Revelation is the only book that says we are blessed to read, hear and keep the things that are written, for the time is near. Hence, let us not be like hypocrites without discerning times and seasons. Here we will look into Revelation 22 and understand what it says.
(Rev 1:3) Blessed [is] he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time [is] near.
(Luke 12:56) “Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how [is it] you do not discern this time?
Tree of Life
(Rev 22:1-5) And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each [tree] yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
(John 7:38-39) “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
The tree of life bore twelve fruits, one for every month. New Jerusalem will have no night and yet months can be calculated.
(Rev 14:1) Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
The servants mentioned here are the 144000 who have the Father’s name written on their forehead.
Beware of Angelolatry
(Rev 22:6-9) Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
(Rev 19:10) And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
If John, who walked with Jesus and called the beloved disciple can fall into angelolatry, we need to be extremely careful.
Christ is Coming Soon
(Rev 22:10) And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
It is important for us to understand that the book of revelation is not sealed.
(Rev 22:11-14) “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
(Rev 22:15) But outside [G1854] are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
The original Greek word for which ‘outside’ is translated can also refer as ‘without’. For example, King James Version and Young’s Literal Translation translates as ‘without’ rather than ‘outside’. ‘Without’ is the most appropriate translation because, those who do not have their names in the book of life were already cast into lake of fire as a judgment in the white throne judgement.
(Rev 20:14-15) Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
New Jerusalem is without anything that defiles.
(Rev 22:16-21) “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Look into what God Himself testifies: If anyone adds to this book, God will add plagues written in this book. If anyone removes from this book, God will remove his name from the book of life.
We must remember, even great christian leaders like Martin Luther wants to remove the entire book itself from the Biblical canon along with Hebrews, James and Jude, only to be stopped by his own followers during the reformation period. Christ is coming soon.
Let us read, listen and obey what is written in this book given by Jesus Christ.