Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
What's going on with these "doors" we read about in Rev3 and 4 above? I mean, should we just disregard the Word, and press on with other reading or do these doors mean something? What are doors used for? DOORS ARE USED FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN AND GO OUT.
Hmmm, let's think here: A door open in heaven, a voice that sounds like a TRUMPET, and what's this? Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit. Let's go through this again...a door open in heaven, a voice that sounds like a TRUMPET, then IMMEDIATELY HE WAS IN THE SPIRIT. But this isn't the best part, the best part comes next in Rev 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
So let's get this straight
Rev 3- a door open in heaven and a promise to be kept from "the hour of temptation"
Rev 4-a door open in heaven, a voice like a TRUMPET, and John translated from flesh to spirit
Rev 5-REDEEMED MEN IN HEAVEN, from every kindred, and tongue and people and nation. WHERE COULD REDEEMED MEN FROM EVERY KINDRED, AND TONGUE, AND NATION COME FROM?????????
Rev 6-Seal judgements opened and wrath of God poured out
"A door open in heaven" HAS SIGNIFICANCE, it means people are either going into heaven, or coming out of it, doors are used for people to pass through......When is the door open? Rev 3 we see it, and Rev 4.
Now we ask ourselves, would REDEEMED MEN IN HEAVEN in Rev 5 (before the seals opened or wrath of God poured out in Rev 6) be consistent with the rest of the bible where it says that believers would ESCAPE ALL that's about to happen? YES
lUKE 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
In Rev 5, the 24 elders must represent a larger group that adds up to MANY more than 24, here's a reason why, if there are redeemed men in heaven from every language, do you know how many living languages there are on the earth today? Somewhere in the ballpark of 7,000. That's not counting all the dead languages, plus all the nations, tribes, kindreds etc, we are WAY beyond 24 with this......can only mean one thing, a PRE-TRIBULATION RAPTURE. 70 weeks were determined for Israel, the church was'nt around for the first 69 weeks, why would we be around for the 70th week?
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
I've read in many places where people say that the rapture cannot occur before "the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed" Is that what the Word of God is saying here? NO. It says "that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed"
THE DAY OF THE LORD will not come, until the rebellion comes and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the "day of the Lord" IS NOT the rapture. Paul is saying to the Thessalonians, relax, the day of the lord won't come until the apostasy occurs and the anti-christ is revealed, you know that has'nt happened yet. What troubled the Thessalonians then? They were under the impression that the day of the Lord was under way, and THEY HAD'NT BEEN RAPTURED, AND THAT TROUBLED THEM. Obviously they were taught by Paul that a pre-trib rapture would occur, THEN THE DAY OF THE LORD would come, WHY ELSE WOULD THEY BE TROUBLED?
In fact, I believe that the rapture of the church will occur, then destruction will fall on this world, EXACTLY according to the pattern we are told about in Luke 17 and Matt 24. The righteous are taken out, then destruction falls. Does this fit the pattern we see in the book of revelation? YES, in fact it fits PERFECTLY. We see the rapture in Rev 3-4, redeemed men in heaven in Rev 5, The anti-christ revealed and the day of the Lord beginning in Rev 6. It does'nt get much more straighforward than that. The apostasy/falling away is fully ripe TODAY, so be ready, be watching, Jesus could come back TODAY for true believers, then all hell breaks loose. Grace and Peace