Q. I would like to know how you perceive that the rapture as you say quote “And then there’s the Book of Revelation. John shows the Rapture occurring in chapter 4” unquote….where in chapter 4 gives you the indication that the rapture has happened?
A. The Revelation is a book of signs and symbols. This is explained in the first verse where it says that Jesus signified it to John. This means he rendered it into signs.
Revelation 4 is one of 4 views of the throne of God in the Bible. In Isaiah 6 and Ezekiel 1 there is no mention of thrones other than the Throne of God. Daniel had a vision of the Throne in the end times and saw other “thrones”, but gave no detail. (Daniel 7:9) John’s view is the only one to identify 24 other thrones and describe those seated upon them. They were elders, indicating they were not angels but men. They were seated, not standing, meaning they were in a position of authority. They were dressed in white and had crowns on their heads. The Greek word translated crown there means the victor’s crown, or the crown of the over comer. When King David organized the priesthood into 24 divisions, the number 24 became associated with priests. But priests didn’t wear crowns and didn’t sit on thrones, only kings did.
So in Rev. 4 we see 24 thrones on which are seated elders who are over comers and have the appearance of kings and priests, and who have never been present in any previous view of the Throne of God. In Rev. 5:9 they sing a new song, the words to which are,
“You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”
Only the Church can sing this song. The 24 Elders signify the newly raptured Church.