Revelation 22:20 (KJV):
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
There is a veritable plethora of questions on this site and SE-Christianity about how to interpret this verse, the implications for preterism, and so on. This is not my question.
My question is about the various meanings of "quick", and which are possible in context.
4 of the definitions of quick from Merriam-Webster stand out:
- done or taking place with rapidity
- fast in understanding, thinking, or learning : mentally agile
- not dead : LIVING, ALIVE
- archaic : not stagnant
The Greek word is ταχύ, Strong's 5035.
This could mean that He is coming soon, that He will be very sharp/astute at His coming, that He will come alive, or that His work leading to His coming is not stagnant, but continually progressing.
Which of these meanings of "quick" are relevant to the Greek ταχύ? Which are appropriate in context?
Clarification--the "suddenly" vs. "soon" debate is an interesting one, but has already been covered here: Rev 3:11 I come quickly vs I come soon. Both would fall under definition 1 above, which is more or less the default assumption.
I'm interested in what (if anything) there is to be said in evaluating the other definitions (2-4) cited above.