Revelation 22 “1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”
NOTE: “water of life” symbol of eternal life – Jesus said “14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:14
“2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
NOTE: see Genesis 2:9 & Genesis 3:24 – because of our sin we can’t eat of it now, but because of Jesus and what He did for us, through our repentance, baptism and belief in Him, we’ll be able to eat of it when we get there; and the water flowing from the Temple produces trees with healing leaves! Not that we’d need it! There will be no more sickness, no more pain! Read Ezekiel 47.
“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 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
8 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 shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
NOTE: This book ties in both Old & New Testament. See Exodus 20:3 & Matthew 22:37. The first step toward meaningful worship is a desire to know God. If we thirst for Him, God’s Word promises He will provide for our every need. Ask God to stir your heart & that of your children to instill within you an unquenchable thirst to know Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and give you understanding of it.
“10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.”
NOTE: This sentence means it is for us today. The angel told Daniel to seal it up in Daniel 12:4-12, but here John is told not to seal it up.
“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.
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
NOTE: Again, another reference to “whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” There is no doubt that God hates lies. We must be honest and truthful. We mustn’t lie. It’s even one of the Ten Commandments! Number 7, I believe. See Exodus 20:16 and John 8:44
“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, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”