The End!
Dr. Stephen Johnson
Revelation 22:1 - 1:0
September 09, 2017

Dr. George Sweeting once estimated that "more than a fourth of the Bible is predictive prophecy...Both the Old and New Testaments are full of promises about the return of Jesus Christ. Over 1800 references appear in the O.T., and seventeen O.T. books give prominence to this theme. Of the 260 chapters in the N.T., there are more than 300 references to the Lord's return??one out of every 30 verses. Twenty?three of the 27 N.T. books refer to this great event...For every prophecy on the first coming of Christ, there are 8 on Christ's second coming."

 And now, in the final chapter of holy scripture, we read of his arrival.

 There can be no doubt about it-according to scripture, Jesus is coming back.

 That is the main point of Revelation 22

 The Return of Christ

Jesus is coming back!

 That is what Jesus told his disciples in John 14

That is the thought which dominates all of the New Testament and with which the New Testament ends.

Three times in the final chapter of Revelation Jesus says that he is coming back.

22:7

Behold, I am coming soon!

22:12

Behold, I am coming soon.

22:20

Surely I am coming soon.

 

The return of Christ is the height of our eschatological hope

The hope of the return of Christ is a driving force in the life of those who believe in the resurrected Christ.

 

Always the church has looked forward to the Day.

 

It is called by different names

The day of Christ

The day of our Lord Jesus Christ

The day of Christ Jesus

The day of his appearing.

 

It is his day.

A day which will sneak up on us.

When he returns to receive us.

 

 

 

I Thes 5:2

For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

 

II Peter 3:10

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.

 

I Thes 5:23

Paul says his is eagerly awaiting the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

He is confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ.

 

Christ is coming again.  And when he does, he will call all his people to join him in the new Heaven and he will judge all who have rejected him.

 

Jesus is coming again.

 

Apparently some people felt that perhaps the day of the Lord had already come and that they had missed it, so Paul assures them in I Thes 4:13-17

 

He hasn’t arrived yet, but Jesus is coming back!

 

It is the undisputed teaching of scripture that Jesus is coming again!

 

This is what He wants us to remember when we finish reading the New Testament.

 

And our text tells us that he is coming soon.

But honestly, people have been reading these verses for 2000 years.  Doesn’t seem to fit in my definition of soon.

 

But God’s time?table is a whole lot different than ours. 2 Peter 3 says, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”

(2 Peter 3:8?9).

 

From our perspective, Jesus has delayed His coming to give everyone a chance to repent. But from God’s perspective, Jesus hasn’t delayed His coming at all. It has only been “two days” since He made that promise.

 

And although we may get bogged down in the here and now -

We may think that his return is long overdue.

 

The promise of scripture remains

Jesus is coming back.

 

The timing of the return of Christ is one topic that many hope to answer while studying the book of Revelation.

 

They look for signs.

They attempt to identify the anti-Christ

 

But the book of Revelation is meant to turn our eyes upon Jesus.

It is the revelation of Jesus Christ and this chapter summarizes all we need to know about the book of Revelation.

 

In the future, Jesus will return.

And when he does, he will bring distribute the

 

The Rewards of Christ

 

Note what verse 12 says

 

“I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.”

 

Most other translations use reward vs recompense

Rewards in heaven.

This is not the great white throne of judgment.

That has already taken place.

 

This is a time of rewarding the saints for their work on earth.

 

Each will be repaid for what he has done.

Recompense actually has the implication of compensation or reward given for loss or harm suffered or effort made

 

We look forward to the rewards of Christ.

 

We don’t have time to fully develop the rewards of Christ, but here are just a few of them

 

 The Incorruptible Crown (1 Cor. 9:25). given for faithfulness in running the race and exercising self?control in order to serve the Lord and finish the race.

 

The Crown of Exultation or Rejoicing (1 Thess. 2:19; Phil. 4:1). This crown is a reward given for witnessing, follow?up, and ministry to others.

 

The Crown of Life (Jam. 1:12; Rev. 2:10). This crown is given for enduring testings (trials) and temptation.

 

The Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim. 4:8). This crown is a reward given for faithfulness to use our gifts and opportunities in the service of the Lord and for loving His appearing. Note that these two things go together. To love His appearing is to live in the light of it.

 

The Crown of Glory (1 Pet. 5:4). This crown is a reward promised to Elders for faithfulness in the discharge of their responsibilities in shepherding the people.

 

The rewards we receive will be rendered to us in accordance to what we have done.

 

Therefore a wise man will be careful about what he does.

 

Be careful what you worship 8-9

Be careful to keep the word 9

Be careful to be holy 7,11,14

Be careful to wash their robes 14

 

That is an interesting phrase which was used in Revelation 7:14

“These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

 

This washing, therefore, has nothing to do with detergent and a clothesline - it is rather the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus.

 

It is very simple and very clear.  A person who knows that he is a sinner and knows the Christ as his savior has washed his robes.

 

We will receive rewards when Christ returns.

 

As Peter says

2 Peter 3:11-14

 

what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,

 

we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

 

Therefore, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

 

Matthew 12:35?37

35 The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. 36 I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, 37 for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Romans 14:12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

 

Be careful what you worship 8-9

Be careful to keep the word 9

Be careful to be holy 7,11,14

Be careful to wash their robes 14

Be careful to protect the word v18-19

 

We anticipate the return of Christ

The rewards of Christ

and are reminded of t

 

The Revelation of Christ

 

The book ends where it began. 

 

In Revelation 1 it was God who said “I am the Alpha and the Omega.”

 

Here it is Christ.  Fully God.

 

The root and descendant of David.  Fully human.

 

The bright morning start

The idea of a “bright morning star” is a star that outshines all the others

 

The king of kings.  The Lord of lords.

The beginning and the end.

 

It is all about Christ.

 

He is coming soon.

He is coming soon.

He is coming soon.

 

Amen!

 

Come Lord Jesus Come.

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.