Hi Doves, it is almost time!
In chapter 4 of Revelation, we begin the third and final section of the Book of Revelation, as John writes of "the things which shall be hereafter" (see Rev_1:19).
The Greek words here are meta tauta. It's the same phrase used in the divine outline, where John was instructed to write of the things which he had seen, the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter (Rev_1:19). After what? After chapters 2 and 3—after church history. I find it interesting that in the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation, the word "church" appears nineteen times. From chapter 4 on, however, it never appears. Why? Because in chapter 4, the church is taken off the scene and into heaven.
I like this! In verse Rev_3:20 of chapter 3, we saw Jesus knocking at the door. Anyone who opens the door of his heart to the Lord will have the door of heaven opened to him.
This trumpet sound draws my mind back to 1 Thessalonians…
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.—1Th_4:16-18
Obviously this is speaking of the Rapture—when the Lord appears in the clouds to take us, His bride, to heaven.
When I hear the Lord saying, "Come up here"—I'm going—and so are you! This is a phrase I can't wait to hear!
Meta tauta—hereafter. Why do you suppose this phrase is used twice in this verse? I suggest it is because the Lord doesn't want us to miss it. After these things, after church history—when the last person gets saved; when the last one is added to the kingdom; when the bride of Christ is complete—we're going up!
And it is my contention that the last one is about to be added! – that brother or sister of yours who the LORD has placed on your mind HIM, SHE, they that are closest to us, who know us – they are the ones that we get to saving grace by showing them our changed lives – changed by the indwelling of the HOLY SPIRIT
Jove in JESUS CHRIST the Completer of my soul!