Revelation 22/June 10
“And they shall see His face and His name shall be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:4)
The final two chapters are ones of glory for they describe the gift given to those who are faithful to God through His Son. The reward is great, much greater than any cost or sacrifice made while mortally living. All that is described here is what will be looked upon and lived out for eternity by the blood bought child of God.
We continue on with a tour of the city- chapter 21 having given us its dimensions and a description of the walls.
In chapter 22 it starts with speaking of the river of the water of life that runs through the middle of the city, it doesn’t speak of it having an end or of it ever running dry. Its source comes from the throne of God and of the Lamb (22:1), for our source of life is Almighty God.
In speaking to the Samaritan woman while He sat at a well (John 4), Christ tells her that He is able to give her living water (John 4:10), which was a spiritual application of which she was not expecting from Him. Of the living water that comes from Him, our Lord says, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” (4:14). This living water of which He speaks is what runs through the center of the New Jerusalem, water of eternal life.
On either side of the river was a fruit bearing tree (22:2) which continuously bore fruit month after month and not only by seasons. Of the leaves it speaks regarding them as having healing power, though it is not necessary, for sickness was banished to the lake of fire. Water, fruit and healing balm- all are provided. Are any of them necessary? Likely not, but are spoken of here as necessities which many while here on earth lacked in this present life time and God was showing John forevermore all our needs will be provided once we reach heaven.
Jesus told the apostles in the upper room that He was going to prepare a place for His followers, everyone who believes will be cared for, “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am there you may be also.” (John 14:3). The book of Revelation closes with fulfillment of those words.
With a final promise from God of His being the source of light for heaven (22:5), the book begins drawing to a close.
The content of the book was not to be sealed, but remain open that all may read it. (22:10). But with the reading does not come any guarantee of understanding or of repentance. This book has numerous interpretations regarding its major subjects- none really of which we have approached due to the brevity of our study and desire to stay away from sides.
But certainty is given that even with the reading of it, even with the warnings contained herein, not everyone will see it as the Word of God or that because of it they turn from sin. Rather, as it states, “Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.” (22:11) Even with God’s revelation of eternity, even with the warning of the judgment which was to come, there will continue to be those who practice unrighteousness in light of God’s Holy Word. Unto the end there will be those who are holy and those who are unholy. The preaching of God’s word is not going to change everyone. Is that due to a predetermined plan? No, its due to the sinful nature of mankind and the lack of desire to please God. God spoke to Noah of mankind, “…the intent of of mans heart is evil from his youth”. (Genesis 8:21); never will there be a time when all choose to believe; there will always remain an unbelief in God all the way to the close of time.
Who is in heaven? It’s answered in v14, “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city.” (22:14) Those whose robes are washed in the blood of the Lamb; as we were told in chapter seven, “they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (7:14). These are the redeemed, the called ones- those who submit to Jesus as Savior. An old hymn asks, “are you washed, are you washed, in the soul cleansing blood of them Lamb? Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow, are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?” That is the question of greatest importance, do you know Jesus as Savior and Lord? Are you washed in HIs blood?