The Last Prayer in the Bible
Revelation 22:12-21 (vs. 20)
May 18, 2003
1. The book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John while he was on the Island of Patmos, a small island in the Aegean Sea, southwest of Ephesus.
a. John was exiled there by the Roman Emperor, Domition, the brother of Titus. Titus, you will remember, had destroyed the city of Jerusalem some 25 years earlier.
2. In the Revelation given to John, he was allowed to see things no other person had ever been allowed to see, except for maybe the Apostle Paul-if Paul was the one caught up to the third heaven (II Cor. 12:2).
3. What did John see? John saw the Tribulation period unfold before his very eyes. He saw the hand of God in judgment, as He poured out His wrath upon mankind.
a. John saw the end of all things. He saw the destruction of all plant life and all human life. The only people spared are those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ...and during that time, they will be beheaded for their faith (20:4). b. John saw the battle of Armageddon. He saw the Great White Throne Judgment, the Millennial Kingdom, and the final destruction of the heavens and the earth:
1) Rev. 21:1, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea."
4. In our text (vs.20), we have recorded the last words of Jesus. They are in the form of a promise, "Surely I come quickly. Amen." Immediately after the Lord spoke, John gives a brief, but powerful prayer-a prayer filled with excitement and anticipation, "Even so come Lord Jesus!"
a. Can you imagine anything more exciting and thrilling than to here the words, "Come up hither!" To hear the blast of that heavenly trumpet and to be immediately caught up into His presence?
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