Terry R. Baughman
“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” (Revelation 4:1).
Have you ever been tantalized with the prospects of knowing the future? The psychics and charlatans offer insights into your future for a price. Some are taken in and cling to the prophetic vision of the forecaster.
What John saw was more than wistful escape from his present circumstances. Exiled on a barren island, the aging disciple was given numerous visions by God’s special gift revealing future events for the church, Israel, and for the nations of the world. It was an open door in heaven, a divine access into things to come. The trumpeting voice proclaimed, “I will show you things which must take place after this” (Revelation 4:1). After two thousand years there are still events taking place that John saw and recorded in the Book of Revelation.
The church of Philadelphia was promised an open door, a supernatural access into spiritual fulfillment. The divine initiative revealing the portal of opportunity was in response to some important core values of the church of Philadelphia. Jesus said they “have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Revelation 3:8). Surely this access into future potential stands wide open for a church today who embraces the same values as this church in biblical prophecy. Those who hold the Word of God in great regard and follow its teaching fervently, those who remain fiercely loyal to their commitment to the name of Jesus Christ, never bowing to contemporary trends of inclusive speech, will find themselves standing in this unique position of opportunity.
The future is not a place to fear, though the unknown often causes feelings of trepidation. When God opens the door we have the assurance of His accompaniment. He has not sent us into the future alone to face uncertainty and defeat. Rather, He has promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). He will not send you where He has not already been. There will be no surprises for Him and nothing that He has not already seen.
The open door invites us to step into the unknown, the future God has prepared for you. Future opportunity only requires a confident step of faith forward. There is no looking back, no second guesses. The open door compels us to embrace the call, dare to believe His plan, and take that forward step to fulfill our destiny.
Awaken to your Purpose. Arise from the lethargy of aimless passion. Recognize that God has a plan for your existence. You are not here by some cosmic accident or biological mischance. There is a providential blueprint for your design. The Almighty Architect has calculated every detail and prepared the spiritual schematic. Let His purpose be your path and surrender to His divine direction. Pursue the upward call. Boldly step through the open door of destiny!
"Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead" (Philippians 3:13).