"After this, I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in Heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, 'Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.'" (Revelation 4:1)
"After this, I looked." The result of John's response to the manifestation of the presence of the Lord was an opening into the realm of the Spirit – "a voice...as a trumpet talking with me." This "voice as a trumpet" is a call to action, and speaks of spiritual direction and authority. Notice that the door opened when John looked.
For those who are responding as John responded, there is an empowering that has to do with "dominion" that is being imparted. When this verse was quickened to me, I began asking the Lord to "show me things which must be hereafter." He wants to answer this prayer for us.
The Lord is knocking. Our part is to hear and respond. I often pray concerning my ability to "hear" spiritually. I am never satisfied that I am hearing clearly enough, as no matter how well I am hearing, I can hear better.
Kingdom Impartation to Those who Hear and Respond
This "voice as a trumpet" is a corporate voice that will function in all those who will be saying and doing the same thing. Notice that the promise to the overcomer is to sit with the Lord in His throne. This has to do with spiritual authority.
"To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne." (Revelation 3:21)
This dominion, as the "sound of many waters," is an end-time function of those who are "overcomers," who will receive apostolic authority. This relates to our being able to speak a creative word, which will have "authority with consequence."
The Lord is calling us to become an apostolic, prophetic people – not apostles or prophets, as that is a ministry office. This is a Kingdom impartation into those who, as overcomers, have been dealt with so that they will not use this authority for any personal gain, to accomplish the end-time purposes of the Lord.
This will begin to happen as the Lord increasingly takes His place as the Head of those to whom He is being joined; those who are hearing and responding to His knocking. These are being "caught up" into a higher realm of spiritual life and authority.
Yielding to the Process
Concerning Moses, Acts tells us that he was "mighty in word and in deed." But after being in the wilderness, where he came to the end of all human ability, his response was, "Lord, when I spoke my mind, it got me in a lot of trouble, now I have nothing to say, unless You speak" (paraphrased).
So also, those whom the Lord is preparing are being "scourged" that all human ambition might be removed.
"For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." (Hebrews 12:6)
If we yield to this process and overcome, we will become a part of this end-time prophetic voice, "...His wife has made herself ready" (Revelation 19:6). The Lord is preparing a people for "that day."
As we wait upon the Lord, asking that we will better hear His voice, and have the enabling grace to rightly respond, we will become a part of this prophetic trumpet, and begin to move incorporate harmony, as the "sound of many waters."
It is imperative that we spend time waiting in the presence of the Lord, that we can become a part of the Body that will function directly under the dictate of the Head.
"...Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your Lord." (Matthew 25:23)
The Lord is getting people ready. May each one of us be found among these, in that day.