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Revelation 22 Commentary
Summary: Read Revelation 22 KJV along with a helpful commentary.
 
 

Revelation 22 KJV

Commentary

1And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

3And 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:

4And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

5And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

6And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

7Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

22:1-7 In the celestial city there is “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” “The tree of life” is there and bears a different type of fruit each month of the year. This beautiful river and majestic tree represents God, the source of life and immortality. To regularly drink of the water and partake of the fruit is to live forever. They are also symbolic of the spiritual life that comes from God.

“There shall be no more curse.” The curse of sin and its consequences fell upon mankind because of the sin of our first parents. Genesis 3:14-19. This curse is now seen everywhere, in man, beast and plant (Romans 8:19-22), but in the new earth no trace of the curse will be found.

The separation between God and humanity is finally healed, “And they shall see His face.” He is their God, and they are His people, in body, mind and soul. His character of love is reproduced in them, symbolized by “His name…in their foreheads.” No longer subject to persecution, the saints of God “shall reign for ever and ever.”

8And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

9Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

 

 

10And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

11He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

12And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

14Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

16I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

22:10-17 In these verses Jesus summarizes the last few events of the prophecies in the book of Revelation:

- The close of probation, “He that is unjust…” (vs. 11; see notes on Revelation 15:5-8);
- The Second Coming, “And, behold, I come quickly” (vs. 12);
- The reward of the righteous, “have right to the tree of life…” (vss. 12, 14);
- And the punishment of the wicked, “For without are…” (vss. 12, 15).

Christ sends this message, His greatest and final invitation, far and wide, by all available means, to all who will listen, “Come,” and “take the water of life freely.” This is the most profound invitation ever given to mankind! Your response will be the greatest decision that you will ever make!

Today, while the door of mercy is wide open “The Spirit of the Bride says, ‘Come.’” Will you come? Will your name be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life? It can be! He invites you to come to Him today.

18For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

19And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

22:18-19 A dire warning is given to anyone who adds to the prophecies in this book or takes away anything from them.

20He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

22:20-21 Christ promises, “Surely I come quickly.” John fervently expresses his desire for the blessed event, and then pronounces a blessing of the “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” upon each of us who have, with open hearts, diligently studied the prophecies of this marvelous book.

This commentary is adapted from Amazing Prophecies, © 2010 Family Heritage Books.

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