This is a study about Jesus’ promise to return in a short time.
I had a man tell me recently that he has a hard time believing Jesus will ever return because Jesus said he would come quickly, without delay; but 2000 years of waiting has not seen his arrival as of yet.
So I decided to study the ancient scrolls themselves to help clarify this.
I believe it is absolutely possible that Jesus’ promise to return was not a promise of return at all, but simply Jesus telling John that he must soon leave him alone, and the revelation would soon be over.
The New Testament in our English Bibles are translated from Greek scrolls. Every Greek word is translated from Greek into an English equivalent. The Greek word “erchomai” is translated as “come” in the verses of Jesus’ return, but in many other places in the New Testament it is translated as “Go,” so let’s take a look at how these verses would read with the alternate rendering.
-This study is intended to examine all instances of the book of Revelation using the word Erchomai, whether predicting a future coming or not. (My translations are in red)
Come (erchomai in Greek)= to go from one place to another, (translated as “Go” 13 times in the New Testament)… can also mean to arrive, follow, or make known. [From Stong’s Greek Lexicon] When used as first-person narrative, as in Rev 22:20, the usage could be “from one place to another,” according to Strongs.
Quickly (tachu in Greek)= without delay, very soon [From Stong’s Greek Lexicon]
Amen (amen in Greek)= It will be, or let it be [From Stong’s Greek Lexicon]
-Why would he come to you quickly to make war against the students of Nicolaitan?
-Doesn’t it seem more likely that he gave us these instructions because he is leaving?
-Not much different, but the grammar is improved.
-Does this not sound like last words before a farewell? And why would he say he is coming if he was presently with John?
-Leaving would definitely make better sense here, as Jesus said he would judge men at the right hand of God. And again, how could he come if he was already there?
(Let it be!) Amen! Yes, (go) come, Yahweh Jesus.
-Did Jesus tell John he must end the Revelation and go soon? Jesus definitely promised a return, but very possibly not in these verses.
Also remember Jesus said he does not know the time of his coming, only the father knows that. He also said many things indicating that he would not arrive until much later… The Jews would be gathered back, there would be few believers, the end would be like the days of Noah, and many others examples.
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