The Four Doors of Revelation


doors of RevelationThe Four “Doors” of Revelation, in the End Times

If you have ever been locked out of your car, home, or office you know how frustrating it can be. Imagine being locked out of the storm cellar when the tornado was about to hit. How tragic it would be.

Doors Require Keys

John uses the metaphors of “keys” and “doors” several times in Revelation (1:18, 3:7, 8).  Door and keys are universal metaphors for access and authority. In Revelation, John mentions four important doors.

The Door of Revelation 3:8

The Door of Evangelistic Opportunity is mentioned in Revelation 3:8. Jesus tells the church in Philadelphia that He is setting before them “an open door.” It is a door of opportunity for those Christians to reach their city and beyond.

The Door of Revelation 3:20

The Door of Repentance is found in Revelation 3:20. Jesus tells the church at Laodicea, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.” If Jesus holds the “keys,” then why is he knocking at the door of this church or those Christians? Either they are not saved or they have backslidden so badly that Jesus has been excluded. He offers them an opportunity to repent and “open the door.” They must open it themselves. Jesus will not force salvation or repentance upon anyone. Each of us must choose and receive the consequences.

The Door of Revelation 4:1

The Door of Rapture is pictured in Revelation 4:1. “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, … said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” After discussing the seven churches, John looked up to Heaven, and saw an open door, and heard a voice saying “Come up here.” In John’s vision, he was immediately transported to Heaven. One day that will be the experience of every genuine Christian. We will see the open door, and hear the voice of Christ, and be raptured to Heaven (c.f. 1 Thess. 4:16-17, 1 Cor. 15:51-52). John’s “rapture” in Revelation precedes the terrible events of the Tribulation recorded in chapters 6-19.

The Door of Revelation 19:11

The Door of Christ’s Return is heralded in Revelation 19:11.  “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” Though he does not use the word “door” he continues with the metaphor of Heaven being “opened.” Johns sees Jesus with His armies prepared to attack and reclaim His rightful place of rule over His creation. It could also be called the Door of Justice because the Judge is coming. Those who refuse the Door of Salvation or Repentance will miss the Door of Rapture and must face with the Door of Justice.

Pick a Door.

Keep Looking Up!

Bro. Kelly

Look for the sermon on Revelation 3:8, “Open Hearts, Open Doors” by Kelly Carr on Vimeo.



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Pastor, Church Planter, Evangelist and Consultant in Chandler, Arizona. Licensed by Second Baptist Church in Lamesa, Texas. Ordained by Trinity Baptist Church in Irving, Texas. Youth Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Irving, Texas 1985-1987. Pastor at Dixon Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas 1987-1999. Pastor at Wellspring Church in Chandler, Arizona July 1999 - July 2009. Currently serving as Executive Pastor at Highland Terrace Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas. Available for Pulpit Supply, Interims, Evangelistic Crusades, Revivals, Bible Conferences, Seminars, Pastoral Consulting, Church Consulting, Capital Campaign Consulting, and Conversation over a Coke Zero.