“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Revelation 22:20-21
I grew up in church and have seen many Christian movies in my time. I was once even cast for a movie in which my part included me running away, apparently out of camera view, as I never saw myself in the finished film. Some of the films had a gospel message and some were a little silly, like one that portrayed a high schooler who was really an angel. (Imagine a teenager being an angel and you understand why I thought the movie was silly.) There was one movie in particular, though, that really caught my attention and even scared me a little bit.
The movie depicted the rapture and the end times. It showed Christians getting beaten and executed and it showed how things might be when the trumpet sounds. It had planes and cars crashing and it showed people looking for loved ones who were caught up in the rapture. I remember seeing all of the devastation and it put a strong fear in me. I sure did not want to be around for all of the mess that was going to happen and the movie got me to really be sure about my eternal destination.
People have always tried to guess when the rapture would take place and some even swore it was going to happen in the year 2000. As a kid, I wanted to get married and have a family before being raptured up, but I have since learned that my prayer should be, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” For the Christian, the world has nothing of eternal value to offer and is just a temporary home before we graduate to our permanent residency in heaven. God has not forgotten about us even though it seems as if the world has gone mad. Wrong seems right and right seems wrong, but God is still in control. He will come again and our prayer should be that He will come quickly.
This last verse in Revelation marks the end of the Bible, but not an end for the Christian who longs for the return of our Savior. Jesus is coming back one day for His own, and His timing will be perfect. We have a great hope in Him and although we may face trouble and heartache, we can rest assured that He has not forgotten about His saints.
Where are you today friend? Do you pray for the swift return of the Lord Jesus or does the thought of it make you nervous? Will you be ready for His return or will He find you doing something that is not honoring to Him? Do you allow the world to pull you down or is your gaze affixed to the sky, anticipating His coming? Bible commentator, Matthew Henry, states, “Let us earnestly thirst after greater measures of the gracious influences of the blessed Jesus in our souls, and his gracious presence with us, till glory has made perfect his grace toward us. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.” May we only lightly hold onto the things of this world and may we fervently pray, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus." Let's praise His name now and for all eternity. Amen!
Stay in the fight!