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Last Things In The Bible (51 Of 52)
Books in Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Revelation 22 is important, because it is the last chapter of the Bible. Revelation was indeed written last. It was written in 95 to 99 A.D. by the Apostle John, and it was the last book accepted by the early church as inspired by God. John was the last prophet. When sin entered this world, Satan questioned the authority of the Word of God. Genesis told the story of man's fall, which began when man put a question mark over the accuracy and authority of the Word. There is affirmation of the Word and its accuracy: "And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done" (Revelation 22:6). "These things I have written are faithful. They can be depended upon, and they are true." The Bible being truth without any mixture of error is called the inerrancy or the infallibility of the Word of God. The Lord God who spoke to the prophets spoke through the angel that He sent "to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done." Shortly has an application of quickly being done. When the Bible talks about the coming of Christ quickly or shortly, it is referring to the manner of His coming. It will happen so rapidly, the world will be taken by surprise.
There is assurance of the Word of God: "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book" (Revelation 22:7). Revelation began with a special blessing promised to those who would read, understand, and obey the words of this prophecy (Revelation 1:3). It concludes with a like promise. It draws it all together. He is saying, "I assure you that you will receive the promise that I gave you at the very beginning of this prophecy." So we can understand the message of Revelation: "He that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book ...
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