REVELATION 22:6-7: “Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
OBSERVATION: The book of Revelation comes full circle as we read the last chapter. In Revelation chapter one Jesus proclaims – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8). And in the beginning of Revelation we read this promise – “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.” (Revelation 1:3) Now, we read these same words at the close of the book, yet with a heightened sense of urgency and assurance.
First, we read – “These words are faithful and true…” They are not cleverly devised myths written by a senile old man that was banished because of his mental incapacity. These are the words of the Lord God proclaimed to his prophets to reveal the end times, the events that would shortly come to pass. John is just the agent the Lord used to record this book. The book of Revelation is the solemn Word of God. It is so to be revered that it closes with a stern warning – “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:18-19)
Second, the Lord reminds us that He is coming quickly! In the first chapter we read that He is the Lord “…who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” This is a promise of His coming. But at the close of the book we read the imminence of His return – “Behold, I am coming quickly!” A dear servant of the Lord once told me – “The Lord’s soon is not our soon.” We are reminded that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. From our view of time it seems that the world is going on and on – and His promise of “coming quickly” does not seem to be coming to fulfillment. Yet, from God’s perspective, and in the scope of His eternal work of redemption, it is but a blink of His eye. Rest assured, the Lord will return! Every eye will see Him! And it will be soon! God will fulfill His Word!
Finally, we receive a closing exhortation – “Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” In chapter one we were called to read, hear, and keep the words of this prophecy. Now, we are simply called to keep them. Jesus Christ’s return is upon us. There is no time for procrastination. We are called to action. It is the time to be obedient to His call, to fulfill the Great Commission that He has given us. Souls wait in the balance. The time to live fully for Jesus Christ is now. There will come a time, and it is soon, when the opportunity for mankind to repent will come to a close. Behold, now is the acceptable time! Behold now is the day of salvation! Let us not wait to fulfill God’s Word and calling in our lives, not even for one moment! TODAY is a time for ACTION!
Lord, thank you for the blessed assurance of Your soon return! Thank you that Your Word and Promises are true and sure. Help me to keep the words of the prophecy of this book. Let me hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches – and to my heart. Today – help me to take ACTION! In Jesus Name!