Revelation 22: Come Lord Jesus!
Well we have reached the end of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ. This end describes the beginning of what all of creation has longed for. There are several passages we should look at.
If you read yesterdays discussion then you noticed I shared how absolutely immense the building will be. Almost 1400 miles by 1400 miles and almost 1400 miles high! I can't even fathom something like that but it will be constructed of either precious stones or elements that to John looked like precious stones. Walls over 200 feet thick! Now these elements are so pure that some of them are translucent. I hope you noticed that the only light source there is God's radiating glory. So can you imagine the purest light possible shining through the purest elements possible? Wonder if that might look, you know, kinda cool?
Also there are several difficult passages in chapter 22.
At the beginning of the chapter the tree is characterized as having leaves for the healing of the nations. I don't think this is alluding to healing but health. You have to be sick to be healed and God has already taken care of that! I think this wording is honoring some other text. I think it is saying we will be continually nourished from God and obviously the result will be perfect health. The word for nations can also be people or even gentiles.
Only one street mentioned. Not streets. Oh yea, and the gold it is made from is so pure you can see through it. The stream could be symbolic but even if it is , it flows from God, our wonderful source for everything.
I thought we were all supposed to sit on clouds and strum harps but it seems as though we will be serving God. We will see Him face to face and be identified as belonging to Him. Oh what a glorious feeling it will be to feel we belong to Him! We will work and the results of that work will result in total satisfaction and joy.
From vrs. 7 on Jesus makes sure we know it is He who is talking here. Please read through this section carefully. Hmm, sure seems like John kinda liked what he saw, you know, with the whole falling down and worshiping the angel deal he seems to have had going on there.
Verse 11 is the other difficult passage. Unfortunately I think the interpretation is pretty grim. The angel says in verse 10 to not seal up the words because the time is near. I think verse 11 is saying that if you do not respond to the message of the book now, then when it happens it will be too late. There will be no hope.
Jesus says He is coming soon several times in this chapter. Hey just what is His definition of soon? Thankfully it is not our definition, as He desires that all may come to know Him and He does not want any to perish. Did you notice that He didn't say, "well of course I will not come until the gospel is preached to every tribe in South America, or until this or that happens. He can come back at any second. He has 144,000 evangelists who have never been to South America and would love to see it! The point to stress is that He warns us to be ready! It will happen like a thief in the night. It will not happen like we think it will.
He tells us blessings await for those who keep the words of this book, blessings for those who will simply read this book. I can tell you reading through The Revelation has blessed me very much. Do not worry about what you don't understand. Rejoice in what you do! Is not the Jesus you worship today bigger and more powerful than the Jesus revealed to you before we started this book?
Carefully consider the warnings and examine the condition of the hearts of the various people mentioned.
I know there is a natural hesitancy to try to understand something that is impossible to completely understand. I feel the book of The Revelation stokes up a fire of desire to love God and a yearning for the heaven He has promised.
The last words we find that Jesus says in the last chapter of the bible is "Surely I come quickly".
Amen Lord Jesus. Please come quickly!