John’s Vision of Heaven
Revelation Chapter 4 describes a scene in heaven at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and thefirst voice I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; whichsaid, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be here-after. And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne”
(Re. 4:1, 2). John saw all the miraculous things he describes in this chapter, and subse-quent chapters, in a vision when he “
became in (the) spirit
”(Re. 4:2 GNT). The word vision is defined as: “something seen by other than normal sight;something seen in a dream, trance, etc. or supernaturally revealed, as to aprophet.” Many who subscribe to a pre-tribulation rapture believe that John'sbeing told to "
represents the church being raptured. Threepoints should be mentioned here:1.John was, in all probability, still located physically on the isle of Pat-mos when he saw this scene in heaven, for he tells us that he “
be-came in the spirit
” after he had been told "
to come up hither"
. I inter-pret this to mean that John became totally under the influence of this