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REVELATION - END OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

The Fourteenth Revelation of Jesus Christ
—  The Manifested Creative Force of God
The River and the Tree of Life described
Summary of the Revelation of Jesus Christ


Revelation 22:1-20

(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.  (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.  (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.  (4)  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  (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.

(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.

(7)   "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

(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.

(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."  (10)  And he said to me, "Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. (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."

(12)    "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.  (13)  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."

(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.  (15)  But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

(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."

(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.

(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;  (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.

(20)     He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly."
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!   (21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
(NKJV)

The Revelation of Jesus Christ as The Manifested Creative Force of God

verse 3 There is One Throne - of God AND the Lamb HIS servants serve HIM
verse 4 There is One Face HIS servants see HIS FACE
verse 12 I Am coming quickly MY reward is with ME
verse 13 I Am THE Alpha AND THE Omega THE First AND THE Last
verse 16 I Am the Root AND the Offspring  
verse 20 Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  

Jesus said to the Jews in John 8:58 - "58 "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was born, I am!"
He is both the Beginning (the source of life and creation) and the End (all things are in Him).
He is both the Root (the source, or creator) and the Offspring (the descendant) of David
In the holy city, the New Jerusalem, the Lord God gives the light. In 21:23 we are told that the Lamb is that light.
It is summed up beautifully in John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (NKJV)


In Revelation 22 we see the threads of truth throughout this Prophecy pulled together and summed up.

The River of Life
Reference Description
Rev 21:6 It is a life-giving spring, or fountain and is offered to the thirsty at no cost
Rev 22:1 It is clear as crystal and it's source is the throne of God and the Lamb.
Rev 22:2 It flows down the middle of the great street of the city.
Rev 22:17 Everyone who desires it may drink the water of life freely!

Jeremiah 2:13
My people have committed two sins: they have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. (NIV)

Jeremiah 17:13
O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame ... because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water. (NIV)

John 4:10
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." (NIV)

John 7:38-39
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. (NIV)


The Tree of Life
Reference Description
Rev 2:7 Those who overcome can eat from the tree of life
The tree is in the the paradise of God
Rev 22:2 The tree spans the great street of the city, growing up on both sides of the street
It produces 12 crops of fruit
It produces fresh fruit every month
Its leaves are for the healing and restoration of the nations on earth
Rev 22:14 Those who have access, and the right, to eat the fruit of the tree have washed their robes and are blessed

Genesis 2:9
And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground — trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (NIV)

Genesis 3:21-24
... And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden ... he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (NIV)

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life (NIV)
Proverbs 15:4
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life (NIV)


The Servants of God

Reference Description
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to show His servants what will soon happen
Rev 2:20 Some servants can be seduced to commit sexual immorality and worship idols
Rev 6:11 Many servants of God are killed for their faith
Rev 7:3 144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel are sealed with God's seal on their foreheads
Rev 10:7 The prophets of old were His servants, and they foretold this end of God's mystery
Rev 11:18 His faithful servants that reverence His name shall be rewarded
Rev 19:2 God will avenge the blood of His servants
Rev 19:5 His servants are instructed to Praise our God
Rev 22:3 His servants will serve Him (worship, performing the eternal duties)
Rev 22:4 They will see His face
His name will be on their foreheads
Rev 22:6 God sent His messenger to tell His servants what must soon happen

Romans 6:16-18
Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey — whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (NIV)


The Mark of God
Reference Description
Rev 7:3 The Mark of God was sealed on the forehead
Rev 9:4 Those with God's seal were not to be harmed
Rev  22:4 All of God's servants (not just the 144,000) are to be sealed on their foreheads

Ezekiel 9:3-6
Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it."

As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary." (NIV)


The Throne of God
Reference Description
Rev 3:21 Those who overcome will have the right to sit with Jesus on His throne
Rev 4:2 John saw the throne in heaven with God sitting on it
Rev 4:3 An emerald rainbow was around the throne
Rev  4:4 Surrounding the throne were 24 other thrones with the 24 elders seated on them
Rev 4:5 Flashes of lightning and thunder came from the throne
In front of the throne were the 7 spirits of God like 7 lamps blazing
Rev 4:6 In front of the throne was a sea of glass, clear as crystal
In the center (probably the center of the glass sea), around the throne, were the 4 living creatures.
Rev 4:10 The 24 elders fall down in worship to God on the throne
Rev 5:6 A Lamb that looked like it had been killed was standing in the center of the throne, with the 4 living creatures and 24 elders encircling it.
Rev 5:11 Thousands and thousands of angels worshipping the Lamb in song encircled the throne, the living creatures and the elders.
Rev 5:13 Then every creature in heaven, on the earth, under the earth, and in the sea joined in the worship of the Lamb on the throne.
Rev 6:16 Anger and wrath also came from Him who sits on the throne.
Rev 7:9 A great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language stood before the throne worshipping the Lamb.
Rev 7:11 All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the 4 living creatures.
The fall down on their faces before the throne and worship God
Rev 8:3 There is a golden altar before the throne where an angel offers incense with the prayers of the believers
Rev 14:3 A new song is sung before the throne that only the 144,000 can sing
Rev 19:4 The 24 elders and the 4 living creatures again fall down to worship God sitting on the throne
Rev 19:5 A voice from the throne instructs everyone to praise God
Rev 20:11 The throne of judgment is massive and white
Rev 22:1 The river of life sprang out of the throne
Rev 22:4 The throne of God and the Lamb will be in the New Jerusalem

Ezekiel 1:25-26
Then there came a voice from above the expanse over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like a throne of sapphire, (NIV)


The Face of God
Reference Description
Rev 6:16 Sinful man flees from the face of God and the Lamb and no one is able to stand before Him
Rev 10:1 The earth and sky fled from His presence
Rev  22:4 His faithful servants will be able to see His face

Exodus 33:19-20
And the Lord said [to Moses], "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live." (NIV)

Psalms 42:2
My inner self thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and behold the face of God? (AMP)

John 1:18
No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen. (AMP)


The Light of God
Reference Description
Rev 21:11 The Holy City, coming down from heaven, shone with the glory (brilliance) of God
Rev 21:23 The glory (brilliance) of God is the light
The Lamb is its lamp (focused light)
Rev 21:24 God's light is so brilliant that the nations on earth need no other light
Rev 22:5 Because of God's light, there will be no more night, and there will be no need for a lamp or the sun

Job 29:2-3
How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, when his lamp shone upon my head and by his light I walked through darkness! (NIV)

John 8:12
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (NIV)

Matthew 5:14
You are the light of the world. (NIV) [Jesus speaking to His disciples]


The Words of God are Faithful & True
Reference Description
Rev 1:5 Jesus Christ is the faithful and true witness
Rev 3:14 The ruler of God's creation is the faithful and true witness
Rev 19:11 The name of the Rider of the white horse is Faithful and True
Rev 21:5 When describing the New Jerusalem, God told John to write it down because the words are true and faithful.
Rev 22:6 When describing the New Jerusalem, the angel said that these words are faithful and true.

Proverbs 30:5-6
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. (NIV)


Things that will take place
Reference Description
Rev 1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ was made known to John to show what will happen soon
Rev 1:19 John was told to write down what he saw -
Some would take place in his day
Some would take place later
Rev 4:1 John was shown what would take place after the "Church Age"
Rev 22:6 God sent His angel to let us know things that will happen soon

He is Coming Quickly
Reference Description
Rev 3:11 Jesus said "I am coming quickly"
Rev 16:15 Jesus said "I am coming as a thief"
Rev 22:7 Jesus said "I am coming quickly"
Rev 22:12 Jesus said "I am coming quickly"
Rev 22:20 Jesus said "I am coming quickly"

Zechariah 2:10-11
"Shout and be glad, O Daughter of Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you," declares the LORD [Jehovah]. (NIV)


Worship God
Reference Description
Rev 4:10 The Lord God is worthy of our praise and worship
Rev 14:7 The angel shouted loudly to give God glory and worship Him
Rev 15:4 God is the only One worthy to receive glory and worship
Rev 19:10 John is told to worship no one except God, not even the angel
Rev 22:9 John is told to worship only God, not even the angel

Deuteronomy 6:13-14
Fear the Lord your God  serve him ... Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you; (NIV)

Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'" (NIV)

John 4:23
Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (NIV)

Colossians 2:18
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. (NIV)


The Prophecy of This Book
Reference Description
Rev 1:3 We are blessed if we read the words of this prophecy
We are blessed if we hear the words of this prophecy
We are blessed if we keep the words of this prophecy
Rev 19:10 The testimony (substance and essence) of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
Rev 22:7 We are blessed if we keep the words of this prophecy
Rev 22:18 If we add to the words of this prophecy God will add to us the plagues in this prophecy
Rev 22:19 If we take away any words of this prophecy God will take our name out of the Book of Life

The Alpha and The Omega
Reference Description
Rev 1:8 Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End
Jesus is the One Who is and Who was and Who is to come
Jesus is the Almighty
Rev 1:11 Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last
Rev 21:6 The One sitting on the throne said "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End
Rev 22:13 Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last

Isaiah 46:9-10
Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.  I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. (NIV)


The Evil Outside
Reference Description
Rev 21:8 The cowards, unbelieving, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idolaters and liars have the lake of fire as their place
Rev 22:15 Outside the city are those who practice arts, sexually immoral, murderers, idolaters, those who love falsehood

Psalms 22:16
Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. (NIV)

Philippians 3:2
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil (NIV)


The Root and Offspring of David
Reference Description
Rev 3:7 The One Who has the key of David is holy, true, opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens.
Rev 5:5 The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Rood of David was able to open the scroll
Rev 22:16 Jesus is the both the Root and Offspring of David

Isaiah 11:10
In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. (NIV)

Romans 15:12-13
And again, Isaiah says, "The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; the Gentiles will hope in him."  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)


The Morning Star
Reference Description
Rev 2:28 He who overcomes will be given the Morning Star
Rev 22:16 Jesus is the bright Morning Star

2 Peter 1:19-20
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. (NIV)


The Invitation to Come
Reference Description
Rev 11:12 The 144,000 were told to Come up to heaven
Rev 18:4 God's people are told to Come out of Babylon the Great (the corrupt religious system)
Rev 22:17 Everyone who thirsts (desires God's Spirit) is invited to Come drink the water of life

Isaiah 55:1-3
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! ... listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. (NIV)

Matthew 11:28
[Jesus said] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV)


The Book of Life
Reference Description
Rev 3:5 He who overcomes will not have his name blotted out of the Book of Life.
Rev 13:8 Those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will worship the beast.
Rev 17:8 Those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will marvel at the beast.
Rev 20:12 The Book of Life was opened at the great white throne judgment
Rev 20:15 Anyone whose name was not written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Rev 21:27 Those who have their names written in the Book of Life will be able to enter the Holy City, the New Jerusalem.
Rev 22:19 Anyone who takes words away from this prophecy God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the Holy City.

Exodus 32:32
[Moses said to God]
But now, please forgive their sin — but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written. (NIV)

Psalms 69:28
May they [God's enemies] be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous. (NIV)

Philippians 4:3
And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life. (NIV)


The New Jerusalem
Reference Description
Rev 3:12 The New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven from God
Rev 21:2 The New Jerusalem is a Holy city
John saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God
The city is as beautiful as a bride dressed for her husband
Rev 21:10 John saw the city coming down out of heaven from God

Galatians 4:26
But the Jerusalem that is above is free. (NIV)


For the New Testament Believer
Revelation 19:10
‘And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See you do it not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

For the Old Testament Believer
Revelation 22:8, 9
‘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 showed me these things. Then said he unto me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of them, which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

There are some frightful things revealed in this book, but also some beautiful things beyond our understanding. As it says in 1 Corinthians 2:9

"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"





 

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