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Study Guide: So What? - Revelation 22:6-21

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Revelation 22:6-21

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”

And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.

I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

 


 

Main Idea:
Jesus is coming soon. Blessed are those who are anticipating His return.

Summary:
In this last section, the visions of the book are ended and John articulates his closing comments. This epilogue includes a confirmation of the trustworthiness of Johns’ visions, a blessing for those who listen to them, a warning for those who don’t, and a declaration of their imminent fulfillment. The final chapter of the final book of the Bible ends with Jesus’ words, “I am coming soon,” and John’s benediction, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”

Observations:

  • Read Revelation 5:11–14. How does this passage compare to Revelation 22:8–9?
    What is the angel’s response to John when John falls down to worship him?
  • What does this tell us about who Jesus is?
  • What does this truth tell us about the significance and trustworthiness of the message of this book (See v. 16)?
    Read Daniel 12:4 and compare this verse to Revelation 22:10. What do you think is the significance in the contrast of Daniel sealing up the words of his book but John not sealing up his (hint: notice how many times the word “soon” is used in this passage)?
  • Notice how many times the word “come” is repeated in these verses. Who is coming? Who is invited to come?

Application:

  • What, other than Jesus, tends to evoke your worship?
  • How would it affect our daily actions if we believed that the time is near and Jesus really is coming soon? How would it affect our response to trials that we face? How would it affect our relationships with non-Christians that we interact with?
  • Maybe our immediate response to v. 18–19 is “I would never add to or take away from God’s Word!” But when we’re feeling angry, anxious, selfish, or shameful, how do we practically add to or take away from God’s words in our thoughts and actions? (What do we believe about God and ourselves in those moments?)

Prayer:
Spend some time confessing your misplaced worship and how you practically take away from or add to God’s Word. Praise Jesus that His grace is “with us” even in our weakness and that He is coming again soon to end sin and suffering and to be with us.