Come Up Hither

January 29

“After these things I looked, and behold,
a door standing open in heaven.
And the first voice which I heard
was like a trumpet speaking with me,

saying, ‘COME UP HERE, and I will show you things
which must take place after this.'”
Revelation 4:1

This is a passage that supports the doctrine that the ‘Rapture’ takes place before the seven-year Tribulation begins. The church is mentioned repeatedly throughout the first three chapters of the Book of Revelation, where Christ is seen walking among the churches, and giving messages to seven churches. But from chapter 4:2 on, “after these things,” the church is not seen again even once throughout the entire account of the Tribulation period. The church will not be on earth during that time, but will have been taken “up here.”

From the moment John is told to “come up here,” for the remainder of the vision he is in the presence of the Lord, looking down on the dreadful events of the Tribulation on the earth. He is seeing it from heaven and was told to write it all down …for US.

The PURPOSE of the Tribulation is God’s dealing with Israel, preparing her to meet her Messiah. It is also the time of the long prophesied wrath of God being poured out on a Christ-rejecting world. The church is NOT appointed to God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). The Lord Jesus isn’t going to go down and punch out his bride then take her to heaven; he is going to receive her before the wrath of God is unleashed.

If you’d like to know more about the Rapture of the church, take a look at the following: