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Did Jesus Promise to Return in a Short Time?

Did Jesus Promise to Return in a Short Time?

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Published by Jeremy Kapp
This is a study of Jesus' promise to return in a short time.
This is a study of Jesus' promise to return in a short time.

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Published by: Jeremy Kapp on Aug 26, 2009
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 This is a study about Jesus’ promise to return in a shorttime.
I had a man tell me recently that he has a hard time believing Jesus will everreturn because Jesus said he would come quickly, without delay; but 2000years 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 apromise of return at all, but simply Jesus telling John that he must soon leavehim 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. TheGreek 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,” solet’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 Revelationusing the word Erchomai, whether predicting a future coming or not.
(Mytranslations are in red)
Come (erchomai in Greek)=
to go from one place to another, (translatedas “Go” 13 times in the New Testament)… can also mean to arrive, follow, ormake 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]
Revelation 2:15-16
So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise.
Repent therefore, or else I am(Leaving you immediately)coming to you quickly,and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.-Why would he come to
quickly to make war against the students of Nicolaitan?
Revelation 3:10-11
Because you kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, which is to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.
I am(Going very soon)coming quickly! Hold firmly that which you have, so that noone takes your crown.-Doesn’t it seem more likely that he gave us these instructions because he isleaving?
Revelation 11:13-14
In that day there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seventhousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified, and gaveglory to the God of heaven.
 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe(willsoon follow.)comes quickly.-Not much different, but the grammar is improved.
Revelation 22:6-7
He said to me, “These words are faithful and true. Yahweh, God of the spirits of theprophets sent his angel to show to his bondservants the things which must happensoon.”
“Behold, I(leave very soon)come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of theprophecy of this book.”-Does this not sound like last words before a farewell? And why would he say he iscoming if he was presently with John?
Revelation 22:11-12
He who acts unjustly, let him act unjustly still. He who is filthy, let him be filthystill. He who is righteous, let him do righteousness still. He who is holy, let him beholy still.”
“Behold, I(leave soon.)come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each manaccording to his work.-Leaving would definitely make better sense here, as Jesus said he would judge menat the right hand of God. And again, how could he come if he was already there?
Revelation 22:19-21

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