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26. 2024: The Year of the Open Door
The Year of the Open Door
By Lanny Swaim
There are currently numerous prophecies about the year 2024 being the year of the open door. So the question becomes, “What exactly does that mean?”
Let’s take a look at what an open door actually is, and at what it means for the present time.
In the Book of Revelation John saw an open door in Heaven and was immediately in the Spirit. But this was the second in the Spirit experience he had as he was receiving revelation that day on the Island of Patmos.
So a reasonable question to ask would be, “What is the difference between John’s first in the Spirit experience and his second in the Spirit experience?”
We are told about his first in the Spirit experience in Revelation 1:10:
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet…
As a side note, the Lord’s day is a wrong translation. I suspect the translators didn’t know what to make of the actual translation and misinterpreted it.
The literal translation is the Emperor’s day. A thorough study of the Book of Revelation reveals that it was written prior to AD 70 while Nero was the Roman Emperor. It was believed that Roman Emperors became gods after they died but Nero had decided he was already a god before he died.
According to historical accounts, Nero declared one day each year to be the Emperor’s Day, and on that day everyone was to bow down in reverence to him. John refused to do that and as a result was sentenced to die in Rome by being thrown into a vat of boiling oil, which didn’t hurt him. So he was exiled to Patmos, which was also considered to be a death sentence since there was no food supply on Patmos. However, John miraculously survived Patmos and was later released to live out the rest of his life in Ephesus.
So, it was on the same day of the year that John had refused to bow down to the Roman Emperor Nero that he received The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It’s like God was saying to Nero, “Let me show you who the real God is.”
We are also told that in both of John’s in the Spirit experiences he heard a voice like a trumpet talking with him. This is significant. Trumpets were used in ancient Israel when an important announcement was to be made (a call to celebrate the feasts/a call to war/etc.).
The Feast of Tabernacles is a three part feast, which begins with the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets is announcing (prophesying) the coming Feast of Tabernacles. So we can reason that the trumpet voice in both of John’s in the Spirit experiences was speaking prophetically to him.
Now let’s look at John’s second in the Spirit experience:
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit…
John’s first in the Spirit experience was a view of seven churches in Asia from the Earth realm, which I call the second heaven view. The second heaven is the atmosphere around the Earth. From this viewpoint Jesus was dealing with situations in the churches, some good but mostly bad. And the bad situations came with a warning concerning what would happen if they didn’t repent.
But John’s second in the Spirit experience began with an invitation to enter the third Heaven realm and see a different view. Actually, an eternal view.
In Revelation 4:1, after this is translated from the Greek words,meta tauta. Meta means in the midst of. Tauta means these things.
These things refers to John’s second heaven experience. So he was about to be shown his second heaven experience from the viewpoint of the third Heaven, which is the eternal viewpoint where the end can be seen from the beginning.
Door in Revelation 4:1 is translated from the Greek word thura and literally means a portal. The word portal is often used to speak of an entrance into another realm.
So a better translation of Revelation 4:1 would be:
In the midst of these things I looked and behold, a portal was opened in Heaven.
A window allows us to look into another realm. A portal invites us to enter another realm.
John, who had just been shown the second heaven viewpoint was now being invited into the third Heaven to see from the third Heaven viewpoint.
The third Heaven viewpoint overrides or to put it in modern day computer language, overwrites the second heaven viewpoint.
So, prophetically speaking, in 2024 we are being invited to enter and see from the eternal third Heaven viewpoint, which will change the way we read scripture and see the Kingdom. And this will introduce us to a much more intimate relationship with the Lord.
Surely we were born for such a time as this.