Revelation's Promised Blessings
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85. Revelation's Promised Blessings
Revelation 22.3-14

"No longer will there be any curse. The God's and the Lamb's throne will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need a lamp's light or the sun's light, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. The angel said to me, 'These are trustworthy and true words. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.' 'Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetical words written in this scroll.' I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell to worship at the angel's feet 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 this scroll's words. Worship God!' Then he told me, 'Do not seal up the prophetical scroll's words, because the time is near. Let the wrongdoer continue to do wrong, and 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.' 'Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give it to each person according to their actions. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the life tree and may go through the gates into the city.'" (Revelation 22.3-14)✞

Give Them Light

ButterflyHere is the final part of the description of life in "God's City." There will not be any cursed thing there and no sins that harm the Christian life. Matthew 5.8's promise will come true in that the pure in heart will see God. As Jesus says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."

See God's Face

MosesThe Book of Revelation's writer says that they will see Jesus' face. We may best understand this promise's greatness to see God's face by remembering that God offers the Christian something denied even to his servant Moses. God told Moses in Exodus 33.20, " 'you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.' Then the Lord said, 'There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes, I will put you in the rock's cleft and cover you with my hand until I have passed. Then I will remove my hand, and you will see my back, but not my face.'" In Jesus' face alone, men and women, boys and girls, can see God.

Promised Blessings

Light of God'Blessed are those who keep the prophetic words in this book,' says Jesus in his Revelation blessings' promises. 'Behold, I am coming soon.' The sight of God produces the perfect worship scenario, where we always see God, and all life becomes an act of worship. It also means consecration for the city's inhabitants who have God's mark upon their foreheads, showing that they belong only to him. John of Patmos adds to his Revelation blessings that there will never be any darkness in God's city. There are seven promised blessings listed in the Book of Revelation. They are

1. Who Read and Hear

"Blessed is he who reads and those who hear this prophecy's words, and keep those things written in it; for the time is near." Revelation 1.3 ✞

2. Who Die in the Lord

"Then I heard a heavenly voice saying to me, 'Write: "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."'" Revelation 14.1 ✞

3. Who Watch

"Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walks naked and sees his shame." Revelation 16.15

4. Called to the Marriage Feast

"Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those called to the Lamb's marriage supper!'" And he said to me, "These are God's true sayings of." Revelation 19.9 ✞

5. Of the First Resurrection

"Blessed and holy is he who has a part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be God's and Christ's priests, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20.6 ✞

6. Who Keep His Words

"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the prophetical words of this book." Revelation 22.7 ✞

7. Who Do His Commandments

"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the city gates. Revelation 22.14 ✞

Reign for Ever

John of Patmos records in Revelation 22.5a, "They will not need the lamp's light or the sun's light, for the Lord God will give them light." This vision ends in Revelation 22.5b with the promise that "the people of God will reign forever and ever." In a perfect submission to him, they will find absolute freedom and true royalty. The angel, who is the messenger of these divine things to John of Patmos, stresses the promises that John sees and hears. "The God who inspired the prophets" means "the God who breathed into the prophets." John's received guarantees are breathed into him by the same God that inspired the great Old Testament prophets and the Gospel writers. They deserve equally serious attention.

Revelation Students

Jesus in GloryThe Apostle John is a devout student who hears and sees that Jesus is coming soon. The speaker here is Jesus himself. He emphasizes his delay's shortness. He pronounces his blessings on every devout student who reads and keeps the prophetic words written in Revelation.

Devout Students

Apostle JohnThe faithful student is the best of all students. There are too many devout, devoted to service, pious and sincere, but not students. They will not accept the learning discipline. They even look suspiciously upon the further knowledge which study brings. There are also too many who are students but not devout. They are interested in intellectual understanding but not in prayer and their fellow human beings' service. We need to be thankful for God's Word and ask the Lord to show us the way. We need help to become devout students of God's word, hear God speaking through it, and read mark, learn, and inwardly digest its contents.

Coming Rewards

John and JesusJohn of Patmos identifies himself previously as the one who hears and sees these things in Revelation 22.8, saying, "I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things." He identifies himself as the one who copies down the Book of Revelation. Then, strangely enough, John delivers the same warning against angel-worship given earlier in Revelation 19.10. He is so aware of the danger of angel worship that he believes it necessary to provide the same caution twice. He certainly leaves us in no doubt that worshiping angels is wrong and that we must worship the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb alone.

Washing Robes Blessing

Steps to HeavenThis passage insists that Christ's coming is close at hand, saying, "the time is near." Here the risen Christ announces his speedy arrival and brings rewards with him, which he will give to them according to what they do. "Behold, I am coming soon!" says Jesus. God gives a special washing robe blessing to the ready. "Those who wash their robes" have the entry right into God's city. This phrase shows our part in salvation. It is Jesus Christ who on the Cross provided forgiveness grace, but we have to appropriate that sacrifice, to make it our own. We can supply soap and water, but we cannot compel a person to wash. We can offer Jesus Christ's eternal life, but we cannot force people to accept. Those who "go through the City's gates" appropriate Jesus Christ's sacrifice. There follows a list of those barred from God's city.

Those Barred

A very similar list appears in Revelation 21.8 of those cast into the fire lake. It includes the cowardly, unbelieving, vile, murderers, the sexually immoral. It also condemns those who practice magic arts, idolaters, and all liars. In ancient days, scribes carefully checked and hand-copied all books. It was a common custom to insert a solemn warning at the book's end against applying any change of one's liking. It is in the light of this custom that we read John's words to us today. It seems easy to change Scripture's words to suit our ideas, be politically correct, or even leave out a few phrases that don't sit right with us. We need to beware!✞

"Revelation's Promised Blessings"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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