There is a door in heaven. The Bible speaks of this door in the book of Revelation. This heavenly opening, this door, appears to be two-way. Jesus himself is on one side of this door; He is knocking, rapping—possibly even calling. He longs to come into our lives and bring salvation and eternal fellowship.
What’s required? Well, it’s really quite simple. A person just has to respond by opening the door when they hear Jesus calling. He wants to come in and dine with us – a symbolic expression of eternal fellowship. Let’s look:
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
Jesus is the way to heaven—the only way. He actually opened this door and made access to God the Father by His atonement for all mankind by offering himself for the forgiveness of sin. He laid down His perfect life for all mankind and for all time.
“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:10-14).
Now, we have access to the God of heaven if we put our faith and trust in Jesus for salvation and receive His wonderful gifts of salvation and sanctification.
Let us continue to look at this door, and its prophetic meaning as well.
In Revelation chapter 4, John is in the spirit, and he sees a door standing open in heaven.
“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 4:1-2).
A door implies both coming and going, does it not? It is an entry and exit point.
Here we see in Revelation 4 that John has been translated to heaven; he then enters through this door. He is invited to do so, and taken there by the Holy Spirit. This scripture is strikingly reminiscent of the Rapture – a future event whereby Christians are called into the heavenly realm by the trumpet of God. (See 1 Thessalonians 4 for a description of the Rapture.)
Now, in this verse, John the Apostle accesses and comes through to the other side of the door. He is now in the Spirit, beholding the throne room of God. Look here:
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:2-5).
This is not a low-level entry door or a back door. This is THE door. The best and only place to come in and out. John comes right into God’s holy presence. Everything he sees is holy, pure and worshipful.
Do read on in Revelation chapter 4 for this beautiful scene in heaven. For the purposes of this article, I had to give you enough to make you want to read more. I hope that you do.
Jesus is the door, the door to heaven. The door to the heavenly Father. He is the door right now and into the future.
While Jesus was here on the earth, he described himself as “the door.”
“Then Jesus said to them again, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly’” (John 10:7-10).
Jesus was speaking in the context of people who understood the life of a country Shepherd. Every evening, the Shepherd would gather his sheep and herd them into a crude pen. He would lie at the opening on watch all night against predators. He was the door to the sheep, literally. Jesus compares himself to being the door with this word picture. To put our trust and belief in Him is to know we are in His protected fold and we belong to Him.
He is our door in this life and the life to come.
I think pretty soon, by the looks of things here on earth, a trumpet will blast and we will rise into the air and meet our Lord. We will be taken to a beautiful place, through and beyond the heavenly door, forever to be with Him.
I feel like the Rapture is…at the door! I just had to say that…