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Viewing of. His will is certain of accomplishment. The blessed Saviour will surely return. If it shall seem to people that Christ's return is delayed, let them remember that the final day, the consummation of all things, the judgment and overthrow of the wicked - all these are every moment nearer than ever before. All other rights reserved. Bibliography Coffman, James Burton. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come , Bibliography Gill, John. Bibliography Beza, Theodore.
From Isaiah as an introduction to the quotation from Habakkuk All rights reserved. Bibliography Robertson, A. Broadman Press , Renewal The phrase N. See Aristoph. Wasps , Matthew ; Matthew ; John Copyright Statement The text of this work is public domain. Bibliography Vincent, Marvin R. Charles Schribner's Sons. New York, USA. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Copyright Statement These files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Bibliography Wesley, John. For yet a little while, or, for yet a very little time, etc. That it may not be grievous to us to endure, he reminds us that the time will not be long.
There is indeed nothing that avails more to sustain our minds, should they at any time become faint, than the hope of a speedy and near termination. As a general holds forth to his soldiers the prospect that the war will soon end, provided they hold out a little longer; so the Apostle reminds us that the Lord will shortly come to deliver us from all evils, provided our minds faint not through want of firmness.
And in order that this consolation might have more assurance and authority, he adduces the testimony of the Prophet Habakkuk. Habakkuk But as he follows the Greek version, he departs somewhat from the words of the Prophet. I will first briefly explain what the Prophet says, and then we shall compare it with what the Apostle relates here.
When the Prophet had spoken of the dreadful overthrow of his own nation, being terrified by his prophecy, he had nothing to do but to quit as it were the world, and to betake himself to his watchtower; and his watchtower was the Word of God, by which he was raised as it were into heaven.
Being thus placed in this station, he was bidden to write a new prophecy, which brought to the godly the hope of salvation. Let the unbelieving then fortify themselves as they please, they can find nothing in the whole world but what is fading, so that they must ever be subject to trembling; but their faith will never disappoint the godly, because it rests on God. This is the meaning of the Prophet. Now the Apostle applies to God what Habakkuk said of the promise; but as God by fulfilling his promises in a manner shows what he is, as to the subject itself there is not much difference; nay, the Lord comes whenever he puts forth his hand to help us.
The Apostle follows the Prophet in saying, That it would be shortly; because God defers not his help longer than it is expedient; for he does not by delaying time deceive us as men are wont to do; but he knows his own time which he suffers not to pass by without coming to our aid at the moment required. Now he says, He that cometh will come, and will not tarry. Here are two clauses: by the first we are taught that God will come to our aid, for he has promised; and by the second, that he will do so in due time, not later than he ought.
The coming of Christ mentioned here, according to Mede, was his coming to destroy Jerusalem, and to put an end to the Jewish polity. Bibliography Calvin, John. Throughout Hebrews is this great return of the Lord for His millennial reign in view: see Chapter "When He again bringeth in the Firstborn into the world He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.
Again in Hebrews "Not unto angels did He subject the inhabited earth to come:" this is the millennial earth, not, of course, any mere condition of things. Then Christ is "named of God a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek" , and finally to fill that name, must be "a Priest upon His throne"--the throne of David in Jerusalem Lk.
Again, our Lord is seen in Hebrews as "a High Priest of the good things to come," which we believe must be interpreted in the light of the passage just quoted. See also Chapter , "A death having taken place The coming of the Lord! He'll bring the inheritance. We repeat verse 37 and ask you to study it phrase by phrase with profound attention: "For yet 'a little while,' how short! The Coming One will be here, and will not delay.
First, He that cometh--This, believer, is the definition of Christ which God desires to print on your soul. You are not looking for death: like those at Thessalonica, we "wait for His Son from Heaven"; or like the Philippians, "Our citizenship is in Heaven, whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of His glory. The Christian who is looking for death is already, as it were, sitting in the cemetery! But, "He is not here, but is risen! Let it be in all our hearts, and remember that He said, "Watch," as well as "Wait.
Second, He that cometh shall come--As Peter says, "In the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? Loathe, abhor, fear, utterly avoid such wickedness! There must be no uncertainty of this coming mighty event. This is "the lodestar of the Church. THE Promise of Hebrews is the "blessed hope" of our faith. When our Lord said, "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is" Mk.
Nay, He had just said that neither the angels, nor Himself, the Son, knew of that day and hour, "but the Father" alone Mk. Therefore when the opponents of the doctrine of the imminent coming of our Lord begin to point to any event which they say, must come first, such as the evangelization of the world, in the very face of Christ's words, "But watch ye at every season Ye know not when the time is" Lk. Suppose I am a servant, sent to the railway station to meet my master's guest.
I go at noon. But I bear the reports of the movements of trains, and judge by them that the guest will not arrive for several hours.
“For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. English Standard Version For, “Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. Berean Study Bible Yet a little while, and the wicked.
I may await, from then on, the guest's arrival; but I cannot watch for him, for I no longer believe he is coming soon: I have so judged from official reports. But if my master has specifically said to me, "You go to the station and watch for my friend's arrival," these directions take precedence of all else. If I am a faithful servant, I will allow nothing to turn me from obeying the command of my master to watch.
Haldeman, in His sermon, "The Imminent Coming of Christ," says that the Christian's attitude towards our Lord's coming should be "to be ready for that event--which is not in the sequences of time, nor bound by its laws!
The Christian is to be ready for the "unknown" hour in which our Lord may come. Someone may object that all events are "in the sequences of time. Did not our Lord Jesus Christ, being God the Son, know the "sequences"--the before-during-and-after, of all events?