22:20 come quickly. Here is Christ’s last, and greatest, promise. Although the promise was given over 1900 years ago, His coming has actually been imminent in every generation. In the scale of eternity, of course, even 1900 years is a very brief period of time. In any case, His coming is sure, and when He does come, all the events associated with it will indeed take place quickly, as described in this book. In the meantime, we must simply obey His command to “occupy till I come” (Luke 19:13).

22:20 come, Lord Jesus. Here is the last, and most appropriate, prayer of the Bible. The Lord, indeed, taught us that our first request in praying should always be, in effect: “Thy kingdom come. They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Our attitude always should be to “love His appearing” (II Timothy 4:8) and to “abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (I John 2:28).

22:21 grace. Paul always began and ended his epistles with reference to the grace of Christ, and so did John here in Revelation (note Revelation 1:4). It is all of grace—we live, are saved, live and die—all by the grace of God in Christ. And that isn’t all. “In the ages to come,” our God of all grace will “shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 2:7). In the words of John’s benediction, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ will indeed be with us all throughout the eternal ages to come, and we can only whisper in awe and thanksgiving: “Amen!”


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