Understanding Scripture requires that we differentiate between “soon’ and “quickly.” This distinction becomes apparent in Luke 18:7-8.
And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily.
Jesus is saying that though we might pray for something for an extended time, when God finally moves, He acts quickly.
We find this same truth in Revelation 1:1, which tells us that the events of that book “must soon take place,” or more literally, “it is necessary for them to happen quickly.” This exact phrase is repeated in Revelation 22:6. This prophecy, given almost two thousand years ago, has not been fulfilled soon. However, when its fulfillment comes, it will transpire quickly. The church will be raptured, and the earth will immediately be plunged into the Tribulation Period.
Many of us have agonized during the past eight years, pleading with God to remove the wicked influence of the Obama administration from our land. The wait for God to act seemed almost endless. But last November 8th, He answered our prayer quickly. In fact, people have been amazed at how quickly President Trump is undoing the evil and destruction inflicted on America across Obama’s two terms. Let’s pray that President Trump’s speech tonight before Congress, which seems to be that bottleneck for rapid implementation of his agenda, will result in rapid congressional cooperation.
Perhaps you have been praying for something for a long time, a job, the healing of a relationship, salvation of a family member, etc., and it seems that God will never answer. Don’t despair. Though God has not answered soon, when His time to act arrives, He will do so quickly.