How Long?

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Revelation 6:10

In the beginning stages of the Tribulation, multitudes of martyrs will be slain and arrive in heaven. They will have a question for the Lord. According to Revelation 6:10, they’ll want to know how long before He returns to judge the world, judge the evildoers, and put things right.

We have the same question now. As we scan the headlines, watch the news, and battle the anxieties of our age, we feel like asking, “How long, Lord, until You return and clean up this mess called planet earth?”

The answer is in verse 11: “Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.”

As we wait for Christ’s return we should do it with patience. His coming is sure, certain, and closer than ever before—but we don’t know the year, day, or hour. That’s why the Bible says, “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord” (James 5:7).

The promise of the Redeemer’s return is calculated to develop the grace of patience. John MacArthur

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