- Revelation 22:1-7
- (Rev 22:1 KJV)
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
Here John is seeing a pure river of the water of life from the throne of
God and the Lamb. This water of life is representative of the Gospel in
its purest form and John is seeing that the source of salvation is both
God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(John 6:37 KJV) All that the Father giveth
me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast
out. The Father gives the Elect to the Son.
What we see here is also the fact that the believers are living in the
direct presence of the Lord. When the believers were on earth, they
received the water of life to become saved but here they are seeing the
source of eternal life. The fact that this water is clear as crystal
means there are absolutely no mixtures of any kind, only the purest
Gospel flows from the throne of God and the Lamb.
(Rev 22:2 KJV)
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.
Now here we have another beautiful picture. The street which was made of
pure gold had the river of pure water flowing either down the middle of
it or side by side with the street. Then we are told that the tree of
life was on both sides of the river. In Genesis, Eve was warned not to
eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Well, both
Adam and Eve did eat and to prevent them from living in an eternal state
of sin, God expelled them from the Garden so they would not eat of the
tree of life. Here we have the tree of life in Heaven which bears twelve
manners of fruit and yields them every month. Now a normal fruit tree
does not yield fruit every month. It yields its fruits once a year. What
we have in view here is the tree of life which stands for eternal life
given to all the true believers and the healing leaves are given to show
that there will never be anything in heaven which will ever cause any
believer to have any physical or spiritual needs and the leaves are
showing us that everything the believers needs throughout eternity will
already have been supplied. Once again the number twelve plays a
prominent part in this verse. Twelve types of fruit and twelve months.
Here again we are in touch with number 144. The twelve fruits are
yielded each month and there are twelve months in a year. The fullness
of everything being supplied to the believer as well as that supply
being unending as the fullness of eternity is in view.
(Rev 22:3 KJV)
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:
Right now the ground of the earth is under a curse.
(Gen 3:17 KJV) And unto Adam he said,
Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten
of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of
it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it
all the days of thy life; God cursed the
ground and has never rescinded that curse. That is why when people use
terms like “promised land” or “holy land” they are calling cursed ground
holy and promised. The promised land is Heaven and the only holy land is
Heaven. There is nothing holy or promised about this present sin-cursed
earth. In the New Heaven and New Earth there will be no more cursed
ground because it has all been remade new in righteousness. The thrones
of the Lamb and God the Father would never exist in any type of
sin-cursed universe. There will also never be anyone who is under God’s
curse entering into the New Heaven and New Earth either, that is, only
the saved of God will be there. This verse also indicates that the
believer will have some type of service to perform but what that service
is remains to be seen.
(Rev 22:4 KJV)
And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their
(Exo 33:20 KJV) And he said, Thou
canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Moses wanted to see the face of God but God prevented him from seeing it
because Moses would have been instantly consumed because of the glory.
Here in this verse we are seeing that all the true believers will see
the face of God and because we will be in our glorified spiritual
bodies, we will not be consumed when we see it. God has qualified all
His children to see His face. We are then told that the believers will
have His name in their foreheads. This means that all the true believers
are sons and daughters of the living God. This is not a physical mark
but denotes that the believer belongs to God and that we will be in the
image of God as originally intended.
(Rev 22:5 KJV)
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 Revelation 21:25, we were told that there would be no night and here
we are being told that the glory of the Lord is the light of all Heaven.
The light we needed while on earth came from secondary sources such as
candles and the sun but here we have the primary source of all light and
that is the Lord God Himself who gives light. Then as Kings and Priests,
we are being told here that the true believers will reign forever.
Again, as to what the true believer will rule over has not been revealed
because we do not need to know at this point. Suffice it to say that
this life is readying the true believer for their eternal
responsibility, whatever that may be.
(Rev 22:6 KJV)
And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and
the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his
servants the things which must shortly be done.
The messenger now assures John that all the messages which are contained
in all the visions are faithful and true. There will be no part which
will not come to pass in the Lord’s timing. Here we are also told that
the Lord God is the God of the prophets which means that everything they
prophesied came directly from the mouth of God and will come to pass or
has come to pass, depending upon the prophecy and the subject of it,
plus the timing. All the things which John witnessed will shortly come
to pass which is part of the faithful and true statements. The Lord’s
timing and our timing are different. He sees things as already completed
and we see things being completed in time. The word “shortly” in the
Greek carries with it the meaning of “with speed and quickness.” It may
seem like it is taking a long time but God’s timing is precise and in
(Rev 22:7 KJV)
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings
of the prophecy of this book.
The Lord Jesus now interjects that He will be coming quickly. The word
“quickly” in the Greek carries with it the meaning of “swiftly, without
delay, and soon.” Once again we must keep in mind that the Lord’s timing
and ours are different and that is why He tells us to be patient.
(Luke 21:19 KJV) In your patience possess
ye your souls. (James 5:7 KJV) Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the
coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious
fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the
early and latter rain. Now the book which is
in view here is not only the Book of Revelation but the entire Bible. We
must remember that Revelation is the last book of the Canon and part of
the Bible. The Lord Jesus is telling us that we will be blessed if we
keep the sayings (words) of the entire word of God.