Tag: “Come up here!”
Scripture reading for December 4th: Daniel 7-10, Revelation 4
Key Scriptures: Revelation 4:1-3 “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.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne. And He who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.”
As John finished the dictation from Jesus Christ, he saw a door open in heaven and an invitation to enter. Immediately he was transported to the throne room of God Almighty! He was overcome with the throne and the One seated there. There was light, beauty, color and preciousness that John described as best he could under the Spirit’s guidance. John’s experience was similar to Daniel’s vision!
Daniel 7:9-10 “As I looked, thrones were placed and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His clothing was white as snow, and the hair of His head like pure wool; His throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.”
Prayer: Lord, I long to see You and Your glorious throne and the thousands that attend to You. Thank You for preparing us with these heavenly visions by Daniel and John the Apostle. Amen.
Scripture reading for December 13th: Revelation 4:1-11
If you knew of a special door that would take you into the throne room of Heaven for a visit, would you be excited or scared? John was worshiping on the Lord’s day on the island of Patmos, when he had an encounter with Jesus Christ! Jesus had told him earlier that He was the gate (door) for the sheep to find abundant life! (John 10:7-10)
“After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” (Revelation 4:1) John heard Jesus speaking and directing him through the open door. This door lead to a vision of the future and would reveal the events that would soon take place.
“At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.” (Revelation 4:2-3) John was immediately transported in the Spirit through the open door. God’s throne was the first sight John noticed and it captured his vision. The throne of God represented all authority and power over heaven and earth and is mentioned forty times in Revelation. John described the One on the throne in terms of color, light, and precious stones. The great riches of heaven are not just the streets of gold, but the One who rules there!
In the center of the throne, four living creatures, covered with eyes, worshiped God continually. These angelic beings cried day and night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
Around the throne were twenty four elders also seated on thrones. They were dressed in white and had golden crowns on their heads. John got to observe them falling down before God’s throne and laying their crowns at His feet in worship. Their worship honored God as worthy! “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11) What a privilege to see this vision of heaven through John’s eyes!
Scripture reading for December 20th: Revelation 11:1-19
God’s love for mankind always goes the extra mile. He sent His Son into the world to seek and save lost people. He sent the Church into all the world to share the Gospel and make disciples of all nations. During the great tribulation, God will send two witnesses to the world with supernatural power to declare His power one final time to those still living in rebellion on the earth.
“”And I will give power to My two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lamp-stands that stand before the Lord of the earth.. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. These men have power to shut up the sky so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have the power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.” (Revelation 11:3-6)
The identity of these two witnesses has been debated by many over the years. Some think that Enoch and Elijah would be good candidates since neither one died, but were taken to heaven by miraculous means. Others think the description of their powers make Elijah and Moses better possibilities. These witnesses will have supernatural power similar to those exercised by these Old Testament prophets. They will bring judgments on the earth to demonstrate God’s absolute power over nature and people’s futility to resist Him.
“Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days men from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.” These powerful witnesses will be killed at the end of the 1,260 days set by God. The peoples of the earth will think they won for three and a half days. Then, miraculously, the breath of life enters them and they hear a voice from heaven, “Come up here!” God demonstrates again His power over death for His saints!