Recently, while attending Bible study, this verse in Revelation 22:12 became a point of reference. But, as I perused through the rest of the same chapter I noticed those words written in red, indicating Jesus speaking, were written exactly the same way three times: “I come quickly,” (see verses 7 and 20 also). This really got my attention for any good Bible student knows that if Jesus repeats anything it means take special heed to. This statement which is triple repeated is as a warning siren beckoning one to be aware of what’s about to happen.
Preoccupation with this world has so many in its clutches and has lulled multitudes into a false sense of security. How many of our waking hours are spent on the temporary trappings of now instead of the glory that awaits our future? Our time on this earthly sojourn is not infinite. Time will pass. Days will turn to night and eventually, at our proper time, we will step into eternity or as the older folk used to say, when Jesus cracks the sky – it will all be over.
Will we be ready or caught unawares? On more than one occurrence that coming day and the Lord Jesus Christ are described as happening by surprise, as if a thief came in the night (1 The. 5:2, 4; 2 Pet. 3:10; Rev. 3:3; 16:15). Suddenly the end will arrive. There will be no processional heralding His coming as during the time of His triumphal entry. The preachers, teachers, and sharers of His Word are doing that from the pulpits, at the street meetings, and witnessing through the many avenues available even as we speak. Rather, without warning, He shall appear.
At that time we will all be forced to answer for the life we lived while here. What will our story tell?
As much as mankind tries to dismiss the truth of the second coming or sweep it under a spiritual rug – it will happen. Jesus is coming back. Now is the time to get ready. Tomorrow is not promised.
“Even so, come, Lord Jesus,” (Revelation 22:20).