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The Doctrine of The Open Door. The Open Doors in Heaven. part 2.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Point 7.
The Open Doors in Heaven referring to the Rapture and the Second Advent or the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

1CO 14:7, Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp?
1CO 14:8, For if the bugle or the trumpet produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?

1CO 14:9, So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

1. Regulating the journeys of the children of Israel, NUM 10:2-6.
The different sounds of the trumpets were used for divine guidance.

2. The different sounds of the trumpets were used for calling assemblies together, NUM 10:2-3.

NUM 10:2, “Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out.”
NUM 10:3, “And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting.”

3. The different sounds of the trumpets were used for blowing over the sacrifices on the feast day.

4. The different sounds of the trumpets blowing at all religious processions and ceremonies,
1CH 13:8; 1CH 15:24; 1CH 15:28 - analogous to the distinct sounds the pastor must make in communicating the word of God.

5. The different sounds of the trumpets also were used for assembling the people to war, Judges 3:7.

6. The different sounds of the trumpets were used proclaiming kings, 2KI 9:13, 2KI 11:14.

7. Giving alarm in cases of danger, EZE 33:2-6.

1CO 14:9So also you, unless you utter by the tongue speech that is clear, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.

The open door of REV 4:1 is based upon a distinct sound referring to the Rapture but also pointing out that when God opens a door in your life, there is no confusion and direct order and understanding.

1CO 15:51-52, Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

This open door is God’s call concerning the Rapture of His people or the resurrection of His Church.

1TH 4:16, For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of {the} archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

1TH 4:17, Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.

Rev 4 and 5 describes the church as being in heaven while in Rev 6-19, the Tribulation occurs on earth.

This is a passage which illustrates that the Church is no longer on earth and that it is in heaven worshipping the Lord.

“After these things,” refer to after the Church-age and historical trends based on the believer’s volition.

“standing open”
perf-pass-participle
of the verb
anoigo

The perfect tense is an intensive perfect, it emphasizes the finished product or the existing results of the action.

The door is opened and the Church is now in a resurrection body in the clouds of the heaven.
This is when the big genuflex takes place.

The word genuflex, in the biblical connotation, in its verb form is genuflect meaning to bend the knees and bow to a superior being.

The Big Genuflex is when the royal family of God will acknowledge Jesus Christ as the head of the Church.

The Church will acknowledge the Father’s role in the resurrection, ascension and session of Christ.

The Big Genuflex occurs after the resurrection of the Church and before the judgment seat and evaluation of every believer of the dispensation of the Church-age.

PHI 3:19, whose end is destruction, whose god is their emotion appetite, and whose glory [in their resurrection body when they are glorified is in their shame], who set their minds on earthly things.

1JO 2:28, And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

1JO 2:28, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

His coming refers to the rapture of the church...
1TH 4:17, Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air,

REV 3:18, “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed;”

REV 16:15, “Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his garments, lest he walk about naked and men see his shame.”

In the ancient world the thief did not operate on the basis of being quiet and proceeding slowly, deliberately, and secretly, to escape observation.

In the ancient world the key word was “sudden invasion.”

The thief in the ancient world invaded the home of their victim suddenly, unexpectedly, surprising the occupants who were his victims.

It means that in order to be protected in the ancient world against thieves, you had to be alert, you had to have a system of protection, some security system.

JOH 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.”

You and I live in the devil’s world where there is all kinds of injustice.

The devil is never fair; the whole system he has set up, the cosmic system, is not fair either.

If you have a system you will come off a winner, you will be what is called makairos translated blessed or happy.

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