“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.'” ~Revelation 4:1
“After these things”. After what things? In chapter one, Jesus talked to John about things which he had seen, chapters two and three covered the things which are- letters to the actual churches as well as an outline of Church history, and now we are heading into the part of Revelation which covers the things that will be. So after these things means after the Church Age.
John sees a door standing open in heaven, and he hears the voice like the sound of a trumpet, calling him to “Come up here”. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17~ “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with the Lord.” The Greek word for the phrase caught up is “harpazō”, which literally means to pluck, snatch out or away from. The Latin word for that phrase is “rapturo”, which is, of course, where we get our word Rapture.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52~ “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” The word changed is “allassō” in Greek, which means to exchange one thing for another, to transform. I am really looking forward to exchanging this failing, imperfect body for my perfect, heavenly one!
It sounds like perhaps in Revelation 4:1 we have another promise about the Rapture- a door open, voice like a trumpet calling “come up here”? 🙂 Remember, Jesus doesn’t set foot on the earth again until His coming at the end of the Tribulation- we are called up to Him in the air when He comes to snatch us away and carry us home! “In the twinkling” of an eye- (Greek-“rhipē”) literally, a moment of time, a beat- one beat in a song and we are outta here!