“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. 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. 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. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:1-7.
Here Jesus is telling us, “This is for real; it is true; and it is soon going to happen.” He then says those who ‘keep the things in the book’ are blessed. What does that mean? Well, if we learn about the things this book tells us and we give our whole hearts to Jesus and let Him help us to live His kind of life, we will be very glad and happy. And someday, very soon, He will come and take us home.
Oh, I see some people interested in things that are only traps of Satan; they have TV programs or cartoons; videos and video or computer games, and they think these things are so important. Or they are all caught up with baseball, or football, or soccer, or hockey, or basketball, and they think it is the most important thing in the whole world. But it isn’t at all.
Satan has invented a multitude of ways in to keep men from serving God and preparing a character for heaven. He has invented sports and games, and people get all caught up in them with such intensity that one would suppose a crown of life was to reward the winner.
These things are not what is important. The most important thing in the whole world is to live like Jesus, with Him in your heart, and be every day getting ready for heaven.
“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.” Revelation 22:8, 9.
Here John gets excited again because of the wonderful things he is seeing and forgets, and tries to worship the angel, but he patiently reminds him, “Worship God.”
This is very good advice; when we really worship God and we think about Him, we admire Him, we love to talk about Him, our whole life aims towards Him; Then we will be truly happy.
I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long,
I sing, for I cannot be silent,
His love is the theme of my song!
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 22:10.
We remember that the book of Daniel was sealed until the ‘Time of the End’, but Revelation was not to be sealed, as its prophecies were unfolding even as John was writing the book.
But there was one part of Revelation that was sealed. Do you recall what that was? Yes, it was the story told by the Seven Thunders in chapter 10:3, 4. This verse tells us that close to the end of time, just before the final crisis, even these ‘thunders’ will be understood by the students of prophecy. This time is now here so we know that very soon probation will close on this old earth and Jesus will return for His children.
“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. 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.” Revelation 22:11-13.
This is the announcement Jesus will make when human probation closes. It is a solemn time when the destinies of all have been fixed forever; not by a self-centered decision of God; but each soul, by his own daily choices, will have sealed his fate to where it can never be reversed. Oh, may we all be found on Jesus’ side on that day.
“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.” Revelation 22:14-15.
Who are going to be in heaven? Those who obey God. Who are going to be left out? ‘Dogs’; This isn’t bow-wow doggies; no, it means cruel, heartless, wicked people. ‘Sorcerers’; Have you noticed a lot of people into magic and witches and wizards these days? Well, they must repent and leave those things, or they will never see heaven.
Whoremongers and murderers; this means sexually impure people and those who kill and are cruel to others.
Idolaters; are people who love something or someone better than they love Jesus and His ways.
Those who ‘Love and make lies’; this is a very serious one, it includes people who like to pretend that things that are not true are true, and people who like to read or see fiction stories. It includes people who write or make fiction stories or movies. It also includes being dishonest in any way; and those who refuse to believe the Bible because they would rather have things some other way. The only safety is to always love what is true.
I would invite all who read this, to carefully look around in your life, and if you find any things, (games, stories, books, TV, fantasies, movies) that are not true, get them out of your life. Then replace them with God’s Word and true things. I can tell you from experience, you will be so happy you did.
“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 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.” Revelation 22:16, 17.
All the blessings obtained for mankind by the sinless life and sacrificial death of the dear Savior, are offered freely, to all who will accept them. The lowliest sinner is invited and the loftiest king has no supremacy. All may receive the promise and all who accept it are to join in sounding the invitation, “Come and take 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.” Revelation 22:18-21.
Then that voice, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, is heard, saying: ‘Your conflict is ended.’ ‘…Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ This is our hope. This is our destiny. We can live forever. If we miss eternity, we have missed everything.
If we are not ready for Christ’s soon return, we will miss the greatest event in history. Jesus says “Come: Come to forgiveness. Come for mercy. Come for victory over besetting sin. Come to eternity. Come enter the kingdom prepared for you.”
If you desire to live in His kingdom forever, bow before Him, surrender your life to Him, take into your hands the Holy Bible, open it with a prayer for guidance, read it and bring its teachings into your life. Ask Him to guide you and make this a reality for you.
“Even so, Come Lord Jesus.”