Jesus said “Behold I am coming quickly.”
2000 years ago, in the vision the Apostle John received on the Island of Patmos, Jesus said “Behold, I am coming quickly.” These Scriptures can be found in Revelation, chapter 22, in verses 7, 12, and 20. The apostle is clear that in his vision that Jesus is coming quickly.
And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”
“Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to reward each one as his work deserves.”
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
The first-century Apostolic church endured many hardships to spread the Gospel. They were arrested, beaten, tortured, and killed by Jewish believers, Romans, and Greeks. John, himself, was boiled in oil and exiled. Despite this tribulation, the Great Commission changed the world. These brave men and women hung on the promises of Jesus.
As we know, they have since lived their life and passed on. We still talk about them today. But, if you read the New Testament and study the books in the order they were written, you will see that the urgency increases as the near the end of the century. The language builds with a sense of urgency. They really believed Jesus when He said “Behold I am coming quickly”.
So if Jesus is coming quickly, what did that mean to the first-century Christians? How should we take Jesus’ words through the Apostle when He said “Behold I am coming quickly”?
Behold I am coming quickly |Study the Greek word “tachy” (quickly)
John writes to 7 first-century churches in Asia, letting them know Jesus is coming QUICKLY. The word for quickly is the Greek word “tachy“. which means- SPEEDILY, WITHOUT DELAY. Study the word tachy in the Strong’s concordance.
There are only 6 times, outside of Revelation, where the word “tachy” was used.
- Matthew 5:25- Make friends quickly (tachy) with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way
- Matthew 28:7- Go quickly (tachy) and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead…
- Mark 9:39- But Jesus said, “Do not hinder him, for there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name, and be able soon (tachy) afterward to speak evil of Me.
- Mark 16:8- They went out and fled (tachy) from the tomb…
- Luke 15:22- But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly (tachy) bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet;
If “quickly” always meant fast, soon, without delay… Think about the phrase “Jesus is coming quickly (tachy)”
Every time it was used, it denotes a specific time statement. If we apply it consistently, there is just no possible way that you can get a 2000 year period of time with this word “tachy“. It really means speedily, without delay, a short and measurable period of time. It is a specific time statement.
Imagine inviting a friend for dinner and them promising that they were coming right over. You are certain that before the day is over that you will hear them knocking on the door. Now consider if they never show up at all. That would not be a very trustworthy friend.
For the original audience, which is the first-century church, they were expecting Jesus to come quickly, speedily, and without delay, just as the His Word says. He did. They witnessed the full transition from Old Covenant to New Covenant in that generation. Just as Jesus did not delay His promises to the early church, He certainly won’t delay His promises to you!
Enjoy this teaching on “Behold I am Coming Quickly” (Rev 22)? – Check out this video teaching from Apostle Johnny Ova in “Clouds in the Scriptures”.