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Revelation 22 - The Final Countdown

Jesus proclaimed He's coming soon. Does this frighten or comfort you?

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Revelation 22 Summary

This book of the Apocalypse (Revelation) began with a benediction, extending a greeting of grace and peace to God's people (Rev 1:4). The Apocalypse ends by describing what these concepts look like, as they're the essence of the new heavens & earth.

This will be a place of grace, in that all who've washed their robes in the blood of Christ, so that they have His pure righteousness are welcomed in and partake of everlasting life (v14). But those who reject God's grace and persist in their sinfulness - that is, everyone who loves and practices falsehood - will be left outside.

It will also be a place of peace. The Biblical concept of peace includes much more than just an absence of conflict. It's a condition described by the Hebrew word shalom, in which everything is the way it's supposed to be, the way things are described in the opening six verses: an everproducing tree of life fed by the river of life.

As with many divine concepts, human language doesn't have the capacity to fully describe what things will be like, so John instead describes what will not be there: nothing accursed (v3), no more night (v5), and no 'dogs' (v15).

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The Apocalypse ends with three action items you must pay attention to.

First, respond to the invitation to come and take the water of life without price (v17). Although God chose you for salvation before He created anything, He has an expectation that you will act upon the faith that you've been given and enter into His Kingdom.

Second, heed the warning given to not add or subtract from God's Word (v18-19). This doesn't just mean putting in or taking out words, it means that your life must be governed by every word of scripture; living according to what's been given: no more and no less.

Finally, proclaim the final declaration: the simple and often overused word Amen (v21). Living out an amen life means you are fully aligned in every way with the invitations and warnings presented in God's Word.

AAA Prayer :

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Dear Father in heaven, who will for ever and ever be the light of the new heavens and new earth

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God will preserve & strengthen you to respond to His invitation.




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