Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Rev 22:20

SURELY, I COME QUICKLY

Dec 27, 1970 pm


THE MOST OFTEN-REPEATED PROPHETIC THEME IN THE SCRIPTURES IS THE LORD'S COMING AGAIN

  • The O.T. ends in a coffin in Egypt, and the N.T. ends with the promise that the Lord is coming quickly
  • For emphasis this is repeated 4 times in Rev - and 3 times in this chapter - 7,12,20, 3:11
  • A person would be a fool to ignore this plain message in God's Word, and even more foolish not to believe the Lord in what He says.

WHAT DID THE LORD MEAN "I COME QUICKLY"?

We must not miss this key message in prophesy and claim to be Bible scholars

JESUS PROMISED HIS DISCIPLES THAT HE WOULD RETURN TO EARTH AGAIN

  • He told His disciples that he would soon leave them to go prepare a place for them - John 14:2
  • He said if He went away, He would come back for them - v.3
  • The Olivet Discourse and the most common theme of the parables involved the Lord's return

THE APOSTLES LOOKED FOR HIS IMMINENT RETURN FROM HEAVEN

  • When they saw Him leave - the Angel in Acts 1:11 promised them that He would in like manner come back
  • Paul wrote of His coming in I Thess 4:16 - the Trump of God shall sound, and the Lord returns
  • Peter warned that the Lord is not slack concerning His promises - II Pet 3:9-10

JESUS SPOKE PLAINLY TO JOHN IN THE FINAL REVELATION OF THE WORD OF GOD

  • He told John that the time is at hand - 1:3, 22:10, and the Lord will come in the clouds 1:7
  • Jesus said 3:11 - "Behold, I come quickly; hold that fast which thou hast."
  • And the three repetitions in 22:7,12, and 20 - Behold, behold, and surely I come quickly

It is strange that anyone would miss the message plainly revealed of the Lord

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE SECOND COMING?

Men have not always felt the impact of this message as we have today

THE DOCTRINE OF THE SECOND COMING WAS LOST AND UNKNOWN DURING THE PERIOD OF THE DARK AGES

  • As we toured the great religious shrines of Palestine, only one noted the second coming of the Lord
  • The legal church of the Dark Ages knew of God's Wrath, but did not know of His Promises
  • John Darby, 1800-82, discovered the Bible teaching, C. I. Schofield 1909 popularized it

YOU NEED A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF IMPORTANT PERSONS AND BOOKS INVOLVING THIS TEACHING

  • Wm. E. Blackstone Jesus Is Coming - N.Y. 1908 - has been quoted by more preachers than any other
  • I.M. Haldeman Signs Of The Times - 1910 - discussed increased war, apostacy, and "Red" powers
  • W.B. Wiley - Feb 1914 - Greatest prophetic conference of the century at Moody Bible Institute - and from his lectures he wrote a book, The Only Hope Of The Church Or The World"
  • Lewis Sperry Chafer - 1919 - listed 7 Biblical signs of the times - Jew, Gentile, Jerusalem, Apostacy
  • H.A. Ironside - 1928 - The Midnight Cry - parable of 10 Virgins, repudiated Mussolini - Antichrist
  • Walter Scott of Great Britain - 4th edition in 1920 At Hand - parable of the fig tree
  • Hon. Wil. K. Harrison in Sunday School Times - Jan. 9, 1960 summarized it all in 8 great signs

WHAT ARE THE GREAT SIGNS OF HIS COMING?

  • A general lawlessness - 2 Tim 3:1-5- perilous times, earthquakes, famine, wars, sickness
  • Ever learning and never able to come to a knowledge of truth - 2 Tim 3:7
  • Social and economic problems of man seem more complex, waiting a "strong man" to lead us
  • The harlot church of Rev 17:1-7, 15-18 demands a unified, corrupt church
  • The return of the Jews to Palestine - they now have the land, lack only the Temple and Prince
  • Dan 2,7, and Rev 13,17 speak of the great empire- Roman, NATO? of Common Market-
  • Ezek 38,39 pictures an invasion of Palestine by Russia and her allies - in the Tribulation?  Foreshadow
  • The last wars of the Tribulation are so great, if God does not interfere - World Destruction!

With all these - Luke 21:28 - look up, redemption draweth nigh -I Thess 4:16 - Trump of God

THERE ARE 3 AREAS CONCERNING THE GREAT DECEPTION THAT NEED FURTHER STUDY - THIS SUMMER?  JUNE

  • The way false teachers, false prophets, and even a false christ will come - Matt 24:4,5
  • The terrible deception of the Lawless One - leading to anarchy- dictatorship - 2 Thess 2:8-11
  • The worldwide deception by actual miracles - Rev 13:14, even elect, if possible - Matt 24:24

When He comes, I want Him to find me working, faithful, and believing His promises

WHEN THE SON OF MAN COMETH, SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?   YOUR ANSWER?

  • They say that youth needs a challenge today - well, chew on this: will you be standing?
  • If you cannot be faithful in the little things, how easily Satan will trick you
  • I urge you - come to Jesus, and do not allow yourself to be tricked into unfaithfulness!