Introduction to Chapter
21, John is given a preview of the city of the redeemed, the New Jerusalem.
The city is of immense proportions containing the saved of all
generations. Chapter 22 gives us a peak inside the city, and the incredible
relationship between God and man for the rest of eternity.
The River of Life
he showed me a
river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God
and of the Lamb. 2In 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. 3And 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.
4They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their
foreheads. 5There 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.
river of water…
The source of water from the city is the Throne of God. Jesus promised the
women at well the water of life. (John 4:10) Water will flow throughout the
city. Whether this river will be some sort of canal system throughout the
city is not known. The street the river flowed in the middle of was made of
pure flawless gold, like all the streets of the city.
from the throne…
Water from the throne pictured in Ezekiel 47:1-13 is a foreshadowing of
water eternally proceeding from the throne
the tree of life…The
tree of Life is mentioned three times in both Genesis and Revelation.
Because of the fall man lost access to the Tree of Life and was locked out
of the Garden. Here in the 22nd chapter man’s access to the Tree
of Life is restored. The tree is on both sides of the river. In Hawaii,
the Banyan tree is one tree that has roots that can extend over an acre and
have multiple trunks. The Tree of Life might be similar by being one tree
but extending throughout the city along the “River of water of life”.
Will the redeemed eat food in resurrected bodies? Yes, we know that the Tree
of Life will be the source of 12 different types of fruit. There will still
be seasons because we will have 12 months, with a different fruit each
month. The leaves of the tree are also used for food.
healing of the nations…The
word healing implies illness or imperfection. A better reading is health of
the nations. (Gr.
health, cure). The leaves of this tree are for health of the nations.
of God and of the Lamb…
The curse of the fall resulted in both death and sin. The redemption of Man
by the death of Christ restored man’s relationship. Prior to the fall Adam
and Eve walked in the garden with God. They had a personal relationship;
this was broken at the fall. Here we see the relationship restored. The
curse is gone; God sits on the throne with man dwelling in his midst. Man
again has a personal relationship with God. The Throne is complete as we see
both the Father and Son sitting on the Throne. For the rest of eternity,
God will be all in all.
He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26The
last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27For
“He has put all things under His feet.”£
But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident
that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28Now when all
things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to
Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all. I Corinthians
See His face…As
in the garden man saw the face of God, here again, we shall see the face of
God and live.
now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall
be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall
see Him as He is. I John 3:2
They shall reign forever…The
New Jerusalem will be the capital city of the New Earth and Universe. What
does it mean to reign? What kind of work will there be in eternity? There
can be all types of speculation about eternity. However, here we are only
given a sneak preview of what is to come. What ever the work and function
of the Redeemed for the rest of eternity is, it will be better then we can
The relationship is an eternal relationship with the redeemed in some sort
of overseeing capacity over the new creation.
The Time is Near
he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the
prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly
I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of
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.
he said to me, “See that you do not do that.
I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those
who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10And he said to
me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at
hand. 11He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is
filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him
righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
am coming quickly …..Jesus
return is sooner then the skeptical world thinks. Those who put off the
decision of Christ do not know the day they will leave this earth. For them
the time is at hand. Peter wrote about the skeptics of this earth in the
you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy
prophets, and of the commandment of
the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3knowing this first: that
scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,
2 Peter 3;2
keeps the words of the prophecy….Revelation
1:3 promises blessing to those who read, hear and keep the words of this
prophecy. This promise is reiterated for the reader of the special position
this book holds by Jesus Himself. We must remember Jesus encourages us to
keep the words of this book. This book is about decision not about fear,
about God’s promise of blessing and wrath.
I fell down to worship…John
is again overwhelmed by what he see and falls before an angel for a second
time. (Revelation 19:10) He is again rebuked by the angel and reminded that
he is just a fellow servant, a co-laborer. This is one of seven angels, who
poured the bowls of wrath; he describes himself as one of John’s brethren. (
womb); a brother (literally or figuratively) near or
Do not seal the words …We
are specifically told regarding this book to not seal (Gr.
signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or
figuratively); by implication to keep secret, to attest:—(set
a, set to) seal up, stop.
The time is
at hand from the Church age from Pentecost to the Eternity this book is
relevant for mankind. To stop its message is to prevent blessing and be
To the Churches
behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one
according to his work. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the
and the End, the First and the Last.”
are those who
His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may
enter through the gates into the city.
outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and
idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
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.”
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
My reward is with Me…Some
downplay the idea of seeking a reward. Rewarding a faithful life is an
incentive initiated at by the Lord. Close to the completion of the
Revelation of Jesus Christ, Jesus reminds the reader, He is coming quickly.
We are to working with the reward in mind. The concept of the reward for
faithful service is repeated throughout the scripture. The rewards come in
several forms, here might be some variables.
Greater responsibility in the Millennium
A more glorious resurrected body
Greater estate in New Jerusalem
Greater access throughout the New Heavens and Earth
Every one according…Our
reward will be according to our work. This is not salvation but reward. (
Corinthians 3:9-16, Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11)
Blessed are those…The
last of the seven beatitudes of the Book of Revelation (Revelation
1:3,14:13, 16:15, 19:9, 20:6, 22:7). Only the saved will enter the city,
our salvation comes from our faith in Christ and faith in Christ is
obedience to God.
they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that
you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:28-29
The right to the tree of life…This
right belongs to the saved living in New Jerusalem.
Outside are dogs…The
lost that are in the lake of fire will never gain access for the rest of
eternity. This is a stern warning to those who think that one day
regardless they will see God, but without faith in Christ.
In the churches,
This is the first time the church is mentioned since Revelation chapter 4.
The church was raptured in the fourth chapter. What was “Left Behind” was
the apostate church later to be merged in the religion of the false prophet.
the Spirit and the bride say, “Come”…
The invitation for an eternal relationship is open to all those who are
hungry and seeking.
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
let your soul delight itself in abundance. Isaiah 55:1-2
Jesus in John
4 knew the women was thirsty, thirsty for real life. For this reason she
jumped at the offer to drink the water of life. Here in Revelation 22, the
Holy Spirit and the Redeemed call out to those seeking the meaning of life
to come to the Lamb and drink eternal water.
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If
anyone adds to these things,
will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19and
if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God£
shall take away his part from the
of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this
the prophecy of this book…Along
with a special blessing there is also a special warning. The message is so
important in this book, any would change it to suit their theology have been
who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
you all. Amen.
I am coming quickly…
Everyday we are closer to the return of Christ.