Summary: This is a study of chapter 22 in the book of Revelation. This is a controversial subject but takes a conservative approach to understanding the book.
Note: I used many sources to study this book, one of my favorites is Revelation: God’s Word for the Biblically-Inept by Daymond Duck and some out of different study bibles.
Title: The Finishing Touch
Theme: To show what the final outcome will be.
Text: Revelation 22
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
river of water-fullness of refreshment, life, and joy Ps 36:8. First mentioned in Genesis in the Garden of Eden but was lost. Even the location was lost because of the flood but now we see it is restored. Where does it come from? God is the nourisher he is the provider.
other steams Ez 47:1; Zech 14:8
also could symbolize the Holy Spirit and life, blessing and spiritual power John 7:37-39
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) (John 7:37-39 AV)
2 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.
tree of life: Gen 2:9; 3:22 but not water of life
healing leaves there is an absent of anything that brings physical or spiritual harm Ez 47:12
even our new bodies will be dependant on the Lord. Why is healing needed? Maybe the bodies of those on earth will be different from those in heaven or it could be not healing from sickness but eternal health
fruit was the intended food of the Adam and Eve Gen 1:29-30
3 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:
curse: Gen 3:14-19; Rom 5:12
servants-so we will do work in heaven but we won't get tired.
Things missing in the New Jerusalem
1) death, mourning, crying, or pain (Rev 21:4)
2) temple (Rev 21:22)
3) sun or moon (Rev 21:23)
4) night (Rev 21:25)
5) impure, shameful, or deceitful thoughts (Rev 21:27)
6) curse (Rev 22:3)
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Some say we will never be able to look on the face of God, what do you think? What is the difference? Rom 8:28-30
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom 8:28-30 Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God (Ex 33:20,23; Is 33:17; John 14:9; 1 John 3:2)
Moses in the OT wanted to see God and Phillip in the NT wanted to see God
We will have the name of God on our forehead, we will his character, honor, glory, faithfulness and much more. But also he will have ours.
His name is like someone writing a reference for you. They are getting you a job by their reputation plus you must act as though you deserve it
5 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.
John 1:5 darkness has to flee when there is light
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. Jn 1:5
6 And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: (Revelation 1:1 AV)
These things will be fulfilled not because they are based on John or the angels but because they are based on Christ.
7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.