AlphA & ΩOMEGAΩ
THE BEGINNING HAS NO END ETERNITY IS FOREVER
“Yes I am coming soon.”
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He who testifies to these things says, “Yes I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
The format of this study entitled ΩOMEGAΩ is a study of Revelations beginning with the last verse of chapter 22 and continuing verse by verse till we reach Revelations verse 1 chapter 1.
This lesson covers Revelation 22:20 above and will have as its focus the “One”, (God), giving the testimony of this revelation of Christ to John through a chosen Angel.
In Rev. verse 22:20 the person giving the testimony is none other than Jesus Christ. We know this by what follows and will be the focus of future lessons…. “Yes I am coming soon.”
Did you pick up on the timing and urgency of Christ’s return and also the delivery of the message of “things which must soon come to pass.”
Time is mans way of measuring history. The Triune Godhead: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, are unaffected by mans measure and “soon” will be when God commands it to be so.
His coming is a stated certainty, so that God’s people will be without doubt, though soon may seem to be deferred by God and denied by ungodly men. John expresses the hope of all saints when he utters: “Amen. Come Lord Jesus”.
In Revelation 22:7 Christ again expresses the timing of his return as “soon”. However, this reference is more clearly to his Second and personal coming as judge of all the earth.
Additionally a blessing is bestowed on those who keep the words of this prophecy written in this scroll by John. ;
To keep these sayings is to read them with observation, to take notice of the accomplishment of them, so far as it has taken place, to keep them in mind and memory, to meditate upon them, and through the grace of God to steer our lives and conversation according to the instructions, directions, and cautions here given; and such are blessed in life, and will be in death; they will die in the Lord, share in the first resurrection, and enter through the gates into the city.*
Again “soon” is emphasized in Revelation 22:12. This is repeated, to confirm the truth of Christ’s second coming, and the speediness of it, and to point to the time when the above shall be, and to add what follows. And my reward is with me:*
These words are taken out of ( Isaiah 40:10 ) ( Isaiah 62:11 ) and when compared together, flesh out a clear proof of Christ being the true Jehovah, the eternal God. There is a reward of debt, or a due reward, a reward of punishment, which is the just recompense of reward, which, shall be righteously given to wicked men for their sin, ( Hebrews 2:2 ) ( Isaiah 3:11 ) and there is a reward of grace, which is also called the recompense of reward, the reward of the inheritance, which is no other than the gift of eternal life, which God of his free grace bestows upon his people, ( Hebrews 11:26 ) ( Colossians 3:24 ) and both these are with Christ; they are in his hands, he has authority from God, as Mediator, to inflict vengeance on the wicked, and to give eternal life to his people; both he will do, for this authority and power is His: to give every man according as his work shall be; if his work is evil, and he is an unjust and filthy man, and the course of his conversation has been vicious, the reward of debt, or just punishment, will be rendered to him; but if his work is the fruit of grace, and he has had his conversation in the world by the grace of God, and he is a righteous person, justified by the righteousness of Christ, and a holy, good man, sanctified by the Spirit of God, the reward of grace, the crown of righteousness, will be given to him.*
16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
The “soon” of the above verses is again stressed to encourage repentance. The situation at hand was the association of godly men with corrupt and immoral persons who were holding on to sinful practices. These practices were to be rooted out or the lukewarm attitude and association with and acceptance of the perpetrators discouraged.
Christ made clear that his fighting would be with and against the corrupt men and not his forgiven people.
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Once again an urgency and immediacy is expressed of Christ’s desire to deliver, save, and preserve the godly; and to bring punitive eternal judgment upon the ungodly.*
hold that fast which thou hast; either grace and the exercise of it… hold on to your faith, patience, and doctrines of the Gospel, and it’s ordinances, as delivered by Christ and his apostles:, since this hour of temptation will be a trying time to faith, patience, integrity, and constancy: *
that no man take thy crown; Exhortations of this kind to the saints are necessary, to excite them to diligence, care, and watchfulness; and are not contrary to their final perseverance, and certain salvation, but are means thereof: but faith and faithfulness, integrity, sincerity, and purity, is meant. *
1 Corinthians 16:22
22 If anyone does not love the Lord─ a curse be on him. Come, O Lord[a]!
A curse be on him
May this person experience God’s displeasure and wrath, since he has declared himself an unbeliever: John 3:36 Says: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.”
This is not a curse based on things God has created (e.g., heaven and earth), an oath that Jesus forbids. Rather it is a curse based on God as witness to the unbeliever’s essential lack of love and obedience to God. God’s opposition to evil is both total and permanent
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ
John does not so much mean profane and unregenerate sinners, who are destitute of love to Christ, from ignorance of him; nor such who, from the same principle, might persecute him in his members, for such are to be prayed for, and wished well; and often such are called by grace, and become true and sincere lovers of Christ; and John, himself was an instance of it: some think the Jews are intended, who were the mortal enemies of Christ; hated his name and person, his Gospel and interest, and maliciously persecuted the same; they called Jesus accursed, and therefore deserved an anathema, (eternally condemnation), to be pronounced on them; it was prophesied of them, that their name should be left for a curse; and it was threatened to them, in case of non-repentance, upon the coming of John the Baptist, in the spirit of Elijah, that the Lord would come and smite their land with a curse; which had its accomplishment in the destruction of Jerusalem; see ( Isaiah 65:15 ) ( Malachi 4:6 ) ; others think the Gnostics are intended, one of whose tenets was, that it was lawful not to confess Christ in a time of persecution, in order to save themselves; and such might be truly said not to love our Lord Jesus, and on whom such an anathema as after mentioned might rightly be denounced: though it should seem rather, that some persons in this church, or that infested it, are referred to as the false teachers, and those who sided with them, who made factions and divisions in the church of Christ; allowed themselves in the commission of fornication and incest, and such like impurities; had no regard to the peace of the consciences of weak brethren, but laid stumbling-blocks in their way; behaved in a very irreverent manner at the Lord’s table, and gave in to very pernicious errors and heresies, particularly denying the resurrection of the dead; and by their many bad principles and practices plainly showed that they did not in deed and in truth love our Lord Jesus: wherefore of every such an one the apostle says,
let him be anathema. The word anathema, answers to the Hebrew (Mrx) , and is rendered by it here in the Syriac version; and signifies anything separated and devoted to holy uses; and so it is used by the Septuagint, in ( Leviticus 27:28 ) , and in the New Testament, ( Luke 21:5 ) , and which, if alienated to any other purposes, entailed a curse on persons; hence it is often translated “accursed”, as ( Romans 9:3 ) ( 1 Corinthians 12:3 ) ( Galatians 1:8Galatians 1:9 ) , and here it signifies, that such persons that love not the Lord Jesus, should be rejected by the saints, and separated from their communion; and so the Arabic version renders it, “let him be separated”; that is, from the church; let him be cast out of it, and cut off from it; as, so living and dying without love to Christ, he will be accursed by him at the last day, and will have that awful sentence denounced on him, “go ye cursed”. The apostle adds another word, about which there is some difficulty,
maranatha; some make this to be the same with “anathema”; the one being the Syriac, the other the Greek word, as “Abba, Father”; and think that “maranatha” is put for (atmrxm) , “maharamatha”; others think that it is the same with (atanwrxm) , “maharonatha”, which signifies “from wrath to come”; and being joined with the other word, intends an anathematizing or devoting persons to wrath to come: others take it to be the last, and worse sort of excommunication among the Jews; and observe, that the first sort was called (ywdn) , “Niddui”, which was a separation from company and conversation, to which reference may be had in ( Luke 6:22 ) ; the second sort was called (Mrx) Cherem, to which “anathema” answers, and was a separation, attended with curses and imprecations; and a third sort was called (atmv) , “Shammatha”, and is thought to answer to “maranatha”, giving the etymology of it, as if it was, (ata Mv) , “the name”, i.e. “God cometh”, as “maranatha” read as two words, signify “our Lord cometh”: but this is not the etymology the Jews give of “Shammatha” F7; they ask,
“what is “Shammatha?” says Rab, (htym Mv) , “there is death”; and Samuel says, (hyhy hmmv) , “desolations shall be”;”
but of the other etymology there is no mention made among them; nor is ever the word “maranatha” used by them for excommunication; the sense of which certainly is, “our Lord cometh”; and the Ethiopic version, joining it with the former word, renders the whole thus, “let him be anathema in the coming of our Lord”, which seems to be pretty much the sense of the apostle: it is best to consider this word, or rather these two words, “maran atha”, “our Lord cometh”, as added by the apostle, to put persons in mind of the coming of Christ; either at the destruction of Jerusalem, to take vengeance on the Jews, who did not love, but hated him, and maliciously persecuted him, and his; or of the second coming of Christ to judgment, when all the wicked of the earth shall be accursed by him, and all such that love him not will be bid to depart from him.*
Jesus closed His revelation with these words, “Surely I come quickly” He affirmed and verified that his return is certain. Along with John hundreds of millions of saints have cried “Maranatha” : Even so come Lord Jesus. Many of us begin and end our day with this invitation.
God’s Grace is the key; and was the major subject of our first verse, which in reality is the last verse of Revelation.
The revelation of Christ concerning the Church begins and ends with Christ’s prayers of and for God’s grace.
4….Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits[a] before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen….
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
*borrowed heavily from Gills- exposition –of-the-bible