John was then taken inside the city of the New Jerusalem and there he noticed how similar it seemed to be to that of the Heaven on which he first saw Jehovah sitting at the beginning of this vision (REV 4). There he saw a constant flow of people being sent from the center of God’s Universe down the middle of the street of the beautiful city.
On either side of this river of people stood the Tree of Life, which is wisdom, which bore twelve crops of fruitful righteousness. These men, these apostles, who spoke the word of God, gave speeches which were able to heal the wounds and scars of the nations bringing peace to Earth. The curse placed on the planet due to mankind’s transgression when Adam and Eve decided to not trust God (GEN 3:17) was now lifted and the fruit that these yielded was all good for food.
Then John saw something which seemed physically impossible. The throne, the Heaven of heavens which seemed so far away when he first was taken to visit it, was seen to be within the city itself. There seated, as he was originally, was Jehovah God and beside him was his son, Jesus.
Finally Eden, this planet man calls Earth, will regain her rightful position as the Universal capital. Finally the servants of the spiritual Jehovah and his physical son, Jesus, will be able to rule from this planet they made and love so dearly. Finally the servants of these mighty beings will be able to serve their God freely. They then will be marked with his name in their foreheads even as they have for centuries been called “Christians.”
Evilness and unbelief will no longer exist. Prophecy will be a thing of the past. The Lord himself will live amongst them and the need for faith that they exists will be diminished, for he will be with them “And they will reign for ever and ever” (REV 22:5).
The angel said to me (John),
“These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”(REV 22:6)
4.22.1 Epilogue:+ Jesus is Coming
“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”(REV 22:7)
Awaken, oh world! All people who trust the Lord, awaken, for Jesus is returning with tens of thousands of his saints (DEU 33:2; DAN7:10) to rescue the believers from the madness of the unbelieving populace of this planet. Awaken, oh unbeliever, and accept the fact that this planet is but as a speck of dust in the sight of God which could be blown out of orbit with but just a puff of air from his mouth. Awaken; this has been the cry for nearly two-thousand years and yet the message that Jesus is soon returning to rescue the believers is still as strong as when Christ first spoke it after his judgement of the first Jerusalem (MAR 24:27-31).
This is the true gospel message of Christ: “Behold, I am coming soon!” This is the message which the world needs to hear: “Behold, I am coming soon!” The world has been filled with watered down messages filled with weakened promises that if one will give of their finances until it hurts that the one giving that wealth will become wealthy beyond imagination.
The truth is that the one who believes that Jesus is soon to keep his promise to return to the planet and recue the believers from the chaos here is already wealthy beyond imagination. It is impossible to buy blessings. It is even more impossible to buy salvation. They are gifts from God, through grace, least anyone should become boastful (EPH 2:9).
The giving of gifts to those in need is good and necessary in a world where wealth is so unevenly divided. The tithing of one’s increase is asked for by God to be given to the place from which one is fed spiritually (GEN 14:20; 28:22; HEB 7:2-7). It is even stated by God that those who do not give tithes and offerings are robbing him!
If a preacher is nothing but a beggar then God will judge him. But if that one is a person called by God, called to spread the message that Jesus is soon to return to Earth, crying out to “prepare ye the way of the Lord”, and the believer does not support that minister with his or her tithes and offerings then the judgement will be on that person’s head. The true minister of God, regardless of finances, will do that which the Holy Spirit has asked to be done, even if this means without what most in the country in which he or she lives takes for granted.
Often will a missionary go for days without eating a meal to enable some children a few morsels of bread to keep them from starving to death. At times does a true minister have to pastor several churches because the congregations do not support the pastor’s work with their tithes. There have been evangelists who have walked upwards to over a hundred miles in order to give an hour talk, unable to afford other transportation due to the fact that the congregation’s gifts were continuously insufficient to even buy a bus ticket after buying a decent meal. These are not the boisterous evangelists which are nothing more than fund raisers for multi-million dollar organizations. They have their reward. These are men and women who have been called to be true witnesses of the Lord’s birth, death, resurrection, and soon second advent to this planet. To not support them in favor of the flamboyant televangelist who is known to preach more about money than of judgement, mercy and faith is to tread on dangerous turf.
After John saw the ending of the vision he says that he started to worship the angel which had been showing him around the unfamiliar dimension; but the angel forbid him from doing so saying that he was just “a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” (REV 22:8).
Here it is again important to notice that John is told not to seal up the words of the prophecy because the time is so near for the Lord’s return. Oh how important this one command has now become. It is by this command that allowed the words which had been self interpreting in John’s writing of the vision to be left in the manuscript. It is by these definitions and others like them that a true understanding of the meanings of this vision can be obtained. They are, in fact, so important, that John gave a formidable warning to anyone who might take it on themselves to add to or subtract from or change his writing:
“If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”(REV 22:18-19)
The Lord is coming soon. Get the Church prepared. Take her to the hospital and have her torn parts stitched together; have her broken bones mended and her mangled nervous system straightened. Wash her face and hands. Cleanse her body. Pour oil upon her head and spray insense of perfume on her body. Buy for her the purest white wedding gown money can buy and place it upon her in preparation for the day of her union with her groom. Take her to the parlor to straighten her mangled hair. Buy her shoes to cover the scars on her feet. Her Lord is coming. Her groom is soon to take her to the place he has been preparing for her. Her Lord is coming.
And as this is done she listens to the voice of the Spirit as he says, “Come!” And as she listens to the Spirit bid her, she also begins to say to all those around her to “Come!” And soon everyone who hears this glorified bride singing her praises to God they also begin to cry out, saying, “Come!” And John says, “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life:”: (Rev 22:17).
This, in echo to the message of Christ to the world that “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Come unto me,” said Jesus, “all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (MAT 11:28). Come you who are caught up by the ensnarements of this world. You who are caught by the entrapments of drugs, illicit sex, compulsive gambling, and all other forms of sensuous slavery. Come you who are slaves to the things you once thought you owned; to the banks who you owe so much to that you know you shall never be out of debt. Come you who are lonely; you who are sick; you who are frustrated, infuriated, even on the edge of madness due to the feeling of being out of control of your own life and Christ will give you freedom. It is he who will set you free to do that which you know, in your heart, is right and good and honorable and just.
Come and join into the chorus which is crying out to the Lord Jesus to come and return and establish his kingdom. For when a member of this choir has joined into this refrain then a resounding answer comes from afar:
“Yes,” says the Lord, “I am coming soon.”
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