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.”
From here the Book of Revelation makes a twofold shift in focus, different from the first three chapters’ focus. The first shift is from “things that are” to “things which must take place after this”; that is, from the present to the future. The second shift is geographical–from earth to heaven. Interestingly, at this stage, John is not just shown the future, he is invited into the heavenly realm itself. What follows in this chapter and the rest of the book is nothing short of mind blowing. Let us gear ourselves to see things from a celestial perspective. We’ll be blessed beyond measure.