|The Distinction Drawn, Revelation
22 Verse 10-15 (NASB)
And he said to me, "Do not seal up THE WORDS of THE PROPHESY of THIS
Nothing is hidden in the Revelation of Jesus Christ except for the
utterances of the peals of thunder (Revelation
10:4). Otherwise, what you READ and HEAR is what John was
write (Revelation 1:11).
Prior to Jesus'
earthly life, Daniel had been given visions which he was told to SEAL
8:15-26-27 and Daniel
12:1-4-9-13). With the purpose for Jesus Christ's coming to
completed, there is no need to SEAL up the Revelation. Jesus Himself
opens the seals on the BOOK (Revelation
which is the contents of much of the Revelation. He wants us to know
what is to come so that we may HEED the WORDS of THE PROPHESY of THIS
BOOK (previous verse).
We started this study (Revelation
these same words. Again we are reminded that THE TIME IS NEAR. We have
a tendency to think in terms of the time elapsed since John wrote the
Book of Revelation and thus shrug off the urgency of this warning. The
Revelation is thought to have been written sometime between A.D. 70 to
A.D. 95. However, this warning must be taken personally in light of the
next verse. That
TIME-IS-NEAR time frame is the time frame of each person's life. The decision
one will be a resident of the new Jerusalem (verse
5), must be made while one is alive. Given how short one's
is compared to forever and ever, truly THE TIME IS NEAR.
What follows is a reaction to previous scripture. The speaker, not
determined whether it is the angel-guide or the Lord Himself, indicates
that each reader of the Revelation will either heed (verse 9)
the words or
not. As pointed out in the previous verse's discussion, this can only
occur while we are alive on this present earth. That is, how we live
now, results in an eternal state of being.
This verse is how each of us react to the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis
2:15-17-17) that is inborn into us. Within this verse, there
contained a study in contrasts:
the one who
let the one who
let the one who
let the one who
One must come to the conclusion that between "the time is near" (previous verse)
"Behold, I am coming quickly" (next verse),
have our present life to make the
choice of our Eternal State. It is my prayer that you have
to become a BELIEVER.
This verse is hinted at in Daniel
"BEHOLD, I AM COMING QUICKLY,
Which of us parents haven't used the expression, "How many times have I
told you to pick up your room?" or something similar. Likewise, the
Lord is harping on us to pay attention. 'I AM COMING QUICKLY' is used
six times throughout the Revelation. The first two times are a warning
to the churches, Ephesus and Pergamum respectively (Revelation 2:5
remaining four times, 'I AM COMING QUICKLY' is a promise (Revelation 3:11,
verse, and Revelation
22:20). As with verse 7,
this time it is preceded with "BEHOLD". That is supposed to get our
and MY REWARD is with Me, to RENDER to EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO WHAT HE
We would like to think that the Lord is only going to give GOOD
REWARDS, but the phrase 'EVERY MAN' indicates that both the wicked and
the righteous will be receiving REWARDS. We have found how the wicked
are judged (Revelation
20:11-14) and REWARDED (Revelation
The righteous, having made the
choice to follow and serve Jesus Christ, get their REWARD
being allowed into the presence of Jesus Christ. But this verse seems
to indicate that there are additional REWARDS (1
Corinthians 3:10-14-17 and 2
Corinthians 5:1-10-10) based upon WHAT EACH PERSON HAS DONE
this lifetime, implied.). The twenty four elders, for example, had some
form of REWARD inasmuch they were wearing their CROWNS (Revelation 4:10).
Incidentally, they gladly gave back their CROWNS to God. Let that be a
lesson to us as to our attitude while we are 'DOING'.
There also seems to be a tie-in to the 'HEEDING' found in verse 7
where we have
found another of the 'BEHOLD, I AM COMING QUICKLY's. The 'DOING' is the
result of the 'HEEDING'.
"I am THE ALPHA and THE OMEGA,
This is one of the names of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:8
recognize Alpha and Omega as the first and last letter respectively in
the Greek alphabet. Now, alphabets in occidental languages are used to
construct words and sentences. That is, they are used to communicate. Colossians
1:15-16-23 indicates that Christ was at the creation of the
original earth. It is no accident that God SPOKE the creation (Genesis
1:3-6-9-11-14-20-24-26-29-31) into being. In a similar
is no accident that this Revelation was communicated to John (Revelation 1:1).
In fact, the
second to the last verse
in this Revelation is Jesus SAYING, "Yes, I am coming quickly."
John's first encounter with Jesus in this Revelation finds Jesus
touching John with His right hand, the hand of authority, and
comforting John with these same words (Revelation 1:17).
THE ALPHA and THE OMEGA was an alphabetic ordering, THE FIRST and THE
LAST is a numeric ordering. When Jesus talked about the difficulty of
making Him the master of our lives, he often ended the discussion with
words referring that the first will be last and the last will be first (Mark
20:1-16, and Luke
13:22-30). Humans have an inborn need apparently to know
fit within society. But here Jesus is saying that He fits next to each
of us who are residents of the new Jerusalem (Revelation
21:2-3,9-10). He is the bridegroom to each of us, THE FIRST
THE BEGINNING and THE END."
Here we are presented with a conceptual difficulty. Jesus as part of
God and equal to God is forever. That is, He has no BEGINNING and no
END. So this phrase must refer specifically to Jesus Christ as the Son
of Man. He assumed the character and nature of man (Philippians
2:1-11). He had a BEGINNING (Luke
2) as man, and He had an END as man (Luke
23:44-49). In between His human BEGINNING and END, He was
in every way as mankind is or has been (Hebrews
2:14-18 and Hebrews
4:14-16). Furthermore, He overcame His human ending and
We can say that Jesus communicates in God-speak (John
14:1-10-11), He occupies all from THE FIRST to/through THE
and He experienced all of human life. Thus He, as revealed in this
book, can redeem the earth (Revelation
5:5) and provide our forever home (John
BLESSED are those who WASH their ROBES, that they
We, again, see the use of ROBES (Revelation 6:11,
7:13, and Revelation
describe the inhabitants of THE CITY. White ROBES, in particular,
denote righteousness or a right-standing with God. The only way to God
is through Jesus Christ (John
14:1-6-11). Thus it is implied that the WASHing of their
done in His Blood. What an awesome thought!
(1) may have the RIGHT to the TREE of LIFE, and
Because of Adam and Eve, all mankind have been barred from the TREE of
3:22-24). But those who
accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (or WASHed their
the RIGHT, not just a privilege but the RIGHT, to the TREE of LIFE. In
our present world, we are so separated from God by our sinful state
that we can't even conceptualize what it means to eat from the TREE of
LIFE. I, for one, am looking forward to what that fruit tastes like.
(2) may ENTER by the GATES INTO THE CITY.
THE CITY is the one described in Revelation
21:10-Revelation 22:5. As discussed in Revelation 21:12,
are GATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and it is easy to understand that only those
who WASH their ROBES are permitted to ENTER through the GATES. Once
inside, they have access to the TREE of LIFE (verse 2)
and their own
eternal home(s) (verse
This verse describes the HAVEs. The HAVE NOTs follows.
OUTSIDE means not allowed in the new Jerusalem, THE
the list which follows, one understands that OUTSIDE is the lake that
burns with fire and brimstone (Revelation 21:8).
* the DOGS and the SORCERERS and
By Jewish law, DOGS are unclean animals (Leviticus
11:27-28). 'DOGS' also is a term used for impure individuals
robes versus previous
verse). They are listed in Philippians
3:1-2-16 right next to evil workers and falsely circumcised
individuals. In other words, they are fakes.
SORCERERS are enchanters with drugs. SORCERERS are on
list' of those who are scheduled or chose the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone (Revelation
* the IMMORAL PERSONS and
If we have received training as a child (Proverbs
22:1-6-16), our conscience will tell us when we are doing
deeds. IMMORAL PERSONS also are on 'the list' (Revelation 21:8).
MURDERERS are emulating one of the traits of the devil (John
8:31-44-47), and as such are not of God. They won't get
close to the new Jerusalem. 'The list' (Revelation 21:8)
IDOLATERS by definition are those who do not WORSHIP GOD (verse 9)
fact, if one tries to have every angle covered and worship GOD and
other prominent gods (self, wealth, notoriety etc.), it cannot be done (Matthew
6:24-25). IDOLATERS are in 'the list' (Revelation 21:8).
* everyone who loves and practices LYING.
This phrase is even more emphatic than the 'all liars' in 'the list' (Revelation 21:8).
It shows that these people don't just lie by accident, but rather enjoy
LYING. How sad, but nonetheless, this must make their father, the
devil, quite happy (John
After this ugly verse, we come to the sweetest invitation ever given in
22:16-20. The Spirit chimes in with the bride, the eternal
Jerusalem residents, to invite you (verse 17)
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