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]

Revelation 2:15-16
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 you quickly to make war against the students of Nicolaitan?

Revelation 3:10-11
10

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. 11 I am (Going very soon) coming quickly! Hold firmly that which you have, so that no one takes your crown. -Doesn’t it seem more likely that he gave us these instructions because he is leaving? Revelation 11:13-14
13

In that day there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe (will soon follow.) comes quickly. -Not much different, but the grammar is improved.

Revelation 22:6-7
6

He said to me, “These words are faithful and true. Yahweh, God of the spirits of the prophets sent his angel to show to his bondservants the things which must happen soon.”
7

“Behold, I (leave very soon) come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” -Does this not sound like last words before a farewell? And why would he say he is coming if he was presently with John?

Revelation 22:11-12
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He who acts unjustly, let him act unjustly still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him do righteousness still. He who is holy, let him be holy still.”
12

“Behold, I (leave soon.) come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. -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?

Revelation 22:19-21

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If anyone takes away from the words of the scroll of this prophecy, may God take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this scroll. 20He who testifies these things says, “Yes, I (Go from this place to another without delay.) come quickly.” (Let it be!) Amen! Yes, (go) come, Yahweh Jesus.
21

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with all the saints. Amen.

-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. Jkapp76

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