"Alleluia! The reign of the Lord our God the Almighty has begun; let us be glad and joyful and give praise to God, because this is the time for the marriage of the Lamb. His bride is ready, and she has been able to dress herself in dazzling white linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints."
Subjects covered in this paper are listed below. If you wish to go directly to any specific subject, please click on the following headings.
The Destruction of Babylon
A Millstone Strikes Babylon
From Heaven, a Cry of Victory
The Blood of all the Prophets
The Twenty-Four Elders & the Four Animals
The Bride of Christ
The Marriage of the Lamb
The Wedding Feast
The Witness of Jesus is Prophecy
God Appears on His Throne
Earth & Sky Vanish, Leaving no Trace
The Book of Life
The Books of Deeds
The Sea Gives Up its Dead
Death and Hades Emptied of Their Dead
Everyone is Judged By How They Lived
The Burning Lake
The Second Death
The World of the Past is Gone
A New Heaven & a New Earth
The First Earth Disappears
No More Sea
The Bride of Christ is the Heavenly City of Jerusalem
No More Death
God Makes The Whole Creation New
God is Alpha & Omega
God Offers FreeWater
The New Jerusalem Appears in Heaven
The City Glistens Like Clear Diamond
The City Walls Have Twelve Gates
Each Gate is Guarded by an Angel
The Names of the 12 Tribes of Israel
The City's 12 Foundation Stones
The Twelve Apostles
The Plan of the City is a Perfect Square
A Crystalline City of Precious Stones
It's Wall is Diamond
The City is Made of Pure Gold like Polished Glass
The Foundations of the Walls Covered with Precious Stones
The 12 Gates Are 12 Pearls
The Street is Pure Gold, Transparent as Glass
There is No Temple in the City
Jesus & God are the Temples
No Sun or Moon in the City
No Night There
Nothing Unclean May Enter
The Pagan Nations Will Live By Its Light
The River of Life
The Tree of Life & It's Fruit
The Ban will Be Lifted
They Will See God Face to Face
God's Name Will Be Written On Their Foreheads
It Will Never Be Night Again
The Time is Close
Do Not Keep the Prophecies Secret
Jesus is of David's Line - the Root of David
Jesus is the Bright Star of the Morning
The Holy Spirit & the Bride Call Us to Come to Them
The collapse of Satan and the victory of God bring to an end the cataclysmic battle of the universe over the control of stolen souls. This world, Satan's last stronghold in his war against God, is brought down in flames as the final seige unwinds.
The world ends in catastrophe and salvation. This incomprehensible final sequence is not so much a last gasp attempt by Satan to turn the tide of battle, but to inflict as much casualty on the process as possible before he is committed to the flames of eternal death. He has lost and he knows it.
All of scripture comes to a focus in the victory of Jerusalem and the people of God over the malignancy of Satan and the poisonous dictator he raises up at the end of our age to mobilize the world for war against Christ.
Throughout the pages of the Book of Revelation, readers are introduced to the themes of a hostile "Babylon" re-appearing in a post Nebuchaddnezzar world where then 600 year-old concepts are extrapolated symbolically to bring to light predicted events which, in their most dire respects, still remain unfulfilled 2000 years later. Eerie circumstances, however, clouding the present moment, bear disturbing testimony that the terminal aspects of those visions have suddenly loomed menacingly close to fulfillment in our own time.
We have been born to watch the Book of Revelation come to its final page. The paramount principal in John's writing revolves around a world population philosophically divided by ideologies emanating from two competing spiritual city-state empires.
The concept of two competing city-states fighting for control of the people of God took root in scripture during the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon (604-562 B.C.).
Previously, Israel's enemies had been defined in the Bible in nationalistic terms -- and almost always with respect to 'Egypt'.
The fact that the patriarchal family of Jacob (Israel) and his children moved to Egypt and never left (blossoming there into an entire community of tribes which finally fell into bondage under the unscrupulous domination of a hostile Egyptian government) weighed powerfully in the prophetic writings of early scripture. God's role in Israel's escape from that bondage was the defining moment of the Old Testament.
In light of the Exodus, the Hebrew visionaries saw the 'Promised Land' as a holy destination on this planet -- a terrestrial nation of God and a place of eternal peace and prosperity right here on earth. That concept, therefore, permeates Old Testament scripture as the overriding goal of God's purpose for Israel. It is a concept that glorified the Jews and the city that they occupied while rejecting all the rest of mankind.
When Nebuchadnezzar came along and whisked the Jewish community away from their earthly paradise into a different captivity in another foreign country, the prophets had to deal with a new and more powerful reality.
Two of the three most influential books of Old Testament prophecy, those of Ezekiel and Jeremiah were written during the dark days of this new enslavement. The third, that of Isaiah, dealt with its preceding, but connected diaspora, the catastrophic enslavement and world-wide dispersion of the Northern section of the House of Israel a hundred years earlier -- an event that seemed to eradicate forever ten of Israel's twelve tribes from earthly existance.
These prophetic writings and the circumstances under which they were penned whirled scripture on its axis. Their new visions changed the theological direction of the Bible180 degrees, pointing it away from time-worn Jewish expectations and toward a Messianic appearance all Israelites had contemplated for centuries, but unlike any they had forseen.
Key to that new perception was the idea of a world divided by two competing cities. Not just cities, but city-states, i.e., empires defined by the name of the city that rules them. On one side of this equation there is a place antagonistic to God symbolically called 'Babylon' and on the other, the golden city of God -- Jerusalem. Here there is a need for spiritual understanding.
That is why God directed the writing of the Book of Revelation. All Bible scholars agree that this book was written symbolically. No one can take Revelation literally and be successful in its interpretation.
God's purpose in drawing public consciousness away from a single malevolent country like the Egypt that confronted Moses, and toward a world-ruling collective like the Babylonian empire was so that the people of God would understand the true structure of the war between heaven and Satan and the exact purpose and nature of His rescue of those who were chosen for eternal life by Jesus.
This rescue was, and remains to this day, focused in two kingdoms: one, this world ruled by Satan, from which we are being called to leave; and the other, the new kingdom of heaven ruled by Christ - our new destination.
Jesus said that the city of God is "not of this earth". That statement erases any idea of the kind of terrestrial city-state envisioned by the Jewish theologians.
Despite this, many still come (not just in the name of Moses, but in the name of Christ as well) to try to resurrect and promote that false concept. The idea of a thousand-year reign of God on this earth (a tradition popular with many Christians) is a compromise theory on this Mosaic premise, for instance.
But there can be no compromise with something God has already ordained to be otherwise. That is the power of inspired scripture. God has declared in the prophetic writing of the Book of Revelation that the whole of creation will be made new when the Day of Judgment occurs. See Rev.21:5.
This planet , God's Book states, will not live to see that moment. The earth is destined to vanish forever the moment God becomes visible on His throne -- an event that will transpire just before the Last Judgment occurs. This is so written by the Holy Spirit. See Rev. 20:11.
The idea of terrestrial continuity and prosperity is a powerful one. We can see this in the persistance and determination of its adherents. But, in the end, as always, the Bible and Jesus will be proved right.
The city-state Jerusalem (the new Jerusalem of God) is not of this earth. It is being kept safe in heaven where it cannot be tarnished or ruined by the wickedness of this earth. That unrighteousness is also why God did not choose to build an empire here.
He set up no earthly kingdom. Instead, Jesus came to this earth to announce a rescue. He is gathering a flock of pilgrims and leading them away to safety. This is an 'exodus' that has been proceeding inexorably and quietly (almost invisibly) for almost 2000 years now.
During the period of that rescue (so that Christ's purpose would procede expeditiously and successfully) God quieted the revolt of this world temporarily by installing powerful servants both on earth and in heaven to keep the peace. When Christ's gathering is complete, God's temporary Christianization of this world will come to an end. Satan will return to his ruling throne. The secular population, freed from Christianity's moral restraints, will return to the amorality of the ancients, preparing themselves to embrace with vigor the coming Mad-man whose imminent appearance has been so clearly defined.
All of these things had been blocked by God, wrote Paul, and could not occur until Christ's rescue had been achieved. So we must assume that the current processes active in the world today prove that the 'Great Revolt' (as Paul called it) has now begun. The rescue is almost complete.
A process of divine transformation has emptied this world of those who choose to follow righteousness and transported their souls to God's city in heaven where they will live forever.
That is why the call of scripture is to "Leave that place!" -- to "touch nothing unclean and to follow Jesus along the path He leads!" "Get out of her, you the people who carry the vessels of God!" These cries were being trumpeted at the very infancy of Babylon, by prophets as early as Isaiah. We can see now that the theme and the call had a common and unforseen purpose.
The "Her" that we are called to leave is 'Babylon'. The malignant city-state of worldly human ideology -- the terrestrial empire of man governed by Satan.
Babylon is the cumulative empire that rules this world. Its people are all who are hypnotised by Satan's evil influence (evil by Christ's standards, not by this world's).
Unless we read the Bible and listen to Jesus, we would easily see Satan as benevolent and understanding, just as the world does. Only when his philosophical standards are compared with those of Christ can we see Satan as he appears to God -- as eternal death and the destroyer of life.
First and foremost, Babylon is a spiritual concept. It embraces all the cities and empires on the planet. It embraces all the philosophies and concepts which most of us were first raised to accept.
Jesus did not come to call us out of our land or nation. Instead, He has called us out of our philosophic state, and out of our behavior. Instead of grasping to succeed, we are cautioned to give and serve without pay or worldly reward. Instead of hating and competing against our neighbor, we are called to love and compassion. Instead of warfare, we are called to forgive and turn the other cheek. All these actions are foreign to the ways of Babylon.
We are being called to give up the code of conduct of this world and embrace the behavior and philosophy of God -- the code of conduct of the new Jerusalem in heaven.
And there is little time left for this conversion. Jesus warned that this world's end would occur very soon. His call for rescue, therefore, is an urgent one. Time is running out. Anyone who fails to grab on to His offer will perish in the catastrophe, the titanic forces of which are building so impendently behind Him.
In its final pages, the Book of Revelation describes in eloquent symbolic detail just what the world's end will be like, and contrasts that destruction with an unequaled description anywhere in the Bible of the never-ending brilliance and calm of the kingdom of heaven that will replace it.
Where here there is pain, suffering, violence and hatred, the kingdom of heaven is filled with joy and peace. It is a place where disease and death do not exist, and where violence is unkown. The light of Christ and God are never interrupted by darkness. Instead, the Book of Revelation shows us a city filled with the brilliance and shimmering colors of precious jewels -- crystalline and infinite in a beauty unsurpassed anywhere in creation.
That is where scripture ends. Those who have turned to Christ and stayed true to His word will live forever in the unequalled beauty and majesty of the Creator and His Son. Like conquering hero's, we will be embraced and adored in a love whose depths are unknown on earth.
When the moment comes, we will all be given robes of state and showered with the gifts of eternal life in the ultimate goodness of our God who has prepared for those He has chosen, a banquet unlike any ever known in the history of creation. It is called the 'Wedding Feast'.
At its apex, Christ will be led in and crowned with the glory of divine Kingship and presented the glistening new creation as His alone to rule forever with God.
And as He serves God, He will serve us as well. That was His promise. So we are urged to stand fast in our faith and hold on to it to the very end despite all the circumstances that Satan has created to try to block our resolve. The victory of God is inevitable. Happy will be those who do not fall away!
THE DESTRUCTION OF BABYLON
The commercial empire of Babylon will cease to exist. We pick up the final scenes of scripture where we left off in the second part of our examination. Babylon is brought to ruin by a madman. Under his assault, the goods and services that characterized and so graphically defined our civilization will be no more. The cathedrals of Wall Street will crash in flames into the streets of the world and melt under the heat of the inferno that John's words predict.
Once a queen on her throne, independent of God, bathed in riches and sedated to complacency by her intellect, she thought she would live forever. Her capital she called the "eternal city". Never would she be a widow -- never would the prophecies of this book cloak her in the gowns of terminal mourning.
'Now heaven, celebrate her downfall, and all you saints, apostles and prophets: God has given judgement for you against her.'
As John watched, a powerful angel picked up a boulder which looked like a great millstone, and he hurled it into the sea, saying, 'That is how the great city of Babylon is going to be hurled down, never to be seen again.' See Rev. 18:21.
The angel continued, "Never again in you, Babylon, will be heard the song of harpists and minstrels, the music of flute and trumpet; never again will craftsmen of every skill be found or the sound of the mill be heard; never again will shine the light of the lamp, never again will be heard the voices of bridegroom and bride. Your traders were the princes of the earth, all the nations were under your spell."
Who are these traders who rose to become the princes of the earth, captivating the world under the spell of Babylon's siren call? We know them by the empires of their wealth: railroads; shipyards; oil fields; munitions; newspapers; broadcasting; computers, and so forth. Their trade has made them the barons of Babylon. The storied successes of their affairs is the fine weaving in the fabric of their spell.
"In her you will find the blood of prophets and saints, and all the blood that was ever shed on earth." See Rev. 18:24.
Every plot against God; every war ever fought; all the violence of history proceeds from these princely traders of human cargo. Paul said that "money is the root of all evil". It must be, for its power has reached even into the church. From the selling of indulgences to the evangelist on television begging the widow for her last mite, the spell of Babylon can be seen rusting the glory of God's edifice on earth.
Suddenly, in a single day, it all comes to an end. The spell is broken. It will never come again.
FROM HEAVEN, A CRY OF VICTORY!
"After this", said John,"I seemed to hear the tumultuous sound of a huge crowd in heaven, singing, 'Alleluia! Victory and glory and power to our God! He judges fairly, he punishes justly, and he has condemned the famous prosititute who corrupted the earth with her fornication; he has avenged his servants that she killed'. They sang again, 'Alleluia! the smoke of her will go up forever and ever'." See Rev. 19:1
Then the twenty-four elders and the four animals prostrated themselves and worshpped God seated there on his throne, and they cried, 'Amen, Alleluia'
What follows are some of the most interesting revelations in the Bible. For one thing, here we learn that the 'bride' (a common subject of prophecy throughout the Old Testament) is the New Jerusalem, i.e., the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is her bridegroom. The marriage weds a creation with its king. Thus we see why the ancient visions of scripture talked of two kings, not just one.
The Bride of Christ
John then heard a voice coming from the throne; it said, "Praise our God, you servants of his and all who, great or small, revere him." At this point, John seemed to hear the voices of a huge crowd, "like the sound of the ocean or the great roar of thunder, answering, 'Alleluia! The reign of the Lord our God Almighty has begun; let us be glad and joyful and give praise to God, because this is the time for the marriage of the Lamb. His bride is ready. She has been able to dress herself in dazzling white linen, because her linen is made of the good deeds of the saints.'" See Rev. 19:8.
This is an astonishing revelation. Here, the wedding garment Jesus talked about in the Gospels, is revealed. It is made of the substance of good deeds. The reference is obviously symbolic. The bride is the new Jerusalem (the kingdom of heaven). Her white garment is likened to fine linen, 'dazzling' in its appearance. Good deeds has made the garment of the kingdom of heaven pure and fit for her wedding with God.
"The angel said, 'Write this: Happy are those who are invited to the wedding freast of the Lamb', and he added, 'All the things you have written are true messages from God'.
Hearing these words, John felt compelled to kneel at the angel's feet to worship him; but the angel said, 'Don't do that: I am a servant just like you and all your brothers who are witnesses to Jesus. It is God that you must worship.' The witness Jesus gave is the same as the spirit of prophecy." See Rev.19:11.
The Punishment of the Pagans
At this point John saw a great white throne, and suddenly God appeared, sitting on it.
This same moment was chronicled by the prophet Daniel who wrote:
"Thrones were set in place and one of great age took his seat. His robe was white as snow. The hair of his head as pure as wool. His throne was a blaze of flames, its wheels were a burning fire. A stream of fire poured out, issuing from his presence. A thousand thousand waited on him, ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. A court was held and the books were opened."
"As I watched, the beast was killed and its body destroyed and committed to the flames."
"I gazed into the visions of the night, and I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, one like a son of man. He came to the one of great age and was led into his presence. On him was conferred sovereignty, glory and kingship, and men of all peoples, nations and languages became his servants." See Daniel 7:9-14.
"In his (God's) presence, the earth and the sky vanished, leaving no trace." See Rev. 20:11.
There is no reference here to a thousand years of continued life. The earth vanishes the moment God appears on His throne. Both this world and the sky. And they never return. Both are gone forever without a trace.
John noticed the dead, all of them, both great and small, standing in front of God's throne. "While they stood there, the book of life was opened, and other books were opened which were the record of what they had done in their lives. Everyone was judged by the deeds written in these books." See Rev. 20:12,
As John watched, "the sea gave up all the dead who were in it; Death and Hades were emptied of the dead that were in them; and every one was judged according to the way in which he had lived." See Rev. 20:14.
"Then Death and Hades were thrown into the burning lake. This burning lake is the second death; and anybody whose name could not be found written in the book of life was thrown into the burning lake. "
John's description of the burning lake, as seen in this vision from God, is the genesis of a burning hell. From this moment forward, hell's fire and damnation would be keynote precept's in the preaching of almost all Christian evangelist's. Further, this burning lake is shown to be associated, not with the death of the body (the first death) but with the death of the soul (the second death). It is eternal death.
THE JERUSALEM OF THE FUTURE
A Vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem
After everyone had been judged according to the way that they had lived and after Death and Hades and all whose names were not written in the Book of Life had been thrown into the fire of the burning lake, which was the second death, the Apostle John looked over and saw an incredible sight manifest itself before him.
A New Heaven and a New Earth
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea."
He continued, "I saw the holy city, and the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, 'You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make his home among them; they shall be his people, and he will be their God; his name is 'God-with-them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; There will be no more death and no more mourning or sadness. The world of the past has gone." See Rev. 21:1.
God Makes the Whole Creation New
Then the One sitting on the throne spoke: 'Now I am making the whole of creation new' he said."
'Write this: that what I am saying is sure and will come true.' And then he said, 'It is already done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. See Rev. 21:6.
The kingdom of heaven immediately replaces the world of the past. God's new creation is not a 'thousand-year' kingdom. It is eternal. What comes will never leave. God and Christ will rule it forever and ever. There will be no death in it. No sadness. No disease or malformation or malignancy. It will be a place of everlasting peace and joy, bathed in the perpetual light of the Creator. Those whom God chooses will dwell within it for all eternity.
"I will give water from the well of life free to anyone who is thirsty; it is the rightful inheritance of the one who proves victorious and I will be his God and he a son to me."
"But the legacy of cowards, for those who break their word, or worship obscenities, for murderers and fornicators, and for fortune-tellers, idolaters or any other sort of liars, is the second death in the burning lake of sulfur."
One of the seven angels that had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came to speak to John and said, "Come here and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married." See Rev. 21:9.
The New Jerusalem Appears
In the spirit the angel took John to the top of an enormous high mountain, and showed him Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven.
"It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates."
"The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of the one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
The city is described in terms of crystal and radiance. The depictions evoke a spiritual image of spectacular grandeur. Obviously the substance of creation is to be changed. We will not find ourselves imprisoned by the iron construct that chains us to this mortal earthly prison. In its new construct we will have a freedom beyond imagining in a creation of luxurious beauty that defies earthly expression.
The immense eternal honor bestowed on the twelve tribes of Israel shows that the tribe of Judah will not succeed in pre-empting its missing relatives. God told Jeremiah that these missing tribes left in chains, but would return as conquerors. Christianity is the essence of that return. See Jer.13:20-21 & 16:14-15. The restoration of all twelve tribes to glory is central to the redemption Jesus came to effect. The recovery of those missing tribes was the whole essence of the preaching to the pagans (among whom these missing Israelites had been so invisibly scattered). This is why the Jews were made blind for a time.
Today the Jews gather at a small portion of the foundation wall of Herod's temple, the only stones still standing that once supported that ill-fated edifice. In heavenly Jerusalem, all the walls will sit on twelve foundation stones each of which will bear the name of one of the twelve apostles of Christ. How much more worthy of reverence will be these eternal stones when the memory of Herod and everything he made has vanished forever?
Looking at the angel who spoke to him, John saw that he was carrying a gold measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and wall. The plan of the city is perfectly square, its length the same as its breadth. The angel measured the city with his rod and it was twelve thousand furlongs in length and in breadth, and equal in height.
The symbolism of the square stands for perfection. The symbolism of the size (12,000) stands for immensity, i.e., twelve (apostles & tribes) times 1000.
A City of Crystal and Precious Stones
"The angel measured the city's wall, and this was a hundred and forty-four cubits high."
Here, as in Revelation 7:4, the symbolic number 144,000 is derived from 12 (the sacred number) squared and multiplied by 1000 to represent totality and immensity.
"The wall was built of diamond, and the city of pure gold, like polished glass. The foundations of the city wall were faced with all kinds of precious stone...diamond, lapis lazuli, turquoise, crystal, agate, ruby, gold quartz, malachite, topaz, emerald, sapphire and amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls...and the main street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. See Rev. 21:18.
The transparent and delicately faceted images evident in these descriptions seem to portray an exquisite spiritual reality unknown on earth. Rare, and valuable beyond comprehension, the kingdom of heaven is seen in the most beautiful expressions of light. The colors are those of the rainbow, vivid and emanating from elegant crystalline structures meticulously ornate and faultless.
"I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God -- and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it." See Rev. 21:22
John's observation that there is to be no temple in the kingdom of heaven is one of the most startling visions in all of scripture. His stunning observation and statement shows just how universally Jesus re-routed the directon of the Bible. Even dedicated Christians still have trouble with this revelation. The traditions driving no small number of theologies are replete with visions of a rebuilt temple. Fundamental errors like this show how difficult it is for even the faithful to grasp the transition from material worship (temples, walls, statues & stained glass) to spiritual concepts like behavior.
Jesus said that the temple of God is inside us. When we carry Jesus in our hearts (when His Word directs our behavior) we serve notice to the world that the temple of God has been rebuilt in a perfection no earthly edifice could ever match. Here, John's words bear witness to that different kind of cathedral -- a glorious temple that is still beyond the understanding of most people on earth.
"The pagan nations will live by its light and the kings of the earth will bring it their treasures. The gates of it will never be shut by day -- and there will be no night there -- and the nations will come, bringing their treasure and their wealth. Nothing unclean may come into it: no one who does what is loathsme or false, but only those who are listed in the Lamb's book of life." See Rev.21:27.
The River of Life
The angel showed John the river of life flowing inside the holy city. It rose up from the throne of God and of the Lamb and surged crystal-clear down the middle of the city street. On either side of the river was the tree of life. The tree bears twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month. The leaves of the tree are the cure for the pagans. See Rev. 22:1
"The ban will be lifted."
The 'ban' is the first death. It occurred when Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. The ban is the reason no one can see God face to face. It was made manifest the moment God clothed us in this foreign and temporary linen of flesh which begins falling apart as soon as it is made. The ban is the substance of the world which is passing away. When the ban is lifted, that world of chaos and blindness will be gone forever.
"The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in its place in the city; his servants will worship him, they will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign forever and ever." See Rev. 22:5.
W cannot even imagine this incredible world of God, because our only reference is this corrupt world ruled by Satan. In the kingdom of God in heaven, there is no Satan. His presence does not exist and is totally unknown. There is no night. No darkness of any kind.
The angel turned to John and said to him, "All that you have written is sure and will come true: the Lord God who gives the spirit to the prophets has sent his angel to reveal to his servants what is soon to take place. Very soon now, I shall be with you again."
"Happy are those who treasure the prophetic message of this book."
"I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I had heard them all and had seen them all, I turned to the angel who had shown them to me, and knelt at his feet to worship him; but he said, 'Don't do that: I am a servant just like you and like your brothers the prophets and like those who treasure what you have written in this book. It is God that you must worship." See Rev. 22:9
The Time is Close
"This, too, he said to me, 'Do not keep the prophecies in this book a secret, because the Time is close. meanwhile let the sinner go on sinning, and the unclean continue to be unclean; let those who do good go on doing good, and those who are holy continue to be holy.
Very soon now, I shall be with you again, bringing the reward to be given to every man according to what he deserves. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Happy are those who will have washed their robes clean, so that they will have the right to feed on the tree of life and can come through the gates into the city.
Those others must stay outside: dogs, fortune-tellers, fornicators, murderers, idolaters and everyone of false speech and false life."
The angel's references to false speech and false life, and to lump those in with the sins of murderers and fornicators, shows just how essential it is before God that we not allow the world to coerce us to say something different than what comes from Jesus, or to engage in activities that belie our Christian duties.
The Book of Revelation ends with an epilogue from Jesus meant to define the validity of John's visions and to establish once and for all Christ's personal relationship with scripture's Davidic and star prophecies.
"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to make these revelations to you for the sake of the churches. I am of David's line, the root of David and the bright star of the morning."
"The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come. Let everyone who listens answer, 'Come'. Then let all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life, and have it free."
"This is a solemn warning to all who hear the prophecies in this book: if anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him every plague mentioned in the book; if anyone cuts anything out of the prophecies in this book, God will cut off his share of the tree of life and of the holy city, which are described in the book." See Rev. 22:19.
"The one who guarantees these revelations repeats his promise: I shall indeed be with you soon. Amen; come, Lord Jesus."
May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.
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