4:1 After this. “After this” means, after all that was revealed concerning the church age, as represented by the seven church epistles. Thus, John is now carried forward, in the Spirit, to see the events that will take place next. God, who created time as well as space, is Himself transcendent to both time and space, and thus could easily translate John in both space and time—in space to heaven, and in time to the future. John, therefore, was able to see and hear these amazing events of the future as an actual eye-witness, just as we shall eventually see and hear them ourselves when we, like John, are caught up into heaven to be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).
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