It has been a long while since we touched on the book of Revelation. As we approach the end of the year,, it is fitting that we finish this, the last book of the entire canon of the Holy Bible. We started this study several weeks ago and got side tracked with Christmas.And I was reading through Malachi in my own devotional time and though it would be appropriate and and quick study since it is such a short book and addresses the same issues that the world and especially the Unites States is facing right now. We approach the new year with hopes and dreams and high expectations that this next year will be much better than the one we bid farewell to, and for some of us, a good riddance. As I mentioned previously 2010 did end well for my family and I and once again 2011 we face another loss of a loved one. As I come to grips with those things I realize just how much promise and hope the book of Revelation offers the saved believer in Jesus Christ. For the lost, it is a book of horrors, but for the Christian it is a book of hope and assurance of that hope. As death for the believer is actually life eternal in paradise with the Lord and with those that have passed onto glory , it is not the end, but the beginning of something new and absolutely astounding, to be present with the Lord. And that is what the last chapter of the book is all about- it is about life and opens with John describing a river with the water of life- so lets get to it!
1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 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. 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. 5 There 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
The river with the water of life reminds us of the water coming from the temple in Ezekiel 47 and Jesus expression “rivers of living water” in John 7:38 which represents the New Testament ministry of the Holy Spirit. The tree of life in the original creation ( remember this is after the all things being made new- a new heaven a new earth) was in the middle of the garden of Eden. All of humanity was banned from the tree after sin entered into the world. This implies that a better and new everlasting Eden has come. Now we come to verse 3 – NO MORE CURSE- the affliction of sin on humans and all of creation will be erased. PRAISE THE LORD!! Once again we will fellowship with God as Adam and Eve did before the fall. The Lord will be with His people eternally and we will worshipfully serve Him. And this brings us to verse four – The hope of the Christian today is to see the Lord face to face. No one, not even Moses was allowed to do this before. “His name shall be on their foreheads” This is a fulfillment of the promise to the believers of the church of Philadelphia and also stands in stark contrast to the mark of the beast. Now we come to verse five, the final verse that we will look at tonight. “There shall be no night there” It is a fulfillment of Christ’s proclamation that He is “the Light of the world” There is no need for a lamp- it is His glory that shines bright enough to overpower any and all darkness. “And they shall reign forever and ever” with the Lord- there is implication to this in Chapter 1 verse six of this book. Also this can be found in Daniel 7:18 and 27.
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10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”