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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Revelation 22

 

 

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Verses 6-21

Conclusion - Revelations Revelation 22:6-21 serves as a conclusion to the book of Revelation.

Revelation 22:10Scripture Reference- Compare Daniel 8:26.

Daniel 8:26, "And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days."

Revelation 22:11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Revelation 22:11Comments- In his quotes of "The Letters of the Churches of Lyons and Vienne," Eusebius (A.D 260 to 340) gives to us an interpretation of this verse as seen by the early Church during their years of persecution.

"But the blessed Blandina, last of all, having, as a noble mother, encouraged her children and sent them before her victorious to the King, endured herself all their conflicts and hastened after them, glad and rejoicing in her departure as if called to a marriage supper, rather than east to wild beasts. And, after the scourging, after the wild beasts, after the roasting seat, she was finally enclosed in a net, and thrown before a bull. And having been tossed about by the animal, but feeling none of the things which were happening to her, on account of her hope and firm hold upon what had been entrusted to her, and her communion with Christ, she also was sacrificed. And the heathen themselves confessed that never among them had a woman endured so many and such terrible tortures. ‘But not even thus was their madness and cruelty toward the saints satisfied. For incited by the Wild Beast, wild and barbarous tribes were not easily appeased, and their violence found another peculiar opportunity in the dead bodies. For, through their lack of manly reason, the fact that they had been conquered did not put them to shame, but rather the more enkindled their wrath as that of a wild beast, and aroused alike the hatred of governor and people to treat us unjustly; that the Scripture might be fulfilled: ‘He that is lawless, let him be lawless still, and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still.'" (Ecclesiastical History 5155)

He says that it refers to the cruelty of the wickedness and to the perseverance of the saints in the midst of persecutions. The wicked become more cruel and the righteous find a greater level of grace and anointing.

Revelation 22:11Comments- Note these insightful words from Marietta Davis regarding this verse. After the spirit explained to her why infant children in heaven, so tender and pure in nature, are protected from the wicked spirits bound in hell, she says:

"In this the wisdom and goodness of God is displayed. No absolutely contrary element in the world of spirits mingles with the pure and harmonious. Thus, the sacred Scripture is fulfilled that says, when speaking of these conditions, ‘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.' In other words, let there be a separation between the qualities of good and evil with those who have departed from the flesh, let those who are holy enjoy that without the warring of evil elements, and let the unholy come together by their affinities. For it is justly written that an impassable gulf is fixed between good and evil ( Luke 16:26), since these extremes can in no way blend." 126]

126] Marietta Davis, Caught Up Into Heaven (New Kensington, Pennsylvania: Whitaker House, 1982), 94.

Dwight Thompson interprets Revelation 22:11 to mean that once a person enters eternity, his personality is forever shaped and established. After death, a person cannot repent and change his character. What he has been shaped and molded into during his life is the way he will spend eternity. He is forever wicked while in Hell. A person in Heaven will always be just and holy in God's presence. The only thing that we can take with us into eternity is our character.

Revelation 22:16 — "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches" - Comments- This verse at the end of the book of Revelation tells us that that message to the seven churches was not limited to chapters 2,3, but rather, the message continued throughout the entire book.

Revelation 22:17 — "and the bright and morning star" - Comments- We know that at dusk the bright "star" that is first visible in the night is actually the planet Venus. The emphasis in Revelation 22:17 is that just as Venus is the first and brightest star in the sky, so is Jesus Christ the firstborn from the dead. The stars that become visible as darkness approaches represent the Church. In fact, God likened the seed of Abraham to stars in Genesis 15:5.

Genesis 15:5, "And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be."

Revelation 22:18Illustration- Today, cults add their own revelations to Scriptures.

Scripture References- Note:

Deuteronomy 4:2, "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you."

Deuteronomy 12:32, "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it."

Proverbs 30:6, "Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."

Revelation 22:18-19Comments- Adding To and Taking Away from the Scriptures - Revelation 22:18-19 gives readers a stern warning not to add to what is contained in the book of Revelation or to take away from it. In essence, John is saying that the canon of the Old and New Testaments are closed. The words of no other person will have the same weight of authority as do the books of the Holy Scriptures. If someone claims to speak with equal or greater authority than the Holy Scriptures, then he is a liar and subject to the judgment pronounced in these verses. Throughout history, men have tried to override Scriptures. For example, the Roman Catholic has held the words of the Pope at equal or greater authority to the Scriptures, which has led to doctrinal error because they did not close the canon of the Scriptures among themselves. Although there are many great men and women of God among the Catholic church across the world, some of their doctrines are out of bounds. Other groups have done the same because they placed their new teachings above the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. If you will watch those who teach such false doctrines, the judgments written in Revelation 22:18-19 will come into their lives and God's Word will judge them.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even Song of Solomon , come, Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:21 — "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all" - Comments- In a similar way that the early apostles were instructed by Jesus to let their peace come upon the home of their host ( Matthew 10:13), so did Paul the apostle opening every one of his thirteen New Testament epistles with a blessing of God's peace and grace upon his readers. Peter did the same in his two epistles. Now John the apostles invokes this blessing in his second and third epistles and Revelation. Matthew 10:13 shows that you can bless a house by speaking God"s peace upon it.

Matthew 10:13, "And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you."

This practice of speaking blessings upon God's children may have its roots in the Priestly blessing of Numbers 6:22-27, where God instructed Moses to have the priests speak a blessing upon the children of Israel. Now John closes his epistle to the seven churches of Asia Minor by restating the blessing that he opened his epistle with in Revelation 1:4.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Revelation 22:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/revelation-22.html. 2013.

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