Revelation 22:10-21 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. “Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
I am amazed how this challenging book of Revelations turned out not to be as hard as I imagined because it is nothing but a revelation of Jesus Christ who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
This book has been used and still is used by several scholars to predict the future (now mostly past) and to determine the Lord's coming. There are other great scholars who have shown Revelation reveal itself through the ages and trying to determine when the Lord will return. However, we are reminded in verse 18 and 19 that we are not to add or take away from these words because these are from God to us. Also, we are not to belittle John or the words of this prophecy as a dream and disregard them but accept them as God's word to us and that we are to ask God for wisdom to reveal and He will do so.
What then is the purpose of this book if not for the doom and gloom, pain and suffering and poetic words that make little sense?
Matthew 13:10-16 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted...
As Jesus revealed, his words were not spoken so that all may understand but only the ones He calls to Him. This does not mean one needs to be highly educated or a theologist but it simply means that when we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He reveals His word to us through His Holy Spirit that resides in us directing and comforting us.
As far as the doom and gloom and pain and suffering foretold, we must always remember that we are the vine growers (Luke 20:9-16) who have been given access to the vineyard called earth and we chose to beat, kill and crucify God's servants and His own son to keep the land and not pay our rent but God will avenge this travesty. Should He not?
We live in oblivion to a good and glorious God. A God who wants to give us the water of life, a God who wants to enter into a relationship with us and has gone to the extent of sacrificing His son for us. To each of us, He calls us to COME into a relationship with Him.
This is the last chapter of the book and the last chapter of the Bible and as we have seen, it is the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ in whom only is there hope, not just for now but for eternity.
In His Loving Service,
Revelation 22:20-21 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
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