A few weeks ago I opened up to Revelation 4. I find myself there often, it’s a great portion to read before a time of prayer as it really sets the stage for Who we are praying to. This particular time something caught my eye and struck me as significant. Revelation 4:1 says this:
“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.”
I was immediately curious about that open door, what an interesting thought. As I read this passage I see both literal aspects as well as analogies to help us understand what’s going on. So, without taking either of these things too far I’d like to share my thoughts with you. I’m not a theologian, I don’t know the Greek behind this passage, but what I share is simply my observations and what I feel the Lord speaking to me about this passage.
1) There’s a door. As a culture, when we think getting into Heaven we conjure up pictures of “St. Peter standing at the Pearly Gates.” But as we look at the Bible, the gates of pearl are actually the way into the City of God found much later in Revelation and associated with the New Heaven and New Earth, not with Heaven now. No, John (the writer of Revelation) didn’t see pearly gates, but a door.
2) The door was open. Simply put, doors have two basic functions: to let people in or keep them out. Heaven isn’t a free for all. Not everyone who dies goes there and not even all of the “good” people go there. There is a door in Heaven and there is a specific reason that it’s open.
3) This is where the literal and analogical aspects meet. In order to find out a little more detail about this door we have to jump back to John 10:9. Here Jesus clears up the confusion when He says, “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out…” There’s only one way into heaven, that’s through the Door, Jesus Christ. He’s the only way in and the only reason we can have access to Heaven.
Later on, in chapter 5, the situation is even more clearly laid our for us. This Door is also a Lamb, but not just any old lamb, no this Lamb looks as though it had been slaughtered – yet lives. This Lamb was sacrificed, that is why the door is open. We have access to God not because we deserve it or are good enough to get it ourselves. The Door stands open because the Lamb was sacrificed.
The Bible is very clear, there is only one door into Heaven. But, that door doesn’t have to be a means of rejection, in fact, the door has been swung wide open with the voice of Jesus bellowing, “Come up here!” The invitation has been given, the door is open, will you come?
- If Heaven Is the Goal… (radicalinchrist.com)
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- John envisions the heavenly city (examiner.com)