AN OPEN DOOR (Revelations 4:1-3)
“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. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.” (NKJV)
As John experienced the revelations of God, and messages for the seven churches, he saw an open door in heaven, and heard the voice of God telling him to come up and see the sequence of the earth’s events from the perspective of Eternity. As he responded to the invitation, he was transported by the power of the Spirit to the throne of God, where he saw the King of kings in His glory, and the radiant light around the throne. He gives us a glimpse of the supernatural beauty which is the essence and the realm of Almighty God.
John said God looked like a‘jasper’ and a ‘sardius stone’. Jasper and sardius stones can be found in various different colors, but have a brilliant shine when they are cut and polished. This refers to the brilliance of God’s glory, which Paul referred to in 1 Timothy 6:15 & 16 when He said “He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the king of kings and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light”. Psalm 104:1-2 say: “O Lord my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty, who cover Yourself with light as with a garment”. There is so much we can learn from all this beauty around the throne of the King, but today we focus on the door.
Friend, there is a door standing open, which is your entry to all the supernatural revelations of heaven! We are spirit beings who belong not to this finite earthly plane, but to the glorious eternity of heaven. Heaven’s glories are accessible to its citizens, not only when they graduate from this earthly life into Eternity; those who hunger for the realms of glory can begin to see and know the beauty of heaven while living on this earth!
• There is a door to all the glorious revelations God wants you to have – it is standing open so you will enter in. In John 10:9, Jesus said “I am the door.” Divine revelations are for the kids of the King – the ones who have already walked through Jesus, the door. He said (John 14:6) “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” In Genesis 28, Jacob had a supernatural dream of a ladder between heaven and earth, upon which the angels of God were ascending and descending. This ladder is Jesus, who has opened the way for us to encounter heaven. There is a door which was opened by the blood of the lamb when He laid down His life more than two thousand years ago, and the veil in the temple was torn in two. Today it stands open for you.
• The Father asks you to begin to seek with the eyes of your heart – to look as John looked. Unless we delve into and meditate on the supernatural, and unless we ‘look’ for and expect answers, we may not find them. Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:18 & 19: “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”
• God asks you to step up towards where He wants you to be. He says “Come up here” and I will show you.” See your Christian walk as one of continuous progression and promotion, where you are constantly anticipating, expecting, wanting, and preparing for more. It is the school of the Holy Spirit, and an upward path, which Psalm 84:7 speaks about as going from “strength to strength”, and Paul in 2 Corinthians 18 as “glory to glory”.
• The invitation stands open for those who hunger for more. David wrote in Psalm 27:4: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.” Jesus says: “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6).
John said the voice of God sounded to him like a trumpet. In the Old Testament, trumpets were blown for various different reasons, such as special feast days, or as a warning, or a call to battle. It was often a call to rise to action. Wherever you may be in your walk with God, there is a trumpet sounding into your spirit today, as heaven calls you to rise up and step upwards into realms of glory, angelic visitations, and heavenly revelations through dreams and visions.
Friend, as you begin to focus on heaven and the goodness of God, the challenges you face will begin to seem small to you in the light of His hugeness and omnipotence. You will see that nothing is impossible to you in Jesus. There is an old Gospel chorus which goes as follows:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of the earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace”.
As you step upwards to where Jesus calls you to be, you will see the things of the earth from heaven’s perspective – temporary and tiny, and you will see that there is nothing that you, a child of the omnipotent King cannot overcome in His power, which is resident in you. All the healing, freedom, finances, peace and reconciliation you need are already deposited in your favor in your heavenly account, and accessible to you as you step up and receive.
The glorious God of beauty and majesty seeks your response today. Say ‘yes’ to the splendor of heaven, and ‘no’ to the limited mindset of this carnal life. The door stands open for you today, and you have the permission to enter because you have the blood of Jesus and the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5). May you see the emerald rainbow around the throne. May you see the dazzling brightness of jasper and sardius. May this be a new season of discovery and climbing higher towards heavenly things. May you, like Isaiah, be able to say: “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple”! (Isaiah 6:1).
Minoli Haththotuwa, 23 March 2011
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