Four-fold Reference to Being in the Spirit:
- … “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.” (Rev. 1:10). (Emphasis added).
- … “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” (Rev. 4:2). (Emphasis added).
- … “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.” (Rev. 17:3). (Emphasis added).
- … “ And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21:10 ). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The Apostle John mentions four times that the Holy Spirit carries him or transports him through space and time to witness something important concerning the activities, events and judgements during the Tribulation period. One of God’s manifest attributes is that he exists both inside and outside of space and time. He is not contained by either of these things which he created. The work of the Holy Spirit to transport John is consistent with God’s methods of interaction with men. Notice the four significant events associated with John being in the Spirit; 1. The Day of the Lord, 2. God’s throne room in heaven, 3. Witnessing Babylon and Mystery Religion Babylon, 4. Witnessing the new, holy Jerusalem coming down out of heaven. God is showing John, through his Holy Spirit, Christ’s triumphant victory over his enemies, one evil city, one holy city and a glimpse of God ruling on his throne. These four visions are so important, that God specifically uses his Holy Spirit to enable John to transform space and time in order to witness these things first hand, and through his consciousness. God does not use an angel or any other means to communicating with and showing John the importance of these things. God did this directly, through himself, as the Holy Spirit.
Categories: Revelation of Jesus Christ