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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," Fall Edition, 2014

The Stone Upon The Throne

Dispensationalists claim, without any rational basis whatever, that the pre-tribulation rapture of the church happens in Revelation 4:1. What is being introduced here, instead, is John’s vision of the Stone that sat upon the throne two-thousand years ago. “At once I was in the Spirit, and lo, a throne was set in heaven, with one seated on the throne! And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone” (verses 2-3).

This Stone upon the throne is Jesus Christ, the stone which the builders rejected; who is now made the chief cornerstone of the Christian Church (Ephesians 2:19-22; I Peter 2:3-10; Isaiah 8:14-13-18; 28:16; Psalms 118:22; Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45; Zechariah 3:9; Matthew 21:42-44; Luke 20:17-18; Acts 4:11-12).

It is Christ reigning on His promised messianic throne in heaven that John sees here in Revelation 4:1-2. Notice Jesus is represented by the color of two stones, a portrayal of both His human and His divine natures, forever now united in one glorious indivisible Person; our wonderful, precious, God/Man Redeemer; Saviour, and now reigning King!

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