Revelation Chapter 4

In chapter 4 of Revelation we begin to deal with the future - things to come.
It is vital, however, for us to remember and learn from the lessons of the letters written to the churches
of Asia (and of the ages).

Ephesus was the backsliding church.
Smyrna was the persecuted church.
Pergamos was the compromising church.
Thyatira was the spiritually adulterous church.
Sardis was the spiritually dead church.
Philadelphia was the evangelistic church.
Laodicea was the lukewarm church.

We must heed the warnings to these churches and get ourselves right before God.
We will assume in Revelation 4:1 that the Rapture has taken place - suddenly we are in heaven and
the future events are about to unfold. In chapter 6, we will see the introduction of the Antichrist and
the beginning of the Tribulation. The bible does not tell us how long a period transpires between the
Rapture of the church and the beginning of the Tribulation Period. It doesn’t say it will be immediate,
so there may be a space of time. We only know that Antichrist must have enough time to rise to power
in Europe, take over the world government, and negotiate a peace treaty with Israel. We will see more
about these events as we progress.

There are three theories regarding this sequence of events:
Though we have already mentioned these, we will refresh our memories.
·        Pre-Tribulation Rapture - The church taken away before the Tribulation Period begins.
·        Mid-Tribulation Rapture - The church taken at the mid-point of the Tribulation Period.
·        Post Tribulation Rapture - The church taken after or at the end of the Tribulation Period.

Now, let’s look at some interesting current events concerning the New Millennium: 7000 Year Theory.
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