Rev.4:1,2 – 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.” Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
There are seasons of outpouring in this life where the Lord gives us greater access to heavenly things. Many times during the outpourings in the 1990’s I would be caught up in the Spirit and have impressions of things in heaven and things about to happen on earth. This is what John was experiencing in a greater measure than any of us can even fathom. John was called to come up through an open door to experience spiritual ecstasies and understanding of things to come. Here is how John Gill describes it.
“upon the opening of the door in heaven, and hearing the former voice, and the things it said, the Spirit of God at once possessed and filled him, in an extraordinary manner; and his soul or spirit was immediately taken from the consideration of all sensible objects, and was fixed and intent upon the things presented to it in the vision, so that it was as if it was out of the body.”
John became so aware of the spiritual realities that the things of this earth just began to fade away. His first vision was of the incredible scene at the throne. This is where all revelation flows from, it comes from a revelation of Jesus Christ. Albert Barnes points this out, John was called up into these visions to receive information about things to come; it started with a revelation of Christ on the throne.
“And the first voice which I heard. That is, the first sound which he heard was a command to come up and see the glories of that world. He afterwards heard other sounds—the sounds of praise; but the first notes that fell on his ear were a direction to come up there and to receive a revelation respecting future things….And, behold, a throne was set in heaven. That is, a throne was placed there. The first thing that arrested his attention was a throne.”
There is a door opening for God’s people in these days. Draw near to Him, let Him carry you away in the Spirit to His throne. That is where you will understand things to come.