|Revelation 22:7,12,20,3:11,1:1 |
7 Behold, I come quickly; blessed is he who keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book."
12 "Behold, I come quickly! And my reward is with me, to give to every man according to his works.
20 He who testifies these things says, "Surely I come quickly. Amen." Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
11 Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no man takes your crown.
1 [This is the most misunderstood book in the Bible, particularly the myth of the rapture, (see footnote 1 below), that precedes the tribulation and the myth of the antiChrist, (see Footnote 5 of Revelation 13). This is a book which describes the revealing of Jesus Christ within a purified believer, while still on the earth, and to all unpurified people at their death. Before Christ is revealed in man, the man of sin within must first be revealed and crucified on the inward cross of self-denial.
The principal founder of Protestantism, Martin Luther, had harsh words for this book of Revelation, saying that he could "in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it." Why?— because Luther insisted no works were required for salvation, and the book of Revelation greatly emphasizes the requirements of Christians to do works, even perfect works. In His messages to the seven churches, Jesus mentions to every church how their works are key; and Jesus said: I have not found your works perfect before God. Rev 3:2-3. He wants perfect works, energized by faith. What Luther and the Protestant sects failed to understand is this:
See the Footnote to James 2:24 for more on works of faith vs. works of the law. As you read the letters from Jesus to the seven churches in this book of Revelation, you will see the emphasis on works of faith.]
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to his servants things which must shortly come to pass;1 and he sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John; [The rapture is pure theory, invented by John Darby in 1830. A bunch of sinning people who call themselves Christians, are not going to be translated into heaven, polluting it with their lies, covetousness, lusts, anger, immorality, and impurities; the Bible clearly states (Eph 5:5-6,Gal 5:19-21,Mark 7:21-23, Heb 12:14) such people sinning have no inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ. God expelled the fallen angels from heaven; he expelled Adam from Eden, and so he will ban men who still sin from heaven. Corruption does not inherit incorruption.
From the Word of the Lord within: "The rapture — an embarrassment." It is an embarrassment to God and His disciples actually taught by Him. Why? Just like He said regarding those who think God excuses sin in believers: "it's not fair, but they don't care. God is just beyond measure. See myself — thus no sin has a place in me. Sin in believers is intolerable."]