Revelation Series – Chapter 22:6-21

The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

The angel of the Lord gave his own testimony. “There are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” 1Peter5:7-8. The Lord sends his spirit to inspire those whom he has appointed as prophets to glorify His name. It is written, “…the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7. The Lord loves to reveal his plans to his people. His eyes are looking for those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”

The Lord is giving a message to all that He is coming soon! But before He comes, He wants His people to be ready since on the day of the Lord .”..The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”

The angel of the Lord forbade John to worship him. The angel told John that he is a servant of the Lord just as John and fellow prophet were. He asked John to worship Him. A true prophet of the Lord brings people to the kingdom of God, He proclaims that he is a mere servant and not to be worshipped in any way. The prophet who doesn’t give glory to the Lord is a false prophet since he wants people to worship him. Be careful of people who wants to get all credits for the miracles and wonders that are being done in Jesus name. Be careful of the prophets who are turning people into his worshipper by instilling fear in them. A God sent prophet will bring people to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and will never try to take the glory that is due to the Lord. Beware! The world is full of false prophets!

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” 12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outsiders are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

The angel told John not to seal the words of the prophesy. The Lord wants everyone to know about his coming. We have a responsibility to let others know that the coming of the Lord is at hand. Let us change the course of our actions and get ready for his coming! Let us serve the Lord fearfully and diligently, so that we may not be found outside of God’s Kingdom. Let us be diligent in the service of the Lord so that we may receive our reward from the Lord, who is the origin and final destination of all. Those who guard the word of testimony by not mixing it up with other teachings, will receive a great reward from the Lord.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” 17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Jesus gave his own testimony  and He is inviting people to come to him and receive the free gift of the water of life. Those who have received the water of life from the Lord never feel thirsty, their cup is always overflowing with spiritual zeal and joy. Their enthusiasm brings many to the Lord.

18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

The word of the Lord is absolute. Nothing can be added to it or taken out of it. The Lord is indeed coming soon! Blessed are those who make themselves ready for His coming!

 

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