Faith: Jesus said, 'Behold, I come quickly'

In 1969, Denny Zager and Rick Evans recorded a song called In the Year 2525.

Part way through the song, the lyrics state: “In the year 7510, if God’s a coming, he ought to make it by then, maybe he’ll look around himself and say, ‘Guess it’s time for the judgment day.’”

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I remember hearing that song on my transistor radio that year, while I pulled weeds out of the front lawn at the age of 12.

I used to get paid one cent per weed, which to me was great.

The song is not biblical prophecy, but it shows that humans wonder about the future. The headline of this column, “Behold, I come quickly,” is taken from Revelation chapter 22, the last chapter of Revelation.

This promise from the Lord is a great hope and anticipation for every believer.

It is not my intention to go over all the details of future events as given in the scriptures.

I desire rather to focus on the three times in this last chapter of the Book of the Revelation where the Lord declares He is coming quickly.

First, in Revelation 22:7, it is in the context of “keeping the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” 

“Keeping” has the idea of making it your very own. Many people — believers and non-believers alike — seldom read this last book of the Bible.

Verse 7 promises a blessing (“blessed is he”) for any that make this book their own.

Actually, seven times in the book of Revelation there is a promise of blessing for reading the book, starting with chapter 1:3, then in 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7 and 22:14.

The word blessed means “supremely” blessed or happy.

The glorious expectation is that the Lord Jesus is coming for the believers of this age and this hope is based upon what is written in the scriptures.

Second, in Revelation 22:12, the “I come quickly” is in the context of “reward.”

This reward is for what has been done for the Lord after a person is saved.

In Acts 16:31, we read: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”

Acts 16:31 doesn’t say might be or maybe is, or has a slim possibility of but rather, shall be saved.

So, salvation is settled the moment one believes, but reward is given for the believer living their life for the Lord.

The question is, are you saved and, if you are, do you live your life for the Lord in response to his sacrifice for you on the cross?

No deed of kindness or anything else will be overlooked by the Lord as he promises he will “give every man according as his work shall be.”

Third, in Revelation 22:20, the Lord simply states: “Surely I come quickly.”

He doesn’t say I might come or if things work out I’ll come, but surely I come quickly.

To see him in all his glory will be the greatest blessing of all.

Just to see him and those nail prints in his hands and feet will be wonderful.

This is the context of this last reminder of the soon return of the Lord Jesus. He could come any moment for His own.

The scriptures say: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation,” 2 Corinthians 6:2.

The Lord Jesus said: “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,” John 3:16.

In John 14:1-6, the Lord promises his own that He will come again.

In John 14:6, the Lord said: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” 

John Eggers is an elder in the assembly that meets in Westsyde Gospel Hall in Kamloops. KTW welcomes submissions to its Faith page. Columns should be between 600 and 800 words in length and include a headshot of the author, along with a short bio. Send it via email to editor@kamloopsthisweek.com.

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