God’s final Word – Chapter 22, verses 6 through 12


God’s final Word – A time of urgency

The following comes through the notes of Mark Ramsey and the responses of the class.

  1. A sense of urgency — Revelation 22:6

    The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” (Revelation 22:6 NIV)

    At this point, all that is left for John to record is this divine epilogue or postscript. All the glorious and gracious purposes that God ordained before the foundation of the world will have been attained. The devastating judgments of the Tribulation will have been carried out. The Lord Jesus will have returned in all His glory, executed His enemies, and reigned on the earth for a thousand years. All the rebels, angels and humans, will have been sentenced to their final, eternal punishment in the lake of fire. The present universe will have been “uncreated” and the eternal new heaven and earth “created,” in which the King of kings will be reigning with His Father. The holy angels and the redeemed of all ages will be dwelling in the new creation and particularly in the New Jerusalem. From the throne in the center of that majestic city, the brilliant, blazing glory of God will radiate throughout the re-created universe. Holiness will characterize all who dwell in the kingdom. They will constantly praise, worship and serve Him throughout eternity in an environment of perfect peace, joy and fulfillment. What is your reaction/response to this time in history?

    One class member responded with the observation that he would fall on his face in worship. Just imagining this scene stretches the human imagination.

    Another class member noted that, since God often acted as His own messenger and often used angels (which translates “messenger”) as messengers, we must be wary of who we worship in heaven (even though holy angels won’t accept worship).

    Another class member said that she would be overcome with the magnificence of the situation.

    These verses are filled with a sense of urgency. Since Jesus could rapture His church at any moment, triggering all the end time events, believers and unbelievers need to be ready. The angel’s words reinforce an important truth: Everything John has seen in Revelation will come to pass.

    The God Who moved the spirits of His spokesmen, the prophets, to inspire both the New Testament and the Oid Testament is the same God Who sent His angel to show His bondservants the things which must soon take place.

    What do you believe your response should be to the book of Revelation?

    One class member responded with “Obedience.”

    “Evangelism” was another response.

  2. Immediate obedience — Revelation 22:7

    “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” (Revelation 22:7 NIV)

    The original translation of this verse has the word, “Καὶ” (Kai), which means “and”, which marks a change in speakers. The speaker is no longer the angel who spoke in 22:6, but the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who is coming quickly. He pronounces the 6th of the 7 beatitudes. The word “τηρῶν” (teron) translates as “hold fast” or “to guard.”

    As believers we are called to guard or protect the book of Revelation. How do we do that (defend it against detractors who deny its relevance; defend it against critics who deny its veracity and authority as well as confused interpreters who obscure its meaning. In fact, all scripture should be so guarded)?

    As believers, we are called to defend Scripture and to obey it. How do we obey Scripture and this prophecy?

    There was general agreement that the Scripture must be defended. However, one class member cited a source he was not sure of when he noted, “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, love.”

    God inspired Revelation for one purpose: to reveal the glory of His Son and call believers to live godly, faithful and obedient lives in light of His return. This book should provide motivation for godly living. Do you believe that it does?

    It is the only book in the Bible that has a special blessing for those who read it and obey it.

  3. Immediate worship — Revelation 22:8-9

    I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!” (Revelation 22:8‭-‬9 NIV)

    Again, we have a change of speakers, this time being John. John’s impulsive worship of the wrong object should serve as a warning to each of us. How easy it is for finite, fallen creatures to get caught up in the moment and forget the One who deserves our full affection and devotion. How prone we are as humans to mistake the gift for the Giver when we receive another of His remarkable blessings. How can we avoid this?

    One class member said that, while we are on earth, we can make a habit of keeping our eyes on God by keeping in the Word.

    Another class member suggested the same might apply to us while in heaven: keep our eyes on Jesus.

  4. Immediate proclamation — Revelation 22:10-11

    Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” (Revelation 22:10‭-‬11 NIV)

    The message is not to be hidden; it is a message to be proclaimed to produce obedience and worship.

    When the angel says, “Let the one who does wrong…”, he is proclaiming a truth that people’s response to the proclamation of the truth will fix their eternal destiny. The truths can become an instrument of salvation or an instrument of damnation and must be proclaimed as long as men and women still have time to hear them.

  5. Immediate Service — Revelation 22:12

    “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. (Revelation 22:12 NIV)

    Jesus’ statement means that His coming is imminent.

    Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. “Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ ” (Mark 13:33‭-‬37 NIV)

    When Jesus comes, He will bring His reward. Believers’ eternal rewards will be based on their faithfulness in serving the Lord in this life. The knowledge that Jesus could return at any moment should produce diligent, obedient, worshipful service to God and an urgent proclamation of the gospel to unbelievers.


2 thoughts on “God’s final Word – Chapter 22, verses 6 through 12

  1. In my church back home, I used to teach a Bible class called “Disciple”. It was 32 weeks long and we covered probably 80% of the Bible. LOTS of reading, lots of discussion. On the first day, I always outlined what we’d be doing and gave them their first reading assignment. Someone always asked me about The Revelation. My answer was always the same…”We win!”

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