Archive for March 13th, 2018

Revelation 22

Revelation 22 has John on a tour of the New Jerusalem.  “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month”.  Throughout scripture, a picture of a river is used to express power, growth, provision, yield and peace.  Little wonder that it is used here in the biggest reveal ever to describe what things will be like for eternity.  It all flows from God and Christ, and provides what is essential for the tree of life to continue yielding its fruit.

The tree of life has been around since the beginning, and will be there at the end.  Adam and Eve failed in Genesis 3 to obey God and not eat from the tree of life.  Now that we see it again, after the final victory and the center of eternity, it reminds us that God is in the restoration business and gives us the right to return to Him no matter the past.  We have to deal with our sins, but when we do “No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him”.  This is the final resting place.  If our name is written in the book of life, we’ll spend eternity here with God.

He will be our God.  “They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads”. Heaven will be a place of intimate, face to face fellowship with God. This will be the greatest glory of heaven: to know God and to know Jesus more intimately and wonderfully than we ever could on earth. The darkness will be gone and God alone will be our light. “And  night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever”. Guzik shares this as a summary of what lies ahead:

No more curse Perfect Restoration
Throne in their midst Perfect Administration
Servants shall serve Perfect Subordination
Shall see His face Perfect Transformation
Name on foreheads Perfect Identification
God is the light Perfect Illumination
Reigning forever Perfect Exultation

John ends his revelation by sharing final thoughts on what is to come.  These words may have come from different people – the scriptures don’t make that abundantly clear.  But we do know this: “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place”.  John makes it clear that his writing of this prophecy is not for mere enjoyment or entertainment.  It is a call to action – a way to live – a guide to success and eternity.  “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book”.

It will come with action.  Jesus says he is ‘coming soon’ but that is based on God’s calendar, not ours.  What we know for sure is that we will stand before the judgment seat and give account and how we have lived will matter.  “I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay everyone for what he has done”.  No one will get a pass, we’ll all have to give our explanation of what we’ve done (sin) and how we’ve addressed it (grace through Christ) if we expect to enter Heaven.  It’s free to us for that taking, but take it we must and make it our own.  “Let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price”.  Jesus has made a way.  We have to respond.  “Surely I am coming soon”.

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