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"...And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me things. Then he said to me, 'See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.'" -Revelation 22:8-9
We humans have a tendency to fall down and worship the messenger when our minds are blown, as if the messenger created the message. It is not so! Faithful servants point to God. Wicked servants receive the worship, just like Satan. Only One is worthy to be worshipped, God alone. May the Lord help us keep our worship focused on His holiness and not the messenger, no matter how special they are. May the Lord help those of us who are messengers to know our place -- we are the brethren, fellow servants, those who keep the word of the Book. May we always direct our worship to our Father.
"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book." -Revelation 22:7
Christ's promise is that He is coming again and quickly. Our temptation, two millennia removed from the these words, is to doubt and enter into a state of complacency - to ignore God's word rather than keep it. Do not cast aside your hope! Our God is faithful! Paul writes, "If in this life only we have hope we are of all men most pitiable."* Take heart! Christ is coming again. We have an eternal hope that surpasses this lifetime. He promised that He is making a place for us that where He is we should be with Him also.** Imagine! If in six days God created the earth and all of the wonders in it - how much more astounding will our heavenly home be! Do not fall into that most despicable state warned against by Peter where men scoff and say, "Since the fathers slept all is as it has been. Where is his coming?" Know this, "Christ is not slack concerning His promises but is long-suffering toward us not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."*** Watch and pray. Our Lord is coming quickly.
*1 Corinthians 15:19
***2 Peter 3:4-9
"Then he said to me, 'These words are faithful and true.' And the Lord God of the holy prophets set His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place." -Revelation 22:6
God's word is eternally faithful and true. Since it was He that spoke all creation into being by His divine utterance we can trust that His word is forever real. We don't believe blindly. We have witnessed His creation and have seen the result of the Spirit that moves.* And yet, we have the prophetic word made more sure.** His word, eternally precious, is a comfort and a help to us now - a light to our path in a world that grows dimmer. All of these things are passing away, but His words will never pass away. We are ever closer to Christ's return and His enduring word will help us to the end.
**2 Peter 1:19
"They shall see His face and His name shall be on their foreheads." -Revelation 22:4
Some believers wrestle constantly with doubt. We wonder if we are truly Christ's child. We long for the day when we will see Him face to face. Listen as our Lord reminds by His Word daily that we are secure in His hand, and that nobody can ever snatch us away. In that glorious day there will be no doubt whose we are. We see Him in fullness, full in the face, as He sees us. We are marked with His holy name -- then visible, but now, invisible. Take heart, doubter. We who believe are marked by His name even on this side of heaven.
"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." -Revelation 22:3
As humanity fell subject to the curse of by Adam, humanity was delivered by Christ from that very same curse. One day, in eternity, we will be at perfect peace, going about our eternal service in full view of the Throne. Any true servant of God will tell you of the tremendous joy that accompanies serving the Lord now in the midst of the curse. How much more joy we will find when we leave behind any memory of the curse and our service is unhindered! We look forward to that day Lord! Come quickly!
"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb." -Revelation 22:1
Our Lord is the giver of living water. If we would only ask, He promises to give us this precious water in abundance - and we would never thirst again. He is the true giver of life. Sometimes we don't even realize how polluted the springs we drink from are until we see and taste the crystal clear water from God's throne. Thank you Lord for providing that water which quenches our eternal thirst.
"But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles or causes an abomination or lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life." -Revelation 21:27
For too long mankind has been subject to defilement, pollution, and lies. These things constantly war against our souls. We are to be watchful, to walk circumspectly, to discern the times. In God's kingdom we will cast aside our concern for these evils in exchange for everlasting holiness. We will be unburdened. Furthermore, we will no longer be troubled or provoked by chaotic, fractured, guesses as to what is holy and pleasing to our Father. Only holy things will be there! And Christ's saints, His holy ones, will be in the midst!
Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). -Revelation 21:25
In the new creation there will be no need to close the gates. No need to barricade ourselves against evil or violence as we do now. The glory of our Lord will illuminate our space forevermore and there will be no darkness to cloak wickedness. Consider, in our current state we lay our heads down to sleep only after ensuring our houses are locked up tight, for fear of intruders. It will not be so in God's kingdom. His eternal light expels the darkness. He is ever watchful over us and will keep us in perfect peace.
"The city had no need of the sun or the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light." -Revelation 21:23
In our present state we look to the sun and moon for light. We even fabricate and manufacture the means for light so we might see and have warmth. Otherwise, darkness surrounds us when the sun is hidden. There are places on our earth that have entire seasons alternating dark and light. Our dependence on the sun for light, warmth and continued life cannot be overstated. In God's new creation there is no need for these celestial bodies. We will be so near to Him that our warmth, our light, will be provided by His very glory. Even as He provides us light and warmth now, we will one day be surrounded by His perfect eternal light.
*This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. -1 John 1:5
"But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple." -Revelation 21:22
There is no need for the ornate religious edifice in God's new kingdom. In the present age we have sought to build mighty and dramatic buildings hoping that they might keep God in our consciousness. The bigger, the better! It's almost as if we are afraid we may forget. We have convinced ourselves that if we can look to a building or some other physical reminder of God, if we can remember Him in our thoughts, then He will remember to be near to us. But, Christ promised that He would never leave or forsake us. That promise was never contingent on us. The fact is, God dwells within the believer presently by His Holy Spirit and it is glorious to know that He will be with us in His kingdom as our eternal and most perfect place of worship.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.