Revelation 22 - The river of the water of life - Sermon Wilfred
The river of the water of life
The river flows of the water of live (Jesus is the living water John 4:10) from the throne of God the Father and the Lamb Jesus Christ, which is in Jerusalem. On each side of the river, there are fruit trees with twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations. Observe they are for healing. According to me that means that there is still sickness, and where is sickness, there is sin.
That is not very strange, because it are the believers who are taken at the Rapture of the Church, who receive a new imperishable, sinless body (1 Cor. 15:51-54).
What means the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit?
In Revelation were read nowhere that the persons who live on the New Earth receive a new body, people are raised from the death, but it is NOT stated that they receive a new body. According to me, it means that if they have a deficiency, for example a person is blind or missing a limb, he or she needs to travel to Jerusalem to be cured by Jesus. If one has a sickness, he or she needs to eat from the leaves of these trees which stand on the side of the river.
These trees remember to the fruit trees in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 1.
When we look to Isaiah 11 which speaks about the 1000-years of Kingdom, where the predators lives in peace and do not attack anymore and all eat grass. I think human will no longer eat meat, because there is no killing anymore. No slaughter of animals, but all people will eat wheat and from the fruit trees, returning to the time when Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden. It is the restorement of the earth before the Fall. Nothing shall be accursed.
The throne of God and of the Lamb
God will reign for eternity and His light will shine over the whole New Earth for ever.
We have come to the end of the book of Revelation. In verse 6 we receive the confirmation that all things revealed to John are trustworthy and true. God had sent His angel to John to SHOW what will happen. This in contrast to the angels who are supposed to have spoken to Mohammed and Joseph Smith (Mormons) who brought and SPOKE a new believe in contradiction to the Bible.
Repeat in verse 7 of the words from the beginning of Revelation 1: "Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book". So YES it is necessary to proclaim (and with explanation) Revelation to your family, neighbors, colleagues and fellow-students. That will carry a blessing.
Again John is forbidden to worship the angel. The angel instructs John NOT to hide these words of the prophecy. A very strange pronunciation follows, evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy. It seems that believers cannot stop wicked persons to do wickedness. They will experience the wrath of God, in the Great Tribulation they will experience the power of God and they are giving the opportunity to repent. In the end, God will to repay every one for what he or she has done, as revealed in Revelation 20:11-15 and here confirmed in the verses 14 and 15.
In verse 16 Jesus confirms that it is He Who sent His angel, He is the offspring of David, to who was promised that a descendant of him would sit on the throne of David for ever.
Still is the time to repent, still is the time to "COME". The Spirit and the Bride (the Church of Christians) still invite the unbelievers to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The water of life is without price. Every one can accept it for free. BUT until the end of the Great Tribulation. During the Tribulation, it needs a lot of perseverance to accept and keep the believe in Jesus.
Verses 18 and 19 are an extreme warning. If any one reduces the words in the Bible, the plagues in Revelation will be added to him or her. The person will diminish sin (abortion, euthanasia, homosexual sexual acts, God is Love so you can continue to sin all is already forgiven by Jesus, hate against Jews, you may steal and murder because you are hungry, etc.), the promise here is that God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city. Meaning no live on the New Earth (Matthew 7:21-23)?
The person who adds to this Bible (Jehovah witness, Mormons and other believes), the plagues in Revelation will be added to him or her.
It is necessary to testify the truth. It is the the testimony of the resurrected Jesus Christ. Today with all what is going on in the world, we are facing the signs giving in Matthew 24:6-7, we KNOW that the Comings of Jesus are soon.
The grace of the LORD JESUS be with all Christians and the saints in the Great Tribulation.