All is complete - both the account of Johnís extraordinary experience, and his description of Godís plans for the future. Still, we desire to hear one final message from Christ, whom we love so much.
ĎYes, I am coming soon.í John does not need to tell us who speaks these words. By now, Christís promise is familiar to us (see verses 7 and 12); we can recognise his voice (John 10:27). John was a witness of his experience; but Christ himself is the witness that these things are true (1:2). So, this is Christís special message of love to the people that are called his bride (19:7). He is coming soon; they must be ready for his return (Matthew 25:1-13; Mark 13:32-33).
It seems right that John should receive this message from Christ for his church. John was always so aware of Christís love for him (for example, John 21:20). On behalf of all Godís people, John expresses his agreement with Christís words. ĎAMENí, he says - that is the word in the Hebrew language which declares something to be the truth.
Then John adds his own simple prayer, which is the prayer of us all. ĎCome, Lord Jesus,í he prays. ĎLordí is a title that shows great respect. It can mean simply Ďmasterí, but it also translates Godís most holy name from the Hebrew language. John, of course, believed that Jesus is God (John 1:1).
Still, we desire something more before we finish. We want John, this holy man to whom God showed such great things, to bless us (in other words, to give us a blessing). He does so; he declares that Godís grace (kindness) will be with all his people. With those words, the Book of Revelation, and the Bible, finishes.
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