WEEK 52: Revelation 22:20 He which testifeth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
Revelation was written about 95 0r 96 A.D by the Apostle John while in exile on the Isle of Patmos.
The Book of Revelation: (1) It is a book of symbols and imagery, and constantly creates excitement and wonder. (2) It is a book of wars, but war always ends in peace. The word war occurs seven times in Revelation, and only seven times in all the rest of the New Testament. (3) It is a book of thunder, but the thunder and earthquake die away and are followed by liturgies and psalms. (4) It is a book of the rewards of the righteous. This is seen in the letters to the seven churches, and in the victories in all conflicts and wars in the book. (5) It is, therefore, a book of optimism. Everywhere God overcomes Satan, the Lamb triumphs, Babylon falls.
Despite what many think, the Book of Revelation is an Book of encouragement for the following reasons: (1) Its testimony to the faith and hope of persecuted Christians and in the comfort and inspiration it has brought to sorrowing and oppressed souls of every age. (2) It points out that there will be an end of conflict, that God and the Lamb will triumph, that the enemies of our souls will be punished and that the followers of God will be rewarded with eternal reward. GOOD WILL ALWAYS TRIUMPH EVIL!!!
“He which testifieth these things”. All that is contained in this Book is for the encouragement of the Church in all her afflictions, and a warning to all her oppressors and persecutors; Surely I come quickly – to judge and punish all My enemies, and the enemies of My cause and people and to establish My church in a state of perfect and everlasting happiness.
“Surely, I come quickly” – to call each one to give an account of his stewardship, and to enter according to his conduct and character, on the retributions of eternity. Whatever we do for our own salvation, or that of others, we must do so NOW for in the grave to which we are hastening – there is no work. We have one life – live it!!! This is the only shot that we have at life. Whatever we deposit on earth – whatever seeds we sow on earth, we only get to make withdrawals when we get to heaven. The Apostle Paul exhorting the Church at Philippi put it this way:
Philippians 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
Paul was not talking about an earthly account here, but a spiritual account – which all we who profess to be Christians have – only we have no access to it now whilst on earth.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest.
It is Jesus speaking here in Revelation 22:20 – John hearing those words spoken by the Master expresses his earnest desire and hope of this, by answering, Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus – accomplish Thy promises in order: and FINALLY crown the faith, patience, and continued diligence of Thy servants with eternal life.
EVEN SO, COME LORD JESUS – COME!!!