Revelation 22: 1-21, the Grand Finale.
VV 1-2, 1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 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.
A river of life with pure water runs through the city center out of God’s throne. In the middle of the river is a tree of life that bears 12 different fruits every month and its leaves have healing properties. Rev. 3:2 ESV, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God”. Genesis 2:9 ESV, “And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”.
VV 3-5, 3 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. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 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.
Christians will see God face to face. Psalm 17:15, “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness, I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness”. 1 John 3:2 b, “but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. God’s name will be written on the foreheads of every Christians, as a sign that they belonged to God. The glory of God illuminates them 24 hours a day and there will be no night.
VV 6-7, 6 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. 7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
God’s prophetic words are faithful and true, will come to pass, and those who take heed of them will be blessed.
VV 8-9, 8 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. 9 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.”
John worshiped the angel but the angel refused and rebuked him. We must worship God and not angels because angels are created by God. This was the second time John fell and worship an angel. Paul condemned angel worship. Colossians 2:18, “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind”.
VV 10-12, 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 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.” 12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Don’t seal up or put away this book. Open and read it often. Revelation has a blessing attached to its reader. It has a divine outline. In Rev 1:19, the glorified Risen Christ told John to, “ write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this’’. Rev. 1, the glorified Risen Christ, Rev. 2 and 3, church history, Rev. 4 and 5, rapture, Rev. 6 to 19, tribulation, Rev. 20, millennium, Rev. 21 and 22, new heaven and new earth.
VV 13-14, 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”14 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. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
Blessed are those who believe, obey Jesus, and enter heaven. Excluded are those who do not believe in Jesus and continued in witchcraft, sexual immorality, murder, and idolatry.
VV 16-17, 16 “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.”
Jesus is the Root and the Offspring of David. As the pre-existent Christ, Jesus is the root of David. As the baby of Bethlehem, He is the offspring of David. Jesus is also called the bright and morning Star. To the church in Thyatira, Rev. 2:38, “I will also give that one the morning star”.
V 17, 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.
Jesus’ last welcome. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the church welcome everyone into the kingdom of God. Isaiah 55:1, “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters, And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk, Without money and without price’.’ Jesus Invites everyone to come to Him. Matthew 11:28, “ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.
VV 18-19, 18 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; 19 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.
Jesus’ last warning is not to add or subtract anything to and from the scriptures.
V V 20-21, 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Jesus’ last words, “surely I am coming quickly”. John’s last words, “Even so, come Lord Jesus”. The bible’s last words, “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen”.