Presents the Tell
it like it is! series
OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE BY JESUS CHRIST
Chapter 22 begins after the line of red stars ************* below.
"You're going to be gone anyway at that time".
They also say;
"It's not to be understood yet".
This is odd because the
means to "to reveal" or "unveil" something.
When you unveil anything,
you make it known.
The book of Revelation is a sister book to the book of Daniel in the Old Testament.
Both of these books were written to the people who live in the final generation, of the "latter days".
Daniel was told to, "shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end:" [Daniel 12:4].
He was told by God; "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." [Daniel 12:10]
The wise are those who study God's word, line upon line, chapter upon chapter, and all these words are wisdom from God.
This is why the wise should understand.
As we study Revelation, let us take a fresh look at the book, and allow God's Word to speak through us. Let's permit the Holy Spirit to allow His words to speak to our hearts which is our minds with understanding.
This chapter covers a time period that most people living on the face of the earth today will live through, and the wise Christian should understand these teachings.
So, be very cautious of any group that would tell you not to study, or to throw away part of God's word. Those are words Satan would use.Caution to students of God;s Word - Please remember two things when using our American Wisdom Series studies:
Revelation 2:17 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 hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
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.
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: Christopherson's Revelation chapter 22REVELATION
"The Eternal Kingdom"
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 gives 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.
So you see, if anyone perishes in hell, that soul chose it of his own free choice.
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, as the "tree of life" spiritually provides not only fruit for enjoyment, but its leaves give a divine provision for preserving and restoring 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 the saints.
Whatever questions you will have about the trinity, eternity, or any other subject will become clear to you at this time, for there will be no confusion.
In verse 4, we see the same marking you have in your foreheadnow will be here following the Millennium age and the great white throne judgment. This marking will not now allow you to worship the false-christ, Satan, for Satan will not have any part in the eternal age. That marking in your forehead is in your mind. 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 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. It will not be from the sun as we now get our light. 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", as in the Holy Bible you are studying now are "faithful and true". You can count on it, my fellow Christian.
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 instead be changed as we saw in I Corinthians 15:50-54 at Christ's return. Once you're changed to your incorruptible body and immortal soul, you are as you will be for eternity. Your soul receives immortality when Christ comes into you heart. Then, at the sounding of the seventh trump, which may be happening in five months, or at the most, a few years, you will reign eternally as joint heirs with Christ.
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. That mortal wound to the head of government means it ceases as a governing unit. What then?
When Satan shows up here on earth as the spurious messiah, 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 false prophets and false Christs will arise and show great signs and wanders and tell you Christ is here but believe them not. For in verse 28 He tells us that "wherever the carcass is there will the eagles be gathered together.".
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 anyone that performs wonders for them.
Revelation 22:9 "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."
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.
Remember the first commandment of God. "Though shalt have no other Gods before me". We are to worship God alone.
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 to the generation John was spiritually taken to and 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 your own mind that each of us should not be deceived. It's 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."
If you have eyes to see and ears to hear, you will understand, by the work 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 true church are drawing you to 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).
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 that what any teacher teaches is true. Does it say what He says it says? This is an important responsibility for any Bible teacher to be clear and accurate, and for any Bible student to prove to himself that he is, indeed.
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.
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!
Let's continue now with the angel still giving John a grand tour of the City of God.
Remember, this is what it looked like to John. The only way he could describe that which emanated and proceeded forth out of the throne of God and of the Lamb was that it looked like a river of water of life, only it was pure and clear as crystal.Rev. 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.
Note: It is highly recommended for those who would like more insight into the river of water of life, that they read "Jacob's Pillar", A Biblical Historical Study, by E. Raymond Capt, M.A., A.I.A., F.S.A., Scot., published by Artisan Sales, Thousand Oaks, CA. www.artisanpublishers.com This book traces the rich history of the Stone which Jacob anointed and set up as the House of God. It was this same Rock that was carried in the wilderness which Moses struck and the "river of water proceeded forth" to quench the thirst of the people. It was this same Rock that Jeremiah took along with the daughters of the last king of Judah, king Zedekiah, to the shores of Ireland whereupon the marriage of Eochaidh and Tamar Tephi, the King and Queen of Ireland, took place. It is this Rock upon which virtually every king and queen of Ireland, Scotland and England has been coronated. Yes, even King James who decreed the English translation of the Bible was coronated on this Rock and it has resided under the English coronation throne in Westminster Abby from the 1300's until just recently when John Majors, the former Prime Minister of England, had it moved to Edinburgh Castle in Scotland at the request of the Scots who claim to be its rightful owner.
This is another PICTURE. Can you visualize it? See a crystalline river proceeding forth from God's throne with the tree of life standing on each bank. And each month the tree brings forth fruit to be eaten and leaves to maintain the wellness of the nations.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?
Well, let's start with the "tree of life". If you have read all of God's Word then you encountered the "tree of life" in the very first book of the Bible, for He was in the midst of the garden of Eden.
The tree of life, when its fruit is eaten, grants eternal life. The tree of life is symbolic of Jesus Christ. And He "feeds" His people. He always has and He always will, even throughout the eternity as we just read in Rev. 22:2. He is the "bread of life" just as He is the "tree of life".Genesis 3:22
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:
And we read in the messages to the churches that all those who overcome will be given to partake of the tree of life which is where? In the midst of the paradise of God!
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.
There are other fruits of the spirit. Do a word search and seek, and ye shall find.Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Again, every cursed thing and all that offends have been completely consumed in the lake of fire. They are GONE, i.e. there shall be no more accursed thing!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:
When the bride gets married her last name changes to her husband's name. And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.
So the grand tour and the true and faithful sayings weren't just for John, but for all the servants of the Lord God. And thank God, now we know. Imagine if we had listened to those who call themselves ministers of God and yet tell their people not to read the Book of Revelation. We would have been robbed! 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.
And the very last words that John hears before he returns to his lot on the isle of Patmos are from the Lamb of God Himself. It is he or she that keeps and does the sayings of the prophecy of this book that shall be blessed! No other therapy will work!Rev. 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
We can only imagine the overwhelming impact it must have had on John when the reality of being taken to heaven, to the very throne of God, and witnessing the awesome events described in this book, finally "hit home". And so he fell down to worship before the feet of the angel. That's a "no no", and I'm sure but for the emotion of the moment that he knew better. "Welcome back to the flesh and humanity", John! However, we will learn and even gain a "revelation" from John's mistake as our Father once again turns a lemon into lemonade.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.
But as it is written, the "learned", the PhD's, the seminary graduates, the professors of theologies and philosophies, who should teach our people the visions and the words of the prophecies of this book do not understand it, and we shall learn why from great prophet Isaiah!
Ah, but the book is not sealed as we just learned, albeit they cannot understand it.Isaiah 29:11
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 so feeling unsatisfied from the "spin" of the so-called "learned", one asks their fellow church member, who says "You'll have to ask one of the "learned" men. I'm not a Rev." And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
Now here's the reason they cannot SEE and cannot HEAR the words of the prophecies of this book.
Yes, they go to church and they have a zeal for God, but they are never truly taught the depth of the love and the emotions and the rewards and the glory of our Father, which teaching causes the heart of the soul to draw ever so close to Him that He can draw ever so close to them. Why do they not know Him and why will He say "I never knew you" (Mat. 7:23)? 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.
And so contrary to the traditions of men, the Book of Revelation is OPEN and UNSEALED for all who will seek Him. And so we are all without excuse. And so will "action" be taken, or will the "status quo" remain just that?
Yes, the sayings of the prophecy of this book are UNSEALED, available for ALL to understand, and so your time and my time is at hand. And since we must all give account for our own actions, what you do about what is written is completely up to you. If you want to remain unjust, have at it! If you want to remain spiritually filthy, go for it. Just remember that our Father has given all of us a choice and He so desires that we choose to love Him. The following verse from Deuteronomy says it all: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.
Therefore know this: Jesus Christ is returning soon and everyone will get what they deserve and be rewarded according to that which they have earned, i.e. according to their works. (No, we're not talking about salvation which is a free gift from God. But if a person wants some rewards they better have some righteous works.) Here are Christ's own words which we remember from verse 6 are "true and faithful", which means there's no doubt whatsoever that they are going to come to pass.Deut. 30:19
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". We read these very words in the 8th verse of the beginning chapter of this book. Now with only 8 verses to go we read them again. And in between them we have been given the special and honored privilege of SEEING behind the veil the "things which must shortly come to pass" as revealed by Jesus Christ Himself. But even so we are now reminded in this verse that He is still the same as from the beginning and that His message is still the same and knowledge alone isn't enough. We must take action and be "doers", not just hearers. How fitting the next verse spoken by He who the apostle Paul tells us in Hebrews 13:8 never changes: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever", the Alpha and Omega. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Blessed means happy beyond measure. Such are "they that do His commandments", for they have the right to the tree of life and may enter in through the pearly gates into that glorious and holy city which is so breathtakingly beautiful that words cannot describe it. But what about those who choose Plan B? 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.
Dogs means "idolaters", lovers everything else except the true God, and sorcerers are "drug" pushers, dealers and users. Remember, we are back in 96 A.D., not in the eternity where the fate of those listed in verse 15 will have been fulfilled. Do you remember from chapter 21 verse 8 what their fate is? For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Knowing this, you would think that the choice of Deut. 30:19 would not be a tough one, wouldn't you! Let's see:Rev. 21:8
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.
Jesus has a few more final words for us.Deut. 30:19. Choose one of the following:
Plan A: Life and Blessings
Plan B: Death and Cursings
So has your church brought forth the testimony of the Revelation that Jesus Christ specifically sent to them? Or are they teaching you that you will fly away when these events occur? Or are they busy teaching you how to be a good Christian by giving to this charity and that missionary?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 speaking about the churches, Jesus reminds us that He is the One who holds the Key of David that the Church of Philadelphia uses to unlock and bring forth the testimony of which He just spoke. Remember, there are only two out the seven churches that Jesus found no fault with, Smyrna and Philadelphia. The are rest are busy with their traditions!
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.
Or, you can choose to follow Plan B and fall with the anti-star, the son of the morning. Isaiah 14:12 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!.."
And so the Holy Spirit and the bride say "Come", which is "take action". And if you have "ears to hear" then you are also to say "Come", take action. And if you thirst for the hearing of the Word of God during this time of the great famine (Amos 8:11), then come and hear what saith the Spirit and the bride and those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. And anyone who is willing, anyone at all, of any race, of any gender, of any sect or creed, may take freely of the water of life. The choice is yours. There is neither fee nor tax.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.
Christ continues in summation:
Go ahead, teach "Rapture" fly away doctrines and traditions of men that are not to be found in the Word of God. You'll be sure to get your reward. Jesus promised! 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:
Go ahead, tell people that they don't need to read the Book of Revelation or that it's just a matter of interpretation, so why bother! You'll be sure to get your reward. Jesus promised! 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.
Now for the Revelation of the 7th and final solemn warning by our Lord and Savior that He shall return:
Even so Lord Jesus, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth." 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.
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