Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
We all know how it feels to wait on something special. We know how it feels to wait on people we love and anxious to see. When we’re waiting on family members to celebrate Christmas or any other holiday it’s always reassuring to get that phone call from them telling us, “We’re on our way!” That gives our minds peace in knowing they are indeed coming and will be there shortly.
In our last passage of the revelation of Jesus Christ and His coming we find the same “call” is made to John (and us). However, commands from Jesus and his messenger angel accompany the “call” so we will know what to do, in the wait on the Coming of Jesus Christ.
Tell them, “Yes, I’m on my way.” –Jesus
(not me, for I am only a servant like you) –God’s angel
“Don’t seal the words of this book; don’t put it away on the shelf.” –God’s angel This could mean to keep it open, read it often, let it seep in and become a part of our being. The book is not be worshiped but lived out. We only worship God. –God’s messenger angel
“…let the righteous maintain a straight course and the holy continue on in holiness.” –God messenger angel
Revelation 22, The Message
1-5 Then the Angel showed me Water-of-Life River, crystal bright. It flowed from the Throne of God and the Lamb, right down the middle of the street. The Tree of Life was planted on each side of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are for healing the nations. Never again will anything be cursed. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer God service—worshiping, they’ll look on his face, their foreheads mirroring God. Never again will there be any night. No one will need lamplight or sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all the light anyone needs. And they will rule with him age after age after age.
Don’t Put It Away on the Shelf
6-7 The Angel said to me, “These are dependable and accurate words, every one. The God and Master of the spirits of the prophets sent his Angel to show his servants what must take place, and soon. And tell them, ‘Yes, I’m on my way!’ Blessed be the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8-9 I, John, saw all these things with my own eyes, heard them with my ears. Immediately when I heard and saw, I fell on my face to worship at the feet of the Angel who laid it all out before me. He objected, “No you don’t! I’m a servant just like you and your companions, the prophets, and all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!”
10-11 The Angel continued, “Don’t seal the words of the prophecy of this book; don’t put it away on the shelf. Time is just about up. Let evildoers do their worst and the dirty-minded go all out in pollution, but let the righteous maintain a straight course and the holy continue on in holiness.”
THE FINALE – COME!
12-13 “Yes, I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon! I’m bringing my payroll with me. I’ll pay all people in full for their life’s work. I’m A to Z, the First and the Final, Beginning and Conclusion.
14-15 “How blessed are those who wash their robes! The Tree of Life is theirs for good, and they’ll walk through the gates to the City. But outside for good are the filthy curs: sorcerers, fornicators, murderers, idolaters—all who love and live lies.
16 “I, Jesus, sent my Angel to testify to these things for the churches. I’m the Root and Branch of David, the Bright Morning Star.”
17 “Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride.
Whoever hears, echo, “Come!”
Is anyone thirsty? Come!
All who will, come and drink,
Drink freely of the Water of Life!
18-19 I give fair warning to all who hear the words of the prophecy of this book: If you add to the words of this prophecy, God will add to your life the disasters written in this book; if you subtract from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will subtract your part from the Tree of Life and the Holy City that are written in this book.
20 He who testifies to all these things says it again: “I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon!”
Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
21 The grace of the Master Jesus be with all of you. Oh, Yes!
SEE! Jesus IS Coming Back! The call we’ve been waiting for to reassure us has been made in this final chapter.
TELL others, He’s on His way!
LOVE on others like He loves us until He comes.
COME, Master Jesus! We are waiting, living, growing, and being refined by you for the place you are preparing for us with anticipation and worship of You and You alone.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.