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Revelation 22 Commentary - Part 1 (verses 1-10)
By Brother Mike (8-12-14; 55 minutes)  


 

Verse 1:  

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

In this verse, we first read, And he showed me a pure river of water of life. The water of life, of course, refers to the gospel, which is the Word of God, who is Christ. And, in that this water of life is a pure river means that this gospel or Word of God in the New and Holy Jerusalem is absolutely pure and clean. There are none of the pollutions which have polluted the Word of God as in our day with all the many false doctrines such as free-will salvation; women pastors and teachers over men; infant baptism; salvation by baptism; Saturday Sabbaths; divorce and remarriage, the signs and wonders gospels with dreams, visions, words of knowledge, and tongues; the health and prosperity gospels that claim to make you rich and prosperous; the faith healing gospels which claim to miraculously heal people; and all the many different deviations from the truth such as that the church age has not ended, that people should still be attending church, that Christ is going to return to this earth to set up a millennial kingdom, that salvation did not end, nor Judgment Day begin, on May 21, 2011, and, even, that Christ did not die for sin in 33 AD, but, instead, from the foundation of the world . Yes, in this world, the gospel has been greatly polluted, but, as we read in our verse, the gospel will be absolutely pure and clean in the new heaven and earth. No more will there be the least amount of pollution; no more will there be any falsehood. There will be a pure river of water of life.

Now, we next read that this pure river of water of life is clear as crystal. To be clear as crystal is to be completely transparent. What I mean is that the pure river of water of life, which is the Word of God, which is Christ, will be clearly comprehended in the new heaven and earth. As we read in 1Corinthians 13, 

1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known

Yes, in the New Jerusalem, all truth will be completely transparent; it will not be in parables or words too difficult to understand, but it will be in plain, clear, and understandable communication however that is, which will be comprehended. Indeed, the truth will be clear as crystal.  

Now, in the last part of our verse, we read that this pure river of water of life, which is as clear as crystal, proceeds out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. The Lamb, of course, is Jesus Christ who died for our sins as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, and that the Word of God comes out of the throne means that it comes from the place from which God rules; that is, from His throne. This throne is the throne of both God and the Lamb (Christ) because the Lamb is God (see the doctrine of the trinity ). Apparently, God and the Lamb are mentioned here to place our focus not only upon God, but, also, on the fact that He is the one who paid for our sins as the Lamb. So this pure river of water of life; that is, the Word of God, proceeds out of the throne of God, and this God is the God who loved us, and gave His life for us. 


Verse 2: 

2 In 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

Here we read, In the midst of the street of it. The word translated as [it] is in the feminine gender and so refers back to the holy city (also in the feminine gender), the New Jerusalem in verse 2 of the previous chapter as well as the great city (also in the feminine gender), the Holy Jerusalem in verse 10 of the previous chapter. This means that the [it] is simply referring to the New and Holy Jerusalem. So our verse could read, In the midst of the street of [the New and Holy Jerusalem] . . .

Now the Greek word translated as street is used spiritually in the Bible to represent that place where the people gather to partake in the ministry of the Word. For instance, we read in Revelation 11, 

Re 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified

Here the word street is the street of the great city, which is the street of Jerusalem, which, in turn, symbolizes the churches. It was in the churches that the dead bodies of the elect were found after May 21, 1988 when the man of sin , Satan, had taken up his seat of rule in the churches, and the elect were silenced; that is, spiritually killed, and so it was as if their bodies were dead. Of course, they weren't actually dead, but they were not able to bring the truth any longer in the churches, so it was as if their bodies were dead. What a terrible time that was for the elect as they began to feel more and more uncomfortable in the churches until when finally each and every one of them were either thrown out of the churches, or they just left on their own because the church had become disgusting, and they even discovered that they must come out of the churches in order to obey the Lord's command (see Why Leave All Churches ). 

So, in the New Jerusalem, the street or the streets refers to the place in which the elect will gather to communicate the Word of God. It will be the place of communion with God. This is why we also read that in the midst of the street . . . was there the tree of life. The tree of life, of course, is Christ, and so it makes perfect sense to realize that in the midst of the street where communion with God takes place is the tree of life, Christ, for it is through Christ and His atoning work whereby we are made able to commune with the all Holy and Almighty God. It is utterly beyond comprehension how we will be able to commune with such an infinite, holy, all powerful God, but we will, and it will be absolutely awesome. It is what all of the elect yearn for and desire above all else. 

Now we also read that on either side of the river was there the tree of life. So not only in the midst of the street was the tree of life, but also on either side of the river was there the tree of life. Why does it mention on either side of the river was the tree of life? Since, if you will remember, the river is the pure river of the water of life, which is the Word of God, which is Christ, and the tree of life is also Christ, this is all just putting the focus on Christ. It is letting us know that Christ will be central and all pervasive in the new heaven and earth as well as in the New Jerusalem. It won' be like in this world where everything is central and pervasive except Christ, but it will be Christ who is central and all pervasive. He will constantly be exalted, loved, and adored, and He will bless His people who will praise Him forevermore. 

Next, we are told that this tree of life (Christ) bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month. A more literal translation of this verse would read, 

2 . . . producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit one each month . . . 

This reveals that the twelve fruits came about by one fruit being produced each month for twelve months. So, in that this tree of life (Christ) bare twelve fruits, one each month for twelve months, is emphasizing the number 12 both in the amount of the fruit and in the time span over which the fruit is produced, which symbolizes that the fullness of fruits will be forever produced in the New Jerusalem (see Meaning to Bible Number 12 ). 

Now, the last part of our verse says, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. The leaves of the tree represent the power source of the tree, for in the leaves are where the energy from the sun is made usable to the tree through photosynthesis. And, since this tree of life represents Christ, the leaves here represent the power source of Christ, which is God Himself. So in that the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations is simply revealing that God Himself in Christ is for the healing of the nations. It is through the atoning work of Christ whereby all the elect in all the different nations are and will be healed. That healing first began when the elect were first born from above and given their new sinless resurrected souls, and it will be completed when the elect are given their new spiritual bodies on the Last Day. Then, the elect will have been completely healed by God from the pollution of sin.  


Verse 3: 

3 And 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 . . . 

In this verse, we are told that there shall be no more curse. This is the curse that came upon the entire world including its people ever since Adam and Eve fell into sin. We read of this curse being mentioned in Romans 8: 

Ro 8:20 For the creature [creation] was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope . . . 

It is this curse on this creation which has resulted in people dieing of old age, or people becoming ill and sick. It is also what has brought about earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, and all natural disasters. It is what has brought in death. Yes, it has been a terrible curse due to sin. Yet, given all this, we can rejoice because there will be no curse in the New Jerusalem. No longer will there be illnesses; no longer will people die of old age; indeed, no longer will there be death. And, in the new heaven and earth there will no longer by any earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods, and all the other natural disasters. No, because there will be no more sin, everything will be in perfect peace and harmony. 

Now we are not only told that there will be no more curse in the New and Holy Jerusalem, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it. Since the throne of God represents the rule of God, this is simply telling us that God will rule in the New and Holy Jerusalem. The Lamb, of course, who is Christ is God (see doctrine of the trinity ), so we are not being told of two separate rules, one of God and the other of the Lamb, but the Lamb is being set apart here in order that we see that the one who will rule in the New Jerusalem over the elect is the same one who sacrificed Himself for the elect, and by doing so, He earned the right to rule over them. I mean, God will not just be ruling because He is God, which He could righteously do, but He will be ruling because He has shown Himself worthy through His sacrifice to receive all glory, honor, and praise, and to rule over the New Jerusalem of the elect. And, in that He was willing to give His life for His elect reveals that He is and will be a most benevolent ruler. Who would ever be so foolish as to want someone else to rule over them? He is the king of kings, and Lord of Lords. No one could possibly take His place! 

Next, we are told that His servants shall serve Him in the New and Holy Jerusalem, and no wonder; He is the one who as the sacrificial Lamb made it possible for His servants, the elect, to even be found in the New Jerusalem. Whereas everyone else will have been burned up and annihilated on the Last Day because of their sin, the sins of the elect will have been paid for by the Lamb at the cross, and so they will have eternal life and be eternally grateful and wiling to serve their King forevermore in the New and Holy Jerusalem. 


Verse 4:

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

Here we read, And they shall see his face. This is the same thing that Jesus taught in Matthew 5:

Mt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart [the elect]: for they shall see God

But this is not teaching that their would come a time in this world when people would see God, for we read in John 1, 

Joh 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him

And, again, we read in 1John 4, 

1Jo 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time . . . 

But, in that they shall see his face is referring to that time after the end of this world when the elect will see the very face of God in the New Jerusalem. We read of this event in 1John 3:2 as well where it states, 

1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is

It is difficult to imagine what it will be like to see God as He is in the New Jerusalem, but one thing we can say with absolute confidence is that it will be incredibly awesome.  

Next, we read, and his name shall be in their foreheads. So not only, after this world, will we, the elect, see the very face of God in the New and Holy Jerusalem, but His name shall be in [our] foreheads. This does not mean that His literal name will be in our foreheads like a tattoo, but it is a way of saying that we will be completely identified with God. His will, will be our will, and our will, will be His will. Our minds will be in complete subjection to Him, and He will rule over us. Even as Christ could say, 

Joh 8:29 . . . for I do always those things that please him

We as the elect will also be able to say, we always do the things that please Him. Our minds, our wills, and our bodies will be doing the will of God because His name will be in [our] foreheads. And, as Christ said, 

Joh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you


Verse 5:
  

5 And 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

In this verse, we first read, And there shall be no night there. Night is symbolic of a time of wickedness and evil; a time of judgment. In fact, an example of night is what we have been going through ever since May 21, 2011: the world has fallen deeper into wickedness, and judgment has come upon the whole world. Spiritually speaking, it is night-time. Obviously, night does not mean that it is physically dark outside, but, rather, it means that wickedness and evil so pervades the world along with there being no possibility of salvation that it can be termed a time of spiritual darkness, or a time of night. And, from our verse, what God wants us to know about this night is that there will be no such night in the New Jerusalem and in the new heaven and earth. In other words, there will be absolutely no evil and wickedness; there will be no sin; and, therefore, there will be no times of judgment either.  

Next, we are told that they [the elect] need no candle in the New and Holy Jerusalem. The word translated as candle could also be translated as lamp. It is a word in the Bible that signifies the Word of God, the gospel. So is this telling us that there will be no need for the Word of God, the gospel, in the new heaven and earth? Well, yes, at least in the sense of the Word of God exposing wickedness and evil in people, and then leading them to salvation, this will not be needed because there will be no wickedness and evil in people in the new heaven and earth, and there will, thus, be no need for salvation for anyone. So, in this sense of exposing sin and lighting the way of salvation, the elect will need no candle or lamp. Furthermore, we are not only told that the elect will need no candle, but we are told that they will neither need the light of the sun. The light of the sun is once again spiritually symbolic of the Word of God, the gospel, so this is telling us exactly what we already learned in that the elect will need no candle: it is saying that the elect in the New Jerusalem do not need their sins revealed and paid for because they will have no sin, so, in this sense, they do not need the Word of God, the gospel, the candle, the light of the sun. But, this doesn't mean that they do not need the Word of God, the gospel, in other respects, for, in the New Jerusalem, we read that the Lord God gives them light.  

Now, we read that they shall reign forever and ever. This reveals that the elect will reign forever and ever in the New and Holy Jerusalem. Exactly what they will be reigning over is not exactly clear, but we do read of them ruling over a given amount of cities in the parable of the pounds. There we read in Luke 19,

15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading .
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Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds .
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities .
18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds .
19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities

So apparently each of the elect will be given some type of rule over cities, but exactly what these cities are is not clear.  


Verse 6: 

6 And 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 .  

Now why would the Lord want us to know that these sayings are faithful and true? I mean He told us of a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, which is the Word of God that, in the New Jerusalem, is completely transparent and understandable; and He told us of the tree of life, which bare the fullness of fruits, which is a picture of Christ bearing the fullness of fruits for all eternity; and He told us that there would be no more curse, which means there will be no more sin and death, and no more natural disasters; everything will be in perfect harmony and peace; and He told us that we will see His face, which is too wonderful to fully comprehend; and, finally, He told us that there will be no night there, which besides meaning that there will be no sin there, means there will be no wrath or judgment there. So, now, why would He make it a point to tell us that these sayings are faithful and true? Well, because He wants us to realize that all this is NOT too good to be true; it will come to pass; you can count on it. Although it all seems impossible and like a dream to our measly little minds; nevertheless, all things are possible with God (Mt. 19:26).  

Next, we are told, and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. This is a very similar statement to what we read in Revelation 1: 

Re 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John . . . 

Here in the context of Revelation 1, we know that the angel (better translated as messenger) who God sent to signify the message to John is the Lord Jesus Christ. We come to clearly realize this further down in Revelation 1 where we read, 

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet ,
11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea .
12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks ;
13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man [Christ], clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle .  

Now, since we know that the messenger (angel) mentioned in Revelation 1 is Christ, the messenger (angel) mentioned in Revelation 22:6 must also be Christ. This is because both verses are basically saying the same thing, namely that the Lord God sent His angel (Christ) to show or signify to His servants the things that must shortly be done or that must shortly come to pass. 

But let's now draw our attention to the fact that these things written in Revelation are said to shortly come to pass. Many (the Preterists) have concluded by this that virtually everything in the book of Revelation had to have taken place during the 1st century AD shortly after the book was written; otherwise, how could it be said that these things written in Revelation will shortly come to pass? But this view fails to understand that for something to come shortly or quickly does not have to mean immediately, but can be hundreds or even thousands of years away. In fact, in the New Testament, the end of the world is viewed as being a short time away, even already upon us. For instance, we read in 1Peter 4,

1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer

And, again, we read in 1Corinthians 10, 

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come .  

So, therefore, when our verse says, and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done, shortly does not mean immediately as in the 1st century, but it means shortly in the scheme of God's salvation plan. In other words, ever since 33 AD when Christ was crucified, it would be a short period of time until the end in comparison to the period of time that came before the cross, and, so, shortly can mean about 2,000 years, which is what it will be if the end comes in 2015 (see Could the End Come on October 6, 2015 ). There were about 11,000 years previous to the cross, but after that, it would only be about 2,000 years unto the end. 2,000 years is a short period of time compared to 11,000 years, so it can be counted as coming to completion shortly.  


Verse 7: 

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

In Revelation 22 it is mentioned three times that the Lord comes quickly. We read it in this verse, and then we read it in verses 12 and 20 as well. This brings to the forefront the number 3, which is symbolic of the purpose of God (see Meaning of Bible Number 3 ). So, we could say that it is the purpose of God that the Lord comes quickly, and, to come quickly does not necessarily mean that He would come in the 1st century AD shortly after this was written, but, as we found in the previous verse, to come quickly can mean that He will come at anytime after the cross on up until the very end of the world. To put it another way, for the Lord to come at anytime from the time of the cross to the end of the world can be considered coming quickly because this period of time in the Bible is considered to be short or quick compared to the rest of history. In fact, it is about 11,000 years on up to the cross, but only about 2,000 years from the cross on up to the end of the world (see the biblical calendar ). Anything, therefore, that will happen within this latter about 2,000 years can be considered to happen quickly when we compare it with the much longer length of the rest of history before the cross.  

Now we read, blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. The word translated as keepeth here is in the present tense, which means blessed is he that continues to keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book. That is, someone is not blessed just because they keep the sayings of the Bible once in a while, but one is blessed who continues to keep, ongoing, the sayings or teachings of the Bible. Of course, the only way one can continue to keep the teachings of the Bible is first of all that they understand the teachings of the Bible, and second of all that they are empowered to continue to obey everything they learn both in mind and action, and the only way that anyone can do this is if they are truly saved and, therefore, have the spirit of God dwelling in them who makes them able to understand the teachings of the Bible and also empowers them to obey the teachings of the Bible in an ongoing fashion. Yet, even if we are truly saved, and, therefore, have the Spirit of God, we do not always obey God perfectly; nevertheless, because the righteousness of Christ has been imputed to us, we are viewed by God as those who perfectly keep the sayings of the Bible because Christ Himself in us so keeps the sayings of the Bible. 

Next, there are many who see the reference to the prophecy of this book as referring to the book of Revelation only, but, because any complete understanding of the book of Revelation must take into account everything else that the Bible teaches, you cannot separate the book of Revelation from the rest of the Bible, so, therefore, the prophecy of this book must be referring to the whole Bible. You can't fully understand one part of the Bible without the other. The Bible is a cohesive whole. 

Now, before concluding this verse, it is of interest to make note of the first word in our verse. It says, Behold. This is a command, and it means to be perceiving or be seeing. In other words, tune in and pay careful attention to what follows, namely that the Lord comes quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. By saying these things, the Lord is strongly motivating us to make sure that we are doing our very best in the power that was given to us upon salvation to obey everything we have learned from the Bible. The idea is that the Lord comes quickly, so be prepared to the utmost to be ready for His appearing in holiness, for as we read in Hebrews 12, 

Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord . . .

So it is important that we are following the teachings of the Bible at our Lord's coming because without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. And,

1Jo 2:3-4 . . . hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments . He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him .  


Verse 8: 

8 And 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 .
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Then 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

In these verses we find that the apostle John was so impressed by the messenger (angel) who showed him all these things that he fell down and began to worship that messenger (angel) instead of God. This is the same error that many Christians fall into when they find a teacher, for instance, who is particularly gifted, but who holds to one or more false doctrines without knowing it. What these Christians do is so highly esteem their teacher that they come to believe even in his false doctrines. Instead of searching the scriptures out for themselves in order to make sure that what their teacher teaches is faithful to the Word of God, they come to rely on their teacher, and so they are led astray into the same false teachings that the teacher believes. In essence, they come to worship the teacher rather than the creator, and they probably don't even know it. This is why it is crucial that each and every one of us continue to search the scriptures no matter what we have been taught. No teacher is perfect, except our Lord, and so if we study diligently enough we are likely to find something false that our teacher holds to if we are worshipping the creator and not the created. Then we can share this with our teacher, for it is written, 

Ga 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things

The teacher may come around to his error, or he may not, but whatever the case, we want to maintain our worship of God and not of any man, no matter how gifted the man may appear to be. 

Now we are told that John fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed [him] these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. So the person who John was tempted to worship was actually a fellow servant, which means that he was actually one of the elect. This means that this is a picture of the elect, who John represents, bowing down to worship an elect person. This is a great warning to us! We are never to idolize any person because they appear to be so gifted by God. If they are gifted by God, it is not them who are gifted, but it is God who gave the gift. We should, therefore, worship God and thank God that He has so gifted men because any gift is not for the good of the one who possesses the gift, but it is for the good of the elect. It is not the gifted elect who is anything, but it is God who freely gives gifts to men for the sake of His elect.  

Now let me give a real life example of the elect bowing down to an elect person during this time of judgment in order that we may not fall into doing it ourselves. Let me begin by saying that there is a well-known teacher today who teaches that Christ died for sin from before the foundation of the world. According to him, Christ did not die for sin in 33 AD when He came to this earth. This teacher is a very gifted teacher and very prolific with his teachings, so he has convinced many of the elect that Christ died for sin before the world even began and not in 33 AD when Christ came to earth (see refutation of   The Lamb Slain from the Foundation of the World ). Now because he appears as a very gifted teacher, many have just followed him in this false teaching without thoroughly studying it themselves. In fact, they have come to trust in their teacher so much that they are not even willing to stomach the notion that this doctrine may be false. In this way, they have come to bow down before a person, which they should have never done. The elect should be open to studying out this issue, and when they find that it is false, and they must if their heart is open, they should be willing to share this with their teacher. By searching the scriptures to make sure that what our teacher is teaching is faithful to the Word of God is something that we should all be willing to do. Remember the Bereans:

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews .
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so

This is how we should be so that we do not end up bowing down to a person who teaches a false doctrine or doctrines. We should always have a willingness to search out a matter by going to the scripture daily. In this way, we are making the Word of God our God and not any man (study The Lamb Slain From The Foundation Of The World ). 

But, there is something else we can learn from our verses by looking to the response of the elect person who was bowed down to. In response to being bowed down to, he says, 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. This should be the same response that any one of us should give if we hold a position to which people look up to because of our gifts. We should tell them to worship God; not me. I am simply a fellow servant and prophet unto the Lord; I am nothing. Therefore, make sure that you are looking to God for everything. Check to see that everything I teach is in accord with God's Word. Do not trust me, but trust the Word of God. Do not just believe what I say, but diligently search the scriptures to make sure that what I say is in accord with the Lord. And, if you find that it is not in accord with the Lord, please share that with me. I know that I am but a man, and as a man, I am prone to error. O Lord, please forgive me where I fall short, and enlighten me to all truth, for I am helpless without your care; I am hopeless without your mercy; I am useless without your grace.  


Verse 10:
  

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

In this verse, first we read, And he saith unto me. The first question we have is, who is it that says unto me; that is, who is it that is speaking to the apostle John? We know from the previous verse that it is an elect person, but we obtain more details on just exactly who it is if we trace back who it is to Revelation 21:9 where we read, 

9 And there came unto me [John] one of the seven angels which [have] the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife .  

Here we learn that the elect person who is and has been talking to John is one of the seven angels which [have] the seven vials full of the seven last plagues. This means that who John is speaking with is one of the elect who will bring the judgment of God through his proclamation to the world beginning on May 21, 2011 (see Revelation 16 verse 1 ). 

Next, we are told that this elect person says unto John, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book. This makes it sound like it is a command to John to not seal the sayings of the prophecy of this book when, actually, it is not a command, and would be better translated like this:

". . . you may not seal the words of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand ." 

To put it another way, John is not being here commanded to seal not the words of the Bible, but he is simply being told that he himself may not seal the words of the Bible. And, since, in a broader way John as an apostle represents the elect, the elect here, as a whole, are being told that they may not seal the words of the prophecy of this book. 

Now, this is all speaking about the time prior to Judgment Day and after May 21, 1988 when the Lord took the seals off of the Bible so that His elect could begin to understand the things of the end. It is during this time period when the elect would not be able to any longer seal up the end-time truths of the Bible with their wrong understandings of end-time things, but they would be revealed the truth by the Holy Spirit. This would be a gradual process, so although it was revealed to the elect that Judgment Day would begin on May 21, 2011, they didn't learn that it would be a completely spiritual judgment until after the fact. But, now, through the process of progressive revelation, the elect have come to understand the things of the end like never before. We now know that we are in Judgment Day ever since May 21, 2011, and that the Lord has removed salvation from off the face of the earth; No one can now be saved. This is the judgment against the world, and this is the judgment against the church. Then, finally, on the Last Day, this world along with all the unsaved people in the world and in the churches will be destroyed by fire forevermore while the elect will be raptured and changed into new, glorified bodies fit to live in the new heaven and earth that will be created at the Lord's command. Indeed, this might occur as early as October 6, 2015 (see Could the End Come on October 6, 2015? and verse 20 of Revelation 14 Part 3 ). 

Now, in the last part of our verse, we read, for the time is at hand. This is the reason as to why the elect may not seal the words of the Bible: because the time is at hand. But, one might ask, what time is at hand? And we would answer, the time for Judgment Day and the end of the world is at hand or near. This is why you may not seal the words of the Bible: because it is the time for the Bible to be unsealed for the elect so that they could be prepared to come out of the church (see Why Leave All Churches? ), and prepared to proclaim judgment beginning on May 21, 2011. It was always God's plan that the elect would be a part of bringing judgment to the world, for do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? (1Cor. 6:2). So it was His plan to open up the scriptures to His people so that they would know when Judgment Day would begin, and so they could proclaim this to the world as they did. This means that up until the time of the end, which we now know began on May 21, 1988 when judgment first came upon all the churches, the words of the prophecy of this book (the Bible) were sealed or closed off to the people of God. We read of this in Daniel 12: 

Da 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased .

And, again, we read in Daniel 12, 

Da 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end

But, when the time of the end came, the scriptures were unsealed, and the elect began to understand things which had been hidden for thousands of years. It was at this time that the elect may not seal the words of the prophecy of this book.  

 

Now may the LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

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