Revealing Revelation – Don’t Blink!

03Mar11

We now begin what most would call “the good stuff” of the book of Revelation. We have passed through the things “that have been,” the “things that are” and are now entering the “things that must shortly take place.”

With Chapter four we begin a transition to the prophetic events as described. We are introduced to the characters of the first half of Revelation and the popular seven sealed scroll. But before this takes place we must first deal with the primary event in every Dispensationalist’s eschatology timeline calendar. An event so momentous, so earth shattering that one would assume the writing about this glorious event would take pages and pages to describe.

Here it is…

Rev. 4:1 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.”

Did you catch it?

It’s there as plain as day, or as one leading Dispensational author put it, “… it’s so obvious the smallest child would recognize it!”

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church!!!

Here, look again…

Rev. 4:1 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.”

C’mon…it’s right there. Millions and millions of members of the body of Christ disappearing in the twinkling of an eye leaving mass chaos, plains crashing, cars swerving off the road, billions terrified and mystified…

Here, I’ll make it easier for you…

Rev. 4:1 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.”

So, there it is. So obvious a small child could easily understand it. Here with these words, “come up here,” the futurist, especially the Dispensationalist, argues is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church.

Obviously there are many,many problems with this understanding.

To begin with, there is nothing in the passage, surrounding context, or the entire book that demands or even allows for John to representative of the Church. In fact, John is told to write what he sees and send it to the seven representative Churches. Why should they even bother receiving the letter is the events will take place thousands of years after they are all long gone and if these events would actually take place AFTER they had been Raptured?

Also remember that John proclaims that he is a partaker in the Tribulation with the Church. This time of tribulation and persecution had already begun at this point, and he is specifically writing to them because they would be partaking in the described events as well. That is simply one of the primary purposes of the book to begin with!

Secondly, the passage states that John hears a voice that tells him to come up here and he is transported into the the throne room of God. That differs greatly from the Dispensational view of the Rapture where Jesus descends and meets His church in the air and then they proceed to Heaven In this scenario Jesus stays where He is and transports John to His locale.

Also note the following verses as they pertain to what John sees. He sees a throne in which the Ancient of Days is seated. He sees 24 thrones where 24 elders are seated and he sees four angels. No where is Jesus Christ to found at this point let alone the BILLIONS of resurrected and raptured saints!

It is argued, though, that John hears a trumpet right before he is transported to heaven and since the Rapture is supposedly accompanied by a the sounding trumpet, this must represent the Rapture. But John does not hear a trumpet, but rather a “voice” that sounded like a trumpet. And furthermore, John hears that same exact same trumpet-like voice in Chapter One and is not “raptured” at that point…why? There is no contextual or literary consistency within this view.

Next, though, it is argued that the Church is not mentioned in the book of Revelation again and therefore this must be representative of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. It is true that the word “church” does not appear again, but the following words do;

  • Saints
  • Servants
  • Brothers
  • Redeemed
  • Priests
  • Blessed
  • Martyrs
  • Chosen
  • Called
  • Faithful
  • Elders
  • Bride

Finally I would recommend looking back at the post entitled, Wanna Sound Really Smart, and discover that there is no separation of the Rapture, Resurrection and Judgment. They are simultaneous events that will take place, as clearly shown in 1 Corinthians 15, on the Last Day. There is no Biblical warrant and no Biblical evidence of such an event and the passage in question here does nothing to change that fact.

So, in every case, the argument for the Pre-Tribulation Rapture from Revelation 4 fails miserably. And that, ironically enough, from a book which should contain such an important doctrine! One must seriously rethink their positing when the book relied on the most for support of their particular view ignores the event that is the most significant to it’s position!

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One Response to “Revealing Revelation – Don’t Blink!”

  1. 1 Yeshua the Lord of Glory

    Hi David

    Just stopped by to say hello.Have a good weekend.


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