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  In the fourth chapter of Revelation, in a vision John one of the followers of Jesus has been caught up into heaven, a type of the Rapture of the Bride of Jesus Christ.

    Revelation 4:1-2 " After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which 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: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. "

      These verses describe Jesus on the throne talking to John in the vision. Jesus is magnificent in His glorified state, wonderful to look upon. Standing in heaven before the throne . . . how happy John was! John identified the One sitting on the throne, because John had known Jesus in years past before the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus. Seeing Jesus again must have filled John with joy.

 (Revelation 4:3). describes John face to face with Jesus, surrounded by all the wonder of heaven, John's attention is on Jesus, jasper and sardine in appearance, sitting upon a beautiful throne surrounded by an emerald rainbow. John saw the greatest beauty of heaven. Circling the figure of Jesus Christ, the rainbow was a beautiful setting for the most glorious One of all. Of great significance, that emerald rainbow in heaven belongs to the church, the body of Christ. One day we will see it, too, if we remain faithful.

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