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27 October 2023 ‘Come, Lord Jesus!’ Revelation 22:20 NKJV

The last promise in the Bible is, ‘Surely I am coming quickly’ (v. 20 NKJV). The last prayer in the Bible is, ‘Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!’ (v. 20 NKJV). And the last major prophecy concerning Christ’s return was fulfilled in 1948 when the nation of Israel was reborn (see Amos 9:14). Since then, the clock of Bible prophecy has been ticking and the countdown is on. Cynics and critics sometimes say, ‘Christians have been telling us for hundreds of years that Jesus will return, but it hasn’t happened.’ That’s also something the Bible talks about: ‘In the last days scoffers…will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same”…But you must not forget…A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise…No, he is being patient…He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along…But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth he has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness’ (2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-13 NLT). One day Jesus will come back. We don’t know when, and we shouldn’t try to work it out; but we can get ourselves prepared now, so we’re ready if it happens in our lifetime.

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