Summary: This sermon relates to the truth of Scripture and our need to be ready for the return of Jesus.
So How Should We Be Living?
6Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
7"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
8Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9Then 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."
10And he said to me, "Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
11He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still."
12"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
We are coming near the end of our look at Revelation.
Last week we looked at the first 5 verses of chapter 22.
Verses 6 through 21 form a conclusion or summary to the book.
They emphasize two themes.
(1) The authenticity of the book as a revelation from God.
(2) The nearness of the return of Jesus.
So let’s get right into today’s verses.
VERSE 6 Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.
These sayings refer to the entire Book of Revelation.
In chapter 1 verses 3 through 11,
they are authenticated as genuine by the angel
whom God sent to give them through John to the churches.
This is just a reassurance that all of this is not to be taken lightly.
This is the absolute truth.
The prophets such as Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah
have all spoken of this special time in history.
We read this in the 24th chapter of Matthew
and in the 21st and 22nd chapter of Luke.
It is the same information, regardless of who wrote it,
because the author is God.
The angel's words reinforce an important truth.
Everything John saw in Revelation will come to pass.
John's words are not his bizarre dreams
or the result of an over active imagination.
It is an accurate description of events and persons
that are yet to come.
VERSE 7 "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
This is Jesus speaking, "Behold, I am coming quickly".
Three times we find this expression in the last verses of this book.
Yes, Jesus said that almost 2,000 years ago.
That does not refer to an appointed time soon to come.
It means that His coming will take place suddenly.
He will come without warning.
Verse 7 contains the promise, "Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book."
Those who are aware of the prophecy of this book
will be ready when that Day comes.
We must watch and wait!
Jesus says in Matthew 24:36
"But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.
We began the Book of Revelation with these same words:
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Most people avoid reading Revelation.
Unfortunately, many preachers avoid it, too!
How can you keep the sayings,
if you don't know what these sayings are?
We must read and understand what they are.
We must keep the sayings!
That means we must protect the book of Revelation.
We are called also to obey it.
So how do we obey the book of Revelation?
We must long for the return of Jesus
and our eternal fellowship with Him.
Christians should desire to see Jesus triumph over His enemies,
to desire the end of the curse
and to desire the glories of Christ's earthly kingdom
and the new heaven and the new earth.
We should have a desire to see God's face,
to look forward to a life of peace and happiness.
So the purpose of Revelation
is not merely to satisfy our curiosity about the future
but to call Christians to live godly, obedient lives
because of His soon return.
VERSE 8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.