Revelation 21-22 (Part 4: Revelation 22:1-21)

Part 4 of a verse by verse commentary

Revelation 22:1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

pure river of water of life

Genesis 2:8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2:10 Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.

Zechariah 14:8 And in that day it shall be— That living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.
Zechariah 14:9 And the LORD shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be “The LORD is one,” And His name one.

John 7:37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
John 7:39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Revelation 7:14 And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Revelation 7:15 Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them.
Revelation 7:16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat;
Revelation 7:17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Revelation 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

Psalms 46:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
Psalms 46:5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.

proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb… together finally

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Genesis 3:22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever“—
Genesis 3:23 therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
Genesis 3:24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

ante-symbol

Ezekiel 47:12 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

(ISV)  Between the city street and the river, the tree of life was visible from each side. It produced twelve kinds of fruit, each month having its own fruit. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

“were”

Will eating be a part of spiritual life

Jesus ate after His resurrection as a spirit being (Acts 10:40-41)
We will all eat at the wedding feast

If we do a little of reasoning with :4 we can see that we won’t be physical

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.

no more curse…

Of any kind

Main curse is death

Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”),

God and of the Lamb shall be in it…

Ezekiel 48:35 All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.

Revelation 22:4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.

see His face…

Exodus 33:18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”
Exodus 33:19 Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
Exodus 33:20 But He said, “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.”
Exodus 33:21 And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.
Exodus 33:22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by.
Exodus 33:23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”

His name shall be on their foreheads…

Revelation 3:12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.

Revelation 22:5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

Daniel 7:18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.’

Daniel 7:27 Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.’

Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

they will always be obedient and submissive to God the Father (Revelation 22:3) and His servants shall serve Him.

This the culmination; this was the plan from the beginning

Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

This is the end of the revelation

[Angel speaking] Revelation 22:6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

These words are faithful and true … In respect to the revelation

Isaiah 46:8 “Remember this, and show yourselves men; Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me,
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’
Isaiah 46:11 Calling a bird of prey from the east, The man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.
Isaiah 46:12 “Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted, Who are far from righteousness:
Isaiah 46:13 I bring My righteousness near, it shall not be far off; My salvation shall not linger. And I will place salvation in Zion, For Israel My glory.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
Revelation 1:2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.
Revelation 1:18 am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
Revelation 1:19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

[Jesus Christ speaking] Revelation 22:7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Behold, I am coming quickly..3 times exactly in Revelation. 3 times in so many words in this last chapter

Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

Behold, I am coming quickly… relative to God and us later in the big scheme of things

In the book of Revelation it says this twice in the chapter and once to the Philadelphians (Rev 3:11)

Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Blessed is… 6th of the 7 blessings Revelation

7 Blessings

Rev_1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Rev_14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

Rev_16:15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Rev_19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

Rev_20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Rev_22:7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Rev_22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

…who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book…

See the blessings above that come with doing!

We have been very plain in the previous chapter how we need to be acting and we will see it once again in some of the verses coming up

[ John speaking] Revelation 22:8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
Revelation 22:9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

Daniel 8:17 So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”

Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
Genesis 17:2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
Genesis 17:3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying:

Colossians 2:18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

[Angel speaking] Revelation 22:10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.

Unsealed at this time

[Angel speaking] Revelation 22:11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

This is the final judgment – now there is no switching between groups

everyone has every opportunity to do what is right and wh

[Jesus Christ speaking] Revelation 22:12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

There is a judgment according to works

Our reward is according to works

Our salvation is a gift, but our reward comes from how well we did with the talents that we have been given.

[Jesus Christ speaking] Revelation 22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

see: Revelation 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

The beginning and the end of the plan of Salvation for mankind – and the points in between

John 5:30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Zechariah 4:6 So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the LORD of hosts.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.

[Jesus Christ speaking?] No real indication of change of speaker;

Rev_22:7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

14 and 15 go together; 16 is JC speaking;

Why is this Not in red b/c His commandments?; being Christ’s as though they were different;

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

They have the same commandments any way – let’s not confuse that.

Nonetheless, it is only those that keep the commandments…that is do not sin, that will have eternal life and be allowed in the city

1 John 3:9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

[Jesus Christ speaking?] Revelation 22:15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

So what are the progression of events here (as a refresher):

Revelation 20:15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 21:1-2: The New Jerusalem has come down to earth.

We emphasized this verse at the time:

Revelation 21:27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Revelation 21:8 [He who does not overcome] But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable,[how they are acting THEN actually what they are doing] murdererssexually immoralsorcerersidolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Matthew 7:6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs [unclean and filthy]; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Outside… means they will never be inside the city

just like the garbage dump outside of old Jerusalem in the valley of Hinnom (gehenna in the greek)

In Jesus’ day this area had fires burning constantly in order to burn up the trash of the day as well as the dead bodies of criminals.
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All is spirit:

  • God is spirit John 4:24
  • We will become spirit John 3; 1 Corinthians 15;
  • The heavens and earth will be spirit

Psalms 102:25 Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Psalms 102:26 They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed.

God creates
new heavens and a new earth (2 Peter 3:7, 10–13).
Isaiah 51:6 the heavens will vanish away
Isaiah 34:4 All the host of heaven shall be DISSOLVED and ROLLED UP like a scroll
Isaiah 65:17; 66:22 God will create new heavens and a new earth, which will remain (unlike the present one)
2 Corinthians 4:18 For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

[Jesus Christ speaking] Revelation 22:16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”

So in terms of :14-15 even if it is the angel speaking, he is speaking the words and revelation of Christ.

I am the Root and the Offspring of David…

This was prophesied in Isaiah and Zechariah, confirmed in the gospel of Matthew and Paul’s epistle to the Romans, prefaced in Revelation 5:5 and now finally it is stated by JC Himself that He is that Son of David.

Isaiah 11:1Zechariah 6:12Matthew 22:42Matthew 22:45Romans 1:3-4

the Bright and Morning Star…

1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

2 Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

And the Spirit …

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

And the Spirit and the bride say…

a bride can be called that right after the wedding. So in the scheme of things this just over a 1000 years later (like we were talking about “I come quickly”)

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Romans 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

In a sense this should be in red, since it is JC’s words mixed with others in the God family.

…who thirsts come. Whoever desires… those who really want this way of life [as we addressed before]

It is those that really want to be there that will be in the KOG with the Father and Son forever. This is what God encourages us in. He wants everyone to COME to Him.

Isaiah 55:1 “Ho! Everyone who thirsts [Whoever desires], Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price.
Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you— The sure mercies of David.
Isaiah 55:4 Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, A leader and commander for the people.
Isaiah 55:5 Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, And nations who do not know you shall run to you, Because of the LORD your God, And the Holy One of Israel; For He has glorified you.”
Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

These verse segue back into the next verses in revelation 22

Isaiah 55:8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Revelation 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
Revelation 22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

This should be taken as a dire warning to those that wield the world of God with recklessness. When they take the words of the Bible and tweak them to say what THEY want it to say – God will not look too kindly on that – and that’s putting it mildly!

[Jesus Christ speaking] Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

1 Timothy 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Revelation 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.