Strategic Threefold Placement by Jesus Christ that “he comes quickly, or like a thief.”
- At the very beginning of Revelation, in 2:5, Jesus Christ makes the statement, “Remember therefore from whence thou are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out his place, except thou repent.” (Emphasis added). The context of this statement is for the Christians at the Church at Ephesus. As such, it is also intended for Christians of all ages; past, present and future.
- Oddly, about two thirds of the way into Revelation 16:15 states from Jesus Christ, “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (Emphasis added). This verse sticks out to be noticed because it appears to be completely out of context with all the verses surrounding it. It is placed, just prior to the verses containing information about the seventh angel’s last vial being poured out upon mankind. The odd placement of this verse screams out … ‘Hey, the vials of wrath are almost done, there is only one more to go. Your time is running out. I am coming quickly. Evil mankind, your window of opportunity to repent is quickly closing. If you are redeemed in me, hang onto to what you have received from me, don’t lose your faith, keep watching for me, I will be here shortly.’ The placement of verse 16:15 is extremely strategic because of who it seems to be intended for and what follows shortly after it in terms of the completion of wrath. Notice, this verse contains EXACTLY twenty-four (24) words. Jesus Christ is abundantly making it clear that God’s divine organizational arrangement or plan has him scheduled to arrive or coming very soon.
- At the very end of Revelation, in chapter 22, Jesus Christ reveals the following:
- … “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (Rev. 22:7). (Emphasis added).
- … “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” (Rev. 22:12). (Emphasis added).
- … “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20). (Emphasis added).
It is at this point, where Jesus’ Revelation is finishing up, He specifically says three (3) times that he “comes quickly”. This is a triple emphasis of intensity. He is repeating himself to drive home a point, and to continuing to remind people of his imminent return. Thus, Jesus opens up his book of Revelation with a statement that he will come quickly, strategically in the middle of Revelation he again indicates that he is coming quickly, and lastly, he repeats himself three times at the end of his book that he is coming quickly. Do you think he wants Christians to be prepared with clean garments and not to lose them? Do you think he wants Christians to look for his appearance and coming for them at the rapture/harpazo? When he does come for us, what spiritual state does he expect us to be in? In other words, which of the five churches in Asia-Minor do you NOT want to be referred to as being? Again, these verses come directly from Jesus Christ.
Seven-fold Reference of Jesus Christ as Faithful and True:
- … “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” (Rev. 1:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” (Rev. 3:14). (emphasis added).
- … “And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are they ways, thou King of saints.” (Rev. 15:3). (Emphasis added).
- … “For true and righteous are his judgements; for he hath judged the great whore, which did did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.” (Rev. 19:2). (Emphasis added).
- … “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.” (Rev. 19:11). (Emphasis added).
- … “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.” (Rev. 21:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.” (Rev. 22:6). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: Definitions of True; Being in accordance with the actual state of affairs. Conformable to an essential reality. Fully realized or fulfilled. Ideal, Essential, Consistant. Being that which is the case rather that what is manifest or assumed. Steadfast, Loyal, Honest, Just, Legitimate, Truthful, Rightful, Accurate. That which is fitted or formed or that functions accurately. Conformable to a standard or pattern. Logical, Necessary, Narrow, Strict. Trueness, Truthfulness. Definitions of Faithful; Steadfast in affection or allegiance. Firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty. Given with strong assurance. True to the facts, to a standard, or to an original. Loyal, Conscientious, Binding. Faith, Faithfully, Faithfulness. Jesus Christ is True and Faithful, in his word, actions, attributes, judgements, works, name and status (seven qualities!!!!!!!). When capitalized in the Bible, the word is meant to be read as a title or actual name, when the term is not capitalized, it is meant to be read as a descriptive element. F(f)aithful and T(t)rue thus has the duality of being both a name and description of Jesus Christ.
Seven-fold Perspectives of Christ’s Work in Revelation:
- Seven (7) Churches; (Rev. 2:1-3:22). Jesus is building his church, shepharding to its strengths/weaknesses, promising blessings to the faithfull overcomers. Jesus reigns over his kingdom on earth along with his redeemed overcomers, during the millenium.
- Seven (7) Seals; (Rev. 4:1-8:1). Jesus is the only one worthy in heaven to administer God’s judgement because he is the Lamb who was slain.
- Seven (7) Trumpets; (Rev. 11:3-12, 14:6-7). Jesus continues to offer salvation to mankind via his two supernatural witnesses (candlesticks of the gospel) and a mighty angel having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them on earth. Jesus continues His redemptive process to those who do NOT take the mark of the beast (anti-christ), nor worship the beast and his image.
- Seven (7) Vials; (Rev. 15:1-16:21). Jesus brings God’s final judgements upon unrepenting mankind and the physical earth.
- Seven (7) Symbolic Figures; (Rev. 12:1-14:20) Jesus has victory over his enemies. Satan, the antichrist, the false prophet, Babylon City, Mystery Religion Babylon, kings’ armys at Armeggedon, evil nations and evil mankind. Jesus also has victory over sin and death through his death and resurrection.
- Seven (7) Wonders of New Jerusalem; (Rev. 21:1-22:7). Jesus creates a heavenly city, New Jerusalem to tabernacle with his saints for eternity.
- New heaven and new earth; (21:1). The old, fomer things are past away. (Rev. 21:4). Jesus transforms our bodies, earth and heaven into something new, glorious and miraculous.
Commentary: As glorious and unfathomable is Jesus’ work of salvation for us, he does more than save us. I have bolded comments after each applicable verse in Revelation that highlight his continued work in creation, on behalf of God the Father. He wins victory over evil and his enemies. He conquers death. He provides eternal life. He makes all things new. He rules earth during the Millennium. He builds a new heavely city (New Jerusalem), he tranforms our bodies, he completes and manifests many other promises made to those who love him. Most of the New Testament focuses on the salvation provided by Jesus Christ, through the forgiveness of sins, shedding of his blood and his resurrection (as it should). The book of Revelation thus provides a picture of the additional things that Christ does on earth and in heaven. These activities give insight to his divinity, his power, his love, his rulership and his status. God’s redemption of man and renewal of creation is made manifest through the work of his only begotten son, Jesus Christ.
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