Have you ever really read the end of the book of Revelation? Have you ever realized what John tells those first century saints?
Let's set the scene a little under the proper context...
He has just gotten done writing a long letter to them about all of the events that were ABOUT TO take place. All of the events within the book were said to be happening "SOON" and "SHORTLY". He was speaking of the coming judgment of the Lord on Jerusalem. He was predicting the vindication of the saints on those who persecuted them and on those who killed the prophets that He sent to them. This is the Jews. No doubt.
The book was written just prior to the start of that great tribulation on the Jewish people and look what John writes at the very end of the letter...
"And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. LET THE EVIL DOER STILL BE EVIL, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy" Revelation 22:10-11
So John is basically saying...
The time is so near, that you are to let the wicked remain wicked. Let the filthy remain filthy. In other words, the time had come for judgement.
Now, if it is true that the book of Revelation is still future to us, then by default, we are to "let the wicked remain wicked". Don't bother sharing the gospel because we should just let the wicked remain in their ways.
Of course we know that is not the case. We know that we are the leaves on the tree of life at the end of the book of Revelation. Those who have been restored and redeemed by their Creator are now the vessels by which the Lord goes out into the nations and heals them.
If the book of Revelation was speaking about events that were about to take place, on a very specific people, then the fact that they are told to let the wicked remain wicked makes perfect sense.
The age was coming to a close and it was so close that John tells them "let the wicked remain wicked because the time is NEAR".
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