22:6-21 Final Reminders, Blessings And Curses
Memory Verse: Revelation 22:7
22:6-13 Edification And Blessings For Believers
- 22:6 One of the seven angels who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues continued talking with John saying: (1) These sayings are faithful and true—the prophecies of this book are truth and they will be fulfilled. (2) The Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servants the things which must shortly be done—God himself wanted His servant to know what will take place in the future and what definitely will take place, so that we can take action today about how we are to live.
- 22:7, 14a Obey: Jesus reminds us saying, “Behold, I come quickly.” His return is imminent—we don’t know when He will return but He could return at anytime. Then He offers a blessing saying, “Blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” In the first chapter of Revelation we are told anyone who reads or hears and keeps the things which are written in the prophecy of this book are blessed. Now, again in the last chapter we are reminded, with the focus being on “keeping” the sayings of this book. From beginning to end, believers should pay attention to everything that is recorded, repenting of any sins we find in our lives, longing for the return of our Lord Jesus and warning unbelievers of the eternal damnation that awaits them if they don’t repent.
- 22:8-9 Worship: John confirms it is he who saw and heard these things. Then being overwhelmed by the greatness of what he saw and heard, as well as, forgetting his earlier mistake, he fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed him these things. Then the angel said to John not to worship him but to only worship God. The angel rightly reminded John that even though he is an angel he is still just a fellow-servant just like John, the brethren the prophets and of those who keep the sayings of this book. Worship is a proper response to what John saw but only if it is directed at the proper object. All creatures should reserve all worship for their Creator, not each other.
Exodus 34:14; Matthew 4:10; Revelation 19:10
- 22:10-11 Proclaim: The angel continues and tells John not to seal the sayings of the prophecy of this book because the time is at hand. The message is urgent and there is nothing hidden in its message, but it is to be proclaimed. John could not hide this revelation but was to give it to the churches to be taught and preached so all the saints could hear the prophecy of this book. Every generations until Jesus returns should heed this call and teach the book of Revelation. Anyone who forbids its teaching is not keeping the sayings of this book. People will respond to the preaching of this book, some will reject it (he that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still), but others will accept it and strive to live their lives in accordance with it (he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still).
- 22:12-13 Serve: Again Jesus reminds us saying, “Behold, I come quickly.” Then He tells us that His reward to give every man is with Him. The rewards will be given according to the work each man has done. With the understanding that Jesus could come back at any moment, and that He is going to reward us for the works we have done, we should be motivated to start living a life of service for Him today. Finally, Jesus states that He has the authority to be to distributor of the rewards because He is the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last”—The Eternal Sovereign One!
22:14-21 A Longing For Jesus’ Return And Sinners’ Repentance
- 22:14-15 Two Kinds of People: John then writes another blessings saying, “Blessed are they that do his commandments.” This blessing means that they have the right to the tree of life (eternal life), and they will enter in through the gates into the city (eternal destination with God). Then as a reminder, so we don’t forget, not everyone will receive this blessings—those who are habitual sinners (sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, whosoever loves and makes a lie) without repentance and faith in Jesus are like the dogs who live without the city. Their final destination is the lake of fire (eternal death—separation from God).
- 22:16 Jesus confirms it is He who sent His angel to testify unto John these things so he can give them to the churches and the church is to give its message of hope and judgement to the world. This is encouraging because the message of this book isn’t just from an angel, but from Jesus Himself—identified as King David’s ancestor (the root of David) and descendent (the offspring of David)—this is impossible unless you are the God-man (100% God and 100% man). He also said He is the bright and morning star—meaning He is the Messiah, the Light of the world.
Mark 12:35–37; 2 Samuel 7:12–16; Psalm 132:11–12; John 8:12
- 22:17 An Invitation: The Holy Spirit and the church (the bride) say, “Come.” They are longing, desiring and waiting for the Lord Jesus to return. Then there is an invitation for “him that hears” to say, “Come.” If you aren’t already one who is looking for the return of Jesus, you can be. The invitation is open for anyone who is thirsty (realize your need for Jesus because of your sin) to come (to repent) and take the water of life (faith in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection alone) freely (through grace not of works). Jesus through the written word of Revelation is calling you to repent and put your faith in Him. He is giving you the opportunity to become His child and Him to become your God.
- 22:18-19 John closes the book of Revelation with a warning. He prohibits any person that hears the words of the prophecy of this book to add to or take away form it. Just like all of scripture we are to obey it “as is” without changing it. If a person does add to it they will be treated like unbelievers in judgement (God will add unto him the plagues that are written in this book). If a person takes away from it they will suffer the lake of fire (God will 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). This book should be proclaimed and obeyed as truth.
Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32
- 22:20 Jesus, the one which testified these things ends the book of Revelation assuring us that He will come again saying, “Surely I come quickly.” John responds looking forward to that day saying, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” We should join him in this saying.
- 22:21 Finally, the last verse of the book of Revelation ends with “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” It is only through finding God’s grace that our lives can be changed and we can obtain the blessings talked about in this book.
- Jesus first blessing is for those who do what?
- The angel tells John not to do what about the sayings of the prophecy of this book?
- There are what two kinds of people?
- What happens if you add or take away from this book?
- The invitation is open to repent and believe Jesus, are you willing?