And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. (Revelation 22:1)
Pure river of water of life, clear as crystal
I believe this river of life is a reference to the Holy Spirit
Lord Jesus spoke about this river of life
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:10-14)
Notice, this river was proceeding from the throne of God and of the lamb (Lord Jesus Christ). And because it comes from God, it cannot be anything other than pure and abundant.
In 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. (Revelation 22:2)
The tree of life:
The Bible begins with a tree of life (Genesis 3:22-24) which man was not allowed to eat from after the sin at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now we see the tree of life again.
each tree yielding its fruit every month
Some people wonder if we will eat in heaven. In His resurrection body, Lord Jesus enjoyed food (Read Luke 24:41-43, John 21:12-14). Angels ate with Abraham (Read Genesis 18:6-8). The great heavenly reunion between Lord Jesus and His people is described as a marriage supper (Read Revelation 19:9). Man fell by what he ate, and I believe man will stand by what he will eat. Yes, I believe according to scripture, God will still allow us to eat in heaven.
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 They 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. (Revelation 22:3-5)
His servants shall serve Him
Many people have a wrong impression of heaven. They think it will just be a place of leisure like a beach resort or something. The bible clearly tells us that ‘His servants shall serve Him’ However, this service will not be toil stained. There will be no stress, no struggle that we face here. It will be a joy and a pleasure to serve the Lord.
- No more curse Perfect Restoration
- Throne in their midst Perfect Administration
- Servants shall serve Perfect Subordination
- Shall see His face Perfect Transformation
- Name on foreheads Perfect Identification
- God is the light Perfect Illumination
- Reigning forever Perfect Exultation
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. 7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:6-7)
Two Characteristics of God’s word:
Prayer for Today: Father, as Your words are faithful and true, cause my words also to be faithful and true in Jesus name. (Revelation 22:6)
Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book
The Blessing is in the doing. The blessing is in applying the principles of the word to our daily lives.
8 Now I, John, saw 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. 9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” (Revelation 22:8-9)
As before in Revelation 19:10, John was overwhelmed and bowed before an angel in worship. In the same way, the angel reminded John that only God is to be worshipped, and that they were both ‘fellow servants’ along with all who keep the words of this book.
The Truth is no created being should ever be worshipped. Besides the Father, Lord Jesus, who alone receives the worship of angels (Hebrews 1:6) and of men (Matthew 8:2, 14:33, John 9:38) – no one else.
See that you do not do that:
It is ironical that even an anointed Apostle like John needed correction tells us something that we all need correction at one time or the other from going astray. No one is infallible. Only God and His word is infallible. Anyone claiming to be infallible is a liar and a deceiver.
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
In the Old Testament, Daniel was asked to seal the prophecy as it was pertaining to the times in the future. However, God has commanded that this prophecy of Revelation is not to be sealed. But still some do in defiance of God’s command. (Revelation 22:10)
11 “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.” (Revelation 22:11)
This simply means that the coming of Lord Jesus will be so suddenly that there won’t be time for change.” There will be no time for last minute repentance, but there is time now. If what you have read in Revelation hasn’t changed you, there isn’t much hope!
Some waiting to repent at the eleventh hour often die at the tenth without warning.
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:12-13)
If Jesus will give to everyone according to his work, does that mean we are saved by our works? No, but it does show that living faith will produce living works whereas a dead faith will produce dead works. (James 2:20, Titus 3:8).
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. (Revelation 22:14-15)
The blessing is in doing His commandments.
But outside are dogs
Why does it say that all dogs will be outside? Does heaven not like dogs? Is it wrong to keep a pet dog? No,this is not what scripture means. Its not ‘literal dogs’, but the morally impure . . . Dogs in the middle eastern cities are scavengers and excite unspeakable contempt (Matthew 7:6; Philippians 3:2).”