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PRESTON ON “QUICKLY”

Don Preston teaches that the word “quickly” in the book of Revelation refers to “imminence rather than rapidity. The “imminence” definition is essential to his position on the book of Revelation on passages such as 3:11: “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Don’s position here is like the Premillenial position that when Jesus said “behold I come quickly” he was saying that his coming was imminent. In that sense Don would have no problem with singing the song “Jesus Is Coming Soon.” However, the meaning of the word “tachos” does not demand “imminence” unless the Greek has “en” preceeding it.

G5034

ταχος

táchos; gen. táchous, neut. noun from tachús (G5036), prompt, swift.

Quickness, swiftness, speed. In the NT, only in a phrase with the prep. en

(G1722), in, used as an adv. meaning quickly, of short duration, speedily,

soon, shortly, equivalent to tachéos (G5030), suddenly, quickly

(Luk_18:8; Act_25:4; Rom_16:20; Rev_1:1; Rev_22:6, meaning

suddenly). Also with the idea of haste (Act_12:7; Act_22:18; Sept.:

Deu_11:17; Psa_2:12).

Syn.: spoude (G4710), speed, diligence.

Ant.: bradútes (G1022), tardiness, slackness, slow pace” (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, e-Sword).

Now if you notice the primary meaning is “prompt, swift, Quickness, swiftness, speed,” and only with the preposition “en” does it demand soon or shortly. Look at all the places where the word quickly is used in the New Testament:


Mat_5:25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary

deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Mat_28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you

into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Mat_28:8 And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples

word.

Mar_16:8 And they went out quickly, and fled from the sepulchre; for they trembled and were amazed: neither

said they any thing to any man; for they were afraid.

Luk_14:21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said

to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed,

and the halt, and the blind.

Luk_16:6 And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly,

and write fifty.

Joh_11:29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.

Joh_13:27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Rev_2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come

unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Rev_2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev_3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Rev_11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Rev_22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Rev_22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall

be.

Rev_22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus

Now notice all the places where the word “quickly” has Strong’s Number of G5034 or G5035. The only time it means imminence is when it has the numbers G1722 G5034. That only happens twice and both are in Acts 12:7 and 22:18. The other places refer to “rapidity” rather than “imminence.” Notice the following verses with Strong’s Numbes:

Mat_5:25 AgreeG2468 G2132 with thineG4675 adversaryG476 quickly,G5035 whilesG2193 G3755 thou artG1488 inG1722 theG3588 wayG3598 withG3326 him;G846 lest at any

timeG3379 theG3588 adversaryG476 deliverG3860 theeG4571 to theG3588 judge,G2923 andG2532 theG3588 judgeG2923 deliverG3860 theeG4571 to theG3588 officer,G5257 andG2532

thou be castG906 intoG1519 prison.G5438

Mat_28:7 AndG2532 goG4198 quickly,G5035 and tellG2036 hisG846 disciplesG3101 thatG3754 he is risenG1453 fromG575 theG3588 dead;G3498 and,G2532 behold,G2400 he

goeth beforeG4254 youG5209 intoG1519 Galilee;G1056 thereG1563 shall ye seeG3700 him:G846 lo,G2400 I have toldG2036 you.G5213

Mat_28:8 AndG2532 they departedG1831 quicklyG5035 fromG575 theG3588 sepulchreG3419 withG3326 fearG5401 andG2532 greatG3173 joy;G5479 and did runG5143 to bring

his disciples word.G518 G846 G3101

Mar_16:8 AndG2532 they went outG1831 quickly,G5035 and fledG5343 fromG575 theG3588 sepulchre;G3419 forG1161 theyG846 trembledG5156 G2192 andG2532 were

amazed:G1611 neitherG2532 saidG2036 they any thingG3762 to anyG3762 man; forG1063 they were afraid.G5399

Luk_14:21 SoG2532 thatG1565 servantG1401 came,G3854 and shewedG518 hisG848 lordG2962 these things.G5023 ThenG5119 theG3588 master of the houseG3617 being

angryG3710 saidG2036 to hisG848 servant,G1401 Go outG1831 quicklyG5030 intoG1519 theG3588 streetsG4113 andG2532 lanesG4505 of theG3588 city,G4172 andG2532 bring inG1521

hitherG5602 theG3588 poor,G4434 andG2532 the maimed,G376 andG2532 the halt,G5560 andG2532 the blind.G5185

Luk_16:6 AndG1161 heG3588 said,G2036 An hundredG1540 measuresG943 of oil.G1637 AndG2532 he saidG2036 unto him,G846 TakeG1209 thyG4675 bill,G1121 andG2532 sit

downG2523 quickly,G5030 and writeG1125 fifty.G4004

Joh_11:29 As soon asG5613 sheG1565 heardG191 that, she aroseG1453 quickly,G5035 andG2532 cameG2064 untoG4314 him.G846

Joh_13:27 AndG2532 afterG3326 theG3588 sopG5596 SatanG4567 enteredG1525 intoG1519 him.G1565 ThenG3767 saidG3004 JesusG2424 unto him,G846 ThatG3739 thou

doest,G4160 doG4160 quickly.G5032

Act_12:7 And,G2532 behold,G2400 the angelG32 of the LordG2962 came uponG2186 him, andG2532 a lightG5457 shinedG2989 inG1722 theG3588 prison:G3612 andG1161 he

smoteG3960 PeterG4074 on theG3588 side,G4125 and raised him up,G1453 G846 saying,G3004 Arise upG450 quickly.G1722 G5034 AndG2532 hisG846 chainsG254 fell offG1601

fromG1537 his hands.G5495

Act_22:18 AndG2532 sawG1492 himG846 sayingG3004 unto me,G3427 Make haste,G4692 andG2532 getG1831 thee quicklyG1722 G5034 out ofG1537 Jerusalem:G2419 forG1360

they will notG3756 receiveG3858 thyG4675 testimonyG3141 concerningG4012 me.G1700

Rev_2:5 RememberG3421 thereforeG3767 from whenceG4159 thou art fallen,G1601 andG2532 repent,G3340 andG2532 doG4160 theG3588 firstG4413 works;G2041 or elseG1490

I will comeG2064 unto theeG4671 quickly,G5034 andG2532 will removeG2795 thyG4675 candlestickG3087 out ofG1537 hisG848 place,G5117 exceptG3362 thou repent.G3340

Rev_2:16 Repent;G3340 or elseG1490 I will comeG2064 unto theeG4671 quickly,G5035 andG2532 will fightG4170 againstG3326 themG846 withG1722 theG3588 swordG4501 of

myG3450 mouth.G4750

Rev_3:11 Behold,G2400 I comeG2064 quickly:G5035 hold that fastG2902 whichG3739 thou hast,G2192 thatG2443 no manG3367 takeG2983 thyG4675 crown.G4735

Rev_11:14 TheG3588 secondG1208 woe(G3759) is past;G565 and, behold,G2400 theG3588 thirdG5154 woe(G3759) comethG2064 quickly.G5035

Rev_22:7 Behold,G2400 I comeG2064 quickly:G5035 blessedG3107 is he that keepethG5083 theG3588 sayingsG3056 of theG3588 prophecyG4394 of thisG5127 book.G975

Rev_22:12 And,G2532 behold,G2400 I comeG2064 quickly;G5035 andG2532 myG3450 rewardG3408 is withG3326 me,G1700 to giveG591 every manG1538 according asG5613

hisG848 workG2041 shall be.G2071

Rev_22:20 He which testifiethG3140 these thingsG5023 saith,G3004 SurelyG3483 I comeG2064 quickly.G5035 Amen.G281 Even so,G3483 come,G2064 LordG2962

Jesus.G2424

Notice the meaning of the word “tachos”:

G5035

ταχύ

tachu

Thayer Definition:

1) quickly, speedily (without delay)

Part of Speech: adverb

A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: neuter singular of G5036 (as adverb)” (Thayer’s Lexicon, e-Sword).

Don’s position that there are seven instances of “en tachos” in the New Testament is false. There are only two instances. Sometimes the word is tachu (G5035) and sometimes it is “tachos” (G5034). Either time the primary meaning is rapidity. G5034 can mean either, but it is dependent upon the context. Don’s problem is that not one time, in Revelation, does the context demand “imminence.”

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