And he showed me a pure river of water of life , clear as crystal river , flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb . 2 In the middle of the city street , and on either side of the river stood the tree of life , bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit every month : and 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 And they shall see his face, and his name shall be in their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there , and did not need the light of a lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light : and they shall reign for ever and ever .
Old things are in the past , the old earth and the old heaven too, sin is totally eradicated by the great judgment of God. Now his people enjoy every blessing , peace , harmony , brotherhood , and they are all each and everyone called by new names specially given by the Lord , they will live where there will be no more night because the Lord will illuminate , and reign for eternity. The picture of eternal life in these verses indicates that we will be busy serving God for all eternity. We will both serve Him (v. 3) and reign with Him (v.5). Since He is an infinite God, we can be sure He will have infinite things for us to do as we reign there forever. The phrase, “they shall see his face,” means that, as believers, we will be granted an audience with the King on a regular basis.What a beautiful promise of Jesus and what a beautiful place to live till eternity, don’t you think !!!
The coming of Christ is near
6 And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true. And the Lord , the God of the spirits of the prophets sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place . 7 Behold , I come quickly ! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
The Lord clearly tells John ” I’m coming soon! and He says it as a warning, because He is warning us to take care not to sin no more.
” Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” The Lord clearly wants us to take care not to lose our salvation our entrance to the eternal life. He does not want any of us not even one to perish in the day of judgment . The Lord wants to save us all from the torment of eternal hell , which is the purpose of his human sacrifice by dying on the cross, and therefore , reason why He also ask John to write this last prophecy as for a last call which we have read and studied in the chapters of Revelation 1 through 22 . When Jesus repeated “I am coming soon ! He meant that after all the events that are yet to happen happened, for sure He will come ! He never mentions date neither the day nor the hour but He gives us many signs and road map as instructions of what would take place before the end of time , He sure has explained in details all the events that will soon take palce on earth and He wants us to be ready for the big day .
John was asked not to seal the prophecy of this book :
I , John, am the one who heard and saw these things . And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things . 9 And he said to me, See thou do it not because I am a fellow servant of thy brethren the prophets , and of them which keep the sayings of this book . Worship God . 10 And said unto me , Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is near .
The prophet Daniel as we read on 12:4 is asked to seal the book, while John was told not to do it ! And he tells us why: BECAUSE THE TIME IS NEAR ! The prophecies of Daniel looked very distant while John’s nearby.
11 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 .
Here the Lord clearly is asking us to STOP and not to continue to practice sin , He predicts the fate of sinners , while He says that by practicing justice, holiness, faithfulness will bring us to this holy city . He alerts us but does not prohibit us anything, we still have free will and if sin is what your heart wants to radicate on, then you’ll know the consequences which are as we all know ” the wages of sin is death “, while the practice of justice is eternal life .
12 Behold, I am coming quickly , and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work .
We will be rewarded according to our works , so Christ said it and so will ! We again see that “I am coming soon ! The Lord is with us alerting and warning us emputo of what is about to happen and wants all be prepared to not have to suffer in the final judgment of God. Blessed be Jesus Christ our Redeemer !13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have right to the tree of life , and may enter through the gates into the city.
As we have read before, the Alpha and Omega is the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet , also we know that Christ is the first and the last , the beginning and the end , He was before the creation in eternity past , and will be present in eternity future. He is the author and finisher of all things , because Jesus Christ is the first and the last , is the one who created all things, He is in control of all things , He is upholding all things , He is LIKE NO OTHER , HE IS EVERYTHING !
And with a God like him, we do not need anything else, because no one else is better than him. If you have Jesus Christ IN YOUR HEART you have for sure eternal life, if you do not have Jesus Christ in heart , for what awaits you is an eternity burning in hell for all the wickedness, and addition to that , if do not have Jesus Christ as your king and savior your missing everything !
Jesus shed His precious blood to wash away the sins of all who trust in Him as Savior. Those who have received Christ as Savior , have washed their clothes in the blood of Christ . That is why the Lord says: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have right to the tree of life , and to enter the gates of the city. ” Blessed be the Lord ”
The wages of sin :
(Revelation 22:15- 17)
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie . 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches . I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star . 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come . And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him who thirsts come and whoever wishes , let him take the water of life freely .
Please pay close attention to these almost last words of this book, because here we read very clear and specifically how the Lord Jesus Christ describes who will be left outside of the promised city , and these will be
1. “dogs ” The dogs are impure and malicious people or someone with a low character. The first time blatantly impure sinners were called dogs is in Deut. 23: verse 18. This is where male homosexual prostitutes were in view)
2. Sorcerers: Sorcerers are those who practice occult or witchcraft. Greek Pharmakos is the root of the English word pharmacy which often accompanies those practices.
3. Sexually immoral :Whoremongers are those who practice all kinds of sexual immorality. Greek pornos is the root of the English word pornography.
4. Murderers: Murderers: means pre-meditated murder. This has nothing to do with accidental killing or killing in war. They are included in the list given in Rev. 21 v.8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
5. Idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie .Idolaters are just those who put anything ahead of God which includes manna (money) or the love of everything which takes one’s attention off serving God. Someone once said: Show me someone’s calendar and checkbook and I’ll tell you where their heart lies. Think about that. Idolaters are also those who worship false gods or worship the true God in an unacceptable matter
Read very careful and stop, meditate for as long as it may take you to understand these words of the Lord, then look deep within your heart, try to find if there is any of these sins in you , and if they exist and they are in your life and still wish eternal life rapidly janked them out of your soul mind and spirit, cleanse your internal “body, soul and spirit ” through the shed blood of Jesus. If you find existence of any of these prohibited actions and personal behaviors not allowed in the holy city then repent , don’t hestitate , right there, right now where you at, ask God forgiveness, repent and ask the Lord to come into your life and cleanse you with his precious blood , tell him that you wish to make him your King and savior and I promise you He will hear your cry , he will heal you and cleanse you from all your sins and then and only then your name will be written in the book of Life.
The Lord Jesus testify :
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book . 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of 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 libro.20 He who testifies to these things says : surely I come quickly. Amen , come, Lord Jesus.21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen .
The Lord Jesus Christ is the one who testifies to these things and who says , “Surely I come quickly .” How beautiful this prayer of the Spirit ” Amen , yeah, come, Lord Jesus.
The seven angels with the seven plagues
And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous, seven angels having the seven plagues , the last, because in them he has consummated the wrath of God . 2 And I saw a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast , over his image and over the number of his name , stand on the sea of glass with harps of God. 3 And they sang the song of Moses the servant of God , and the song of the Lamb:
Great and marvelous are thy works , Lord God Almighty !
Just and true are your ways , O King of nations !
4 O Lord ! Who shall not fear and glorify your name ?
For thou only art holy ;
because ALL NATIONS WILL COME
And worship before you ,
for your righteous acts have been revealed .
Revelation ( 15:1-4 )
John sees another sign in heaven, now is was great and wonderful , he sees seven angels with seven plagues , and said they were the last because in them the wrath has been accomplished , the wrath of God . That must be awful these last plagues of the wrath of God. John also saw the victors in Christ who achieved victory over the attacks were the Romans ( politicians and rulers ) about Christians , it does not speak of Roman citizens , but if any citizen adored Rome also share their punishment .
Now, those who are singing a song of “Victory” are those who have conquered the beast and his image ! Many of these are Christians who gave their lives for Christ and never denied it as their only king . These were not subjected to bear the mark of the beast or worship the image and thus lost their lives. Many of those who are standing on the sea of glass in heaven are those who endured the most cruel punishments but always confessed Christ as Lord. “Suffer with Christ , we shall reign with Him” ( 2 Tim 2:12).
Here is the song of Moses while in chapter 14:3 we see that the 144,000 sang a new song that no one else could sing . This song of Moses sure would be the song of the victory of Israel in the Red Sea in Exodus 15. The Jews sang the song of Moses when they went back to their land after the captivity , perhaps Psalm 118 was written after the return from Babylon . Chapter 12 Isaiah expresses the time that Israel be gathered from all parts of world and relocated to their land.
II The cups and their meaning ( 15:5-8 )
After this I looked , and the temple of the tabernacle was opened in heaven , 6 and left the temple the seven angels that had the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen , and girded around their chests with golden sashes . 7 Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and His power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed .
In chapter 10:7 of the book of Revelation we have to remember that Christ announced that the shedding of these cups the “Mystery of God” would be completed and that there would be no further delay. In the last seven final judgments God completed his anger, while Satan is pouring all his evil forces against believers and Jews very special. (12:12 ) . The beast has taken the earthly temple , but can not touch the heavenly temple and all it can do is blaspheme. ( 13:6 )
We see again the Temple of Heaven is opened , the opening of the temple is a reminder that God will keep his covenant with his people , Israel. Many Jews true believers would be protected by God, while others will die by faith together with many nations .
Seven angels having the seven plagues from the temple of God , these seven bowls are poured one after the other , this means that each cup produces its own effect one after the other , so the glasses have an end time different . The tops of the seven cups have poured almost entirely . The objective of the glasses described in chapter 16:6 ” For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets , and thou hast given them blood to drink as they deserve .”
The gowns of these angels means ” holiness and royalty.” The white linen dress was worn by priests in the OT, and the golden belt means king. This should remind us that we are ” kings and priests” (Rev 16) royal priesthood.
The bowls of the wrath of God are given to the angels for one of the four living creatures . These seven angels have them delivered these seven bowls and they contemplate the judgments of God on earth. Seven as we have learned is the number of correctly,of plentiful . The heavenly temple is now filled with smoke from the glory of God. The first thing that comes to mind as the smoke from the glory of God is when we remember that in the OT (Ex 40:34 , 35) when the tabernacle was dedicated the full glory of God manifested , so too did the glory of God manifested on the OT temple dedication ( 2Ch 7:1-4 ) .
Now, we see that neither saint nor angel anyone could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished. I mean, nobody could intercede in prayers for world events. Since God’s patience had run out and there was no opportunity to intercede for anyone. The long-suffering of God had come to an end !
There is not much certainty what the exact order of the stamps with the events but the great scholars and students of prophecy believe that the first six seals are opened during the first three and a half years , and the seventh seal which includes trumpets and bowls covering the last three and a half years .