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But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
What an incredible source of information this picture Book of Revelation has been to those of us who have willingly taken the time to SEE the PICTURES and then read the simple explanations of the symbols and imagery used by the Holy Spirit to teach us.
We have now come to the 22nd and final chapter of this remarkable book where we continue, since chapter 21, verse 9, to read about the glorious new Holy City of Jerusalem which our Father will bring down out of heaven to this earth, wherein He shall dwell with His children for ever and ever. And since the entire Godhead will now be present on earth, heaven will be here also. So you see, the earth is our home for ever and ever, for Heaven and Earth shall be as one!
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.
Rev. 22:2 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.
Yes, I can SEE the PICTURE, but what does it mean?
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:
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Well, how about the leaves? Are people going to get sick and need medicine? Imagine after all the times we've discussed the incorruptible body, the spiritual body, which never hurts or pains, that we can come right back with a question like that?
Rev. 22:3 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:
 And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.
 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.
 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.
Rev. 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
Rev. 22:8 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.
 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.
 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
Of course if you listen to what many preachers and ministers tell their people, who blindly trust in them to show them the truth of God's Word, saying that they don't need to understand the Book of Revelation, then this is how they present Rev. 1:1 "The Secret and Sealed Sayings of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to hide from His servants things which must shortly come to pass;". A sealed revelation? I think not!
And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:
 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
The answer is given in the last phrase of verse 13. For all they are taught about Him is taught BY THE PRECEPT OF MEN, the traditions of men. They are not taught line by line and chapter by chapter the wonderful words and the wonderful works of God.
Rev. 22:11 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.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
Rev. 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
 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.
 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Deut. 30:19. Choose one of the following:
Plan A: Life and Blessings
Plan B: Death and Cursings
Rev. 22:16 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.
And remember He also said while addressing those churches that He has something special for those who overcome: Rev. 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star." Jesus is that bright and morning star.
Rev. 22:17 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.
 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:
 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.
 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Editor's Note: We
are going to stop here in our "Book of Revelation Study" to review
some commentary from chapter 22 of Revelation in an earlier study we
don't believe you will find much difference in the general opinion of
these two authors, but to read another person's perspective of events
that took place may prove helpful in your understanding of the
Revelation 22 and what happens in the end times, just prior to Christ's
return, during the Millennium, and the start of the new heaven and
Bible Study was originally written by Roger Christopherson,
published at http://www.theseason.org/
Without the leading by the Holy Spirit, there is no understanding of the truths, for all the truth of the Scriptures are revealed to us by God's Spirit.Now here is our revised study of
"The Eternal Kingdom"
This chapter of Revelation allows us to get a glimpse of the eternal city, and life within that New Jerusalem, as John is escorted to that period of time by a messenger of God. When this new city is presented to the bride of Christ, no other person, or angel in any form will be in existence that has not been saved under the blood of Lord Jesus Christ.
God set the standard and form for worshipping Him, and having our sins forgiven. When Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross, and came out of that tomb victorious over death, the price was paid for the sins of all mankind who would repent of their sins.
Revelation 22:1 "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."
The "pure river of water of life" is more of a rain of the substance as seen in Strong's Greek Dictionary #5204, "Hudatos" (as if rainy). The "water of life", or "Zoe" [#2222 in Strong's Greek dictionary] takes us to the root of word #5590 meaning "psyche", which is merely "vitality". This vitality is extended even to plant life; and extends to mankind to heart, life, mind, soul, you and me.
This substance is eternal and came forth from the throne of God and the Lamb. The Lamb is our Lord Jesus Christ, who became the perfect sacrifice for our sins, through His sinless life, and shed blood on the cross. These thrones of Father and Son will be in our midst as we spend an eternity with them.
Is God a hateful God? Never! God is a loving God who has the ability far beyond what any human mind can comprehend, to give repentance and salvation to all who will hear His word, see their sins, and repent. He even set up a kingdom on earth, for 1,000 years of teaching and testing, just so every living soul can have a fair opportunity to understand and choose.
Now if anyone perishes in hell, that soul chose it of his own free will.
Revelation 22:2 "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 fruit; and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
"In" in the Greek text, "en" governs only the case (the dative) and denotes being and remaining within to give rest on a continuance. It has regards to a place and space as in Matthew 10:16, and a sphere of action in Romans 1:5, 8. It also denotes a continuance in time as in Matthew 2:1 and John 11:10.
The "tree of life" is our Lord Jesus Christ, who we read about in Genesis 2:9. Well, how can that be? Remember in Revelation 21:6, he said, "... I am [always was] Alpha and Omega... ". Jesus existed prior to becoming a baby in the manger in Bethlehem. However, this "tree of life" is a certain tree,(PERSON/throughout the Bible, trees spiritually represent people; In this case our Lord Jesus Christ, i.e."THE TREE OF LIFE") spiritually providing not only fruit for enjoyment, but its leaves give a divine provision for preserving and restoring spiritual health, specifically for the nations.
Ezekiel 47:12 "And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
As we saw in Revelation 21:4, all former things are passed away, and there will be no sickness or sorrow.
Revelation 22:3 "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:"
Revelation 22:4 "And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads."
There will no longer be any cursed thing, for all cursed things and peoples' souls which were against God are now ashes. Even their memory is gone. The only thing on the minds of God's children will be to love and serve God, and praise Our Lord Jesus Christ. Both will be in person, living and talking with us, the saints.
Whatever questions you will have about the trinity, eternity, or any other subject will be clear at this time, for there will be no confusion.
In verse 4, we see the same marking you have in your forehead will be here following the Millennium age and the great white throne judgment. However, This marking will not allow you to worship Antichrist, for Satan will not have any part in the eternal age. This marking in your forehead is in your mind; It's "The Seal of The Lord". You know Jesus Christ comes at the seventh trump, following Satan's reign on earth, and that no flesh can enter into Christ's kingdom. God has given us His truths in His word (Bible), and all of God's children, left on earth will know Him. It's sealed in their memory.
Revelation 22:5 "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."
That's right, the light in the eternity will come from Our Heavenly Father. I know it will not be from the sun we now get our light from. However, the source will be provided by God. It will be an eternal light source, for God's reign will have no end.
Revelation 22:6 "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."
"He" is the angel showing John the sights of the holy city. This angel is telling John that the "Words", or Holy Bible you are studying now are "faithful and true". You can count on it, my Christian friend, as long as you're studying from a uncorrupted Bible.
It was the Lord God that personally sent His messengers to His holy prophets to give you record of the truth, in advance. And He allowed His messengers (angels) to show His servants, such as John, Paul, Ezekiel, and in every other record of the Bible, a glimpse of what is to come.
If you have a Bible and the tools to read it, you have no excuse for being ignorant in this final generation. Call on the Lord, and pray for the Holy Spirit of God to open your mind, and He will.
In this, the final generation, you might never die in the flesh, but be changed as we saw in I Corinthians 15:50-54. Once you're changed to your incorruptible body and immortal soul, you are as you will be for eternity. Your soul, even now, today, receives immortality when Christ comes into your heart. Then, at the sounding of the seventh trump, which may be measured in months, or at the most, a few years, you will reign eternally as joint heirs with Christ.
The Blood Jesus Christ Shed On The Cross
Over the Door Post of Your Heart?
If not! What
are you waiting for?
Jesus is our Passover Protection and
His Protection is Available to You Now!
Revelation 22:7 "Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book."
Jesus is saying, "Behold, I come quickly:... ". Though it be quickly, we can still watch the happenings on the news and see the world around us, to know this one world system will collapse with a lack of political credibility, and guts. When the world sees the United Nations is used only to advance the causes of a few Kenites, international banking and industrial-commercial families' interest, it will fall as a political beast.
This mortal wound to the head of a government system, means it ceases as a governing unit. What then?
Antichrist comes on the scene, and the seventh trump is only five months away [see Revelation 9:5]. "Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings . . ." of the Bible, for you will be an overcomer. Know the prophecies, and be a watchman. Jesus said in Matthew 24:32-25 to learn these prophecies that you not be deceived, for Antichrist will come first.
Revelation 22:8 "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."
After John had been allowed to see and hear all that we have studied in this Book of Revelation, he was going to fall down and worship this angel. Sort of like many people today, ready to worship anything or one that performs wonders for them.
Revelation 22:9 "Then saith he unto me, Seee 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."
This messenger that showed John around in Revelation 22, in the New Jerusalem let John know he was a fellowservant and prophet, like John. He doesn't say who it is, though.
Editor's Note: But this verse 9 tells us that we too are/were angels prior to taking on these animal bodies, (in order to learn a lesson about life and death) i.e. by being born to a flesh and blood woman.
Remember the first commandment of God. "Though shalt have no other Gods before me". We are to worship God alone, not angels, of which we are; We are not to worship ourselves!
Revelation 22:10 "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand."
The angel warned John not to seal up the prophecies of Revelation for now they are about to happen. Especially to the generation we are living in now. We are to learn them, and seal them in our minds, so that we are not deceived.
Revelation 22:11 "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."
God is telling John through the angel, not to be concerned, for the deception coming upon the world; But to learn and know in our own mind so that each of us not be deceived. This is an individual message to you and to me personally. Get your own soul right with God, and your mind prepared, or you will be deceived.
Revelation 22:12 "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."
Revelation 22:13 "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."
God is giving us a second warning of His soon return, and the rewards He has prepared for His adopted sons (daughters). He is telling us of His power and glory, which is eternal.
Revelation 22:14 "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."
Revelation 22:15 "For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
The messenger is repeating for you and me, that the rewards, and eternal life are, our right when we accept Him and do His commandments. He compares those who violate His words as dogs, and gives them the same ranking as all those who will be destroyed in hell fire, and never see the "New Jerusalem".
Revelation 22:16 "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."
Our Lord Jesus Christ now speaks to John, and there can be no mistake why He allowed John to see and witness all that is about to happen. That we may know what is to come and not be deceived. That it should be taught in our churches. So that we may know our Savior is the promised messiah, and our redeemer, and that we know the prophecies concerning His birth, and resurrection are true. And that he will not be the first person to appear on earth, claiming he is God!
If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you will understand, by the word of the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 22:17 "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 Holy Spirit, and the church are to be drawing you to the real Christ. To be part of the bride of Christ which will be a partakers in the beautiful eternal New Jerusalem. The only one holding you back is you. However, there is only one way, and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ, who has paid the very expensive price of His holy blood. You get the forgiveness by asking for it, through repentance to God for all your sins. Then He will lead you and change you as you study His word (the Bible).
The Blood Jesus Christ Shed On The Cross
Over the Door Post of Your Heart?
If not! What
are you waiting for?
Jesus is our Passover Protection and
His Protection is Available to You Now!
Revelation 22:18 "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:"
Revelation 22:19 "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."
God wrote the scripture through His prophets, to you and me. Though I write these comments about the scriptures to you, or if any teacher, you are to read and verify what any teacher teaches. Does it say what He says it says? This is an important responsibility for any Bible teacher to be clear and accurate.
Revelation 22:20 "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. A-men'. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
Revelation 22:21 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. A-men'."
It is God, and Our Lord Jesus Christ that testifieth of the promises and prophecies. This is the seventh and last testimony that Jesus Christ said, "Behold, I come Quickly".
Grace is given to "you all", meaning "all the saints". Grace is the riches, the unmerited favor of God given to you freely for accepting it, and claiming those promises from God's Word which gives us our salvation.
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