Scripture Focus- Revelation 22:6-16
The book of Revelation introduction-v1 The revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave him (John) to show his servants what must soon take place.The message unveils Jesus and the things to come.
We have covered an enormous expanse of time in Revelation. An amazing panoramic view of the future is unveiled. At this point, God’s plan of redemption for his creation will been carried out. The judgments of the Tribulation will have been brought to pass. Jesus will have returned in blazing glory and ruled and reigned on the earth for one thousand years. All unbelievers will have been sentenced to the lake of fire. There will be a New Heaven and a New Earth with a New Jerusalem.
The angel continued the message to John. When John heard and saw what was revealed, he fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown it to him. The angel said don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book.
V9 Worship God!
Everyone worships something- self, the things of the world, idols, false gods.
The phrase worship God here literally means to bow down before God. Worship is humble submission to God.
We worship God because of who he is.
We worship God because of what he has done.
Psalm 95:6 Come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep under his care.
Psalm 96:9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.
“Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so.” —D.A. Carson
We worship God through how he has directed us to live.
Worship is a grateful life, lived for the glory of God. A grateful life, lived for the glory of God includes your spiritual life, personal life, family life, work life, and social life.
Three aspects of a life of worship:
Worship in faith.
V6 These words are faithful and true. . .
The words of prophecy are as faithful as the source they came from.
The source of the prophecy is God the Father. His character confirms every word. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
The messengers of the prophecy of God have received the message through God, the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21 Above all, you know this: No prophecy of Scripture comes from the prophet’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the will of man, instead, men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The message of the prophecy focuses on Jesus, the Son of God- The revelation of Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the faithful and true witness, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, the Lamb who was slain, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
In faith we trust in God and what we know, and have a settled conviction that it will come to pass just as God has said.
V6 Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
We have to believe that God exists and will reward us when we seek him in order to please him. Multiple examples are given in Hebrews 11 of people of faith. I want us to think for just a moment about Noah. Noah was in the tenth generation from Adam. He lived in times when every intent of the thoughts in the hearts of people were evil continually. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was a righteous man, blameless in his generation and was a preacher of righteousness.
There is a parallel with the days of Noah because Jesus said the days immediately preceding his return will be wicked like those days. He built the ark when God said he was sending a flood upon the earth, and did just as God told him to. This took faith in a great God.
Noah’s faith is seen in how he trusted God, believed in the Word of God, and acted in obedience to the commandments of God. We believe the prophecy of things to come in Revelation, and it shapes who we are and how we live.
V7 Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
Worship in expectation.
Vv7,12 Look, I am coming soon!
Again we come to the theme of the blessed hope of the return of Jesus in the prophetic timetable of God.
Look-Behold- something big is going to take place. This is word from God saying get ready for it, expect it, our Eternal Deliverer will return for us.
I am coming-spoken of in present tense, as though it is already in process and certain.
Soon-quickly- he will come swiftly, suddenly
I thought of surprise military homecomings. You know how the story goes. A soldier has been out on assignment. He or she has communicated with the family regarding looking forward to seeing them soon. Everybody is looking forward to it. But then there is a surprise homecoming. I saw one about a family named Denkins. Officer Christian Denkins was serving in Afghanistan on fifth tour. So at a college football game at his alma mater, the university brought his family out to midfield to honor them and recognize the military. They played a short video of Officer Denkins telling his family he loved and missed them and he would be home soon. Then the announcer says lets welcome him now and he comes running out of the endzone tunnel and there is a massive celebration! The return of our Lord is going to be even better than that!
Jesus used four word pictures to emphasize the importance of readiness for his return.
The first is to be ready for service, literally let your loins be girded. Everybody wore long robes in those days which were a hindrance if you needed to move quickly. If a person was going to run they would tuck their robe into a sash around their waist. This indicates a perpetual readiness for action.
The second is to have your lamps lit. In those days there was no electricity, no light to illuminate the night. If you were expecting someone late you would keep an oil lamp burning for when they arrived. In the same way we are to be ready.
The third picture is of servants alert while awaiting the master’s return from a wedding feast. Feasts then could last for days. The servants would need to be ready when the master came home.
The fourth picture is of a thief breaking into a house in the middle of the night. If the homeowner knew, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. He would have been ready.
Jesus gives application for all four circumstances- v40 You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
V13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Worship in holiness.
V7b Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
Jesus makes a pronouncement of blessing promised for both now and in the future. Blessed means happy, a sense of spiritual contentment which comes from the promises of God’s Word. Literally- Happy is the one who continues to keep the words of the prophecy.
To keep is to pay attention to and give heed to.
10Then he said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.
God has not kept these words from us, and we are not to keep these words from others. The truth has been revealed to us.
11 Let the filthy still be filthy; let the righteous go on in righteousness; let the holy still be holy.”
We are righteous and holy not by our own righteousness and holiness but in Jesus Christ. When we receive his righteousness and holiness we will want to live holy lives.
To be holy is to be separate from what is unholy or evil. God calls us to be holy as he is holy. We can only live a holy life through the power of God.
King Josiah- Became king of Judah at the age of 8 after his father Amon was assassinated and reigned for 31 years. His great grandfather was Hezekiah and grandfather was Manasseh. Under his reign he had the temple renovated and they rediscovered the Book of the Law. He had altars and idols to false gods torn down.
Josiah was a righteous king. 2 Kings 22:2 He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. 2 Kings 23:25 There was no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him.
V12 My reward is with me to repay each person according to his work.
V14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs, sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
How you respond to truth revealed will determine your eternal destiny. Rejecting Jesus will lead to wickedness, filthiness. Receiving Jesus in faith will lead to righteousness and holiness.
Truth draws the line spiritually and eternally-either salvation or damnation.
2 Peter 3:13-14 But based on his promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found without spot or blemish in his sight, at peace.
Eternal rewards for us as believers will be based on our faithfulness in serving Jesus in this life. Our works will be tested.
We also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body. – 2 Cor 5:9-10
V16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the root and descendant of David, the bright and morning star.
It’s difficult to grasp that eternity is never-ending. Tony Evans-Imagine that we could empty the largest body of water in the world, the Pacific Ocean, and fill it with sand as tall as the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. Now imagine that a bird flies by and takes one grain of sand off that sand pile once every 100 billion years. How long will it take for that sand pile to disappear? We can consider that amount of time to be equal to one second in eternity.
These things are given to us that we might get ready for eternity.