Revelation: Conclusion


Text Revelation 22:6-21

 

I.         Testimony to the truth of the book

            A.        It rests on God, who inspired the prophets and sent the angel to John (vs 6). The Angel testifying the truth of what he revealed.

                        1.         Revelation 1:1 - The book was communicated to John via an angel.

            B.        John testifies that it is true (vs 8)

            C.        It is attested to by Jesus (vs 16)

                        1.         Notice that Jesus is both root (source) and offspring of David

            D.        Thus the book has been signed or witnessed by three people.

II.        Emphasis that the events will take place shortly

            A.        Shortly take place (vs 6)

            B.        Jesus is coming quickly (vs 7)

            C.        Do not seal (hide) for the time is near (vs 10)

                        1.         Some things cannot be revealed - Rev 10:4

                        2.         Daniel could not reveal all he was told - Dan 8:26, 10:14; 12:4,9

            D.        It was to be revealed to all the churches - vs 16

            E.        Jesus promise to come (bring judgement quickly) (vs 12, 20)

                        1.         Not referring to the second coming, but of the other judgments promised.

                        2.         For example, the judgements against the churches (Revelation 2:5, 16; 3:11)

III.       Encouragement to heed the warnings in this book

            A.        Vs. 7 - Heed the words of this prophecy

            B.        Vs. 9 - Heed the words of this book

            C.        Vs. 18 - Testify to those who hears the words of the prophecy of this book.

IV.      The Blessings of Revelation

            A.        Rev. 1:3 - Blessed is he who reads, hears, and heeds this prophecy

            B.        Rev. 14:13 - Blessed are those who die from now on. They will rest from their labors and their deeds will follow them

            C.        Rev. 16:15 - Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes so others do not see his shame.

            D.        Rev. 19:9 - Blessed are those invited to the Lamb’s marriage feast

            E.        Rev. 20:6 - Blessed are those who have part of the first resurrection.

            F.        Rev. 22:7 - Blessed is he who heeds the words of this prophecy

            G.        Rev. 22:14 - Blessed are those who wash their robes. They have the right to enter the city and partake of the tree of life

V.        Distinction between righteous and wicked (vs 11)

            A.        The wicked will continue in unrighteousness and the righteous will move deeper into righteousness

                        1.         The word still indicates continuance or permanence.

                        2.         II Tim 3:13 - The wicked becoming more wicked

                        3.         Heb 6:1 - The righteous pressing on to godliness (also II Cor 7:1)

            B.        God’s people will clean up their lives and live in his city

            C.        Outside are dogs

                        1.         The immoral prostitute - Deut 23:17-18

                        2.         Any immoral person - Phil 3:2

                        3.         Those who wallow in filth - II Peter 2:22

            D.        In other words, everything needed to be said has been said. It a person is still unchanged, then let them remain.

VI.      Invitation to become a follower of God (vs. 17)

            A.        Similar to invitation in Isa 55:1

            B.        It is opened to all

                        1.         Jesus died for everyone - Heb. 2:9

                        2.         He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world - I John 2:2

                        3.         Whosoever believes should not perish - John 3:16

            C.        Who invites

                        1.         The Spirit

                        2.         The church

                        3.         Christians

VII.     Warnings against altering the book

            A.        Deut 4:2 - Do not add or subtract

            B.        Prov 30:6 - Do not add

            C.        Gal 1:6-10 - To alter is to be accursed

            D.        II John 9 - To break the bounds is to not have God.