The Way It Happened

Revelation 22:10, Is Jesus Coming Back?

And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

//I’m sometimes asked what it would take to convince me that Revelation’s prophecies still reside in our future. Am I not impressed by the signs of the times, which seem to keep piling up?

The answer is, I must play the odds. Given that Revelation repeatedly promises everything “quickly,” and that the events of the first century so closely match the events promised in Revelation, what are the odds that that book’s author–be it Jesus, a deluded self-appointed prophet, or someone in between–was talking about it all happening a couple thousand years in the future?

Revelation was addressed personally to seven churches in Asia Minor which no longer exist. It was written to encourage them to stand true in a tribulation that, according to Revelation’s author, he was already sharing with them. If I’m to believe it will all happen again in our future, I’ll probably need to see Jesus return on the clouds.

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