The Way It Happened

Revelation 4:1, God Through A Window

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

//So begins the story of John’s Apocalypse … the book of Revelation. Many in John’s time imagined the world to be covered by a sky dome, and that God or the gods lived above the dome. John sees a window or a door in the dome, open and inviting him to enter heaven.

We know, now, that there’s no window in the dome over the earth. It’s safe to say the ancients did not have a full, complete grasp of God. Yet, today, Christians (and adherents of other belief systems) remain just as convinced as folks did 2,000 years ago that God has been found.

I don’t think I’ve ever contradicted anyone’s experience with God, and probably never will. I won’t be telling you that you haven’t found God or experienced him. But I do often voice my opinion that another’s explanation, or description, of God may be incomplete … as was John’s understanding 2,000 years ago.

John saw through a window, and saw a part of God. Those who experience God today likewise see through their own window to their own limited part of God. As Paul would say, we see through a glass darkly.


  1. Aleta Forsberg

    I absolutely agree. Throughout the ages, God has brought people on earth closer and closer to understanding him in his entirety, but we will never know it all until we see him face to face. Until then, who are we to discount, mock, or profess disbelief with another person’s experience with or revelation of the one we call God. Let everyone put as much thought, time and effort into serving God as he has been revealed to them as they do into questioning the contrary beliefs of others, and we will all be closer to knowing him.

  2. Lee Harmon

    :) That’s a great way of putting it.

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