Rev 22:6                               Behold, I Come Quickly                            9/24/2006      ßà   

  • Faithful and True (Rev 22:6-21)

 

 

 

 

#1.       Things Which Must Shortly Be Done (Rev 22:6, Rev 1:1-2)

 

 

 

 

  • Keep the Sayings of This Book (Rev 1:3, 3:11, 22:7)

 

 

 

 

·        The Appearance of the Angel (Rev 22:8-9, 19:10, Joh 5:28-29, 1Cor 15:47-49, Phil 3:21, 1Joh 3:2)

 

 

 

 

#2.       Seal Not the Sayings of This Book (Rev 22:10, Dan 12:4,9, 2Cor 2:16)

 

 

 

 

  • Christ Is the Sovereign God (Rev 22:11,13, Rom 9:13-18, Rev 1:8, Isa 44:6)

 

 

 

 

  • My Reward Is With Me (Rev 22:12, 1Thes 4:14, 3:13, Jude 14)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 22:6 (2X). We have come near the end of this tremendous prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And what this Epistle has taught us really is a deeper knowledge of who Jesus Christ really is, and that these words are faithful and true.

  • Faithful and True (Rev 22:6-21)                           We read in Rev 22:6,

Re 22:6 ¶  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Re 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Re 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Re 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Re 22:10-11  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.      He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Re 22:12-13  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.      I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Re 22:14-15  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.                 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Re 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Re 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Re 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Re 22:19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Re 22:20-21 ¶  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.           The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

The KJV reads: “These sayings are faithful and true”, as if it was referring to just this particular epistle to the seven churches. But the Greek text says literally, “These Words are faithful and true”, and we must understand that the faithfulness of these Words refer to the whole Bible. The whole Bible is a faithful and complete revelation of who Jesus Christ really is. I do not mean complete in the absolute sense, but complete insofar as we humans can understand it right now.

#1.       Things Which Must Shortly Be Done (Rev 22:6, Rev 1:1-2)

Re 22:6 ¶  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

This entire passage of verses 6-21 breathes a sense of urgency, a sense of “the things which must shortly be done”, with the emphasis on “shortly”, or “soon”. In this passage we have read several times, “Behold, I come quickly”. And this is also what I chose for the title of this sermon, Behold, I come quickly (2X). This is the all pervading idea of this passage. “The things which must shortly come to pass” are all centered on the speedy coming of the Lord. First of all, we can see that here in verse 6 with the word “shortly”. Secondly, we can see that in verse 7 with the direct statement of the Lord, “Behold, I come quickly”. Thirdly, the Lord repeats these words in verse 12. Fourthly, He also repeats these words in verse 20. Fifthly, we can see it in verse 10 in the words “for the time is at hand”. Sixthly, we can read in verse 17 the response of the Spirit and of the Bride and of each individual saint in the word “come”. Seventhly, we can see in the response of the Apostle John an eagerness to experience the coming of the Lord very soon when he says, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”. And therefore, within this passage that is before us we can see seven times an indication that “the Lord is coming quickly”. Please turn briefly to Rev 1:1 (2X). Perhaps you remember that this is how the Lord announced His 2nd coming in Rev 1:1. There God instructed the Apostle John to write with great urgency these words:

Rev 1:1-2  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Behold, I come quickly, but before He comes certain things must come to pass, certain things must fall into place. And that these things must come to pass shortly, or quickly, is the all pervading idea of Rev 22:6-21. What is the meaning of this? I am asking this question, because when the Lord gave John this series of visions it was around 100 AD. 1900 years have passed and the Lord has not come yet. So, what is the meaning of this? Some churches explain it as follows: When any unsaved person dies, the next conscious moment is the time when Christ comes on the clouds of glory. For that person the Lord has come, and thus He came quickly after the death of that person. For a saint who dies the Lord has come on that moment to take his or her soul into heaven. But I do not think that this is the correct interpretation of these verses that emphasize, “Behold, I come quickly”.

What is the true meaning? Let us take for example the history of the Second World War. When Germany pressed the allied forces, and pressed them hard so that only Great Britain remained free, the Allies longingly looked for support from the Americans. Then the United States was drawn into the worldwide conflict by Japan bombing the United States navy at Pearl Harbor. President Roosevelt said, “We are coming, and we are coming quickly”. But many months passed by before they actually did come. To the Allies in their desperate condition it seemed a long time before the Americans actually came. Did they come quickly? Yes they did. But think of what was implied in their coming. Many things had to be prepared before they could come. An army had to be drafted, and equipped, and trained. Money had to be raised. The entire United States Industry had to be turned around to make weapons and tanks and airplanes and uniforms. Entire new factories and assembly lines had to be built. Ships had to be built. It is amazing that all this was accomplished in a couple years. And in view of all this, it is surely true that they were coming quickly.

Now we can begin to understand the 2nd coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, and His promise to come quickly. The Lamb appearing as though it was slain, standing before the throne of God, must receive the Scroll with seven seals, representing the decree of God for this world, and the Lamb must open these seven seals, and command to blow the seven trumpets, and command to pour the seven vials of the wrath of God upon all unsaved mankind. The mighty struggle of the church throughout centuries of oppression and apostasy must take place for the spiritual growth of the church. The power of Antichrist must develop and eventually stand in the holy place, which is the church. The church must apostatize from God and from the Lamb and degenerate into an abominable harlot, so that God could justifiably bring judgment on the church and on the wicked world. The children of God must be gathered out of all nations. His church, the body of believers, must be complete. Not one of the elect may be lacking. And all this must be accomplished through plagues of war, and revolutions, and famines, and pestilences. And these plagues had the purpose of holding back the powers of opposition so that the terrible beast, Antichrist, would not develop too quickly. But those plagues did not harm the people of God. Instead they helped to purify and strengthen them. All these things first had to come to pass before Christ could come, because this was according to the decree of God from before the foundation of the world. And paraphrased Christ says, “Because I am coming quickly, you must keep the sayings of this Book”.

  • Keep the Sayings of This Book (Rev 1:3, 3:11, 22:7)

The saints are seeing all these events in world history, and the saints are saying, “Christ is coming. We see Him come”. And all the unsaved of the world are gnawing their tongues for pain, and remain in utter darkness about the true God of the Bible. But the saints truly believe that all that has been written in this Book about Christ’s first and second coming is absolutely true and faithful. These words shall prove to be real. These words are in harmony with reality. They shall not disappoint those who read and believe. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is opening the seven seals, has full control over all that takes place in this world, including the actions of terrorists. And Christ also controlled the spirit of John when he received these visions concerning the coming of the Lord and concerning His speedy coming, so that John would write these words faithfully, without error. Christ says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”. He stands above all time and history. He is the one who does not change. He is the pledge for the truth of the statement that these things must shortly come to pass, so that it is certainly true that the Lord will come quickly. Let us continue to read here in Rev 1:3,

Re 1:3 ¶  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Behold, I come quickly, for the time is at hand. The saints will believe it, and their hope will rest on the faithfulness of all the word of the Bible. The wise of the world will say, “You are demented”. The powerful of the world will say, “You are a dreamer”, and the rich of the world will say, “You are a pessimist”. But whatever they say, we have the testimony of Jesus, the almighty, everlasting, faithful Savior. Shall we be swayed by worldly opinions, or shall we hold on to what the Bible says? If we truly are saved, we shall continue to believe that “Jesus is coming, and He is coming quickly!” Please turn a couple pages to your right, to Rev 3:11 (2X). There the Lord admonishes us to hold fast what we know:

Re 3:11  Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Watch out that no man take thy crown. Watch out, for the false gospels are pounding on the doors of our church. Hold fast the doctrine that you have believed, and do not let anyone change your beliefs, for they are coming with gospels that are O-so-close to the true Gospel. Keep the sayings of this Book. Please turn again to Rev 22:7 (2X). The last page in your Bible says in verse 7,

Re 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

How do we keep the words of the prophecy of this Book? We believe them and make them our own so that we always can see them in our lives. We check the doctrines that we hear from our pulpit, and from other pulpits, with what we read in the Bible. We must make sure that we keep our doctrines pure.

·  The Appearance of the Angel (Rev 22:8-9, 19:10, Joh 5:28-29, 1Cor 15:47-49, Phil 3:21, 1Joh 3:2)

Re 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Re 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

This is the second time that John falls down before the feet of a messenger from God. The first time was in Rev 19:10 (2X). And in both these cases it is not an angel, but it is another human being.

Re 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

John has seen many angels in all these visions, and John would not fall down before an angel. No, an angel would not be this glorious in his appearing. What is God teaching us in these two events where John mistakes these glorious beings with God Himself? God is teaching us that when we have been raptured up to be with Christ we shall have received a glorious glorified body. It is a body that will be like unto that of the Lord Jesus Christ, for we will be His Bride, and we will be sons of God. We will never be completely identical to Christ, for Christ is God. He will always be superior to anyone of us. But God holds out some amazing promises concerning our new glorified bodies. The Lord says in

Joh 5:28-29  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,                    And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

In that last hour all who are in the graves shall hear the call of Christ to come forth. The saints shall come forth with a body that will be so glorious that if we would see one of them now we would fall down and worship, thinking that we have seen Christ in all His glory. That is how glorious our glorified bodies will be. But the unsaved, who shall come forth unto the resurrection of damnation, shall come forth with a body that is able to endure Hell for eternity. The Bible does not describe anywhere what their bodies will look like, but we can imagine that it will be a body that is so vile and disgusting that God and the angels and the saints will rejoice when those bodies shall have been cast into Hell. Satan is described as a red dragon with 7 heads and ten horns. That is not a pretty picture. But all the humans who have chosen to be on the side of Satan will probably appear like Satan since Antichrist, who is of human flesh, also appears as a beast with 7 heads and ten horns. Whatever bodies God will give to Satan and all those who are his, we can rest assured that they will be ugly, and vile, and repulsive. But the saints will have bodies that will be like that of the Lord Jesus Christ in His glorified state. This is unbelievably glorious. Do we have Scriptures to back this up? I find at least three. The first one takes us to 1Cor 15:

1Co 15:47-49  The first man (Adam) is of the earth, earthy: the second man (Christ) is the Lord from heaven.                  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.                        And as we have borne the image of the earthy (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly (Christ).

This is a clear promise that we shall receive a body that will look like Christ’s body, because we are of the family of Christ. And if we are of His family, and He is the head of His family, we shall look like Him. The second reference takes us to Phil 3:21, where we read,

Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Did you hear and read that our present bodies are called vile bodies? In our present bodies we have nothing to brag about. There is nothing worth beautifying. But God’s promise is that our future bodies will be fashioned like unto Christ’s glorious body. The third reference takes us to 1John 3:2,

1Jo 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

We shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. This is an astounding promise. The angels do not have promises like that. The angels remain the same as they are now. But God tells us in 1Sam 2:8 that we, who have been beggars on the dunghill, will be set on high among princes in the Paradise of God, and God shall make us inherit the throne of glory. Not thrones, plural, but throne, singular, which is the throne of Christ, for we continue to be in Christ, and He continues to be in each one of us. So much so that in verse 7 Christ is speaking through the messenger that He has sent. And so, is it any wonder that John fell down before the messenger of God who is not an angel but is really another human being? Such are the wonders of eternal life. Therefore, for our encouragement, the Lord says,

#2.       Seal Not the Sayings of This Book (Rev 22:10, Dan 12:4,9, 2Cor 2:16)

Re 22:10  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.       (What Book does God have in mind? It is the Bible! The Bible is one whole.)

In Rev 1:11 Christ commands John, “What thou seest, write in a book”. And here the context clearly defines that this book must be the epistle that we call The Revelation of Jesus Christ. But when we read in verse 7 where Christ says, “Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book”, the reference is definitely the whole Bible, for only they who believe the whole Bible shall be called blessed. And when we read in verse 9, “Them which keep the sayings of this Book”, the context defines that this refers definitely to the whole Bible, for only they which keep in mind the sayings of the whole Bible are called brethren to the prophets. And when we read in verse 10, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book”, here too the reference is to the whole Bible, for the whole Bible serves to remind us that the time is at hand. These are the last of the Last Days. This Book must remain open, and not closed. It means that not only the prophecy of the Revelation of Jesus Christ must remain open, but the entire Bible must remain open, so that we can learn who our Savior and Redeemer is. We must learn that Christ not only brings great destruction in the world of the unsaved, as we read in most of Revelation, but we must also learn from other parts of the Bible of the love and compassion of Christ for us, unworthy human beings, in that He was willing to bear the wrath of God on our behalf on the cross, so that our sins could be washed from our souls. This truth must not be sealed. Please turn in your Bibles to the prophecy of Daniel, Dan 12:4 (2X). You find Daniel right after the prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. This matter of sealing the Book comes up twice in this last chapter of Daniel, for the time of understanding these prophecies is reserved for the end. The timing of many of these prophecies in Daniel refer to the FTP, and to the time of the end. We read in Dan 12:4 (2X),

Dan 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

And then again in verse 9 God says, “Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end”. Why have the mysteries in Daniel’s prophecies been sealed until the end? Because only near the end of time will it be acknowledged that the church has gone apostate, that the church has become the harlot Babylon, and that the true Gospel coming out of the mouths of the saints have practically been silenced by Antichrist. But we are now living in a time of that great tribulation. The church has forgotten what the reformers believed, and the churches, one after the other, have given themselves over to innovations of man, rather than listen to the Word of God. Therefore today the Scroll of Daniel is no longer sealed. But now, in the light of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, we can see how the prophecies of Daniel unfold and are confirmed one after another in this Epistle to the seven churches. It is an awful conclusion that the church has gone apostate, but it is the Word of God. Not many churches have dared to preach it. Most pastors preach as if everyone in their congregation is a saved individual, but they are adhering to a lie. Most pastors preach a moralizing gospel, or a series of topics of their own liking, rather than warn their congregation about the dangers of the present time. They see the wolf coming, but they chose to ignore him, for if they warn their congregation for the great apostasy they would lose at least half their congregation. But we must continue to preach the truth as it is found in the Word of God. The true Gospel must be heard by the church, and must be preached by the church in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, for the time is at hand. And then the result of that preaching of the true Gospel will have two different reactions. “To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life” (2Cor 2:16). When the Word of God is preached there will be those who will have nothing of it, who will deny the truth of the words of the Bible. They say, “You are demented”, or “You are a dreamer”, or “You are a pessimist”. They will say this especially of the contents of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This prophecy leaves no hope for their vain materialistic dreams. And thus it will arouse them to greater hostility and opposition and to more wickedness. We have become to them the savor of death unto death. On the other hand, when this Gospel is preached unto the people of God, the elect chosen from before the foundation of the world, the remnant chosen out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, shall rejoice  and shall believe and be saved. And if this Gospel is preached to those who have been saved already it will strengthen their faith, and they shall be edified in the things they believe, and it shall strengthen their hope in the unseen future when they shall have received their glorified bodies. Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 22:11 (2X). Therefore it is inevitable that the preaching of this Gospel shall also be the savor of death unto death to many. Must this Book therefore remain closed because it will only add to their condemnation? The answer is given in the next verse of Rev 22. There we see tha

  • Christ Is the Sovereign God (Rev 22:11,13, Rom 9:13-18, Rev 1:8, Isa 44:6)

Re 22:11  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Re 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

The words of verse 11 do not refer to the state of the wicked in Hell or to the righteous in the final Paradise of God. That cannot be, for we cannot say that the damned in Hell are confirmed in their sin and still commit iniquity. No. The words of verse 11 refer to the time that is now, when the door of salvation is still open. And we must hurry, for the time is at hand, and therefore the Book must not be sealed. Before the end can come all the elect of God must have come to a saving knowledge of the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, and thereby must have received the righteousness of God that was promised to all that believe. Everyone else belongs in the category of the non-elect, or the ungodly. They will continue in the root sin of Adam, the rebellion against God, and their wickedness shall increase until the iniquity of the Amorites is full. This Book will draw the lines between the children of the Devil and the people of God. “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still”, and “He that is righteous, let him be righteous still”, so that both their fruit may become ripe, and so that the end may come. God is sovereign. God’s salvation plan is preached to all mankind, and many are called but few are chosen. Those that have been chosen to be drawn to Christ by the Father are only the elect of God. No one else will come, for the true Gospel is an offense to the natural man. It is offensive that we cannot make our own decisions, out of our own free will, to choose the Gospel of Christ or to choose another gospel. It is offensive that Christ suffered and died only for the elect, for that leaves us without any self-respect. It is offensive that the natural man cannot do anything to please God. Even gifts of a billion dollars or more by some of the richest people in the world, like we have been hearing on the news lately, cannot please God if it is not done by a truly saved individual. Please turn in your Bibles to the Epistle to the Romans, Rom 9:13 (2X). All the people in the world can be grouped in two categories: those who are called Jacob and those who are called Esau. God said in Rom 9:13, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated”, and God said this before the children were born, before they could have done any good or evil, and God said this to establish the purpose of election, so that we could understand the meaning of the word election. Did God say this only of Jacob and Esau, or are there more people of whom God says the same? O yes! All the people of the world are either in the category of Jacob or they fall in the category of Esau. Is God unfair in determining in advance the destiny of everyone of mankind? What does the Bible say? The next few verses in Rom 9 make it very clear that man cannot judge God.

Ro 9:14  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.

Ro 9:15  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Ro 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Ro 9:17  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Ro 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

The elect of God will believe these words, because this is what God says in the Bible. The non-elect will not believe these words, and they will try to weasel themselves out of this predicament by claiming that the election of God is based on the foresight of God, looking through the corridors of time, to see who would turn to Christ of his own volition. That is a bunch of nonsense which will not square with all the teachings of the Bible. Please return to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 22:11. Plainly God says here, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still”, and “He that is righteous, let him be righteous still”, so that both their fruit may become ripe for the harvest. God’s salvation plan through election is absolutely righteous, and there are no other plans that lead to salvation, for this is the only salvation plan of the Bible. That is why Christ says in verse 13, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”. For what purpose did Christ say these words? He said in Rev 1:8,

Re 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

It means that Christ is the Almighty God. And this truth is also reflected in Isa 44:6. There we read,

Isa 44:6  Thus saith the LORD (Jehovah) the King of Israel, and his Redeemer (Christ) the LORD of hosts (Jehovah of hosts); I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Let us now consider Rev 22:12. Why is this immediately following the election of God in verse 11?

  • My Reward Is With Me (Rev 22:12, 1Thes 4:14, 3:13, Jude 14)

Re 22:12  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.                            (Let us read these words carefully.)

Christ says that His reward is with Him. This is not our reward. This is not a reward for our work but for His work. The Greek word for reward here means “wages, or payment for work”. None of our works amounts to anything, for they are all tainted with sin. Only Christ’s work has great merit. And what is His reward? His Bride, the entire Body of believers in Christ, is His reward. He paid for her. When He comes again will He bring His prized possession with Him? Absolutely yes! For we read in 1Thes 4:14, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him”. At the time of the rapture Christ will bring the souls of all the saints who have died with Him, at which time they shall receive their glorified bodies. And thus the entire body of believers, complete with body and soul, will stand at His side to execute judgment on all those who still remain on this earth. God says it again in 1Thes 3:13 where He says, “To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints”. And God says it again in Jude 14, where we read, “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints”. All these shall be judges of the unsaved on the earth. That is why the Lord Jesus said in Rev 22:12,

Behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be”.

What is He giving to every man? He is giving them their wages for their works. But all their works are sin, and the wages of sin is death. And the death that God has in view is not physical death, for at the time Christ comes quickly, physical death will be no more. The death that God has in view is the Second Death in the Lake of Fire. That is what Christ shall “give every man according as his work shall be”. We tremble at the thought that there are people who want to ask Christ for some extra rewards for work done here on earth. We tremble, because that is an extremely selfish gospel that they have concocted. Let us pray that God will keep us faithful to the Gospel that is in the Bible, and that we may not be led astray by some selfish ideas that appear so holy. Let us pray that God will give us this grace.                   AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.