Come Lord Jesus!
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The Book of Revelation is filled with a lot of challenging symbolism and can be hard to understand, but the second to the last verse sums up the purpose of the book very succinctly.
Rev. 22:20 (NIV)
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
Jesus’ second coming is linked to the Church going into all the World. We say, ‘Come Lord Jesus!” He says, “Go Church!” He is coming “soon”, as “soon” as we go into all the World.
2 Peter 3:12 tells us we can speed up His coming…
12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
This verse (as well as many others like it) show that we influence the timing of Jesus’ return. He is waiting for a generation that will reach every nation in its generation.
How do we speed it up, or slow it down?
The simple answer is to be faithful stewards with the responsibilities God has called us to, and to do it in faith. By burying our ‘talents’, we hinder the Church’s ability to go into all the World, therefore, we slow down the return of Jesus.
However, if we all do our bit to build God’s Church, the Church will grow, and many can be sent to unreached nations. The scriptures say the generation that sees Matthew 24:14 (every nation reached) come to pass will not pass away except it will see the return of Jesus (Matthew 24:34).