‘Behold, I come quickly’ Revelation 22:7,12,20
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night …” (2 Peter 3:10)
We have come to the 88th lesson in our chronological study of God’s Word. As we have seen, over several hundred years, the Spirit of God inspired more than thirty prophets to write the first part of the Holy Scriptures, that is, the Pentateuch, the Psalms, and the books of the prophets. That first part of God’s Book is called the Old Testament. In that part, all the prophets shared one message, telling us that
God is holy and righteous,
and therefore must judge every sin. However, God is also full of mercy, and does not want the children of Adam to perish in their sin. Thus we saw how God, through His prophets, promised the coming of the Redeemer, the holy Messiah,
who would be born of a virgin,
live a holy life and then shed His blood on a cross to pay for the sins of the children of Adam. All the prophets of the Old Testament wrote about this Messiah who was to come.
In the second part of the Holy Scriptures, the New Testament, the Book of the Gospel, we saw that, when the time which God planned had come, He brought forth the Messiah, the Savior of the world,
just as He had promised
through His prophets. The Messiah was Jesus of Nazareth—the only perfectly holy Person who ever lived. Jesus was full of the power of God, because He was the very Word of God in a human body. Of Him God declared,
“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased!” (Matt. 3:17)
However, our fellow humans killed the holy One of God by nailing Him to a cross. But
After Jesus was seen by many witnesses, God exalted Him to the highest place in heaven. But the story doesn’t end there.
The wonderful story of God’s righteous way of salvation has a beginning and an ending. This evil world has not yet seen the last of Jesus the Messiah! The Word of God tells us that the Lord Jesus is going to come back to cast Satan and his evil angels into the lake of fire, to judge the children of Adam on Judgement Day, and to recreate this old world. Our lesson today is called
“Jesus is coming back!”
We will be reading from the final section of the New Testament, from the book called
Revelation is a deep and powerful book, because it announces what will happen at the end of time, when this world (present age) will come to an end. The book of Revelation has twenty-two chapters, chapters which proclaim a glorious victory for all who believe. But for those who do not believe, these chapters contain great terror, because the book of Revelation reveals that if you refuse to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, He will, in the end, be your Judge! If you do not accept
the Lamb of God,
you will meet
the Lion of God,
because the Lord Jesus, who died as a sacrificial lamb to take away sin, will return as a roaring lion to judge! That is what the Scriptures speak of when they say: “The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thes. 1:7,8)
Now, let us read carefully the excerpts taken from the book of Revelation. After the Lord Jesus had returned to heaven, He sent His angel to the apostle John, to reveal to him the events that will take place
In the first chapter, John wrote: (Revelation 1:1-8) “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John, who bore witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for
the time is at hand.
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him who is, and who was, and
who is to come,
and from the seven spirits who are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of earth. Unto him that loveth us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us a kingdom of priests unto God and his Father, to him be glory forever and ever. Amen. Behold,
he cometh with clouds,
and every eye shall see him, and they also who pierced him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and
who is to come,
John wrote: (Revelation 19:1-16) “And after these things I heard a great voice of many people in heaven, saying,
Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord, our God; for true and righteous are his judgements; for he hath judged the great harlot, who did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said,
And the smoke rose up forever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen. Hallelujah! And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, and like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of mighty peals of thunder, saying, Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him; for
and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not! I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God; for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
And I saw heaven opened and, behold, a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called
Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; and his name is called
the Word of God.
And the armies that were in heaven followed him upon the white horse, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
(Rev. 20:1-15) “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, who is
and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they that sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them; and I saw souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, and in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is
the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection; on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle; the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city; and
fire came down from God
out of heaven, and devoured them.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
And I saw a great white throne,
and him that sat on it,
from whose face the earth and heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is
the book of life.
And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire”.
(Rev. 21:1,3-8) “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away, and there was no more sea … And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and they shall be his people, and
God himself shall be with them,
and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write, for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done.
the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, 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”.
(Rev. 22:1-6,12-21) “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve kinds of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him; and
they shall see his face;
and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no lamp, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light, and they shall reign
forever and ever.
And he said unto me, These words are faithful and true; and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done … and, behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,
the first and the last.
Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say,
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written
in this book;
and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
He who testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Thus, God concludes His marvellous Book, and promises that the Lord Jesus, whom the children of Adam nailed to a cross, will one day come back to earth. He will return in power and great glory,
to take those who believe Him
to be with Him, and to judge those who do not believe Him! Dear friend, are you confident as you face the return of the Lord Jesus from heaven? Are you among those who have received Him as their Savior and Lord? Do you believe in your heart that God laid your sins on the Lord Jesus Christ, who never sinned, so that through Him, God can declare you righteous? Is your name written in the Book of Life? What is your relationship with Jesus Christ? Is He your Savior? Or will He be your Judge?
If you hear God’s voice today, do not harden your heart, because the Scripture says: “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is
toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat;
the earth also,
and the works that are in it, shall be burned up” (2 Pet. 3:8-10) “Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Cor. 6:2) “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Heb. 2:3)
Our prayer to God is that everything that you have studied in The Way of Righteousness lessons will be a blessing in your life–leading you to God’s “great salvation” which He freely gives to all who truly believe His Word.
God bless you as you remember Jesus’ final words in the Holy Scriptures. He said:
“Surely, I come quickly” (Rev 22:20)
We would invite you to answer the questions attached and send them together with any questions that you might have