an Entrance into the Holy of Holies thorough the Door that is Christ Jesus. In the ONE Spirit of His Grace, our High Priest allowed them to enter into Yahweh God's Throne Room of Grace.  No one comes to the Father but by ME, says the Door.

2. The Thundering Voice is the Commanding and Authoritative Voice of the our High Priest, Jesus Christ.

a.  John is called up into Eternity where time has no existence.

b. John, is in the Spirit of Yahweh God, when he enters through the Door that is Christ, and is given a glimpse of the Eternal One, ruling from His Throne in Eternity. Then from Eternity, where there is no time, John will be given a revelation of time that is specific to the future catastrophic events that are coming upon the earth, as the result of the satanic control of sinful mankind.

Past and present, there are many leaders of what is now called the church, standing in pulpits proclaiming repeatedly that the Jewish Apostle John is presenting a church that is raptured up to heaven, and thus the church will miss the great Tribulation.  These teachers are reach into transliterated Scripture, and with additions they twist the Truth of Yahweh God with their inserted innuendos to justify their false teachings.  They add folly to their folly by implying that the Voice sounding like a Trumpet, Commands John the Jewish Apostle and his disciples to " Come Up Here."

1. Moses, alone, was Commanded to "Come Up" to Mount Sinai by Yahweh God, where for forty days Moses received for the Hebrew nation, the Torah Instructions along with the Ten Commandments written in stone by the finger of Yahweh God.

2. John, in the Spirit of Yahweh God, was alone "Commanded to "Come Up"  into Eternity, where John saw the fabric of time revealed in his eyes, and he would writee for the redeemed Ecclesia what his own eyes revealed to him.   Heaven's High Priest speaks to John, and reveals to him alone of the heavenly visions that are intertwined in the fabric of time and space.  The call of the Almighty God was given to John the Jewish Apostle of Christ, and not for the sinful so called church that is scattered throughout the face of the earth.  Yesterday and today, each of the representative churches brandies about their own confused opinions among the listeners in the pews. 

a. There is a distinct difference between the meaning of the compound Greek word Ecclesia, (ek = out of, kaleo = to call), as compared to the English word 'church' found in the transliterated King James Version of the Bible. The word 'church' is derived from the Old English and German word that is  'kirche'.  Similarly, in Scotland the word "kirk" was the same noun for church.  In all cases 'kirche', 'kirk', 'church', had a principle meaning ascribed to be a building.

If our above reasoning is insufficient, then let the proponents of the raptured 'church' declare what is the logical meaning, in Revelation Chapter 13 verse 1, where John writes: And ' I ' stood on the 'sand' of the sea As it is written in Scripture then the afore mentioned ' I ' should logically be interpreted to be the one man John, the first century Jewish Apostle of Christ Jesus.  The one man John is standing on the 'sand' of the sea, and IN the Spirit of Christ Jesus, John is witnessing the arise of the two beast.   Oops. But wait a moment! If the ' I ' is not John, but the raptured church, then the raptured church is standing on the 'sand' of the sea, and witnessing the future rise of the two beast that have satanic power. What a conundrum for a raptured church of many that is seen to be the one man John taken up to heaven. First they are in heaven, and now the 'kirch' is found to be immersed in all of the Revelation time period.   In all of the revelation cases, the declared personal pronouns of ' I ' and ' me ' that would be ascribed to the Jewish man John.  What z conundrum of illogical logic that predisposes  the John the apostle of Christ, to now be the entirety of the 'church'.  But if John is the sole representative of the 'church/kirche' that is raptured to heaven, then the proponents of an early church rapture, are standing on sinking sand of their own making.  It is impossible for the personal singular pronouns of ' I ' or ' me ' attributed to John, to be of today's scattered churches, that are raptured in hypocrisy.

The end of it all hypocrisy is when John declares fully who the "I" is; for the "I" is referenced near the end of  the Book of Revelation in chapter 22 verse 8: And "I" John saw these things and heard them.

And out of the Throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: ( Revelation 4:5) Twice Referenced in Exodus 19:16 and 20:1-21 as to the holiness of the Eternal Yahweh God Almighty.  Also consider that all the proceedings revelation that John had seen and heard coming out of the Throne of Holy, Holy, Holy Yahweh God Almighty, are contrasting revelations of sin's own wrathful judgments that will come upon the face of the earth within the matrix of time.

Chapter 5
( Revelation 5:1-14.)

And I saw in the Right Hand of Him,  [Yahweh God]

that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

John, the man, and not the 'church' has entered Eternity and witnesses alone through Yahweh God's portal of time, the Lord Jesus/Yeshua, as the Lamb of God Who was slain for the sin of Man/Adam, even before the foundation of the world.  For Jesus, the Lamb of God was slain before the foundation of the world, and cries out from the cross: "It is finished".   Jesus, as the risen Lamb of God, is the only One found to be worthy to open the Book with the Seven Seals.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having Seven Horns and Seven Eyes, which are the seven Spirits of Yahweh God sent forth into all the earth. And He (the Lamb) came and took the book out of the Right Hand of Him that sat upon the throne. (Revelation 5:6)

And when He (the Lamb) had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and has redeemed us to Yahweh God by your Blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

And I beheld, and I [John alone] heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying: Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him Who sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

And the four beasts said: Amen [So be it]. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives for ever and ever.

Please consider again that John's 1st century vision of the Apocalypse of Revelation, took place in Eternity, where time does not exist, but the events are revealed in the earth's natural flow within the fabric time.  All of the seven seals of prophesy were opened by the Lamb of God in Eternity where time does not exist,  With the seals having been opened in Eternity, then the revealed prophecies were already effectual in time through the end of time, when all would be fulfilled.   On logical appearances and with some good clarity, four of the opened seven seals can be seen to have already taken place, and will continue in effect into this present fabric of time. 

However, with fear and trepidation, we can only speculate a little on the unseen possibilities of the last three opened seals of historical foretelling that will certainly come to pass in the Almighty God's oversight of His creation of time. The timing of some of the coming events are not clearly understood  If the prophesied time of great trouble is arriving upon the world, then we can only wait and watch so as to be prepared to quickly change any flawed understanding of the inevitable catastrophes that will come on this world of iniquity. 

It is not wise to settle upon a fault line and continue with the confusion of our speculations; otherwise we will continue to find ourselves stepping on one another's toes while trying to prove our superior position of knowledge. Man's idolatry has taken hold of Christianity, and the True worship of Holy Yahweh God Almighty is set at naught.  Be careful of any heretical doctrine, and try the spirits, for the pride of our flesh is a stumbling block in darkness that goes before the fall.  The pride of the flesh within all of us, hates to repent of any error.

For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book:  If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19.)

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