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TEXT: Revelation 22:6-7
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
The Free State of Glory (Part 29): Jesus is Coming Quickly. What Do We Do in the Meantime?
Warren Wiersbe said, “Heaven is more than a destination; it is a motivation. Knowing that we shall dwell in the heavenly city ought to make a difference in our lives here and now. The vision of the heavenly city motivated the patriarchs as they walked with God and served Him. Knowing that He was returning to the Father in heaven also encouraged Jesus Christ as He faced the cross. The assurance of heaven must not lull us into complacency or carelessness, but spur us to fulfill our spiritual duties.”
Ever since the founding of the Church, there have been periods throughout history when much of the world’s population thought the world was coming to an end and many Christians thought Jesus was coming back. The early church always believed that Jesus would return “soon”, and they saw the destruction of the Temple in AD 70 as a major symbol pointing to that. In the Middle Ages, the Church in Europe saw the Muslim conquerors taking over the Eastern Roman Empire as a sign of the end of the world. World War I and World War II were also considered harbingers of the apocalypse. In every generation — and now in ours — the world has wondered if the end is nigh, and Christians have wondered about how soon Christ will come.
This, of course, is due to the numerous statements in the New Testament from Christ’s own words that indicate that He will return “quickly” or “soon.” In this very passage, He says, “Behold, I come quickly” — and this was 2,000 years ago! What could He possibly mean? The Greek word translated as “quickly” means swift, at once, or speedily. The meaning of the word is intended for us to understand that when Christ comes, it will happen suddenly and swiftly. There will be no time to prepare.
The Bible Knowledge Commentary says, “Confirming both the truth and possibility of comprehending the prophecies previously given, the angel told John that the words of this book are trustworthy and true. The purpose of these communications is not to bewilder and confuse but to reveal many of the things that must soon take place. This directly contradicts the point of view of many scholars that the Book of Revelation is an imponderable mystery for which no key is available today. This book is the Word of God and not the vague imaginations of John. In addition it is intended to describe future events. When taken in its literal, ordinary meaning, this is exactly what it does, even though much of Revelation is written in symbolic form. The Word of God was not given to be obscure. It was given to be understood by those taught by the Spirit. The theme of Revelation is stated again in verse 7: Behold, I am coming soon! Also He is coming quickly. The Greek word tachy may be translated “soon” or “quickly”, and from the divine standpoint both are true. The coming of Christ is always soon from the standpoint of the saints’ foreview of the future, and when it occurs, it will come suddenly or quickly. Accordingly a special blessing is pronounced on those who believe and heed the prophecy of the book. As stated earlier, this last book of the Bible, so neglected by the church and with its meanings confused by many expositors, contains more promises of blessing than any other book of Scripture.”
Speaking of the quickness of Christ’s coming, John Piper said, “When the New Testament speaks of the Lord being ‘near’ or ‘at the gates’ or ‘at hand,’ it is not teaching a necessary time frame for the Lord’s appearance. Rather, it’s saying that Christ, the long-expected Messiah, has come, once for all, decisively, in his life and death and resurrection, fighting the major battle. He has set in motion an end time process of gathering messianic people. He has fulfilled many end time prophecies. We are in the last days — we have been for two thousand years — and therefore Jesus is like a king in complete control, standing with his army outside the city, waiting to take it captive. Nothing can stand between him and that capture except his own choice.”
Whenever the Lord chooses to return, He will do so without hesitation. In the meantime, we are to “keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Those who do so are “blessed.” What does it mean to “keep” the sayings of Revelation? When we say that we are “keeping the ten commandments,” we mean that we are obeying the commandments and allowing them to influence our lives. In the same way, we ought to allow the prophecies of Revelation to influence our lives. These words are more than just the subject of Bible studies and theological debate. We must live in light of these words, holding close to our hearts the reality that Jesus could return today. Every day, we must live as if Jesus could come back at any moment.
William M. Runyan wrote:
From Olive’s Hill, the multitude upgazing,
Beheld, until the Savior passed from view;
But radiant heralds uttered words of promise,
He Who has gone shall come again to you.
Again, but not in weakness or in sorrow;
Again, but not for bitter pain and loss;
The Son of God shall come in glory splendid,
Again, but not to bear shame’s bitter cross.
Again, again, the nations shall behold Him!
Again, again, enrobed in majesty;
In clouds of glory every eye shall see Him,
Again, again, the King of Glory see!
If you want to be taken up in the rapture to live in Heaven with Christ and God, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.