A Door into Heaven - Beamed-up into the Control Room - AD 93
Awakening, John sees a "door into heaven", which sounds suspiciously like a hatch in the underside of a hovering spacecraft. A voice asks him to come up and see what will happen in the future.
Revelation Chapter 4:
After this I looked, and lo, in heaven an open door! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up hither, and I will show you what must take place after this".
At once I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne! And he who sat there appeared like jasper and carnelian, and round the throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald.
Round the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clad in white garments, with golden crowns upon their heads.
From the throne issued flashes of lightning, and voices and peals of thunder, and before the throne burn seven lamps, which are the seven spirits of God;
6 and before the throne there is, as it were, a sea of glass, like crystal. And round the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: The first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle.
And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all round and within, and day and night they never cease to sing, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!
Remembering that John is being shown events which were going to happen in his future, in our present time, he would be struggling to find words to describe any modern artifacts which he would be seeing. If we were to put a modern man into John’s place, the narrative might be different and could be something like this:
Above me was what appeared to be a craft of some kind with a circular opening in the underside. A loud voice, which resonated as if through an amplifier, said “come up here and I will show you what must take place in the future”.
Then I was floating upwards towards the opening, as if being pulled by an invisible force and suddenly I was inside the craft.
Before me a man was sitting in a large chair surrounded by various dials and panels, shining and flickering. Around the room, each seated at his own control panel, were 24 other people, each clothed in close-fitting, one-piece white uniforms, each with a gold headset on his head.
Round about the leader’s chair, loud noises, voices and static were coming from speakers and there were flashing lights from the many screens all around the room. In front of his chair were seven small screens and directly in front of his chair was a large panel of what looked like glass.
Beside and around the main control chair, were four control boxes, two on each side, each containing small screens and numerous dials. One was inscribed with a drawing of a lion, the next with the head of an ox, the third with a man’s head and the fourth with a large eagle in full flight.
Voices were coming non-stop from the control panels but I couldn’t really understand what they were saying. I suspect it was in a foreign language.
Revelation 5 continues:
And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne, a book written within and on the back, and on the front it had seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals?"
It's strange that a book would have seven seals. One seal is usually enough to prevent unauthorised viewing! And anyway didn't they use to have scrolls? This is no book!
And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. And I wept much that no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it.
Another modern invention which John didn't have a word for! You don't open this sort of book. As we well know, you press one of the buttons and things start to happen!
Then one of the elders said to me, "Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."
And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders, I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth; and he went and took the book from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne.
This sounds like the lamb with seven horns and seven eyes took the control, but I think John is looking at an object with seven aerials and seven screens which are about to start showing pictures. It isn't the "lamb" which takes "the little book" but the Lion of the tribe of Judah, presumably the one sitting in the captain's chair.
A Modern Translation might be more like this:
I saw in the right hand of the man who was seated in the main chair, a small box, with writing on the back and several buttons on the front. And one of the men said in a loud voice “who is going to open the seals?”
I was a bit surprised when no-one seemed to know how to operate it, but I suspected they were having a joke at my expense, because it looked to me to be just a simple remote control.
On seeing my apparent distress, one of the crew volunteered to work the remote which had seven buttons. He crossed to the one seated in the middle of the room and took the remote from his hand. He pressed the first button and one of the screens came to life.
Revelation continues with the prophecy of The Four Horsemen, in what apppears to be some kind of video format, because John describes what he is seeing and apparently, as we will see, he also hears a commentary from time to time.
He calls it a vision and obviously believes he has been "lifted into heaven in the spirit" and is now dreaming a vision from God.
We really are not too interested at this point in how John is receiving this information or who is giving it. We want to evaluate the truth or otherwise of all the prophecies in this book and if they are all seen to be fulfilled then we will have to seriously consider those which have not yet been fulfilled.