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Revelation 22:6-21 “Conclusion To Revelation”

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THE TEXT:

 

Revelation 22:6-21 KJV

(6)  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
(7)  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
(8)  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
(9)  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
(10)  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
(11)  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
(12)  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
(13)  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
(14)  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
(15)  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
(16)  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
(17)  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
(18)  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
(19)  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
(20)  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
(21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

The conclusion to the book of Revelation is also the conclusion to the entire Bible.  Please keep in mind, it is believed by most that the book of Revelation is the last book inspired by God and is also placed as the last book in the Biblical text.  Because of this, the conclusion found in the book of Revelation concludes not only the book itself, but also the entire body of inspired writings that God gave to mankind.

 

Revelation 22:6-21 KJV

(6)  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

To conclude His message to John, the angel reminds John of the truthfulness of this revelation:

These sayings are….

  1. faithful – trustworthy, not deceptive – These things have, are and will come to pass. John could count on it!
  2. true – actual to fact – These things are based upon facts, not speculation nor lies.

The Master and Worshipped One of the prophets sent his angel to give this message of Revelation to His servants. Although it was given to John it was meant for all of God’s servants to read this message and learn and be encouraged from it.

One aspect of this message of Revelation was to reveal to God’s people “the things which must shortly come to pass”.  This message has revealed events that would take place from John’s day into eternity.

 

In this verse we find a very quick summary of the book that we have been looking at:

 

Revelation Principle Quote From Text
The Origin Of Revelation “Lord God of the Holy Prophets”
The Authority Behind Revelation “Lord God of the Holy Prophets Sent”
The Messenger Of The Revelation “His Angel”
The Commission Of The Revelation “To Show”
The Beneficiary Of The Revelation “His Servants”
The Message Of The Revelation “The Things Which Must Shortly Come To Pass”

 

 

 

(7)  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The angel now quotes Christ reminding John that His coming will be without delay.  As each of these events take place around us, they are meant to remind us that His coming draws nearer every day.  The swiftness of His coming is emphasized throughout the Bible:

  1. Mark 13:36 – “suddenly”
  2. Rom 13:12, Phil 4:5, 1 Pet 4:7 – “at hand’
  3. Matt 24:27 – “as lightning”
  4. Luke 18:8 – “speedily”
  5. Rom 16:20, 1 Cor 7:29-31 – “shortly”
  6. James 5:8 – “draweth nigh”

 

We are to look at each day as if He could come back at any moment and live our lives according to this belief…

Luke 12:42-43 KJV – “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”

 

By “keeping” the sayings of Revelation, we are keeping our eyes on these truths, guarding them against loss.  This will cause us to remember His coming is close at hand and our need to serve Him NOW while the opportunity remains to do His will on earth.

How can the Lord say His coming is swift when it has been more than 2000 years since John received this vision?

  1. 2 Ptr 3:8-10 – The Lord does not recognize time, nor live according to it as we do.
  2. Hebrews 1:2 – We are living in the last days (anytime following Christ’s coming is the last day). The next great event will be His second coming… in that since it is very near us and can take place at any time.  Compared to the times of the Old Testament, truly He will come quickly … this is the next event to take place.

 

(8)  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.   (9)  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 

When John receives this vision, and is reminded of these truths, he is caught up in awe and reverence, and then, falls at the feet of the angel that is delivering this message to him.  The angel then replies to John “see thy do it not”.  The angel instructs John that he does not deserve John’s worship…. Why is this?

  1. I am thy fellowservant – I am nothing greater than you are, we are both simply servants of the most high God.
  1. I am of thy brethren the prophets – this angel was simply performing the same ministry as the spiritual brethren of John who had prophesied throughout the OT and NT (prior to the completion of the Bible). He was a brethren of the prophets as being another created being that had Jehovah as his Creator (Mal 2:10).  In that sense, the angel was a member of the same family as the prophets of old.
  1. I am of those which keep the sayings of the book – This angel is simply another one who serves the Lord, learns from the Lord and remembers this message that God has given to His servants.

Therefore, worship God.  He alone is worthy of your reverence, praise and worship.  One of Satan’s greatest desires is to have anyone other than Jehovah receive the praise and worship of men.  In doing so, men are in actuality worshipping false gods, and in effect Satan, himself (Matt 4:9).   Angel worship was a problem in John’s day (Col 2:8), these were all issues that necessitated the angel to emphasize the need to worship Jehovah alone.  

 

(10)  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

John was not to seal up the prophecies of this book and share them with no one.  Now is the time to open up these prophesies and proclaim them for they were needed in John’s day until eternity.  The time of their fulfillment was in John’s day.  The time of these things coming to pass was at hand.

The book of Daniel and Revelation go hand in hand.  Daniel was to seal up His prophecies until “the time was the end”.  that time has now come with this vision being given to John (Dan 8:26, 12:4).  This is the time to open these prophecies and reveal their contents. 

 

(11)  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.      

The end of this revelation has come.  It is now time to either reject its message or believe it and prepare for the second coming of Christ.

The phrase “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”  is not saying that it is too late to be saved.

(We can clearly see in verse 17 that the time of salvation was still open to any that will come to Christ).  What it is saying is make up your mind now… do not put it off.  There is nothing more that will be said (the book of Revelation was the last book of the Bible that was given to man).  Man now has all the information from God that he is going to receive.  Now is the time to choose to remain in their lost condition or choose to be saved:

  1. he that is “unjust” – wrong doers, sinful lifestyle and works
  2. he that is “filthy” – dirty, unclean, sinful condition
  3. he that is “righteous” – innocent, lawful, Godly works
  4. he that is “holy” – separated from dirt, clean, righteous condition

“still” – to continue on, hereafter – if after hearing these words and a man chooses to remain in a sinful condition… nothing more can be said, nothing more will be revealed that will change his mind.  If the completion of God’s Word, at the completion of Revelation, isn’t enough to show him his need, nothing will.

Likewise with those who are saved, if he chooses righteousness based upon the completed Word, let him continue on in righteousness with righteous living.  Why nothing new will be revealed from God.  He can fully commit to Christ’s righteousness and righteous living because he now knows that Revelation brings all of God’s Word to completion nothing more will be said that would change his mind or reveal he has made a mistake in choosing Christ.

Ezekiel 3:27 KJV – “But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.”

Daniel 12:10 KJV – “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” 

 

(12)  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  (13)  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

One last reminder to come to a decision quickly…. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

What are lost men waiting for?  There will be no further revelation from the Lord and He will come at any time.  When He comes every man must stand before Him and answer for the decisions they have made and works that they have performed.

Christ is the “Alpha” and the “Omega”, He is the “beginning” and the “ending” of all things, He is the “first” and the “last”.  He made us all and He will exercise His authority over us to the very end.  He created all things perfectly and can renovate them making them into a sinless creation once again.

He can do what He says in His completed Word… no need to doubt these things or think they will not come to pass.  Now is the time to decide what we will do.  No need to wait and see if these things take place in the future.

 

(14)  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  (15)  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 

Why is it so important for mankind to come to a decision about these things?  Their eternal destiny is at stake…  For those who see their need to turn to Christ for salvation… they are blessed and made happy.

Why are they blessed and happy?

  1. They are given a right to the tree of life (they will obtain eternal life)
  2. They are given the right to enter the eternal city glorious city (they will enjoy the presence of Christ and eradication of sin and its results throughout eternity.

 

However, for those who choose to reject this message that has been given to them, they have only pain and sorrow awaiting them…

  1. They are “without” (excluded from entrance to this city)
  2. They are “without” (excluded from access to the tree of life).
  3. They are looked upon as sinners by God, those who love deceit and creators of deceitful words and actions.

 

Sinful Condition Rev 22:15 Prov 6:16-19
Morally Impure Dogs Wicked Imaginations
Spell Maker, Drugs Sorcerers Pride, Selfishness
Prostitution Whoremongers Evilness, Mischief
Murder Murderers Murderers
Worship of False Gods Idolaters False Witnesses
Lover of Untrue, Deceit Loveth A Lie Discord, Lying
Maker of Untruths and Deceptive Maketh A Lie Discord, Lying

 

(16)  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Jesus, Himself, now affirms the origin and authority that lies behind the Revelation and the other parts of His Word:

  1. The angel that delivered the message to John was sent by Christ – “I Jesus have sent mine angel”
  2. The message was meant to be distributed among the churches – “to testify unto you these things in the churches”
  3. The Originator of this message (Christ) is the descendent (Messiah born into the earth) and ancestor (Creator) of David. – “I am the root and the offspring of David,”
  4. The Originator of this message is the One who is coming again (as the sun rising in the east). – “the bright and morning star” 

We are to take the message of God’s Word, which was completed with the Revelation, because of its authorship, method of revelation, and the purpose of the book.

 

(17)  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

The offer of the gospel message is now given as the book of Revelation is brought to a close.  Notice these basic truths about presenting the gospel message:

  1. Who is active in offering the gospel?

The Holy Spirit of God (the Spirit) and the saved (the Bride).  The saved audibly present the gospel message while the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and softens the sin-hardened heart of the hearer, preparing it to be received.

 

  1. What is their message?

“Come” – come to Christ. Those presenting the gospel are to offer for the lost to come.  The lost are to enter into agreement and respond as they see their need to come to Christ.

 

  1. To whom is the message applicable?

Those who agree with the message – “let him that heareth say, Come.”  Their agreement is shown by them verbally consenting to the invitation to come.

Those who see their need and desire for living waters – “let him that is athirst come.”  If a person does not recognize their need of Christ or see their desperate condition cannot take advantage of this message.  Until a man sees his lost condition he will always reject this message and cannot be saved.

Those who choose to partake of the waters – “whosoever will”.  There are no good works needed to receive this great gift, the only prerequisite is to see their need and choose to receive this wondrous gift from God.

 

  1. How much does this good news and eternal life cost?

It is absolutely free – “let him take of the water of life freely”.  This great gift from God is of immeasurable value.  It cost Christ, the perfect Son of God His physical life. The recipient of this great gift cannot even begin to pay for it.  A sinful man cannot begin to pay the price that the sinless Christ paid.  He doesn’t even have to try to pay for it.  It is meant to be absolutely free of charge, no strings attached.

This is the final offer of salvation recorded in God’s Word.  It is not only given at the end of the Book of Revelation, but it is given at the end of the entire Word of God.  This emphasizes the importance of this offer and the need for mankind to act upon it.

 

(18)  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

(19)  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Why is this Book of Revelation (and the entire Bible by implication) so important for all mankind to retain and keep pure from error?  It holds the key to escape from eternal separation from God and the eternal punishment of sin, while gaining eternal life in the very presence of God.

 

It is so important to keep the integrity of the Word, that we are warned of changing it in any way:

 

  1. “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book”.

If anyone adds their own thoughts to the inspired Word, the plagues found in Revelation (which are also revealed throughout the Bible) will be placed upon him.

 

  1. “if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

If anyone removes content from God’s Word will be consigning himself to separation from God and eternal torment.

 

This tells us that anyone who, knowingly, adds to or takes from God’s Word is a lost individual who faces the eternal wrath of God.  No one who is truly saved would ever consider changing the message that has brought eternal life to His soul.  It is not an issue of losing salvation, it is an issue of never being saved.  Their corrupt desires to change God’s Word are signs that they are yet under the bondage of sin.

What awaits those who take away from God’s Word?

“God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”  – the word “part” simply refers to “the share or allotment”.  Here, the Lord tells us that anyone who takes away from God’s Word has clearly declared themselves as lost.  Although they may have believed they were saved, and others also believe they are saved… now it has been made clear they are lost.   In all three cases, the person has not shared in the blessing…. their name was never in the book, they had never set foot in the holy city and they never had received the blessings reserved for the saints… and, if they continue on in their current rebellious condition, they never will.  In that sense, their allotment has been taken away.  They should not fool themselves into thinking that by changing God’s Word it will somehow allow them to receive a portion of that which they do not currently possess.

By removing parts of God’s Word they have shown themselves to be lost.  There is no reason for them to believe they own a future share of the book of life, the holy city, and the blessings of eternity with Christ.   They should not fool themselves into believing that they are or are or will be saved and eternally secure.  They have lost that which they never really possessed. The Lord addressed this same principle in Luke 8:18…

“Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

 

Please keep in mind:

The meaning of the word “prophecy” in this passage is not limited to revealing an event that will take place in the future.   In these verses, the word “prophecy” simply means “to speak the mind of God”.  The principle is this… anytime that God reveals His mind to man, man has no right to change what God has revealed.  In doing so, it is an act of arrogance and idolatry.  The one who changing God’s Word is revealing that he believes he is smarter than God and is replacing God with himself.

Both the book of Revelation, and the entire Bible, is made up of God’s mind revealed to mankind.    This warning is placed at the end of both the entire Bible and the book of Revelation.  It is a fitting warning summary that applies to the entire inspired Word, not simply the book of Revelation.

 

(20)  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Once again, as a final reminder, the Lord reminds us that He is coming quickly and we all must be prepared.  Our time to receive salvation and our opportunities for service are limited… Certainly, He is coming quickly.

John is in submission to the Lord’s timing for His soon return, “Amen”, in other words “so be it”, “may it be done”…

“Even so come Lord Jesus”. 

 

(21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

John’s final wish for his readers is for the grace of Christ to be shown to each of them.  Stop and think about it… for the Word to have its intended effect upon both lost and saved, God’s grace is an absolute necessity.

God’s grace must be active in the life of the lost bringing them to Christ… revealing God’s Word, convicting of sin, softening a sin hardened heart, and  granting repentance and faith to name a few.

In the life of the saved, God’s grace is necessary to apply God’s Word to the life of the saint, recognizing opportunities of service, equipping the saint for service, and bringing forth fruits of that service.

John 15:5 KJV – “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” 

John 9:33 KJV – If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

 

May we all recognize our great need of God’s grace, our inability to receive it of human merit, and the wonderful blessing we have for those of us to whom it has been given.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this conclusion to the book of Revelation, we see Christ presented as a compassionate, patient Savior who uses this opportunity to persuade men to come to salvation.

Think about it… Christ could have simply glorified Himself by revealing His greatness and reviewing the perfection of the Revelation that was just revealed to John.  But He doesn’t.  He could have glorified His Father in heaven by speaking of His great knowledge and wisdom in revealing these prophecies to us.  But He chooses to not do so.

He chooses to bring honor and glory to His Father and Himself by using this last communication to offer the gift of living water to any who would simply receive Him as Lord and Savior through faith.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all recognize the importance of this wondrous invitation to eternal life, apply it to our lives, and live our lives to share this message with others.  This is the greatest way we can honor our Lord and share His greatness with others.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “no more curse”

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: no more curse

 

 

Revelation 22:3 KJV – 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:

What a wonderful blessing… “And there shall be no more curse”!  Stop and think about the curse that mankind brought upon themselves when they choose to disobey the Lord by submitting to the wishes of the serpent (Gen 3:14-24).  There are four basic parts to God’s curse …

 

  1. Curse against Satan – Since Christ did not die for Satan, this aspect of the curse will remain throughout time.

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  

Please note, one of the most important parts to this curse involves ETERNAL defeat at the hands of Christ (the seed of the woman). 

 

  1. Curse against the woman – This aspect of the curse was undone through the work of Christ, any woman who turns to Christ, in faith will no longer feel its effects with the departure of her sinful flesh at death. 

“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.”

The main pieces to this curse are increased conception, her pain during childbirth, and her desire to hold her husband’s position of authority, while unable to attain it.   

 

  1. Curse against the man – Like the curse against the woman, Christ has undone this aspect of the curse in the lives of saved men. At their physical death, this curse will no longer be in effect.

“And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” 

The main components of this curse are: it will be loss of control over the physical earth resulting in painful, manual, labor needed to bring forth plants for food.  This would involve the growth of weeds, the need to prepare, plant, maintain, protect from scavengers and reap in fields… all of which demand great painful labor.

 

  1. Curse against all mankind – Christ’s death has undone this aspect of the curse as well. At our entrance into the presence of the Lord, these parts of the curse will not have a hold upon mankind.

“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:   Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.   So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

This part of the curse was proclaimed by the actions of the Lord and not verbal statement.  When He drove man out of the garden, he was casting them out from His personal presence on earth and from access to continual physical life (the tree of life).

 

Through the Lord’s grace, following our physical death, at the loss of our sinful flesh, these aspects of the curse will no longer be in effect for the people of God.   When we enter into the New Jerusalem, with our glorified bodies, all of these things will be done away in the life of a Christian.

May we all serve the Lord with encouraged hearts, knowing there is coming a day when all of the results of the fall will be done away, and mankind’s condition will be restored eternally.

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The Wondrous Healing Power Of Christ Brought to Fullfillment In Eternity.

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Revelation 22:2 KJV – “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

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Revelation 22:2 KJV – “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

 

In this tree, which is symbolic of Christ and His work, we find “healing” for the nations (both Jew and Gentiles).   The idea of healing carries with it the ideas of “to attend to”, “to cure”, “to treat”.  The work of Christ is the source of all healing that comes to man.

This healing involves the curing of the spiritual results of sin in our lives.  The alienation of mankind from God, the possession of a sin nature, slavery to sin, and the inability to understand the Word of God, are just a few of the many spiritual “afflictions” that come upon mankind due to their sinful condition.

However, the healing that the Lord provides to His people is not limited to the spiritual results of sin, but it also includes the physical results of sin as well.   Some of the physical results of sin include diseases, birth defects, physical weaknesses, and even death.

 

It is interesting to note that the prophet Isaiah spoke of these healing graces flowing directly from the work of Christ….

Isaiah 53:4-6 KJV – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

When we come to understand that healing from the effects of sin flow through the work of Christ, we then must also come to an understanding of when this healing takes place in the lives of Christians….

Although the Lord many times graces the Christian with partial healings during the course of his lifetime, He never grants a total healing prior to eternity.  Some examples of this principle include:

  1. the Lord showing His people some of the wondrous truths found in His Word, but never totally taking the veil off of our eyes until eternity.
  2. the Lord removing the bondage of sin from His people and yet allowing the old nature to continue to exist within them.  This allows periodic failures and sins on the part of the people of God. Only in eternity, with the receipt of glorified bodies, will His people be totally freed from the presence of sin in their lives.
  3. the Lord choosing to heal His people from a specific physical sickness, however they remain susceptible to other illnesses and afflictions until they enter eternity.

 

Please note in all the above, the Lord is not obligated to fully redeem His people from these effects of sin prior to our entrance into eternity.    It is only in eternity, with the receipt of their glorified bodies, that the saint is guaranteed of a full deliverance from the spiritual and physical ravages of sin in their lives.  Prior to eternity the Lord is NEVER obligated to totally deliver any Christian from the consequences of sin.

This is a very important point that cannot be overstressed.  Using our above points as examples, prior to eternity, the Lord is NEVER obligated to:

  1. show us ALL the truths from His Word… none of us know all the truths that can be found in His Word
  2. to grant us ABSOLUTE freedom from the power of sin… none of us have total absolute deliverance from sin’s workings in our lives
  3. nor is He ever obligated to heal us from ALL the physical illnesses that may come upon us…. none of us can obligate God to heal us of a specific illness.

The Lord alone, prior to eternity, graciously, sovereignly chooses to bless us with these healings only when He sees fit, it is for our good, and it brings the optimum glory to Himself.   With our entrance into eternity and the receipt of our glorified bodies, God will fully fulfill His promises to bring absolute healing to His people from all  the spiritual and physical effects of sin that have touched our lives.

May we all remember the Lord’s gracious acts of healing in our lives, never take them for granted, never believe that we deserve them, nor that we are owed to us.  They are ENTIRELY at His discretion, based upon His sovereign will for our lives!

 

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Jesus… the source of forgiveness, cleansing and eternal life!

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Revelation 22:1 KJV – “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “a pure river of water of life”

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Revelation 22:1 KJV – “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”

 

 

In the restored Garden of Eden, John sees the river of water of life flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb.  This river is a picture of Christ’s work on the cross, which brings forgiveness and eternal spiritual life to all who partake of it.

 

The prophet Jeremiah saw the Lord as the One who supplied this living waters to those who are spiritually thirsty…

Jeremiah 17:13 KJV – “O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.”

 

This same picture is used by Christ in John 4:14…

John 4:14 KJV – “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

In this verse, the Lord teaches us not only about His work being the source of everlasting life, but also the source of eternal security as well.  He tells us that “whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst”.   This clearly teaches us that once a person partakes of this living water of life, he will never face spiritual need again.

Christ’s work on the cross, in conjunction with continual intercession, guarantees to save men TO THE UTTERMOST (Hebrews 7:25).    Men, when they partake of the work of Christ by faith, will not lose His salvation, nor will he ever experience a spiritual void in their life…

John 6:35 KJV – “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

 

What a wonderful Savior!  Not only does He forgive us and deliver us from our sins, but then He keeps us secure in Him.  This security is based entirely on what He does for us.  There is nothing we can do to save ourselves, nor keep ourselves saved.  It is all of His grace and intervention in our lives.

May we all serve Him with thankful hearts knowing that “with Him is the fountain of life”… the One that supplies our never-ending salvation to us…

Psalms 36:9 KJV – “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.”

 

 

 

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We Will Worship And Learn Of Christ At His Feet Throughout Eternity…

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And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple”

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Revelation 21:22 KJV

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

 

The Old Testament temple, just like the tabernacle, played a very important role in the lives of the Israelites.  The building, and its furnishings, revealed to them the coming Messiah, Jesus, and His work that would be performed for His people.    It was one of the greatest sources of knowledge of the Messiah that the physical Jews were given.

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, says that there was no temple building in the city.  Why was this?  It is because the Lord God Almighty, in the person of the Lamb, will be physically present with His people.  This truth is presented in both testaments, by a variety of authors…

 

Both Job and David in the Old Testament:

Job 19:26 KJV – And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Psalms 16:11 KJV – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

Paul and John reaffirmed this truth in the New Testament:

2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

1 John 3:2 KJV – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Revelation 22:4 KJV – And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

 

Christ, Himself, clearly presented this truth to His followers:

John 17:24 KJV – Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

 

Why will there be no temple in the New Jerusalem?  Because there will be no need for it.   God, in the person of Christ, will be physically present with His people throughout eternity.  He will teach us about Himself.  We will be able to see Him with our own eyes.   He will reveal Himself to us in all His glory.   What a wonderful experience that will be, to  come to know our Lord as clearly as He knows us…

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 

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The precious, undefiled gospel message that comes from, and points to, God

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And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

 

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Revelation 21:22-22:5 “New Jerusalem, the Presence Of God and The Glory Of Eden Restored To Man”

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THE TEXT:

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
(23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
(25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
(26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
(1)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(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)  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

Previously, John received a vision of New Jerusalem (the eternal dwelling place of the Lord and His people), being symbolized as a beautiful, glorious city of God.  Now as John continues to view New Jerusalem, the symbolism as the city is brought to a close emphasizing the very presence of God among His people (21:22-27).

And then, New Jerusalem as the center of God’s eternal presence,  is presented it to John in a different light.  New Jerusalem is now symbolized as the Garden of Eden restored to mankind (22:1-5)….

 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.   (23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 

John now sees God’s presence presented in two different ways:

 

  1. The lack of a temple for worship

Keep in mind the OT tabernacle / temple was used by the Israelites as the center for the worship of Jehovah.  Their construction and their furnishings all symbolized the person and work of Christ on behalf of His people.   John sees there is no temple.  Why is there no need for a place of worship that reveals Christ to His people?  It is because, in New Jerusalem, He is physically present with them.  He will be the center of their worship.  They will have no need of human symbolism nor a place of worship to communion with Christ.  He will be physically present communing with His people and revealing Himself to them through His presence, workings, and teachings.

 

  1. The lack of the sun and moon

John also sees there will be no need of external light to enlighten our eternal dwelling.   Again, because Christ, who is God, will be physically present with His people, His glory will enlighten our eternity….

Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV – “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.   Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” 

Zec  14:6-7 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

1 John 1:5-7 KJV – “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 

 

In this passage we also see light symbolizing both holiness and the truths of God’s word.   These both apply to this verse:

  1. light symbolizing holiness

Christ is the true source of holiness, His own, the holiness of His people, and the holiness of the new creation.  There will be no need for any other source of holiness in our new world…. He, alone, is the true origin of all the holiness we will experience.

  1. light symbolizing the truths of His Word that are to be applied to our lives

There will be no need for any other source of truth in eternity.  No need for preachers, no need for missionaries, etc.  He will be the supreme, and only, source of all truth that will be presented to us throughout eternity.  (This is the same reason why there will be no need of a tabernacle or temple.) 

Please note: When this verse speaks of “the Lord God Almighty and The Lamb” it is saying that this is the God that is worshipped in the Old Testament (Lord God Almighty) and the New Testament (The Lamb).  There will not be two different Lords present in eternity.  There will just be one Lord present with us in eternity…  Jehovah, who is the Lamb.

John 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV – “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 

Colossians 1:19 KJV – “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell”

Colossians 2:9 KJV – “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.   (25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  (26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Those who enter the presence of God’s glory are those who have been delivered from their sins.  Even the kings who are used to the honor and adoration of their citizens will enter New Jerusalem humbly seeking to glorify the Lord alone.   No longer will their positions of authority be recognized, nor selfishly desired, they all will gladly submit and worship the Lord alone.

Continual, eternal access to God’s presence will be possessed by the saved.  His glory will be present eternally, as will the opportunity for us to enter into His presence as we worship and honor Him.    This will be true of all who are saved, which will come from every nation on earth.  You will have the Lord being praised with representatives of every nation on earth being present.

In this context there is no need for the gates to be shut.  The lost will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, the only ones who are present to enter this place will be those who are saved…

Isaiah 60:11-12 KJV – “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” 

 

(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The opposite principle holds true for the lost.  NONE will be given any access to this eternal dwelling place.  Nothing that will touch this holy place with sin, none that do works that are hated by God, none that deceive and mislead others into error.  No one who is lost will be in this city, only those whose names are found written in God’s listing of those He has chosen to save from eternity past.  This is pictured by the OT lepers who were not given entrance into the camp…

Leviticus 13:46 KJV – “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”  (Nums 5:3, Num 12:15) 

Please note: In the last verse we see other proofs of the symbolic nature of the walls, gates, those who enter and those who are kept outside the city.  In this verse, we see the gates not giving access to the lost (symbolic of the lost’s presence in the Lake of Fire and inability to enter the city).   However in the previous verse, we see the gates are pictured as being opened giving access to God’s people at all times.  This seeming contradiction is easily understood when we accept the symbolic nature of the teachings. 

 

John now sees this same eternal dwelling place symbolized as a Garden of eden that has been restored for all mankind to enjoy and thrive throughout eternity… 

(1)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.   

This vision begins by John seeing “a pure river of water of life” flowing from the throne of God.   Prior to this in Rev 21:6, the Lord Himself uses the title “the fountain of the water of life” to describe the source of spiritual life that He offers to any who would partake of it.   He does this same thing later in Rev 22:17, when He tells us “whosoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely”.

These references help us to understand that “the water of life” is a picture of the work of Christ which, when partaken by lost mankind, will secure eternal life and communion with God on the New Earth…

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  (John 4:10-14 KJV)

The origin of this water is found in God, His counsels and workings (“proceeding out of the throne”) and is holy and sinless (“pure river of water of life”).  The Garden of Eden had a rivers (Gen 2:10) that gave life to everything in the garden.  This river in the restored Eden is the source of eternal life for all who live in it.

 

(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Just like the Garden of Eden which had a tree of life (Gen 2:9), so too, the restored Eden is symbolized as having a tree of life within it as well.   This symbolically teaches us that those who live in this Eden possess eternal life and will always dwell within it.  Just as Adam and Eve would live forever in the presence of the tree of life (Gen 3:22-24), so too in the eternal Eden access to this tree symbolizes the eternal life possessed by the saints of God.

This tree finds its life in the river of life (Christ’s work that brings salvation to mankind).  In other words, the eternal life that we possess throughout eternity flows through the work of Christ… the same work of Christ that secured salvation from sin is the same work of Christ that secures eternal life to His people.

This tree is said to bear 12 types (manner) of fruits which symbolizes complete supplies for eternal life.  When God works in the heart of His people granting them spiritual life, there is nothing else needed by man.  Not their good works, not church membership nor baptism.   Eternal life is entirely a gift of grace.  Everything necessary is supplied by this tree apart from Man.

Also it is said to yield her fruit every month… eternal life is just that ETERNAL, there are no “breaks” in it, no loosing and regaining it, no weakening and strengthening of it.  There is fruit on the tree to eat every month so that the eternal life is consistently sustained  throughout one’ s life on earth and throughout eternity.

 

The leaves are said to be “for the healing of the nations”.  These leaves supply the complete healing for sin and its results in our lives.  In eternity, all sin will be undone, sin will be totally eradicated from the New Earth and its results totally undone.  This salvation is made available to all races (nations – Greek; ethnos) of mankind.

Isaiah 53:4-6 KJV – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

(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) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  

In this restored Eden, the curse that was felt in the earthly Eden (Gen 3:14-19) will be undone.  A part of this curse was removal from the Garden which restrains man’s personal, intimate fellowship with God.  In the new Garden, we have God, the Lamb, physically present, personally served by His people.  No longer will there be a hindrance in our fellowship with Him.  Because of this renewed intimacy we are told that “they shall see His face”…

Job 33:26 KJV – “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

Psalms 16:9-11 KJV – “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.   Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

The Lord will not leave our bodies in the grave but resurrect and glorify them so that we might be able to enjoy His presence and the pleasures of eternity forevermore!

We are also told that “His name shall be on our foreheads” symbolic of His ownership of us and our position as His servants and worshippers!

 

(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Because the Lord will be personally present in the renewed Garden of Eden (just as He was prior to the casting out of mankind – Gen 3:8), the glory of the Lord will enlighten the entire garden.  Just as the Lord will give His people much greater enlightened spiritual understanding, He will also enlighten His people with the light of His glory both day and night.

Throughout eternity, man will rule over this new creation.  One aspect of the fall of man, was man losing perfect dominion over God’s creation (Gen 1:26-31, 2:19-20, 3:17-19).  In this restored garden, the saints will once again enjoy a complete dominion over creation .  Every creature will perfectly obey him, there will be no weeds, nor the need to labor in this renewed creation of God.

This renewed Garden of Eden is all a part of the undoing of sin and its results upon mankind.  This will all be one of the aspects of our eternity with the Lord…. Truly, all the results of sin will be undone as the Lord graciously remakes this sinful world into a world that is untouched by sin, just like the original Garden of Eden before the fall.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Scripture, we come face to face with the undoing of sin through the work of Christ.

1 John 2:16-17 KJV – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Through Christ and his gracious work on our behalf we can know that, although this world (that is filled with sin and its results) will pass away, we are assured of an wonderful eternity with Him.  How wonderful it is to know that our Lord is so great He was able to defeat sin and all of the results that sin has brought into our world (Col 2:13-15).

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

What was once a world filled with sins and reeling from the results of sin, will someday be renovated and made perfect once again…

Romans 8:21-25 KJV – “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?   But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

2 Peter 3:10-13 KJV – “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.   Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?   Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

 

May we all use these truths to encourage our hearts and seek to remain faithful to Him as we eagerly await our eternal abode with Him…

Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV – “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.   But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”

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And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

The street of this symbolic New Jerusalem is said to be made of “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”.  There is no earthly gold that can be purified to the point of becoming as clear as transparent glass, however, symbolically, this holds for us some great truths…

 

  1. The one “street” found in this glorious city pictures for us the way that leads to eternal communion with Christ. in other words, this street is the way to salvation, forgiveness and eternal life.

There is only ONE way to eternal life (the gospel message), and that way leads to Christ.  That is why this city is said to have only one street in it.

 

  1. This street is said to be of ‘pure gold”. The gospel message is a divine message which is precious.  It originates with God and leads us to Him.  This is why it is said to be of gold.

The gospel message is free from deceit, error or sin.  This is why it is described as being pure.

 

  1. The purity of this street’s gold is emphasized as “it were transparent glass.” It is said to be without any dirt or contamination, it is like glass that is absolutely clear.  It has no dirt, chips, cracks, waves or any other defect which would obstruct our view of Christ and His work.

Folks, when we see others who do not see the value of the gospel, when they misunderstand its intent, or ridicule its priceless message, it is not the fault of the gospel.  The reason why the gospel is misunderstood and rejected by men is because of man’s sinfulness and spiritual blindness.

The gospel does nothing to hinder our view of Christ and His work on our behalf, however, man’s sin hardened heart rejects the truth and mocks Christ and all He has done on behalf of His people.

 

Folks, we need to always remember that, apart from the Lord’s gracious intervention, sharing the gospel with the lost is much like ‘talking to a brick wall”.  Without Christ’s working, one hundred percent of the time, the gospel message will be rejected by the lost.

So as we minster to them don’t’ be surprised if they reject our message and misinterpret our motives.  They are blinded by sin and truly unable to see the truth….

John 5:39-40 KJV – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

 

However, through Christ’s intervention in the life of a lost person, the spiritually blind can receive sight, and those who were running from Christ can be drawn to Him…

John 6:44-45 KJV – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.   It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

 

So, as Christians, who love the lost and seek to see them saved, what are we to do?  Share the gospel message with them and PRAY FOR THEM… before, during, and after our witness to them.   We should never rely upon our own abilities to bring them to Christ, because we all have NO ABILITY to bring them to our Savior.   The only One who can bring the lost to Christ is the Lord Himself, as He intervenes in their lives through His ministry as the Holy Spirit.

He alone can bring them to salvation…. this is why we are to look to Him in faith, seek His face through prayer, and give Him all the praise and honor when we see a lost person come to faith.

It is truly a miracle of God when He softens the sin hardened heart of lost mankind and opens their eyes to the need of salvation and the wondrous work He has done on their behalf.

 

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The Pearly Gates…. The Preciousness Of The Gospel Message!

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And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the twelve gates were twelve pearls”

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And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

In the city of New Jerusalem, the wall has twelve gates which control access to this glorious city.  In Revelation, this city is symbolic of the place where God’s people can live eternally in the very presence of God.  The gates, therefore, represent the way to gain access to this wonderful eternity with God.

We are told that each gate is made of one pearl.  Christ used the picture of pearls to represent the precious truths of God’s Word:

 

  1. The truths of God should not be waste upon those who willfully, consistently mock, ridicule and scorn the God’s Word and people of God….

Matthew 7:6 – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

 

  1. The truths of God’s Word are of greater value than anything this world has to offer. We are to sacrifice anything of this world to come to an understanding and application of these truths into his life…

Matthew 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

 

Why would each gate to the city be made of a pearl?  It is through the Word of God (the gospel message of Christ and His work) that we can gain access to the glorious eternity with God.

Romans 10:12-18 – “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.    How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!    But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?    So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.    But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

 

It is only fitting that the gates to this city be symbolized by a precious, beautiful pearl that is greatly sought by men and held in high esteem by those who understand its great value.

May we all take the message of God’s Word, seriously by applying it to our lives and sharing this precious gift with others around us!

 

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The Beauty of Our Eternal Home….

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“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”

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“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

 

John now describes the foundations of the walls of New Jerusalem as being “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”    He then gives a listing of all the differing stones that decorate the foundation.

When we study the stones in detail we see two main teachings:

  1. The faithfulness of the Lord to keep His promises to His people…

The colors of the stones vary greatly reminding us of a rainbow.  The rainbow, was God’s gift to Noah and all mankind as a type of assurance that He would keep His promise to never destroy the world by water again.

Genesis 9:13-16 – “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

 

 

  1. This glorious city has its foundations in the intercessory work of Christ and is the place of communion and fellowship with Him…

These stones are the same as found in the breastplate worn by the OT priests.  The role of the OT priesthood was intercessory in nature, standing between God and sinful man offering sacrifices that typified the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of His people.    The typical result of the ministry of the priesthood was to bring peace and communion between God and His people.

Hebrews 7:24-27 – “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” 

Hebrews 9:24 – “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

 

As John describes the beautiful symbolism of the precious stones that decorate the foundation of the eternal city of God, may we all understand a far beautiful truth… our eternal dwelling place is given to His people based upon Christ’s faithfulness to His promises and His never-ending intercession for His people.

May we all praise and honor Christ with our lives as we remember his faithfulness to us and the wonderful eternity that awaits us.

 

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Our Sinless Eternity Where We See Our Lord Clearly!

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Revelation 21:18 – “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, like unto clear glass.”

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Revelation 21:18 – “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

 

 

John describes the New Jerusalem as “pure gold, like unto clear glass”.

The symbolism that lies behind the gold is very apparent.  Biblically, gold is a symbol of:

  1. greatly valued or desired (Psa 19:1)
  2. a kingly authority (2 Sam 12:30)
  3. the true God, and false deities (Exo 20:23, 37:2, Isa 60:6-9)
  4. indestructibility (Zech 13:9)

Knowing this, it is very easy to see why John saw this eternal city of God symbolized by “pure gold’… It is greatly desired by God’s people; It is ruled over by the Lord, the King of Kings; It is the city of the True God; It will not be destroyed but will exist throughout eternity.

 

Why would this gold be described as “like unto pure glass”?  Pure glass pictures something that can be easily seen through, without cracks, dirt, smoke, or any other material that could obstruct our view.  It presents to us the truth that this eternal city is sinless, not touched by the filth of sin, nor will our eyes be spiritually blinded due to sinful flesh.

1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

 

May we all praise and honor our Lord the wonderful future that awaits us… we will be able to see Him as He is, because we will no longer be touched by sin.  This will all take place in His dwelling place that He reigns over, that will never fade away!

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Our Eternity With The Lord… The Gospel Gives Access To A Sinless Eternity!

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Revelation 21:12 – And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates”

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“And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:”

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, sees the dwelling place of God on the New Earth, has a wall with gates in it. Why would this wondrous city have a wall? We are told that it is used to keep out sin (21:27), its effects (21:4), and those who are enslaved by it (21:8).

Why does this city have gates? To give entrance to those whose names are written in the Book of Life (21:27).

Folks, stop and think about the amazing symbolism that is set before us… in these symbols of the wall with gates we find the truth that those who are the People of God will gain entrance to a sinless, eternal existence in the very presence of God Himself. The sinless eternity awaiting the people of God is promised throughout the Holy Word…

Isaiah 35:8 – “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Joel 3:17 – “So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”

Zechariah 14:20-21 – “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.”

2 Peter 3:13 – “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

What a blessing that will be! To no longer have bodies touched by sin, no longer feel any effects of sin in our lives, no longer be tempted nor be struggling with our sinful desires, no longer being mistreated by those who hate our Lord and all He stands for!

May we all keep our eyes on this glorious future that is awaiting the people of God and know that no matter what we may face in this life, and no matter what effects of sin we might feel, there is coming a day when we all truly be liberated from sin and its effects and jejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 5:1-2 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

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Does the glory of God shine from your words and works?

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Revelation 21:10-11

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

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