How should we view Jesus’ and the angel’s assertions in this section that our Lord’s return is “coming soon” (vv. 6,7,10,12,20) ? Were Jesus and the angel incorrect? If not, how are we to understand their statements? See II Peter 3:3-9
Twice in this book (19:10; 22:9), the apostle John is tempted to worship a magnificent angel. Why do you think the Holy Spirit moved John to include these blunders? What “magnificent” things in your life are you tempted to adore in a way that only the Lord deserves? In the words of the angel, “Don’t do it!”
Is the future coming of the Lord a “real” reality to you? In what ways does this passage challenge us to be prepared for the return of Jesus? Is his return something you anticipate or dread? Why?
Verse 11 is a strong warning about being so set in our ways that we will not change yet, verse 17 tells us that real life with the Lord is available to everyone who “thirsts” for it. If you have not yet trusted in Jesus Christ, I would urge you to do so soon before the opportunity is gone forever!